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  • Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets...

    08/27/2015 5:45:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 74 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 27 August 2015 | Catherine Townsend For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets a standing ovation from the congregation A Texas man gave his boyfriend a proposal to remember when he got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their local Methodist Church – receiving a standing ovation in the process. Trevor Harper, 36, and Davis Covin, 30, who live in Austin, have been dating since 2006 and have been proud and active members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years. Mr Harper said the...
  • Church Builds Gun Range, Launches Range Ministry ‘In The Name Of Jesus Christ

    08/14/2015 3:37:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Rocky Mount United Methodist Church decided what to do with the gully behind their church–they built a gun range and launched a gun range ministry “in the name of Jesus Christ.”
  • METHODIST OFFICIAL: “I NEVER HAVE ASKED JESUS TO DEFINE MARRIAGE”

    07/05/2015 3:42:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    First Things ^ | July 4, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    One measure of the decline of mainline social justice activism can be found in a recent Facebook exchange between the Methodist civil rights leader Maxie Dunnam and the Methodist civil rights official Bill Mefford. Dunnam was a heroic opponent of Jim Crow as a young pastor in Mississippi and went on to become the president of Asbury Theological Seminary. He also happens to believe in the historic Christian understanding of marriage, so in response to Obergefell v. Hodges, he made the following post on his Facebook wall:To which Mefford, the “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United...
  • Saying women should abstain unless they want children is “violence” says minister

    06/24/2015 10:58:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    From pro-choice Methodist Minister John M Swomley: “There is also covert violence in the idea that women should not have sexual intercourse if they don’t want children. An act of sexual intercourse is not an implied contract to have children. While this may be the belief of those who accept the doctrine that every sexual act must be open to procreation, it would be violent for any government to decide that such a sectarian doctrine should be enforced against anyone, Catholic or non-Catholic, who does not accept that teaching.” John M Swomley Compulsory Pregnancy: The War against American Women (Amherst,...
  • 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...
  • Economist Warns (UMC)Church is in Crisis

    06/02/2015 9:42:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 40 replies
    Good News ^ | May 26, 2015 | Good News
    In a presentation that he acknowledged is “sobering,” Dr. Donald House Sr. warned that The United Methodist Church has only 15 years to reverse its decline in the United States. This week’s presentation from House – a life-long United Methodist and trained economist – came to church leaders at the Connectional Table and General Council on Finance and Administration joint meeting held in Nashville, Tennessee. (See the UM News Service article for additional information.) “By 2030, the denomination in the United States will either have found a way to turn around, meaning it is growing, or its turnaround in the...
  • Minister justifies abortion by saying preborn babies have original sin

    06/01/2015 4:08:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | may 31 2015 | sarah terzo
    Pro-choice Methodist minister John M Swomley who was the subject of a LifeNews article in May, attempts to refute the claim that preborn babies are “innocent.” The argument appeared in a book over a decade old, but it is so strange and disturbing that I’m writing about it now that it has come to my attention. The gist of Swomley’s argument is that preborn babies are not “innocent” as pro-lifers claim, but are actually guilty – guilty enough, he implies, to justify aborting them. Swomley first tries to refute the baby’s claim to innocence using theology: The first claim is...
  • Methodist Pastor Says Caring About Unborn Babies Who Die in Abortions is “Idolatry”

    05/18/2015 2:16:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt | May 18, 2015
    The United Methodist Church has been a subject of controversy for years as it supports legalized abortion within the context of supposedly being a Christian denomination. Now, one pro-life advocate has uncovered a quote from a Methodist pastor who says that caring about unborn babies who die in abortions is “idolatry.” Sarah Terzo, who has a knack for documenting the history of the abortion debate and the abortion advocacy movement by posting quotes from pro-abortion activists through the years, posted a new quote today that features Minister John M Swomley. Swomley is an ordained United Methodist minister, Terzo explains and,...
  • America is Still a Christian Nation, But the Past Seven Years Has Seen Significant Drop

    05/13/2015 5:59:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 13, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    New Evangelization, where art thou? The Pew Research Center reports that the number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen sharply, to the tune of nearly eight percentage points in only seven years.  The survey, carried out in 2014, was the second "Religious Landscape Study" Pew conducted since 2007. Based on the 35,000 people the institute interviewed, the American populace is 21% Catholic. It was 23.9% seven years ago.  While the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian dropped from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014, non-Christian religions are growing. Islam showed the greatest gains, growing half a percentage point...
  • We've Already Redefined Marriage, by Accepting Contraception

