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  • Presbyterians and the Virgin Birth (from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church)[Proddie Caucus]

    09/16/2008 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 173+ views
    Question: Do Presbyterians believe in the virgin birth of Jesus? A friend of mine said the Presbyterian church did not believe in the virgin birth of Jesus from Mary. She said that Joseph was the biological father. I am sure she is mistaken but would like a clarification on the doctrine of the Presbyterian church on this. Answer:Thank you for your fine question. Your instincts were correct; we do firmly believe that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We affirm with the Nicene Creed: "We believe ... in one Lord Jesus Christ, ... who...
  • An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church

    06/21/2014 1:28:22 AM PDT · by Al Hitan · 128 replies
    Called to Communion ^ | Feb 7th, 2012 | Jason Stewart
    Let me begin this conclusion by ending at the beginning: My wife Cindy and I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church because we came to see that this Church is the Church established by Jesus Christ. We came to this realization in large measure by spending time in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reading other positive presentations of Catholic teaching, and speaking with flesh and blood Catholics in all walks of life and vocations. The many misconceptions we had about what Catholics believed were cleared away as we dug deeply into the teaching resources of the Catholic...
  • Machen’s Enemies Then And Now And The Myth Of Influence

    11/21/2013 7:19:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 11-19-13 | R. Scott Clark
    Wally was a sweet fellow and very graciously lent me volume one of the Battles edition of Calvin’s Institutes. A while later I visited him in his luxurious office at the local “tall-steeple” PCUSA congregation in order to return the book. I was full of questions. In conversation, Wally mentioned that he was a graduate of Princeton Seminary. I had heard about this fellow “Machen” so I asked Wally about him and about Westminster Seminary. His jovial face quickly turned red with anger at the very mention of the traitor Machen and the rebel seminary. Mind you, this was about...
  • Reformation—Then and Now

    11/06/2013 10:45:29 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    “It may be safe to say that the greatest event for Christendom in the last 1500 years was the Protestant Reformation.”[1] Professor John Murray spoke these words in his class lectures on justification in the mid-1960s. At that time, forty years ago, it would have been hard to imagine anyone in a Reformed or evangelical church finding much that was exceptional about Murray’s words. But today, in a world that would amaze him, the central doctrines of the Reformation are under attack, not only in liberal and ecumenical circles, but in the heart of evangelical and Reformed churches. Contemporary criticisms...
  • Believers in Unbelieving Churches

    10/26/2013 8:39:24 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 10-21-1935 | J. Greshem Machen
    Believers in Unbelieving Churches What Should Be Done by Christian People Who are in a Modernist Church? What is the duty of Christian congregations or Christian individuals who find themselves in a church that is dominated by unbelief? Shall they remain in such a church, or shall they withdraw from it and become members of a consistently Christian Church? That is certainly the question of the hour for the orthodox part of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Various attempts are being made to answer the question. Various considerations are being urged on one side or the other. If we...
  • J. Gresham Machen's Response to Modernism

    09/20/2013 12:55:04 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 6 replies
    Desiring God ^ | January 26, 1993 | John Piper
    On New Year’s Eve, 1936, in a Roman Catholic hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota, J. Gresham Machen was one day away from death at the age of 55. It was Christmas break at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, where he taught New Testament. His colleagues said he looked “deadly tired.” But instead of resting, he took the train from Philadelphia to the 20-below-zero winds of North Dakota to preach in a few Presbyterian churches at the request of Pastor Samuel Allen. ... He had pneumonia and could scarcely breath. Pastor Allen came to pray for him that last day of 1936,...
  • Jesus As Mary's First-Born

    09/03/2013 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 337 replies
    Question: It is obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. As long as Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, why was it necessary that Mary have no previous children? I am not asking why it was necessary that Jesus be conceived by the Holy Spirit—I understand that. I guess my question is, Why would it matter that Mary had other children first, as long as Jesus was conceived by the Spirit? Answer: I agree with you that from what is said in Scripture, it appears to be "obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. "...
  • "White power" group plans takeover of town with the last church where OPC founder Machen preached

    08/31/2013 7:51:32 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 40 replies
    (Vanity) | 8/31/2013 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    The town where J. Gresham Machen, the founder of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, last preached before his death has shown up again in the news, this time in a horrible way. While Machen's direct denominational influence was fairly narrow, as the key leader of the secession from the Northern Presbyterians and founder of Westminster Theological Seminary, Machen has a lasting role in American Calvinism that is far larger than the Orthodox Presbyterian Church which he founded. In his own lifetime, however, Machen's role was even more important and went well beyond Reformed circles. As a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary,...
  • Does The Orthodox Presbyterian Church use the Crucifix?

