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  • Catholics And Lutherans Release ‘Declaration On The Way’ To Full Unity

    11/02/2015 8:58:07 AM PST · by ebb tide · 50 replies
    Drawing on 50 years of national and international dialogue, Lutherans and Catholics together have issued the "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist," a unique ecumenical document that marks a pathway toward greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans. The October 30 release of the document comes on the eve of the anniversary of Martin Luther's posting the 95 Theses, which sparked the Protestant Reformation. "Pope Francis in his recent visit to the United States emphasized again and again the need for and importance of dialogue. This Declaration on the Way represents in concrete form an opportunity for Lutherans...
  • Historic Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Bans Confederate Flags

    06/30/2015 1:58:20 PM PDT · by Ladysforest · 42 replies
    The Evening Sun ^ | 6/28/2015 | Chris Cappella
    The Hanover Evening Sun Local News In the wake of several Gettysburg-area stores making announcements on if they'll continue to sell Confederate flag-related merchandise, the Lutheran Theological Seminary is making its stand. Saturday, the day before a Living History event was slated to take place on the seminary's campus, the administration announced it would be banning symbols of hate speech and racism on seminary grounds, said the Rev. John Spangler, executive assistant to the president for communication and planning. The ban prohibits the display of the flag or flags associated with the Confederate States of America, Spangler said. "The subsequent...
  • Who's Responsible for the Moral Decline?

    06/03/2015 8:35:46 AM PDT · by rhema · 105 replies
    Townhall ^ | JUNE 3, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    A recent Gallup poll, "Moral Acceptability: Changes Over Time," shows Americans made a startling move to the left over the past 15 years. A blanket blaming of the church is the easy answer, but today, where black and white has faded into varying shades of gray, we are better served going back to where it began because we didn't get where we are today overnight. America's moral decline began with Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt [FDR]. Their arrogant defiance and blatant hostility toward the U.S. Constitution inspired them to lead an insurrection from the Oval Office, effectively convincing...
  • The Evolution of Heresy in the American Church or How to Kill a Denomination in 5 Easy Steps

    03/13/2015 9:02:49 AM PDT · by rhema · 28 replies
    Christus Lux Mundi ^ | 2/26/15 | Rev. C. J. Conner
    Christian theology in the American Church has seen no greater evolution than in the last 10 years. In fact, what the American Church has faced, particularly the Mainline Church, has probably been best described as a devolution or deconstruction of the faith once received. Another first, the culture has followed the American Mainline, particularly the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church (TEC) in redefining human relationship, sexuality, and marriage. Dr. Del Jacobson, retired professor from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN long ago outlined what the evolution of ideas or movements look like in Church and...
  • Open letter from ELCA Bishop to LGBT Community

    02/13/2015 8:06:03 PM PST · by lightman · 60 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 12 February AD 2015 | Michael Rinehart
    Dear friends, You are welcome in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are a church that believes it is wrong to discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation. All are welcome. We celebrate diversity. While Lutherans in the U.S. are not of one mind about sexual orientation, the ELCA, the largest Lutheran denomination in North America, has taken a stand as an open, affirming church where all are welcome. I recognize that some of you have been wounded by churches. On behalf of the church, I apologize for the hurtful comments, exclusion, and discrimination you have...
  • The ELCA and Abortion

    01/23/2015 10:13:29 AM PST · by rhema · 38 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | 1/21/15 | JoAnna Wahlund
    A while ago, I read a blog post over at First Things that was a blast from my past. The author, a Lutheran pastor, recently left the ELCA to become a member of the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC). He said, My real disaffection with the ELCA didnt start with sex. It began in earnest over the ELCA abortion statement and the subsequent decision by the national council to treat elective abortion for pastors and dependents as a reimbursable medical expense under the church health plan. It was this exact issue that was my first step on the path...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/24/2014 12:21:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 24Aug14 | Alexander Griswold
    By now, weve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isnt so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • The Truth about "Radical Hospitality".