    05/04/2015 6:14:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 95 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/1/15 | Phil Lawler
    In a must-read column for the Wall Street Journal, Rev. Donald Sensing, a Methodist minister from Tennessee, argues that acceptance of same-sex marriage “will not cause the degeneration of the institution of marriage; it is the result of it.” Understand that Rev. Sensing is not happy with the situation as he sees it. “I believe that this state of affairs is contrary to the will of God,” he writes. But he argues persuasively that the public understanding of marriage was doomed when society accepted the Pill, and thereby severed the link between marriage and procreation. Marriage, he observes, had traditionally...
  • Children’s Book about Abortion: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’

    03/26/2015 2:09:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 26, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is disgusting. I've seen some pro-aborts become enamored with all sorts of pagan oddities such as reincarnation to justify their support of killing the unborn. Thanks to Newsbusters for exposing this icky crazy story:A three-year-old named Lee defends the abortion of his sister in a new children’s book – by an author with her own “ghost sister.” “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn focuses on an adult topic: abortion. The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a...
  • Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales

    03/23/2015 6:16:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro
    Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales New York’s Trinity Wall Street Church Challenges Assault-Rifle Sales By Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro March 22, 2015 7:38 p.m. ET A U.S. appeals court showdown looms next month for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a case with potentially broad impact on how much influence investors can have over their companies. The dispute concerns Wal-Mart’s sales of assault rifles with high-capacity magazines. New York’s Trinity Wall Street church wants shareholders to vote on a resolution calling on Wal-Mart’s board to review management decisions to sell the weapons, as well as other products that...
  • No sprinklers required: How my church kept homeless people off church steps

    03/20/2015 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    cruxnow ^ | March 19, 2015 | Linda Kaufman
    WASHINGTON — St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Mary’s isn’t alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. Here’s what we tried at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. A couple of months ago, we started a dialogue about...
  • OPEN HOUSE

    02/26/2015 12:23:06 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    wesleyan.edu ^ | 02/26/15 | wesleyan.edu
    (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.
  • Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 1:11:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.” TWEET ON LINK Here’s a thought. A great proportion of the pro-life marchers are young people. They are volunteers, unpaid and untrained. Mefford, on the other hand, is a grown man, one whose actual job is to represent Christians in the...
  • METHODIST HEAD OF “HUMAN RIGHTS” MOCKS PROLIFE MARCHERS

    01/23/2015 7:00:20 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 39 replies
    First Things ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the Church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.”[...]
  • Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination (Frank Schaefer, Methodist)

    10/27/2014 5:42:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2014 4:28 PM EDT | Travis LOLler
    A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding. The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final. Reached by phone after the decision, Schaefer called it “amazing.” …
  • Tragedy in Birmingham

    08/03/2011 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    Father James E. Coyle, an extraordinary priest and Knight of Columbus in the early 20th century, courageously stood up against widely-held anti-Catholic views at the risk, and then cost, of his life.The Irish-born priest was scarcely in his 20s when, after his ordination in Rome, he was dispatched to Alabama to begin his priesthood. The Catholic population in Alabama had exploded with a promise of jobs, especially in and around Birmingham’s network of coal mines, steel mills and iron foundries. Father Coyle arrived in the city shortly before a wave of anti-Catholicism flooded the country, and the revived Ku...
  • My Church Loyalties

    07/28/2014 3:10:13 PM PDT · by The Grammarian · 78 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 28 July 2014 | D. Stephen Long
    My church loyalties Why I am not yet a Catholic Jul 28, 2014 by D. Stephen Long In 2005, after Benedict XVI was elected pope, I wrote an essay for the Century titled “In need of a pope?” That essay cost me a job at a Protestant evangelical institution. A Catholic friend told me at the time that I should think of that result as a gracious preemptive strike. Since then I have repeatedly been asked, “Why are you not Catholic?” The main reason I am not (yet) Catholic and remain a Methodist and an ordained Methodist elder is that...
  • A pastor presides at his son’s gay wedding—and pays the price

    07/12/2014 2:07:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | July 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The story behind a case that made headlines a few months back, from The New York Times: Father and son had always been close, from the moment Tim Schaefer was born, six weeks premature, with blood poisoning, a weak heart and lungs, and a doctor who thought he would not make it through the night.His father, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist minister, thought of his eldest son as a miracle child, saved by some combination of medicine and prayer, saved for something special.“We couldn’t even touch him; he was in an incubator, and we had to reach in...
  • United Methodist body considers change to sexuality stance

