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  • Covenant College Forfeits Women’s Tennis Championship Match Because Scheduled On Sunday

    04/18/2016 3:34:20 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 34 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | Apr 17, 2016 | Kyle Taylor
    “Covenant College has elected to forfeit the Women’s Tennis USA South Conference championship match, scheduled for April 17, 2016. The championship match takes place on a Sunday, and as an institution owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church in America we observe the Sabbath by not competing in athletic events on Sunday. This conviction is clearly stated in our Student Handbook and is informed by the Bible, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the PCA Book of Church Order. In national tournaments, the NCAA makes accommodations for institutions that do not compete on a particular day for religious reasons. Bylaw...
  • Billy Graham’s grandson steps down from Florida megachurch after admitting an affair

    06/21/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2015 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian has resigned from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a high-profile church in south Florida, after admitting he had an affair. He released the following statement to The Washington Post, saying it was on behalf of him and his wife: I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on...
  • A Response to the Statement from City Church San Francisco on Its Ministry to the LGBT People

    03/16/2015 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | Christopher Robins
    [Editor’s note: The Elder Board of City Church in San Francisco, formerly in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and now in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), released a statement on changes of how it will minister to those who are considered a part of the LGBT community. This is a response to this statement; the full statement follows the response.] Dear friend, I’m so sorry. Thanks for forwarding this letter from City Church this morning. You’ve been a good friend and I want to speak to you plainly. This stuff breaks my heart. The letter makes it sound...
  • Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to launch NYC campus

    09/23/2014 10:36:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 45 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 22, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NEW YORK (RNS) Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in New York City in 2015. The partnership between Redeemer and Reformed Theological Seminary fits in with the desire of evangelicals to plant their flag in large cities such as New York. It also reflects the influence of Reformed theology on evangelical thinking, as well as the impact of megachurches on theological education. And while many seminaries are still suffering declining revenues since the economic crisis...
  • If You Struggle Over an Issue… You Must Be Right!

    09/15/2014 6:32:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | 15 September 2014 | Timothy Hammons
    I’m doing some research around the web and came across Rachel Held’s Evans post on God and the Gay Christian. In there she tells us that she has another post that is in the works about why she changed her mind on God and the gay Christian. Gee, can’t wait. Her testimony and preface for this upcoming post is simply that she has struggled over the issue, she has had many sleepless nights. She has really wrestles with it… therefore, her conclusions must be sound. Here are her words: "Certainly there are many other Christians struggling to make sense of...
  • Why the Fourth of July Is a Presbyterian Holiday

    07/05/2014 8:05:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | 7-4-14 | Rick Phillips
    While Americans today are roasting hot dogs and setting off fireworks, few will be thinking deeply about the significance of the event we remember, the issuing of The Declaration of Independence by our courageous Founding Fathers. Christians should realize, however, that the ideas enshrined in the founding of our nation and in the Declaration are biblical ideas that are just as important today. Reformed Christians, especially, should see in the language of our Founders the ideas of covenant theology that are essential for us to recover and defend today. With this in mind, let me offer three reasons why the...
  • Will the True Prophet Please Stand Up?

    07/03/2014 5:27:25 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | July 3, 2014 | Larry C. Roff
    Here in Schenectady, NY yesterday, First United Methodist Church hosted a guest preacher/lecturer who forfeited his ministerial credentials for performing a so-called same-sex marriage for his son and partner. His credentials have been reinstated and he is traveling around as a “prophet” calling people to follow the evolving culture. Well, call me a “prophet” who calls people to live in fidelity to the God who made us and knows best how we are designed to function. Here is the text of a letter to the editor which I have submitted to the local newspaper. Dear Editor: GLAAD for some …...
  • How To Tell The Difference Between The PCA And PCUSA

    06/24/2014 12:29:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 06/24/2014 | Joe Carter
    Last week NBC news reported that the “top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church in America” voted to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in their church constitution. The news report, which was quickly corrected, was confusing the Presbyterian Church of the USA—whose general assembly was meeting in Detroit, Michigan—for the Presbyterian Church in America—whose general assembly was meeting in Houston, Texas. With two Presbyterian denominations with similar names meeting on the same dates it’s easy to understand how a reporter could get them mixed up. So what exactly are the differences between the two? Here are several key differences between...
  • The Houston PCA General Assembly: A Pastor’s Reflections