    08/19/2014 4:01:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 19 August AD 2014 | Paul Hinlicky
    Time for another ELCA "conversation," this time regarding "who is welcome" to Holy Communion. An innocuous-sounding invitation to participate came out a few weeks ago, and and similar notice appears again in the Summer 2014 Seeds for the Parish, now appearing in snail boxes across the ELCA but not yet on its website. Resources for the conversation will be available at "by mid-August," but so far not yet. Over at, Paul Hinlicky will have none of this innocuousness in yesterday's post The Truth about "Radical Hospitality". At its conclusion, he invites readers (I would presume ELCA clergy and...
  • Woman removed from job at Kansas City Catholic parish after publicizing her gay marriage

    05/18/2014 6:34:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    Kansas City, MO, May 16, 2014 ( The Coordinator of Social Ministries at the Jesuit-run St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has been removed from her duties after she revealed publicly in an interview with a local magazine that she had married her lesbian lover. Colleen Simon a lapsed Catholic and divorced mother of two adult children who now embraces the faith of her same-sex partner, Lutheran pastor Donna Simon was asked to resign last week after 816 Magazine ran a profile of local community leaders which stated Colleen and Donna...
  • US pastor gives 'one-minute sermon' to catch 49ers football game

    01/14/2014 6:33:59 AM PST · by Gamecock · 33 replies ^ | 14 Jan 2014
    Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Montana was put in a difficult situation on Sunday morning. ...49ers fan Pastor Christensen decided to perform a one-minute service then rush out to catch the game on television. "Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins? OK, that's great. You are," before adding "there's some bread and some wine up here on the table. Feel free to help yourself if you'd like to." Opening up his vestment to reveal a 49ers T-shirt, the pastor then shouts, "I'm out of here".
  • Historic Lutheran churches feeling some stress

    11/23/2013 7:26:11 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 44 replies
    Lewistown Sentinal ^ | November 23, 2013 | AP
    YORK, Pa. (AP) At 89, Helen Behler still drives into York from her West Manchester condo every Sunday to worship at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. The oldest member of a dwindling congregation, Behler cut the cake a few weeks ago when Trinity completed its centennial celebration. She is part of a fading community of churchgoers, staunchly Lutheran worshippers who trace their faith to German-born ancestors who flocked to central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. Christ Lutheran on South George Street is said to have been the first church built west of the Susquehanna River. It was followed...
  • Why Not a Foul-Mouthed Pastor? Should pastors swear to be more "real" and "relevant"?

    11/17/2013 7:36:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/16/2013 | Walter Hudson
    The closest a Christian comes to hearing the literal voice of God is when their familiarity with scripture evokes verses in answer to life’s queries. For instance, when confronted with the Washington Post’s profile of “tatted up, foul-mouthed” Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber, something like 2 Timothy 4:3-4 comes to mind: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. The Post provides little from Bolz-Weber which passes for...
  • Bolz-Webers liberal, foulmouthed articulation of Christianity speaks to fed-up believers

    11/04/2013 3:18:02 PM PST · by EveningStar · 71 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 3, 2013 | Michelle Boorstein
    AUSTIN Nadia Bolz-Weber bounds into the University United Methodist Church sanctuary like a superhero from Planet Alternative Christian. Her 6-foot-1 frame is plastered with tattoos, her arms are sculpted by competitive weightlifting and, to show it all off, this pastor is wearing a tight tank top and jeans. Looking out at the hundreds of people crowded into the pews to hear her present the gospel of Jesus Christ, she sees: Dockers and blazers. Sensible shoes. Grandmothers and soccer moms. Nary a facial piercing. To Bolz-Webers bafflement, this is now her congregation: mainstream America. These are the people who put...
  • A Sad Walk Through An ELCA Seminary

    10/31/2013 3:38:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 44 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/30/13 | Tom Brock
    (I received this the other day. It's written by Pastor Tom Brock) -Today I walked through my old alma mater, Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul, Mn. It is known as probably the most conservative of the ELCA seminaries. You wouldnt know it from the number of gay/lesbian bumper stickers in the parking lot. Upon entering the main building a sign was up promoting a new book at Luthers Bookstore, Pastrix by ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. She was a favorite speaker at the ELCA Youth Assembly and a few months ago spoke at the historic Central Lutheran Church in downtown...
  • Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle

