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  • Business Booming at Dollar Store on Catholic Church Site

    07/03/2018 3:49:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/30/18 | Emily Williams
    For more than a century, St. Catherine of Siena Church was a cornerstone of the Charlestown neighborhood, a close-knit parish that seemed impervious to the change that swirled around it. When the Catholic church closed a decade ago, it took a piece of the old Charlestown with it, residents said. It had stood vacant ever since. But now, the church has taken on new life — if a decidedly secular one — as a haven for bargain shoppers known as Dollar Tree. Where parishioners used to receive communion, patrons now peruse aisles for food, toys, party supplies, and other discounted...
  • The True Church Is a Root Out Of Dry Ground...

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.( Isaiah 53:1-3)The true Church is the creation of Jesus. He said...
  • The Church...the gap in prophetic time...

    Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (Ephesians 3″9-11)The Bible...
  • Church Splits Serve A Higher Purpose...

    Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. ( I Corinthians 11:17-19)All things work together for the good, to those who Love God and who are the called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28)I hope my readers will indulge me briefly...
  • Church Sued for $2.3 Million for Not Hosting LGBT Event in Building It Owns

    05/30/2018 9:32:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/30/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    An Oregon business has filed a complaint against a church that prohibited it from hosting an LGBT event in a building owned by the church, claiming that the fallout from that decision has harmed the company. In 2015, Ambridge Event Center, which once rented out a space owned by Holy Rosary Church for various events, was compelled to reject an LGBT group's request to hold an event on the property due to the church's "morals clause." In a lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon, Ambridge alleged that the church's rules against them hosting the LGBT...
  • A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again

    05/30/2018 6:47:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 30, 2018 | Jaweed Kaleem
    Standing on the front steps of First Congregational Church of Oakland late last month, Nichola Torbett issued a declaration. "We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing," Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African Americans shot dead by law enforcement. The church, she promised, would never call the cops again in nearly every circumstance. Dozens of members had agreed to do the same. "How do police help? They often don't," Torbett later said in an interview. "So, especially as white people, why call them?"
  • Fundamentalist Pastor Calls Out Church’s Rape Culture

    05/30/2018 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    patheos ^ | May 27, 2018 | Amber Barnhill
    For those of you familiar with fundamentalist movements, particularly the IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist), you’ll know these movements tend to be rife with sexual abuse and cover-ups. Because the IFB maintains ideologies of separatism and elitism, they tend to deal with their issues “in house.” The trend is: keep it in the church, don’t tell anyone (authorities included), blame the victim, and re-locate the offender to another church in another town (and don’t forget his severance package). Well, in a shocking turn of events, one IFB mega-pastor took a public stand against these actions, and those of us who have...
  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,(Ephesians 1:22) For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. (Ephesians 5:23) But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.1 Corinthians 11:3) He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the...
  • Thoughts on Church Government...

    The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. ( I Peter 5:1-4) I am a Pastor. By that...
  • RI church leader taking sabbatical to transition to a woman

    05/14/2018 6:33:55 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    12 WPRI.com ^ | 05/14/2018 | Lexi Kriss
    Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches Dr. Rev. Donald Anderson will be taking a three-month sabbatical. According to an announcement by RI State Council of Churches Governing Board President Chontell Washington, Dr. Rev. Anderson shared with the Governing Board last fall that she is transgender and is "in the process of transitioning." The organization has granted Rev. Dr. Anderson a three-month sabbatical to take the time she needs to do that "free of the day-to-day operations of the council."
  • bombings at three Indonesia churches

    05/13/2018 9:00:57 AM PDT · by the_daug · 18 replies
    The Strait Times ^ | May 13, 2018 | Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja
    JAKARTA - A family of six carried out suicide bombings at three churches in Surabaya in Indonesia's East Java province during Sunday mass on May 13, killing at least 13 people, according to the police. The attacks took place at the Santa Maria Church in the Ngagel Madya area of Indonesia's second-largest and busiest city, the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church and the GKI Diponegoro Church. East Java provincial police spokesman Colonel Frans Barung Mangera told reporters a total of 41 injured victims from the attacks have been sent to hospital. At least two of the injured were police officers on...
  • Suicide Bombers Strike Three Indonesian Churches

    05/12/2018 7:56:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Police in Indonesia say suicide bombers have struck three churches in the city of Surabaya on the island of Java. Officials say at least two people were killed and 13 others injured in a blast Sunday in front of the Santa Maria Catholic Church. There was no immediate word about injuries at other sites. Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city. Debris is seen outside Santa Maria church, where an explosion went off in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, May 13, 2018. Media reports say simultaneous attacks on churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya have left casualties.
  • Migrants Storm A Catholic Church In France During Mass & Have To Be Removed By The Police.