    06/23/2014 8:17:51 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-04 | David W. Hall
    Some Assemblies chart a new course or make history. The 40-year anniversary celebration of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) founding (at the 42nd GA) probably will not bend the lines of history very much. It was a par-for-the-course General Assembly, which pronounces another resounding “Meh,” to the idealist reformers. As is becoming customary, most of the interesting things took place off the floor as this court of the church has become largely irrelevant for the year-round functioning of the church. Perhaps it is a sign of growth and stability that churches no longer depend much on annual four-day meetings[1]...
  • Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA

    06/23/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-23-14 | Staff
    Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA Overtures dealing with homosexuality, pro-life, child abuse, Insider Movement, theistic evolution, and others discussed and voted on Written by Staff | Monday, June 23, 2014 The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has adjourned in Houston, Texas. There were many issues considered including Insider Movements, child abuse, and prayer for Christians facing penalties for their stance on abortion and homosexuality. What follows is an overview of some of the main actions of this year’s GA. Unlike previous years, there was very little discussion or debate over the...
  • PCA General Assembly Adopts Expression of Support for Sanctity of Life and Marriage

    06/22/2014 3:35:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Staff
    Be it resolved that the Presbyterian Church in America expresses its gratitude to the Lord for sustaining by His grace ministers of the gospel, chaplains, and Christians serving in the public sphere who are experiencing ostracism, penalties, and persecution for taking a Biblically faithful sand for the sanctity of human life and declining to participate in the cultural redefinition of marriage.
  • Pastor Says “Jesus Is The Only Way” Will Become Hate Speech

    06/21/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Jim Bakker Show ^ | 6-19-14 | Jason Wert
    Mark 13:13 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” One of the opening speakers at the 42nd PCA General Assembly told those in attendance that America is rapidly progressing to the point where declaring Jesus the only way to eternal life will be considered spreading hate. “It will be difficult to say in this culture ‘Jesus is the only way’,” Pastor Bryan Chapell warned. “That will be interpreted as hate speech.” Chapell said that sticking to truth will be a point of contention with the...
  • University Reformed Church Votes To Leave The RCA

    05/29/2014 2:51:33 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    TGC ^ | April 27, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung
    On April 27, 2014, University Reformed Church (URC) voted 282-9 in favor of leaving the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and affiliating with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The following Wednesday, the consistory of URC voted unanimously (14-0) to file a petition with the Classis of South Grand Rapids that we might leave the RCA with all our real and personal property and join the Presbytery of the Great Lakes in the PCA.For the past three years, our church has wrestled with our place in the Reformed Church in America. We have prayed, studied, strategized, spoke, listened, prayed, asked...
  • Christians, Don’t Give Up on the Homosexuality Debate

    02/16/2014 9:10:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 41 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 2-2-14 | Jason Helopoulos
    Even as we exercise our voice, we need a generation of Christians who are willing to do even more; willing to be courageous enough to minister with compassion and truth to the homosexual community. We need brothers and sisters in Christ, who know the depths of grace and are deliberate in ministering to others by that grace. We must raise an army of men and women, who are compelled, in all humility, to seek to understand the homosexual struggle and enter into relationships that will challenge, encourage, and hold friends and loved ones accountable. Even before the Grammy Awards showcased...
  • 13 Differences Between the PCA and the PCUSA.

    01/23/2014 2:18:07 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Andrew Webb
    I was recently asked to outline some of the major differences between the Presbyterian Church in the USA (PCUSA) and my own denomination the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and I came up with the following 13 point list: 1) The PCA does not ordain women to either of the offices in the church (Teaching/Ruling Elder, Deacon). The PCUSA by contrast ordains women to both offices. 2) The PCA affirms that the Bible is inerrant and infallible in all that it teaches. The PCUSA does not. 3) The PCA repudiates abortion and considers it a violation of the sixth commandment....
  • Losing Privileges

    01/14/2014 7:47:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 1-14-14 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Is this a Christian country? There are likely as many ways to answer the question as there are stripes on our flag. Yes, the country was populated at its beginning with Christians looking for a place to worship freely. But that was before we became a country. Yes, many of our founding fathers were sincere professing Christians. But many of them were not. Yes, we are Christian in the same sense as all of Europe is Christian — it is the faith tradition of the majority in our country. But no, we have rejected the faith of our fathers. Yes,...
  • Making Sense of Scripture's 'Inconsistency'