    08/05/2013 10:31:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 961 replies
    Question: Does the OPC use the crucifix in the church? If not, are they opposed to it? Answer: Thank you for your question. The answer is, so far as I know, the crucifix is not used in OPC churches, and here is why: 1.The Second Commandment (Ex. 20:4-6 and Deut. 5:8-10) forbids any picture or image of God, and that would include the Son of God, even as man. At any rate we do not know what Jesus looked like as there is no physical description of him. 2.The crucifix will always end up being an object of worship—regarded as...
  • Resolution of Reformed Presbyterian Church Concerning Same Sex "Marriage"

    04/27/2013 8:59:52 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Reformed Presbyterian Church in the U.S., at it meeting on April 19, 2013, adopted a statement concerning Homosexuality and Same Sex marriage. They intentionally included positions from the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church with the hope that they would once again join in making a prophetic statement to those in civil authority that the fear and judgment of God may at least move enough legislators and judges not to approve of or support legalizing “same sex marriage.” Their desire is that the whole Christian, and especially the Reformed church, should protest this matter. Resolution Adopted...
  • Why Christians Need Confessions

    02/05/2013 6:29:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    New Horizons ^ | February 2013 | Carl R. Trueman
    Despite claims to the contrary, the Christian world is not divided between those who have creeds and confessions and those who just have the Bible. It is actually divided between those who have creeds and confessions and write them down in a public form, open to public scrutiny and correction, and those who have them and do not write them down. The reason is simple: every church (and indeed every Christian) believes the Bible means something, and what it thinks the Bible means is its creed and confession, whether it chooses to write its beliefs down or not. Of course,...
  • Request for Calvinists to help "Freep" a "Two Kingdoms" blog opposing Christian pastors in politics

    10/11/2012 11:27:52 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies
    Presbyterian Blues ^ | 10/11/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Fellow Calvinists on the Great Reformed Ping List, I need some help. Go to this website, run by a lawyer who is also an Orthodox Presbyterian elder, and you'll see what is being advocated by prominent people in Calvinist circles today who are seriously arguing not only that the church ought to steer clear from political positions but also that Christians ought not to use their Bibles when they enter the civil realm.
  • Presbyterian Church USA to ordain 1st gay

    10/05/2011 12:25:56 PM PDT · by Cronos · 52 replies ^ | 5 October 2011 | UPI
    A man who left the ministry 21 years ago is looking forward to becoming the first openly gay person ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. At the ceremony Sunday, Scott Anderson, 56, now executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, will take back the stole he wore as pastor of two Presbyterian congregations in California, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He had donated it to Shower of Stoles, a project meant to demonstrate what the Presbyterian Church had lost by barring homosexuals from the ministry. Anderson, who grew up in California, said he realized he was gay while he...
  • Question for OPC members (who post on the Religion Forum): how does this work, exactly? (vanity)

    09/26/2011 9:54:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    2 or 3 times a week, I go past this church on the way home from work: No big deal, never paid it much attention. A couple of days ago, I noticed a slight change on the frontage of their property: This sort of surprised me a bit. I didn't, based upon the back and forth here, think that the OPC did "charismatic" things. This understanding was confirmed by looking at the OPC website (here). Saying, We believe that the "charismata" (those first introduced at Pentecost and further dealt with in 1 Corinthians 12-14) have ceased with the end of...
  • Presbyterian Church's new policy makes way for lesbian Chicagoan

    07/15/2011 3:22:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    Windy City Times ^ | 13 Jul 2011 | Chuck Colbert
    A new policy that opens the door to ordination of openly gay deacons, elders, and ministers in the Presbyterian Church ( USA ) took effect July 10, with prayer vigils and liturgical celebrations to mark the historic occasion held across the nation from Pittsburgh to Nashville to Denver and beyond.Closer to home, the landmark change means that Andersonville resident Jeannine Oakes' dream of becoming an ordained minister of word and sacrament—in a church she dearly loves—may very well come true after all. "I am still in the early stages of the process, with a lot of requirements to go," Oakes...
  • For Minority Groups in Presbyterian Church, Rights Vary by Region {ahem.. gays}