    04/30/2014 7:11:57 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 39 replies
    United Methodist News ^ | 4/29/2014 | Heather Hahn
    The Connectional Table, one of The United Methodist Church’s governing bodies, has decided to draft legislation that could change church law “to fully include LGBTQ persons in the life and ministry of the church.” The draft would be brought back to the Connectional Table at a future meeting for consideration. The April 29 decision to draft the legislation came the same day the Connectional Table began a series of three public discussions on human sexuality. The dialogue “is an exercise of our responsibility to be a common table for the church and to confer with one another as representatives of...
  • United Methodist Church Group Sends $443,750 to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

    04/09/2014 9:11:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Methodist Health Care Ministries whose logo claims they are serving humanity to honor God is giving money to the nation’s top abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Methodist Healthcare Ministries (unitedmethodistchurchMHM) is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing medical, dental and health-related human services to low-income families and the uninsured in South Texas. The mission of the organization is “Serving Humanity to Honor God” by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Southwest Texas Conference area of The United Methodist Church. MHM is one-half owner of the Methodist Healthcare System – the largest healthcare...
  • UMC : Church Stands With Gay Scout Leader

    04/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 15 replies
    UMC.org ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kathy L. Gilbert
    Rainier Beach United Methodist Church celebrated Scout Sunday April 6, days after news broke that the Boy Scouts of America said it was banning a volunteer Scout leader and church member because he is gay. The Rev. Monica Corsaro, pastor of Rainier Beach, said Geoffrey McGrath will continue to serve as the leader of the church's scouting program. “I am a chartering partner with BSA … . If I take responsibility for who is hired then I also take responsibility for who is fired. Our church is thriving and happy, and we support Geoffrey,” Corsaro said. McGrath, an Eagle Scout,...
  • United Methodist Bishop drops all charges..calls for end of “disciplining”..who perform gay weddings

    03/10/2014 12:24:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 10, 2014 | John Shore
    Last October Dr. Thomas Ogletree (above), a clergyman in the United Methodist Church (UMC), performed the wedding ceremony for his gay son. UMC pastors are not supposed to marry gay couples, family members or otherwise. They’re instead supposed to believe what their Book of Discipline (which is to the UMC what, say, the Tax Code Book is to the IRS) tells them to believe, which is that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” ....................................................... So guess what happened this morning instead of the trial of Thomas Ogletree? The UMC bishop overseeing the trial dropped all charges against the pastor. And...
  • The Four Chaplains

    02/08/2014 10:56:26 AM PST · by restornu · 5 replies
    Wallbuilders ^ | Feb 2014
    The Four Chaplains   What these four have in common is that they were all chaplains; all four loved and served God; and all four voluntarily sacrificed their own lives to help soldiers survive the sinking of the U.S.A.T (United States Army Transport) Dorchester. In the midst of World War II, the Dorchester, moving troops from America to Europe, was approaching Greenland when it was torpedoed by a German submarine just after midnight on February 3, 1943. Within twenty minutes of being struck, it plunged beneath the black and icy waters of the North Atlantic. In those twenty minutes,...
  • Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin [Why Not Trayvon As Young Mohammed?]

    12/28/2013 11:33:49 AM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 28, 2013 | Russell Goldman
    Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin By Russell Goldman Dec 28, 2013 HT trayvon nativity nt 131227 16x9 608 Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin John Zachary created a Nativity scene for Claremont United Methodist Church that employs a figure of Trayvon Martin as a commentary on gun violence. (David Allen/Daily Bulletin) A California church sought to make people think about the repercussions of violence, by replacing the baby Jesus with a bloody sculpture of Trayvon Martin in a nativity scene. What they got instead were threats. The crčche outside the church Claremont United...
  • Church Displays Bleeding Trayvon Martin Nativity Scene

    12/26/2013 8:37:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | Elizabeth Sheld
    Outside the Claremont United Methodist Church is a nativity scene with a bleeding Trayvon Martin. The California Church has turned their nativity scene "into a piece of art that comments on our times" for the last seven years. John Zachary, the artist, told me the acquittal in July of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old African-American in 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment. For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.
  • Ex-Mormon bishop pleads guilty in sexual assaults of two teens