    10/20/2013 6:37:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/20/2013 | Peter Wallsten
    Almost no elected Republicans support giving gays the right to marry. The partys influential social-conservative wing sees traditional marriage as a defining issue. And while most major Democrats are rushing to embrace same-sex marriage, none of the most prominent potential Republican presidential candidates have taken that step.But a powerful group of Republican donors, who see the GOPs staunch opposition to gay rights as a major problem, is trying to push the party toward a more welcoming middle ground where candidates who oppose marriage rights can do so without seeming hateful.The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor...
  • ND congregations that grew with Air Force now see empty pews

    10/19/2013 6:09:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/19/2013 | Stephen J. Lee
    Fifty years ago, the Grand Forks Air Force Base was just getting geared up and Ascension Lutheran Church, in its shadow, opened its doors with its own kind of military mission. The base got its first Cold War mission in 1957 but didnt start really booming until the early 1960s into the strategic giant it became for a quarter century, with long-range bombers, fighter planes, missile crews and midair-refueling tankers all vying for space. Last weekend, Ascension Lutheran marked its 50th anniversary, and like the base, it has far fewer personnel. At its peak in the 1970s, with 8,000 or...
  • ELCA Repents for Holding Biblical View

    10/02/2013 2:40:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 39 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/30/13 | Dan Skogen
    Last week the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America installed Rev. Guy Erwin as Bishop of the Southwest California Synod. Rev. Erwin is the first practicing homosexual to be a bishop in the ELCA. The ELCA's Living Lutheran website reported that there were at least 10 ELCA bishops in attendance. (see here) Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, the highest ranking ELCA leader, delivered the sermon at the installation. Bishop Hanson's sermon made it clear that there is no more debate in the denomination about whether homosexuality is sinful or godly. He then proclaimed the ELCA's repentance for once holding the Biblical...
  • Many factors led to woman's election as Lutheran bishop

    08/31/2013 11:40:13 AM PDT · by lightman · 22 replies
    The Reading Eagle ^ | 31 August AD 2013 | John W. Smith
    How did Elizabeth Eaton pull off the year's biggest surprise in Pittsburgh, not counting the Pirates? The unheralded bishop of Northeastern Ohio beat out the two-term incumbent, Mark Hanson, by better than 2-1 for the office of presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, despite trailing him by a 19-1 margin on the first (nominating) ballot. Let us count the ways. These Mainline Lutherans turned out to be literalists. The convention theme, as veteran attendee Eric Shafer pointed out last week, was "Always Being Made New." Thus many delegates decided to uphold Isaiah 43:19 and "do a new...
  • After Five Centuries of Division, Catholics and Lutherans Consider Their Common Heritage

    08/21/2013 5:11:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 74 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 8/21/13 | CHARLOTTE HAYS
    WASHINGTON Although Martin Luther likely simply sent his Ninety-Five Theses his harsh critique of contemporary Catholicism to the local archbishop instead of dramatically nailing them to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, the event is commonly regarded as marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. A new document, From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, has been released to pave the way for joint observances of Luthers action by both Lutherans and Catholics, a development that certainly could not have been foreseen in previous centuries.
  • And Now for Something Completely Different? Gay ELCA Bishop Presides at Revisionist Worship Service

    08/21/2013 8:21:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | August 21, 2013 | Andrew E. Harrod
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americas (ELCA) first openly gay bishop, Guy Erwin, presided over a highly heterodox worship service on August 14, 2013, during ELCAs 2013 Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. Erwins subsequent dismissal of the services doctrinal significance notwithstanding, the bishops presence amidst such liturgical revisionism raises disturbing questions about proper theological formation in the ELCA. This Festival Worship took place in the Omni William Penn Hotels Grand Ballroom after the ELCA assemblys events had concluded that day in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center blocks away. For the unsuspecting churchgoer, the services liturgical program printed by the gay...
  • ELCA Membership and Congregational Losses for 2012

    08/21/2013 4:51:28 AM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/20/13 | Dan Skogen
    The numbers are in and they are not good for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Yet they do show that a faithful remnant have placed God's Word over their affinity for the ELCA. The 2012 numbers show that there are now 9,533 ELCA congregations. (this includes 155 congregations under development) In 2011, the ELCA had 9,638 congregations. That means there has been a loss of 105 ELCA congregations (happening for a variety of reasons) in one year. The total number of baptized members in the ELCA as of 2012 is 3,950,924. This is significant in that the ELCA is...
  • New ELCA Presiding Bishop, Same Old Disregard for What God Says