    07/12/2011 1:21:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies ^ | 11 07 11 | Gabe Bullard
    A gay elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) says the recent rule change that removes any doubt over the legitimacy of her position makes the church more accepting, though intolerance still exists in many areas. Beth Van Sickle was ordained in her Ohio congregation in the 1980s and faced challenges to her post. But yesterday , the church’s constitution was changed to allow unmarried, noncelibate clergy. Van Sickle says it makes the church appear more accepting to young people, who may be questioning the conflict between their religion and their sexuality. “People will come to the church because they recognize...
  • Church members celebrate acceptance of gays {6th Presbyterian}

    07/10/2011 11:16:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 53 replies
    Pittsburg Gazetta ^ | 10 Jul 2011 | Anne Rodgers
    .. "On this new day the church continues to live into its call to be a house of prayer for all people, seeking reconciliation, calling forth the gifts of all who seek to serve Christ in the world," .. "While we celebrate this day, we also know that minds and hearts need time and clarity to understand issues that divide us. We pray for God's guidance, humbly seeking to be united in our common purpose -- to live and proclaim the good news of the gospel."...He grew up in a home and church where sexuality was never discussed, he said....
  • Historic Day for Presbyterian Church

    07/10/2011 11:15:20 PM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies ^ | 10 Jul 2011 | Marilyn Joyce Lehren
    The Presbyterian Church USA will quietly usher in gay ordination when an amendment on Sunday formally enters the Book of Order of the church’s Constitution. The change comes after 33 years of contentious discussion within the Presbyterian Church and as the gay-rights movement gains momentum in other Protestant Churches. “This is a very historic day,” said Rev. Daniel L. Martian, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Livingston. The new policy makes it easier for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to ordain gays and lesbians as clergy if they chose by dropping a policy requiring unmarried clergy to remain celibate. “Now that...
  • Presbyterians, Change Hearts & Minds, Begin Ordaining Gays

    07/09/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 99 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | 8 Jul 2011 | MARYANN MCKIBBEN DANA
    It’s official. As of July 10, after a 15-year struggle, qualified gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people can be ordained as clergy and officers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After 24 presbyteries flipped from previous “no” votes, a total of 97 approved amendment 10A; well over the 87 required for the change. This victory finally removed exclusionary language from the Book of Order, which required “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” The old language also required prospective ministers and officers to repent of “any self-acknowledged practice which the confessions call...
  • Presbyterians to officially allow gay clergy {July 10}

    07/08/2011 11:46:24 PM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 8 Jul 2011 | Jack Jenkins
    Presbyterians who support gay rights are prepping sanctuaries this Sunday (July 10) to celebrate the passage of a new church policy that allows gay pastors to serve openly for the first time in the denomination's history. As the new policy for the Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes official that day, several left-leaning churches "will mark the moment with prayer and rejoicing" in their Sunday services, according to a press release from More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gay rights in the church. "The Presbyterian Church enters a new era of equality on Sunday," said Michael Adee, the group's executive director. "It...
  • Seminarian follows her calling, and her heart {Presbyterian lesbian pastor}

    07/08/2011 11:43:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9 Jul 2011 | Manya A Brachear
    When Jeannine Oakes answered God's call to become a pastor, it was a moment of both clarity and confusion. Though her heart belonged to the Presbyterian Church, she also hoped one day to give her heart to a woman with whom she would share her life. The Presbyterian Church's ban on openly gay clergy did not allow for both. Eventually, she asked the leadership at Fourth Presbyterian Church to endorse her mission and enrolled at McCormick Theological Seminary to complete the necessary coursework."I need to be fully who I am, and the church needs to accept that," said Oakes, 32....
  • Sacramento-area Presbyterian churches wrestle with gay ordination issues