    11/26/2013 4:48:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Rick Rojas
    A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object. In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part...
  • ...The Crystal Methodist 'who didn't believe in God'... in his own brazen texts to his dealer

    11/23/2013 4:29:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    FULL TITLE: Sex, drugs, blasphemy, depravity, arrogance: The Crystal Methodist 'who didn't believe in God'... in his own brazen texts to his dealer Paul Flowers kept up an astonishing stream of sex and drug obsessed texts, even after his humiliating recent performance before the Commons Treasury Select Commitee and as The Mail on Sunday prepared last week’s revelations about his drug use. The texts are littered with references to ‘coke’ (cocaine), ‘ket’ (ketamine), and crack, as shown by this selection from exchanges with dealer Peter Wilson (whose name we have changed). They provide an insight into how he was leading...
  • Methodist Leaders Rebuke Bishop Who Held Gay Marriage, Call for Charges

    11/20/2013 6:41:52 AM PST · by xzins · 42 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 11/18/2013 | Bill Roberts
    Bishop Mel Talbert Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert conducted a ceremony celebrating the marriage of a same-gender couple in Center Point, Ala. A retired bishop in the United Methodist Church (UMC) conducted a same-sex marriage celebration in Cedar Point, Ala., on Oct. 26. On Friday, bishops of the UMC publicly rebuked the retired bishop, Melvin Talbert. The UMC Council of Bishops statement calls for charges to be filed against Talbert for both "conducting a ceremony to celebrate the marriage of a same gender couple" and "undermining the ministry of a colleague." Conducting such ceremonies is expressly prohibited in the church's governing...
  • Jury Convicts Pa. Methodist Pastor for Gay Wedding

    11/18/2013 5:25:25 PM PST · by xzins · 51 replies
    AP ^ | November 18, 2013 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    <p>A United Methodist pastor was convicted Monday of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding and could be defrocked after a high-profile trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination's policy on gay marriage.</p> <p>The Methodist church put the Rev. Frank Schaefer on trial in southeastern Pennsylvania, accusing him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.</p>
  • Methodist bishops asked to charge one of their own for performing gay wedding

    11/18/2013 8:53:42 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 35 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | November 15, 2013 | Renee K. Gadoua
    The United Methodist Church’s division over homosexuality grew heated Friday (Nov. 15), as the denomination’s Council of Bishops called for charging retired Bishop Melvin Talbert with presiding at the Oct. 26 wedding of two men, which the church forbids. The council asked its president, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference, to file a complaint accusing Talbert of undermining the ministry of a colleague and conducting a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of a same-gender couple at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. Talbert, who served as bishop of the San...
  • Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian Churches Tied to Late-Term Abortion Doc

    06/28/2013 3:34:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | June 27, 2013 | Susan Michelle Tyrrell
    There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), a “faith-based” group that claims that Jesus would support abortion and has manipulated many in the church to follow suit and promote abortion as a God-given right that allows women to be in control over their own lives.Recently we’ve written extensively about the connection of the United Methodist Church to this abhorrent group. My disgust at this group is less about them promoting abortion, as it is about promoting abortion as if they are doing the work of Jesus. As I have been reading some...
  • United Methodist Church Continues Its Pro-Abortion Ways

    06/11/2013 9:59:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | Susan Michelle Tyrrell
    There are many on the “religious left” who have decided that religion is nice, God is good, but culture is more important. Therefore, they have decided to take the pieces they like best of the Bible—good, loving God who forgives all weakness—and mix them with the lies of the culture—abortion should be a woman’s choice because it’s not a life until, well, they don’t know until when, but not until they say so at least. One of the threads in this religious left movement is the United Methodist Church who actually has written into its Social Principles in the Book...
  • Perspective: Why I sit out "God Bless America"

    06/05/2013 12:08:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    StAugustine.com ^ | 06/02/2013 | JAMES P. MARSH JR.
    Special to The Washington Post I am a Methodist minister and a Washington Nationals fan. I was there on Opening Day in 2005 at old RFK Stadium in Washington, and I try my best to plan my summer around Nats home games. I have only one issue with the ballpark experience, and it’s not with the beer prices. It’s with “God Bless America.” In his May 15 column, Washington Post writer John Kelly described the odd feeling of not knowing whether to stand during the singing of this song in the middle of the seventh inning. Like Kelly, I don’t...
  • United Methodist Church Only Condemned Gosnell After Pro-Life Pressure