    08/16/2013 6:32:17 AM PDT · by rhema · 28 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/16/13 | Dan Skogen
    There is a new bishop in town, a new leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The old bishop, Mark S. Hanson, has been sent packing and none too soon. Under Bishop Hanson's watch, the ELCA has: - decided God was wrong, so they unsinned homosexuality - taken no step to protect the lives of the unborn - continued to gender neutralize God and also invented female names for Him - taken no steps to end goddess worship happening in their churches - continually called on government leaders to take actions that would harm Israel and seek to turn...
  • Largest Lutheran group elects first female leader

    08/15/2013 2:59:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2013 10:37 PM EDT
    The nations largest Lutheran group elected its first woman as presiding bishop on Wednesday. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was chosen as head of the liberal-leaning Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during its national legislative meeting in Pittsburgh. Eaton won on the fifth ballot with 600 votes, defeating the incumbent, the Rev. Mark Hanson, who is finishing his second six-year term. Hanson received 287 votes. Eaton, a bishop from the northeastern Ohio district, is taking over leadership of the more than 4 million-member denomination at a time of major transition. In 2009, the denomination cleared the way for openly gay and...
  • Press Conference [with newly elected ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton]

    08/14/2013 7:05:18 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    ALPB Forum ^ | 14 August AD 2013 | Richard Johnson, STS
    My notes from the press conference: Bishop Hanson was first introduced, but it was announced he would not be taking questions: Hanson: Great honor to sit with bp elect Eaton. Always being made new theme of this assembly, and this call process was a call process for new leadership. In 25 years weve never looked back, always looked ahead. A young church is a very mature churchwe have confidence we can engage in decisions that will not lead to divisions. It is wonderful to pass on mantle of leadership with confidence. We have a staff that will receive her as...
  • JUST CHRISTIANS: On Homosexuality & Christian Identity

    08/12/2013 4:14:28 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Touchstone ^ | July/August 2013 | S. M. Hutchens
    [ . . . ] . . . Christian authorities need to stop thinking and writing as though the categories of homosexual and Christian can be joinedas though the Church could tolerate or accommodate, or speak gently of, much less bless or sanctify, anything peculiar to the garment stained by the flesh that those who come to Christ throw off in their baptism. In that baptism we become penitents, and as such divided from our sins. St. Paul tells us here that no penitent is to be named by, identified by, what he has abjured. Those injured people who have...
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/28/2013 3:59:35 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 36 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 7-28-13 | Kevin Vogts
    Promoting acceptance of sexual behavior has replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission. On the one hand, the world will never be satisfieduntil Christians completely renounce their faith. More importantly, the Lord will never bless such unfaithfulness to Him and His Word. We see from the sad example of whats happened to the ELCAthe biggest split in American church historythat whatever churches and other organizations such as the Boy Scouts imagine they will gain by giving in to the world is dwarfed by what they will surely lose.
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/13/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 189 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 7/12/13 | Rev. Kevin Vogts
    Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual marriage in 2011, and the election last month of their first homosexual bishop. Dr. James Nestingen, a highly respected scholar and retired ELCA seminary professor, recently concluded that promoting acceptance of deviant sexual behavior has actually replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission and message of the ELCA. Those within the ELCA demanding these radical changes asserted it is necessary for the ELCAs very survival. Supposedly, they...
  • ELCA seminary marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg

    07/07/2013 5:38:02 PM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE ^ | July 1, 2013 | Melissa Ramirez Cooper
    ELCA seminary marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg 13-48-MRC GETTYSBURG, Pa. (ELCA) -- Exactly 150 years ago on July 1, 1863, Union cavalry commander Gen. John Buford observed Confederate soldiers advancing on Gettysburg from the west. He surveyed the advance from the cupola of a Lutheran seminary building. Within a few hours the fields surrounding the seminary became a battleground, turning the seminary building into perhaps the largest field hospital of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. The Seminary Ridge Museum opened July 1, 2013, inside that building, historically known as Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological...
  • Is Islam Truly Standing 'Shoulder to Shoulder' With Other Religions?