    06/27/2011 3:13:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 27.6.2011 | Jennifer Garza
    The mood Sunday morning at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Sunday was upbeat – the pews were packed and many nodded as the pastor preached his message of forgiveness...Next month, the Presbyterian Church begins allowing those who are openly gay to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. The new rules, which were approved in May and take effect July 10, have provoked a wide range of responses from local church leaders.They are holding town hall meetings with concerned members, sending letters explaining the rules and posting their opinions of the new ordination standards on their church websites. "It is the...
  • Police: Pastor wanted in sexual assault of minors

    06/24/2011 12:51:31 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Fox 5 ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | Fox 5
    Henderson police are looking for a Las Vegas pastor wanted in connection with the sexual assault of underage girls. Otis Holland, 54, is wanted on 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim under age 16, a count of child abuse and a count of conspiracy to commit a crime, police said. Police issued the warrant last week, but said Holland may have fled to California. In December, Holland was arrested on three counts of sexual assault of a victim under age 16. During the investigation, police said they discovered allegations that Holland may have had inappropriate conduct with other...
  • Female pastors on the rise in progressive Baptist bodies

    06/24/2011 12:44:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies ^ | June 2011 | Kate Shellnut
    The number of female pastors in Baptist churches has grown by a third in the past five years, according to a recent report covered in the Associated Baptist Press. Baptist Women in Ministry found that women’s involvement in ordained ministry is slowly growing among organizations like the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The Southern Baptist Convention’s position is that Scripture forbids women from serving as pastors.
  • {Presbyterian, ELCA, etc.) Clergy Proclamation: Being Gay Not A Sin

    06/24/2011 12:01:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    KETV ^ | 12 Jun 2011 | KETV
    Rev. Eric Elnes, pastor of Countryside Community Church, said the proclamation was created because, “we were just fed up with the popular notion that the Christian point of view is anti-gay.” Elnes, who leads an Omaha church of 1,500 members at 87th Street and Pacific Street, said more than 100 ordained Christian ministers have signed the proclamation, including leaders from Lutheran, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ, Methodist and Presbyterian churches. The ministers will join together on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to publicly unveil the proclamation and show full acceptance of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and...
  • A pastor's calling to work for LGBT inclusion

    06/23/2011 11:51:17 PM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 23 Jun 2011 | Jimmy Creech
    Jimmy Creech spent his career as an ordained United Methodist pastor until the church took his credentials away as punishment for conducting same sex commitment ceremonies in Omaha and Chapel Hill. He was not convicted at a trial in Nebraska in 1998, but he lost his church assignment and the stage was set for a second trial in 1999 after he officiated a ceremony at United Church of Chapel Hill. Since then he has been a leader of LGBT justice issues, retired to Raleigh and travels the country speaking. He also has written an account of the upheaval, "Adam's Gift:...
  • Local {Presbyterian} minister weighs in on same-sex marriage legislation

    06/23/2011 11:43:21 PM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    WKTV ^ | 23 Jun 2011 | WKTV
    Same-sex marriage continues to be held up on the hitch of the rights of churches and institutions who want the freedom to refrain from performing such ceremonies. We talked with a local minister and got his take on the issue of protecting churches from facing descrimination lawsuits. Reverand J. Barrett Lee, of the First Presbyterian Church in Boonville says he'd be willing to perform same sex marriages.
  • Ex-Chester pastor continues his fight {racial discrimination? in Presbyterian C

    06/22/2011 10:45:03 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Delco times ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | John Kopp
    A former pastor in Chester held a demonstration outside the Presbytery of Philadelphia office Monday afternoon, alleging the Presbytery discriminated against him on racial bounds. Standing beside an empty coffin and a sign reading “Bury Discrimination,” the Rev. Richard Dalton met with reporters and spoke briefly to two curious drivers who passed along the quiet, Germantown road. A former interim pastor at Thomas M. Thomas Presbyterian Church from 2007 to 2009, Dalton has filed a retribution claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging the Presbytery of Philadelphia blocked his hire at a North Philadelphia church because he previously...
  • Presbyterians' dirty laundry

    06/22/2011 3:45:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | Rev Parker T Williamson
    ......While Presbyterians have voted on many issues over the years, never have they been so brazen as to vote Scriptural standards out of vogue. Never have Presbyterians been so presumptuous as to "vote" that biblical standards do not apply to their denomination...... At issue is that this denomination has hit the mute button on 2,000 years of Christian belief and morality. Standards that have been honored for centuries have now been deleted, leaving Presbyterians with the following moral mandate: "whatever." Whatever a local church, or a presbytery, or some other bureaucratic subset chooses to do is now permitted. The group...
  • Area Presbyterians deal with unusual leadership conflicts