    05/31/2013 5:19:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | John Lomperis
    The D.C. lobby office of the United Methodist Church, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), has finally broken its silence about the “health care” offered by abortion and infanticide provider Kermit Gosnell. The GBCS likes to boast that it “has not been silent” on pressing issues of social concern. But when it comes to arguably the most pressing social-justice issue of our day, which according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute globally claims the lives of tens of millions of precious babies created in God’s image every year, the GBCS has been absolutely silent. Or rather, when it has...
  • Abp. Cordileone & Gay Marriage--A Tutorial (debate tool)

    03/27/2013 6:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 26, 2013 | Patrick Archbold
    Thanks to Kathryn Lopez for highlighting this interview in USA Today with Archbishop Cordileone on gay marriage. Anybody who wishes to enter into a debate about gay marriage with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or anyone else should read this interview and memorize each and every answer by the Archbishop. This, folks, is how it is done. Do not accept their premises at all. This is not a debate about tolerance or a live and let live mentality. If it was, some form of civil union or benefit structure would have been sufficient. This is about criminalizing the opposing views and...
  • Protestants and Abortion

    02/02/2013 4:35:58 AM PST · by iowamark · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/31/2013 | Mark Tooley
    Southern Baptists have changed their mind about Roe. When will United Methodists join them? Last week about 100,000 or more marched in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year they commemorated 40 years since the 1973 Supreme Court decision constitutionalizing abortion on demand. Supporting the march and the pro-life cause were leaders of AmericaÂ’s two largest religious communions, the 68 million-member Roman Catholic Church and the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention. Meanwhile, agencies for the third largest, the United Methodist Church, crafted a news release virtually celebrating Roe v. Wade. But 40 years ago, both Southern Baptists...
  • Ex-Pastor Turned American Atheist Director Tells How She Lost Faith

    07/12/2012 9:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/12/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A former Methodist worship and teaching pastor who served in ministry for 20 years before becoming an atheist has been appointed as the American Atheist's public relations director. In an interview with The Christian Post, she revealed that despite initially being ostracized by friends, she is now happy and at peace with her decision. "No it was very, very gradual. Actually there's not really one single moment where I can look back and say ah, that was the moment. It was kind of a slow progression," Teresa MacBain shared about her loss of faith with CP in a phone interview...
  • Pastor showed way to clarity on amendment

    06/26/2012 3:56:40 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 6/25/12 | LAURIE HIGGINS
    After listening online to a recent sermon on "same-sex marriage" by John Piper. . . . I was surprised to read an article in the Star Tribune ("Key Minnesota pastors opt out of marriage fight," June 21) that misrepresented how Piper is addressing the November vote on a proposed marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. [ . . . ] It's clear that Piper did, indeed, direct his church members to vote to approve the amendment. He did so by explaining how to think through this critical cultural issue biblically and logically, rather than merely telling them what to do...
  • First church in Germany given for Islamic worship

    06/12/2012 2:08:07 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 11 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 June 2012 | Cathcon
    A Christian church has been converted into a Muslim assembly hall. In Moenchengladbach-Rheydt the Alevi community gathers in the former Holy Cross Church of the Evangelical Methodist Church. Three years ago, the Methodists celebrated their last church service in the church and sold it in 2010 to the Alevis. The renovation of the building took one and a half years. This was an unprecedented event in Germany, writes the newspaper "Welt am Sonntag". So far, an interdenominational consensus had prevailed, not to allow the conversion of abandoned churches to Islamic worship.
  • United Methodist Church affirms homosexuality ‘incompatible with Christian teaching’

    05/05/2012 3:26:01 PM PDT · by fwdude · 82 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 05/05/12 | Ben Johnson
    AMPA, FLORIDA, May 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Members of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant church voted to maintain the doctrine that homosexual actions were “incompatible with Christian teaching” on Thursday. The United Methodist Church voted down two proposals to water down its stance on homosexuality on Thursday. One proposal called homosexuals “people of sacred worth” and acknowledged differing viewpoints on the issue, while another said humans did not know enough about human sexuality to prefer one lifestyle over another.
  • General Conference Update, Friday

    05/04/2012 2:15:27 PM PDT · by Bryanw92 · 11 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | May 4, 2012 | Good News Magazine
    Pain and Protest For ten previous General Conferences (1972-2008), the issue of homosexuality has absorbed increased time and energy and caused deep division in the church. This General Conference was the tenth such time. Veterans of previous General Conferences come prepared for the drumbeats of protest, the rainbow stoles designating us vs. them, and the tears that accompany the vote of the General Conference. Although we do not agree with those who would change United Methodism's stance on homosexuality, we do not take their tears lightly. It is grevious that General Conference has become a place of such pain and...
  • The Rise and Fall of American Methodism