    06/24/2013 4:18:31 AM PDT · by rhema · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 23, 2013 | Janet Levy
    Recently, Christian Bible translators considered changes that would make Christian scriptures more palatable to Muslim audiences. Instead of "in the name of the Father," they put forth the phrase "in the name of Allah." "Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit" was reformulated as "Cleanse them in the name of Allah, his Messiah, and his Holy Spirit." In addition, Isa a prophet of Allah in the Koran who is superseded by Mohammed, has been equated with Jesus in the Christian Bible. Of course, many Christians view this as blasphemy. The push...
  • ELCA Hypocrisy

    06/19/2013 1:39:04 PM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | June 14, 2013 | Don Kriefall
    The unevenhandedness of the leadership of the ELCA is stunning. From synod to synod, the rules that bind the congregations of the ELCA are meted out without any type of consistency. Take, for instance, the issue of dual affiliation. Those congregations without a substantial value are either ignored by individual synod bishops or dismissed by the synod for violation of the ELCA constitution. Yet, those congregations having substantial assets are fought tooth and nail and even taken to civil court. The Grace Lutheran congregation of Eau Claire, WI was brought before Polk County Circuit Judge Molly Gale-Wyrick by the Northwest...
  • The ELCA Elects its First Openly Gay Bishop

    06/06/2013 2:59:21 PM PDT · by lightman · 25 replies
    Institute of Religion and Deomcracy's blog ^ | 6 June AD 2013 | Robert Benne
    The ELCA Elects its First Openly Gay Bishop 06 Thursday Jun 2013 By Robert Benne Last week at its annual assembly the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) elected its first openly gay BishopGuy Erwin, who is a theology professor at California Lutheran University in California Oaks as well as the interim pastor of a nearby ELCA parish. Erwin has been ordained a mere two years because the ELCA has ordained openly gay pastors only since the momentous decisions of its 2009 Churchwide Assembly, which allowed the ordination of partnered gays. He respectfully waited to...
  • ELCA Elects First Homosexual Bishop

    06/01/2013 9:16:54 AM PDT · by rhema · 83 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 5/31/13 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's downward spiral of apostasy took a huge leap when the Southwest California Synod ELCA elected the first ever homosexual bishop of the denomination. The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected as bishop of the Southwest California Synod ELCA announced a facebook post by the synod. (See synod facebook page here) Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin's faculty profile at California Lutheran University where he teaches says this, "Dr. Erwin is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; he and his partner Rob Flynn are members of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in North...
  • The New ELCA Gospel

    05/17/2013 6:47:43 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | May 2013 | Bryan Anderson
    The new ELCA gospel boils down to a natural mans religion replacing fundamental Bible truth with politics. A vague ethic of love is preached for the betterment of society. Sin is seen as ignorance. Jesus is not savior but only an example of sacrificial living. Universal salvation is proclaimed for all. Gone are missionaries, the urgency for lost souls, honest awareness of sin and the need for conversion. Gone are theological and moral absolutes. Present is the undermining of scripture, protests, endless social statements and lobbying platforms. This enterprise is capped off with the desire to unite all mainline liberal...
  • Just Sayin' [the ELCA's sordid treatment of Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire]

    05/04/2013 2:52:16 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | May 1, 2013 | Don Kriefall
    One is often judged, fairly or unfairly, by the company they keep. Hang with someone who is a thief and it may be assumed that you are also a thief. Affiliate with an organization and those values espoused by that organization are assumed to be yours. Fair or not, it is what it is. While our Lord and Savior hung around with those judged not acceptable by society, He came to heal their spiritual shortcomings. Jesus healed the sick, both physically and spiritually. So, when Jesus sat down with prostitutes and tax collectors, He did so to heal their hearts...
  • Pope Francis meets head of German Evangelical (Lutheran) Church

    04/09/2013 1:33:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Vatican Today ^ | 04/09/2013
    On Monday morning, Pope Francis received in audience Dr. Nikolaus Schneider, Prses (President) of the Evangelical Church (Lutheran) in Germany, who was accompanied by his wife, and a small group of associates. The head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, described the meeting as very friendly, noting the Prses expressed his appreciation for the choosing of the name Francis, because it is the name of a saint that truly speaks to all Christians in a very effective manner. The Evangelical leader also spoke about his concern for the victims of the recent flooding which has caused...
  • Are Seminaries Putting Their Blue Days Behind Them?