    05/07/2018 7:05:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | 05/07/18 | Mark Collett
    Undocumented migrants storm into a Catholic Church in France during mass & have to be removed by the police. This is what open borders has done to Europe.  https://twitter.com/MarkACollett/status/993470847179517952  
  • North Texas Officers Accepting Church-Issued ID Cards

    05/06/2018 9:36:31 AM PDT · by risen_feenix · 10 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth ^ | 5/4/2018 | Vanessa Brown
    Some undocumented immigrants living in North Texas are getting church-issued identification cards through a local partnership. While they're not official government-issued documents, some law enforcement agencies will recognize them.
  • Some Missouri Clergy Want State to Enforce their View on Church Carry

    05/05/2018 6:50:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Missouri is one of nine states where the government generally prohibits people from carrying firearms in church. As in any question, the government may be neutral, which is the default position in the United States, or it may actively interfere.  According to concealedcarry.com, there are two states that ban concealed carry in churches, Nebraska and Louisiana. Nebraska allows a church to authorize an armed security team if the team members have carry permits and if written notice is given to church members.  Louisiana law is similar, but requires an extra eight hours of training every year. Seven states and...
  • Gunmen open fire during Church service, leave 19 dead (Nigeria)

    04/25/2018 4:40:29 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    UG Christian News ^ | 04/25/2018 | Christian News
    State police told CNN the attackers were most likely Fulani herdsmen who continued their crusade by burning down 50 homes. “They attacked the venue of a burial ceremony and also attacked the church where the two reverend fathers were holding mass,” police commissioner Fatai Owoseni says. “We were able to recover 16 bodies from the scene of the attack and those of the two priests.” . . . . “President Buhari has done nothing more than issue empty words of condolence as villages have been burned and thousands of religious minorities have been slaughtered. President Buhari’s willful inaction has meant...
  • Pastor Andrew’s Trial Takes Bleak Turn – Judge Refuses Release, Delay’s trial

    04/18/2018 6:55:49 PM PDT · by cblue55 · 7 replies
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | April 16, 2018 | CeCe Heil
    After one day of trial, the situation just took a bleak turn for Pastor Andrew. At the conclusion of the first day of his trial – a day filled with video testimony of secret prosecution witnesses whose voices and appearances were disguised – the Turkish judge ordered that Pastor Andrew be returned to the notoriously overcrowded and grim prison, where Pastor Brunson was originally imprisoned. The judge refused to release Pastor Andrew. The judge ordered that the trial not resume until May 7th.
  • Oklahoma Legislature Votes to Extend Home, Business Defense Options to Churches

    04/18/2018 1:32:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Oklahoma legislature has overwhelmingly voted to extend the protections homes and businesses have in the laws of defense of self and others to Oklahoma churches. From publicradiotulsa.org: The Senate voted 42–1 on Thursday for House Bill 2632, which makes places used either part- or full-time for religious services covered by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. The shooting still must be done because of reasonable fear of harm or death or to prevent a violent felony. "That makes it clear that there has to be some reason that you felt that you were threatened and needed to use that defensive...
  • What happens when a church dedicated to fighting white supremacy is accused of it

    04/17/2018 4:44:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2018 | Michelle Boorstein
  • Fully 20% Of Americans Now Have No Religious Identity

    04/12/2018 9:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    And church attendance by Roman Catholics is on the decline again. So, in fact, is the religious affiliation among Americans at large.The drop continues a long trend of declining attendance at mass. In the last three years, an average of only 39 percent of Catholics reported attending church in the past week. That’s down from an average of 45 percent just 10 years ago. And severely off from the mid-1900’s. In 1955, for instance, 75 percent of Catholics reported attending mass during the previous week.On the other side of the aisle, the new Gallup survey found that church attendance...