    02/23/2012 12:36:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 6+ views
    Patheos ^ | 02/23/2012 | Thomas S. Kidd
    The Methodist Church's rise and recent decline is perhaps the most statistically striking story in American religious history. At the time of the American Revolution, the denomination was tiny. English Methodist founder John Wesley was hostile toward American independence, which badly hampered the church's growth in America. After the Revolution, the American church began to operate independently from English Methodists. The legendary Methodist "circuit riders" began reaching the American backcountry, riding on horseback to reach every nook and cranny of the Appalachian frontier and Mississippi River Valley. In 1770, there were about 20 Methodist churches in America. By 1860 that...
  • Christians Tailor Lent Outside Catholic Traditions

    02/22/2012 3:08:12 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 22, 2012 | Alex Murashko
    The season of Lent begins not only for millions of Catholics by having placed a sign of the cross on their foreheads with ash on Wednesday, but with many Christians in and outside of denominations vowing to mark the season with acts of faith.Though Lent is often seen as part of the Catholic tradition of fasting for 40 days (calculated sometimes to exclude the weekends in the days leading to Easter), many Christians view this time as serving as a reminder to the importance of getting closer to God.Christine Smith, founder of the online site Womens Bible Cafe, wrote on...
  • A Prophecy for the Church in America [Ecumenical]

    02/18/2012 1:08:39 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 17, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    A prophet is not necessarily someone who has a supernatural vision of the future. He may simply be a person who can see certain trends in the present, understand the underlying issues and therefore attempt to predict how things may go in the future. Here are some trends I see in the American Church and how I see the future developing. The first thing is the disintegration of denominationalism. It used to be that the different Protestant groups were distinct in their theology and their style of worship. There were boundaries. You pretty much knew what to expect in a...
  • The Trouble With Church Preservation

    11/30/2011 7:54:14 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | November 2011 | Kim A. O'Connell
    When it comes to the holy trinity of art, architecture, and religion, few buildings are more significant than the 1898 Methodist Church in Norwalk, Connecticut. Anchoring a main street, the Romanesque-style church features a stained-glass rose window designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany himself. The founders of American Methodism preached there. Given its prominence and pedigree, should the church's governing body be allowed to sell the building for development, as it is currently trying to do? The U.S. Constitution, according to many observers, says yes, but historic preservationists beg to differ. Who decides? In cities nationwide, churches are struggling to maintain...
  • Brownback endorses Perry for president

    09/22/2011 10:40:11 PM PDT · by Clairity · 29 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Eagle Staff
    Gov. Sam Brownback endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president on Thursday, citing Perry's record on creating jobs and reducing taxes. "Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history," he said in a prepared statement. "I think he's really got the right message that it's about jobs, it's about job creation and it's about getting the atmosphere right," Brownback said. "They've maintained and created a very positive, growth-oriented atmosphere in Texas that we've got to get back to in the United States." Perry's campaign issued a statement calling Brownback "one of the most respected voices for conservatism...
  • United Methodist Future in Jeopardy, Say 400 UMC Clergy

    09/17/2011 7:09:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2011 | Lillian Kwon
    Hundreds of United Methodist clergy are expressing deep concerns over a pledge made by a large group of fellow ministers to marry same-sex couples. They argue that if the pledge is carried through, the future of the denomination is in jeopardy. "We do not know how many, if any, marriages or 'holy unions' of same-sex couples will be performed by UM clergy in the near future," reads a letter, currently signed by more than 400 pastors, to the Council of Bishops. "But we do know the destructive effects that will result in our local churches and throughout the denomination if...
  • When America Feared and Reviled Catholics

    10/11/2010 8:46:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/10/10 | Sharon Davies
    In the early 1900s, many Americans — from ordinary citizens to those in high office — were frightened by the perceived threat from the Roman Catholic Church. Their fear had tragic consequences.The mind-set is all too familiar: A radical religious group, lurking inside the country, owing loyalty to a foreign power, threatens America. No one denies that its members have a right to worship as they please, but good Americans, patriots, feel compelled to call for curbs against the menace they present. Because of the number of Americans sharing these fears, calls for restrictions on the religion are voiced openly...