    01/07/2014 1:55:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 60 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7 January 2014 | Tim Keller
    I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because "they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey." Most often I hear, "Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts---about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren't you just picking and choosing what you want to believe from the Bible?" I don't expect everyone to understand that the whole Bible is about Jesus...
  • 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...
  • Report on Rosaria Butterfield at RUF Event at University of South Florida

    10/10/2013 6:39:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | October 10, 2013 | Jeff Lee
    Rosaria spoke for 35 minutes and then fielded questions from the audience for another hour and a half. While she received many challenging questions from opposing viewpoints, the audience was mostly very respectful of her and her time. In short, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed both in her lecture and during Q&A. Even several from USF’s administration told how thankful they were for her lecture and for how smoothly the whole event ran. As I reflect on the events of the past week, especially the past 48 hours, it is difficult to express all that the Lord has done through...
  • Schaeffer Sunday: the role that Francis Schaeffer played in the rise of the pro-life movement

    09/19/2013 1:51:00 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Editor note: This essay below is worth the read. [The following essay explores the role that Francis Schaeffer played in the rise of the pro-life movement.  It examines the place of How Should We Then Live?, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, and A Christian Manifesto in that process.]One of the most enigmatic, controversial, and influential figures in the growth of the “pro-life” movement was Francis August Schaeffer.  It was the issue of abortion in particular that drove Schaeffer to shift his later work in the direction of political involvement and mobilization.(1)  Yet, despite the enormous impact of his books...
  • "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,...
  • Boca Raton Pastor Investigated by Church for Alleged Past Inappropriate Relationship With Teen

    08/02/2013 2:05:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Palmbeach ^ | Kyle Swenson
    For the past year, a pastor at a Boca Raton church has been serving up the good word from the pulpit while higher-ups in the faith look into allegations that he was sexually involved with a teenager in the 1980s. Kirk A. McCormick has been a pastor for the past 18 years at Grace Community Church, a Presbyterian congregation on West Camino Real. But in early June, the pastor abruptly "renounced the jurisdiction" of the congregation's parent body, the Presbyterian Church (USA). McCormick's decision came just as testimony was to begin in an inner-church trial over the accusations. By bailing...
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church catches fire Saturday in Opelika

    07/14/2013 8:31:11 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Opelika-Auburn News ^ | 07/14/2013 | Tamiko Lowery
    Editor's note: On Sunday morning, officials with the fire department confirmed that the sanctuary was actually spared.The bells at Trinity Presbyterian Church will not toll this morning as flames engulfed the historic church Saturday night after a fire spread from the attic and brought the roof down. Capt. Scott McBurney of the Opelika Fire Department said he believed the church was struck by lightning. McBurney, who lives near Trinity, said he heard thunder and then a pop an hour before the station received a call at approximately 6:46 p.m. "We were on the scene in three minutes," McBurney said. "Smoke...
  • To the Boy Scouts and Others – Warning: Reality is Not Politically Correct

    05/26/2013 8:43:35 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 80 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-26-13 | Jason A. Van Bemmel
    All teens need to be taught by their parents, teachers, pastors and mentors that their sexual desires are not their identity, nor do they need to be controlled by them. Who we are is so much greater than our appetites, sexual or otherwise. And all of us can learn, by God’s grace, to master and subdue our desires.
  • Coffin Nails

    06/11/2013 11:17:38 AM PDT · by fishtank · 11 replies
    God's Hammer ^ | May 7, 2013 | Sean Gerety
    One man’s coffin nail could be the hinge pin keeping the PCA from going over the abyss. Jason Stellman’s flirtation with the Roman church-state right in the middle of his halfhearted prosecution of fellow closeted Roman Catholic, Peter Leithart, could be the means by which the PCA reverses its decision affirming Leithart’s gross heresy as being within the bounds of the Westminster Confession, even his rejection of justification by faith alone and imputation. Three PCA presbyteries that still believe that the Gospel is worth fighting for have “approved an overture requesting the General Assembly to assume original jurisdiction over TE...
  • 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...
  • Cultural Pandering No Boon for Shriveling United Church of Christ