    06/22/2011 3:39:40 AM PDT · by Cronos · 259 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | Stephen J Lee
    Unprecedented turmoil in recent months in local and regional Presbyterian circles — including five lay leaders in a Grand Forks congregation quitting the church after being charged with violating church rules as well as a top administrator being dismissed suddenly — was the main business at a meeting here Monday. About 50 clergy and ordained lay elders of the Presbytery of the Northern Plains gathered for the one-day “stated meeting,” one of about three held each year. Besides the leavings, the conflict also included a gag order put in place by a higher church panel that had been lifted, it...
  • youth pastor sentenced to more prison time on charges that include child molestation

    06/16/2011 11:50:08 PM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | AP
    Authorities say a former north Georgia youth minister has been sentenced in Oconee County Superior Court to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of child molestation, statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes.The Athens Banner-Herald reports that former Winder youth pastor Brian Gray was given the prison term after pleading guilty to the charges Thursday. Thursday's sentence in Oconee County is in addition to a 15-year prison term he was given earlier this month in Barrow County. .. Authorities said he had sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2010, and they say the crimes involving...
  • Presbyterians praise new policy to disregard sexual orientation

    06/16/2011 11:40:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | Patty Machelor Arizona
    Hallelujahs are sounding loudly from at least two local churches as members celebrate a long-sought change in the Presbyterian Church to fully include everyone regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.St. Mark's Presbyterian Church has worked to remove obstacles for openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ordination for more than two decades..Newquist, 37, said she feels a "huge debt of gratitude" to the Presbyterians who changed their minds and made the change possible. "It's a hard thing for anyone, but particularly when you have had a strong conviction to say, 'I was wrong and I'm ready to make a different...
  • Vote clears path for gay ministers in local Presbyterian churches

    06/16/2011 11:34:52 PM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | James Fuller
    Gay Presbyterians throughout the suburbs now have the opportunity to rise from the pews and into the ranks of the ordained. After decades of debate, Blackhawk Presbytery — which oversees many of the congregations in the Fox Valley and northwestern Illinois — recently became one of 21 presbyteries so far to reverse course on gay ordination. But even with a movement toward acceptance of homosexuality in popular culture, the Rev. John Rickard of Blackhawk Presbytery said he was surprised, but not necessarily dismayed, by the outcome of the vote among his congregations. “Do I think it's going to destroy our...
  • Presbyterian Church 'alarm' over gay clergy

    06/10/2011 2:59:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 10 Jun 2011 | Alf McReary
    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has expressed concern at the Church of Scotland's handling of the issue of homosexual clergy. Last month the Scottish Church voted to allow its ministers who were ordained before May 20, 2009 and who are now openly gay to be appointed by congregations. The Church has also created a commission to consider the justification of the future ordination of gay ministers. This report is not due for two years, but earlier this year the Irish Presbyterian Church wrote to the Scottish Church outlining its views on the sanctity of traditional marriage and its objection to...
  • Toronto pastor charged with sexual assault {happened during a church prayer session}

    06/05/2011 11:23:20 PM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 3 June 2011 | Post media
    A Toronto preacher has been charged with sexual assault after an incident that police say happened during a church prayer session. Toronto police said a female churchgoer called in to report the assault Wednesday, the day it is alleged to have happened. Details of what the victim said happened were not disclosed by authorities. Emmanuel Animodi, 45, the pastor at the Faithful Pentecostal Miracle Church, has been charged.
  • Local Presbyterian churchs ponder new policy on gay/lesbian ordination

    06/05/2011 11:21:17 PM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies ^ | 4 June 2011 | Joshunda Sanders
    The change in ordination standards will go into effect July 10....The move makes the Presbyterian Church the latest of several mainline Protestant denominations to allow for the ordination or open acceptance of gay and lesbian pastors. In 2009, leaders with the Episcopal Church voted to affirm gay and lesbian clergy despite pressure from Anglicans around the world to create a moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop. That year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America also voted to allow sexually active gay and lesbian candidates to serve as clergy; before that, they were allowed to serve only if they were...
  • ‘Deep Down, I Knew There Was 1 Truth’ (OPC convert to Catholicism)