    04/01/2013 9:23:05 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 162 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 30. 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Americas mainline Protestant seminaries are in crisis, but so far they seem to be spending more energy dodging tough choices than preparing for the future. A recent article at Inside Higher Ed describes the enrollment collapse at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Luther is one of the most important Lutheran seminaries in the country, but its status wasnt enough to insulate it from the forces upending seminaries everywhere. Enrollment fell off sharply, and the institution was running multimillion-dollar deficits, spending down its endowment and relying on loans. The seminarys response? Its making some painful cuts, letting go of some staff...
  • Noted Heretic Popular With ELCA

    03/01/2013 6:28:23 PM PST · by rhema · 13 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 3/1/13 | Dan Skogen
    Why would a Christian denomination pay a lecturer to speak at their events who does not believe Jesus physically rose from the dead? Why would the same denomination recommend and use that lecturer's teaching resources when he doesn't even believe God exists? Those are good questions every lay person should be asking the leadership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The lecturer I am referring to is John Dominic Crossan, co-founder of the Jesus Seminar (read about it here) and popular New Testament scholar. Let me first show you the multitude of ways the ELCA has sought Crossan and...
  • You Didn't Build That

    01/10/2013 11:28:11 AM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | JANUARY 9, 2013 | Don Kriefall
    When President Obama addressed a crowd in Ohio during his election campaign this fall, he ventured off the teleprompter and spoke from his heart. Driving another wedge into his strategy of promoting class warfare, he admonished those who have been successful in business, stating that You didnt build that. The President further stated that without the help of government provided infrastructure that included teachers, road building, and workers, their success would not have been possible. Obviously, the president truly believes that without government, nothing is possible. Obamas true ideology was revealed in that moment of candor, exposing his belief that...
  • Marriage for Sale: It's time the church remembered the purpose of marriage.

    11/28/2012 4:08:03 AM PST · by rhema · 36 replies
    Patheos ^ | 5/24/12 | Douglas E. Baker
    Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries put marriage on garish display as a kind of sideshow dramaa public relations exercise more carefully designed to capture headlines than to secure the hearts of the couple at the center of the spotlight into an eternal covenant. The frivolity of their divorce was made all the more damaging to the institution of marriage itself as Kardashian's publicist openly admitted that the entire saga was part of a plot to make money the old fashioned wayby extortion. When Louisiana native Jason Alexander recently reflected on the 55-hour "marriage" he shared with Britney Spears...
  • The Flim Flam Man [the ELCA's presiding bishop]

    11/19/2012 2:59:52 PM PST · by rhema · 6 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | 11/17/11 | Don Kriefall
    In the old west Snake oil salesman peddled elixirs that allegedly cured everything from acne to gout, but in fact these miracle cures were simply watered down whiskey or worse. Con men used elaborate ruses, such as the scheme used in the movie, The Sting, to swindle their marks and steal their money. There are many e-mail and internet scams that attempt to wrest money and information from those who are greedy or simply unsuspecting and nave. There are many ways to deceive, mislead, dupe and betray in order to pilfer anothers assets. But, some of those assets are far...

    11/10/2012 3:40:33 AM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    David Barnhart ^ | November 9, 2012 | David R. Barnhart
    October 31, 2012 marked the 495th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luthers bold stand for truth was strengthened through his knowledge that the Scriptures are the solid, immovable rock upon which the whole church should base all its doctrines and faith. In time other men and women of faith joined Luther in embracing the biblical principles of the Reformation Grace alone, Faith alone and Scripture alone. THEN AND NOW Looking at the spiritual bankruptcy within much of the organized church today, especially the false doctrines and deceptions being promulgated by Bible-denying clergy and theologians, it is obvious that another...
  • ELCA presiding bishop shares a post-election message