    02/05/2013 3:16:54 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 2-4-13 | John Lomperis
    Advocates for churches and Christian institutions reconsidering biblical teaching on sexual morality frequently claim that such cultural accomodationism is "needed" if Christian communities are to have any hope of surviving in an America whose secular culture is increasingly intolerant of moral boundaries for sexual expression (beyond consent). If one is going to take such arguments seriously, it makes sense to consider how well that has worked in the denomination that has most prominently pioneered enthusiastic abandonment of biblical values on marriage and sex. The United Church of Christ (UCC) attracted heaps of polarized public attention in 2005 with its embrace...
  • I Fought the Church, and the Church Won

    09/24/2012 9:19:51 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies ^ | September 23, 2012 | Jason Stellman
    "And make no mistake, the Catholic Church is disruptive. It is audacious and confrontational, sucker-punching and line-in-the-sand drawing. Like the Lion Aslan from C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, it is not a tame Church, and will make no promise not to devour and discomfit its subjects as they partake of its life-giving water, causing them to constantly bend the knee and cede their worldly wisdom to the foolishness of the cross. In the words of Aslan to Jill, who expressed fear about letting down her guard to drink from the water by which he stood, “There are no other streams.”...
  • The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church in North America Vie for Ecumenical Partners

    06/13/2012 9:58:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    VirtueOmline ^ | 6/12/12 | David W. Virtue in Ridgecrest, NC
    The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are vying for ecumenical partners as each jockeys for recognition by the wider Christian community. TEC recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Episcopal-Lutheran Concordat wherein the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) entered into full Communion. While this was initially met with much enthusiasm and idealism in the hope that the two denominations would usher in a new era of inter-denominational cooperation, the occasion went mostly unnoticed. In February of this year, the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in...
  • Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age Brimstone for the broad-minded.

    06/05/2012 6:42:09 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Dallas Baptist University ^ | 1997 | Tim Keller
    The young man in my office was impeccably dressed and articulate. He was an Ivy League MBA, successful in the financial world, and had lived in three countries before age 30. Raised in a family with only the loosest connections to a mainline church, he had little understanding of Christianity. I was therefore gratified to learn of his intense spiritual interest, recently piqued as he attended our church. He said he was ready to embrace the gospel. But there was a final obstacle. "You've said that if we do not believe in Christ," he said, "we are lost and condemned....
  • HOW CALVINISTS SPREAD THANKSGIVING CHEER Charity and predestination go hand in hand.

    11/19/2011 4:06:52 PM PST · by Dr. Eckleburg · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Belz
    Next Thursday, as the rest of us tuck into our turkey feasts, hundreds of needy families in Southern California will open "Boxes of Love." Delivered by several churches led by Pacific Crossroads in Santa Monica, Calif., the boxes contain ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal for six. They allow impoverished families to skip food lines and neighborhood pantries and enjoy the holiday in their own homes. What's unusual about the Pacific Crossroads congregation—and what underpins efforts such as Boxes of Love—is its theologically conservative raison d'ętre. A member church of the Presbyterian Church in America, Pacific Crossroads is committed to Reformation...
  • How Calvinists Spread Holiday Cheer

    11/18/2011 6:13:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 262 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Belz
    Next Thursday, as the rest of us tuck into our turkey feasts, hundreds of needy families in Southern California will open "Boxes of Love." Delivered by several churches led by Pacific Crossroads in Santa Monica, Calif., the boxes contain ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal for six. They allow impoverished families to skip food lines and neighborhood pantries and enjoy the holiday in their own homes. What's unusual about the Pacific Crossroads congregation—and what underpins efforts such as Boxes of Love—is its theologically conservative raison d'ętre. A member church of the Presbyterian Church in America, Pacific Crossroads is committed to Reformation...
  • PCA [Presbyterian Church in America] Statements on Homosexuality

    11/07/2011 4:00:48 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies ^ | PCA General Assembly
    Editor’s note: In light of recent decisions by other denominations to approve openly homosexual individuals for ministry, to sanction the blessing of same-sex unions, and because of the public debate on legalizing same-sex marriages, it is appropriate to publish the position of the Presbyterian Church in America on these issues. Here is a brief overview of actions of past General Assemblies and summaries of these actions: In 1977 the following was adopted: That the Fifth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America affirms the biblical position for our denomination which states that: 1. The act of homosexuality is a...
  • God’s Law for Today

    10/16/2011 9:57:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Truth in Action Ministries ^ | 10-12-2011 | D. James Kennedy
    Today we see an age of anomie—lawlessness. The laws of God are being ignored and His commandments jettisoned. Indeed, it is a lawless age in which we live—reminiscent of what Jesus said in parable about what would come when He went off to a far country. The citizens would hate Him, and they would cry out, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14). The great question before the nations is: Will men and nations submit to having Jesus Christ, the Divine Creator of the world reign over them? God’s purpose in this world is to...
  • Is Mormonism a Cult?