    04/28/2011 8:24:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 124 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 27-04-2011 | Brian Kemper
    The problem I had was that what I had been told about Catholicism was simply not true; it was distorted teaching from Protestants who did not bother to discover the truth. .... Over the last several years, I have known deep down that the Catholic Church must be more than I thought it was. I fought myself and denied all the signs I was seeing. I was afraid; even though I knew deep down there can only be one truth, I would always find something to dismiss Catholicism At this time I had been a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian...
  • Kirk (Presbyterian) needs dialogue over gay ministers

    04/28/2011 5:25:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    HeraldScotland ^ | 25-04-2011 | The Rev Peter J.
    The former Director of Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev Dr Arlo D Duba, a conservative evangelical, has changed his mind on the matter of gay Christians. “I am a life-long conservative Presbyterian,” he said. “I never got very excited
  • San Francisco Presbyterians to allow gay clergy

    04/28/2011 5:19:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 43 replies
    windycitymediagroup ^ | 14-04-2011 | Windycity
    All across the United States, Presbyterians have been voting in each of the 173 regional presbyteries to determine whether or not the Presbyterian Church (USA) will drop the ban on gay clergy. The yes vote in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 12, puts the denomination seven votes away from the simple majority required to enact this historic change... We believe God's Spirit is at work as more people are understanding that faith and character are more important considerations for ministry than one's marital status or sexual orientation," said Michael Adee, executive director of More Light Presbyterians. The 198-143 vote on...
  • First Presbyterian Church Installs Its First Woman Pastor

    02/07/2011 2:18:20 AM PST · by Cronos · 36 replies
    Brooklyn Eagle ^ | 2-Feb-2011 | Francesca Norsen Tate
    Amid jubilant preaching and singing, the Rev. Dr. Flora Wilson Bridges was installed Sunday evening as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, affectionately called First Church. Dr. Bridges is the 15th senior minister in the congregation’s 189-year history, and the first woman to be called as senior pastor at this church after a nationwide search lasting over three years. Elder Effie Bynum, Moderator-Elect of the Presbytery of New York City, presided at Sunday’s animated service. The Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, who ordained Bridges to the ministry more than 30 years ago, preached an impassioned sermon about the...
  • Where Have All the Presbyterians Gone?

    02/06/2011 9:39:22 PM PST · by Cronos · 90 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-Feb-2011 | Russell D Moore
    Are we witnessing the death of America's Christian denominations? Studies conducted by secular and Christian organizations indicate that we are. Fewer and fewer American Christians, especially Protestants, strongly identify with a particular religious communion—Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc. According to the Baylor Survey on Religion, nondenominational churches now represent the second largest group of Protestant churches in America, and they are also the fastest growing...
  • PCA Presbytery Endorses Federal Vision

    01/12/2011 4:46:30 AM PST · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Gods Hammer ^ | 10/Jan/2011 | J Meyers
    This past week the Missouri Presbytery exonerated Jeffery Meyers on all counts basically denying that he is a Federal Visionist. This in spite of the fact that Meyers, along with his assistant pastor Mark Horne, was a signer of the Joint Federal Vision Profession of Faith. You can read the MO Pres’ statement clearing Meyers here. In every instance the MO Pres concluded there was “insufficient evidence to raise a strong presumption of guilt that TE Meyers is teaching contrary to the Westminster Standards.” So, for a quick review of just a few of the many notable exceptions to the...
  • Q & A from the OPC: Denominations and Christian Truth

    12/10/2010 4:38:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    Denominations and Christian Truth Question: I have a question about Christianity. I once heard that there are thousands of different Christian denominations. The exact number is not important. Each denomination has its own, unique interpretation of the Bible, and each denomination asserts that its interpretation is the correct one. Not every denomination can be right; someone has to be wrong. With respect to the OPC and John Calvin, how do you know that the OPC's interpretation is the correct one? Answer: It was Solomon who wrote "this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have...
  • Bingo in the Buff