    11/08/2012 2:05:16 PM PST · by lightman · 10 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 7 November AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    ELCA presiding bishop shares a post-election message 12-69-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) - With the 2012 elections coming to a close in the United States, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offers a post-election pastoral message on video at Whether you are rejoicing or lamenting the outcome of the elections, or maybe you are just relieved that campaigning is over, we need to ask, 'now what?' said Hanson. Hanson has served as ELCA presiding bishop since 2001. He was elected to a second six-year term in 2007. From 2003 to 2010, he...
  • ELCA presiding bishop says church is 'always being made new'

    10/18/2012 8:30:52 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 18 October AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez Cooper
    ELCA presiding bishop says church is 'always being made new' 12-66-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013 under the theme "Always being made new," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said the theme embodies far more than the anniversary in his report to the ELCA Conference of Bishops, which met here Oct. 4-9. The ELCA Conference of Bishops is an advisory body of this church that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The Rev. Jessica R. Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod, chairs...
  • Bishop vs. Bishop: Lutheran Calls Out Catholic Over Marriage

    10/18/2012 7:22:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 10/16/12 | Joel Connolly
    The retired presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Rt. Rev. Herbert Chilstrom, has delivered a stinging, public critique of his former Roman Catholic counterpart in Minnesota for aggressively campaigning for an anti-same sex marriage amendment on the November ballot. I recognize your authority in formulating positions for your own flock in Minnesota: That is one thing, Chilstrom said in a letter to Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But for you and others to campaign for an amendment that imposes your stance on all citizens in Minnesota including other Christians,...
  • The ELCA and Abortion: THE FACTS

    10/17/2012 9:29:19 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/16/12 | Dan Skogen
    FACT! Through its health benefits plan, the ELCA will pay for any and all surgical abortion procedures through the first five months of the unborn childs life, no questions asked. FACT! The ELCA's health benefits plan, which covers fifty thousand individuals, is self-funded. This means that instead of buying a policy created and financed by an insurance company, the ELCA has created its own policy and uses only its own financial resources to fund the plan. FACT! Self-funding gives the ELCA maximum freedom to design and administer its plan. The ELCA has used this freedom to create an extremely unrestricted...
  • Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

    10/15/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 10/9/12 | Russell Moore
    According to a new study by the Pew Forum, Protestants are, for the first time in history, not a majority in the United States of America. I dont think thats anything for evangelical Protestants, or anyone else, to panic about. Several years ago, I pointed out here that studies were showing a declining Protestant majority, and projections were being made for this very reality. Now, the surveys says we have a 48 percent plurality of Protestants. I wasnt frantic about that several years ago, and Im still not. When working toward our God and country badges, my childhood Boy Scout...
  • Jewish Uproar Over ELCAs [and other moribund mainline denominations'] Attack On Israel

    10/13/2012 11:00:48 AM PDT · by rhema · 42 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/13/12 | Dan Skogen
    As reported by Exposing the ELCA in a previous blog (read here) the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mark Hanson, and his liberal religious leader friends wrote a letter to the U.S. Congress seeking to stop military aid to Israel. Proud of their work, the church leaders publicized their letter on the newswire. Well, what do you know? Jewish leaders found out about Hansons letter and are not at all pleased. Here are some snippets from recent news articles addressing the situation: The letter, signed by 15 Christian leaders, including representatives from the National Council of...
  • ELCA Trying to Stop U.S. Military Aid to Israel

    10/10/2012 5:12:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/9/12 | Dan Skogen
    It comes as a surprise to many when anti-Semitism is propagated by people and denominations operating under the banner of Christianity. The latest incident comes from a letter sent to the United States Congress by the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Mark S. Hanson, and his liberal church cohorts telling the Congress to investigate Israel and consider halting military aid to them. That letter was broadcast far and wide by the ELCA News Service, with the subtitle ELCA, other churches call for investigation of military aid to Israel. So make no mistake, this is a call...
  • Top ELCA Leader Confirms Homosexual Marriages Allowed in Denomination

    09/22/2012 2:58:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/21/12 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially allows homosexual marriages, so says the number two man in the denomination, David Swartling. At the 2012 Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly it has been reported that, (I)n response to a query from the floor of the assembly, Secretary of the ELCA David Swartling, at the assembly as the representative of the national church, said that the marriage of same-gender couples in states where that was legal was neither endorsed nor precluded by ELCA policy. Marriage in those circumstances was at the discretion of pastors and congregations. (read here) One of the duties of...