    10/06/2010 11:21:15 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 8 replies
    The Layman ^ | October 6, 2010 | Parker Williamson
    Bingo in the Buff By Parker T. Williamson, The Layman, Posted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 “This is not your grandmother’s bingo,” says Marcus Wise, a writer for ArtVoice, a Buffalo, N.Y. area Web publication. Wise’s article, written in 2008, refers to Saturday night games that are now being played at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, home of “Buff Bingo.” The players’ pitch is clearly intended to attract Buffalo’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender population. But – true to management’s professed inclusiveness – “the crowd averages half and half,” according to the event’s hostess and drag queen Gladys Over. Wise describes Gladys as...
  • Christians examine morality of birth control [Ecumenical/Orthodox Presbyterian]

    07/27/2010 6:07:29 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 103 replies · 1+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | 07/27/10 | Kristen Moulton
    July 23, 2010NEWS FEATURE Christians examine morality of birth control By Kristen Moulton (RNS) Is contraception a sin? The very suggestion made Bryan Hodge and his classmates at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute laugh. As his friends scoffed and began rebutting the oddball idea, Hodge found himself on the other side, poking holes in their arguments. He finished a bachelor’s degree in biblical theology at Moody and earned a master’s degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Now, more than a decade later, he is trying to drive a hole the size of the ark through what has become conventional wisdom among...
  • Westminster Theological Seminary

    05/22/2010 6:46:38 PM PDT · by restornu · 21 replies · 349+ views
    OPC ^ | 1020
    On September 25, 1929, Westminster Theological Seminary opened in the Witherspoon building in Philadelphia, with an enrollment of fifty students. In his opening address, "Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan," J. Gresham Machen set forth the school as the successor to Princeton Seminary, which had been recently reorganized to include modernists on its Board: [T]hough Princeton is dead, the noble tradition of Princeton is alive. Westminster Seminary will endeavor by God's grace to continue that tradition unimpaired; it will endeavor, not on a foundation of equivocation and compromise, but on an honest foundation of devotion to God's Word, to...
  • Did the English Presbyterians become Unitarian?

    03/15/2010 8:32:41 PM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies · 429+ views
    JStor ^ | 1973 | Russell E Richby
    Among the problems posed to one interested in Unitarianism is to explain why it was that Unitarianism evolved out of Presbyterianism in England while it emerged out of Congregationalism in the United States. The problem of the origins of Unitarianism is in this way fashioned into denominational questions. Why did English presbyterianism become Unitarian? What explains the appearance of Unitarianism in New England Congregationalism? The purpose of this essay is to examine the denominational understanding of the genesis of English Unitarianism. In abbreviated form the denominationa argument holds that after the passage of the Toleration Act and the close of...
  • Statement on Abortion (Orthodox Presbyterian Church)

    01/06/2010 12:17:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies · 533+ views
    Adopted by the thirty-ninth General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (1972) Believing that unborn children are living creatures in the image of God, given by God as a blessing to their parents, we therefore affirm that voluntary abortion, except possibly to save the physical life of the mother, is in violation of the Sixth Commandment (Exodus 20:13). We state the following reasons: 1. The Bible treats human personhood as beginning at conception (Psalm 139:13-16; 51:5; Jeremiah 1:4,5; Luke 1:14-44; 1:29-38; Exodus 21:22-25). 2. The Bible considers the human person to be a complete person (Genesis 2:7; Numbers 23:10; Deuteronomy...
  • Can Catholics Be Christians?

    12/08/2009 11:41:52 AM PST · by Gamecock · 752 replies · 8,279+ views
    I just came from a funeral service for an aunt of mine who was a staunch Catholic. I came out of that religion about 25 years ago after reading for myself what the Bible had to say. My question surrounds the actuality of salvation for all the millions who still practice Mary worship and so forth. Knowing that one cannot serve two masters, I wonder at how it is possible that the aforementioned can really experience Christ in a saving way, while they continue to believe that the church of Rome is solely responsible for their eternal welfare. Answer: Greetings...
  • Why Should We Believe the Bible?

    11/06/2009 1:15:26 PM PST · by Gamecock · 18 replies · 710+ views
    Do you ever get annoyed when you go to the bank and you are served by a new teller who doesn't know you, and she (he?) asks for an ID card or she has to trot out to the back and check your signature? Or perhaps the teller at the next desk might lean over and say, "Yes, that's OK" or "He's him." Well, of course I'm him! Am I myself not the best proof that I am—and that I am me? But no, I'm not good enough for the bank. It has to be somebody else's word or a...