    10/15/2011 9:50:41 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 182 replies
    Truth in Action Ministries ^ | 10-14-2011 | Truth in Action Ministries
    A Statement from Truth in Action Ministries, Oct. 14, 2011 "While having the deepest respect for the moral and ethical standards of the Mormon people and their church, we must sadly reject their teachings as false and not Christian." –D. James Kennedy, Ph.D. Texas pastor Robert Jeffress generated headlines last week when he told reporters that Mormonism is a cult—a belief system at odds with historic Christianity. Since then he has been accused of bigotry, called a “poster boy for hatred,” and a “moron.” Despite those harsh charges, Jeffress, who backs Texas governor Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination,...
  • Wycliffe, SIL Issue Guidelines on Translating the Term, 'Son of God' Among Muslims

    10/14/2011 12:44:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/14/2011 | Collin Hansen
    Following criticism from many quarters and official rebuke from the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Wycliffe Bible Translators and its primary implementing partner, SIL International, issued new guidelines in August saying familial language for God should normally be maintained in the text of Bible translations. SIL convened an August meeting in Istanbul for translators and consultants to set standards. They then released a best practices statement that reaffirms belief in the eternal deity of Jesus Christ and says, "Scripture translations should promote understanding of the term 'Son of God' in all its richness, including his filial relationship with the Father,...
  • Conservative Presbyterians Mulling Split Over Gay Ordination?

    08/24/2011 3:44:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 24 Aug 2011 | Anugrah Kumar
    Three months after allowing the ordination of openly gay clergy, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seems headed for a split as nearly 2,000 conservative Presbyterians are gathering in Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday with creation of a “new Reformed body” as an agenda. Making preparations for the conference is the Rev. Paul Detterman, executive director of Presbyterians for Renewal, an independent organization based in Louisville, Ky., where the denomination’s headquarters are. Detterman, administrative consultant for the new Fellowship of Presbyterians, the organizer, recently wrote in a communication to fellow conservatives that initially only a few hundred people were interested in new...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Basic Apologetics: "I think all paths lead to God."

    07/07/2011 4:52:34 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 66 replies
    Out of The Horse's Mouth ^ | Juy 6, 2011 | Eric Landry
    William Cwirla (LCMS): When people say things like that, I always like to ask, “On what basis do you think that? What evidence can you put forward that this statement is true?” It is true that all religious paths, save one, lead to the same place, but that place isn’t God. All religions, save one, hold that you must work your way to God, whether by your creeds, your conduct, or your worship. This is essentially the religion of the Law, something that all religions, save one, have in common. The statement presupposes that we are on a search for...
  • 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...
  • Conservative Presbyterians Form Alternative Fellowship

    05/31/2011 1:10:59 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 May 2011 | Bob Adelman
    Now that pro-gay liberals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have succeeded in their 30-year efforts to allow the ordination of gays, a small but influential group of conservative churches have decided to give up the fight to change the Book of Order back to the way it was since 1997 when the original ban was approved. Rev. Janet Edwards, a Presbyterian minister in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also serves as Co-Moderator for More Light Presbyterians, which has been pushing for “full inclusion” of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in PC(USA) for years. In her Huffington Post article, she noted that: Our...
  • Charlotte Presbytery, too, ends gay ban

    05/18/2011 3:35:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 18 May 2011 | Tim Funk
    The Presbytery of Charlotte added its support Tuesday to ending the ban on gays and lesbians becoming clergy and lay leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Presbyterian church leaders from the seven-county Charlotte region voted 162-154 to change the denomination's constitution by removing a 1997 amendment that said the ordained must either be single and chaste or in a heterosexual marriage. ..The Rev. Kate Murphy of Hickory Grove Presbyterian, who made the case for removing the ban on gays and lesbians, said her reading of Scripture told her that "committed monogamous homosexual relations are not sinful in God's eyes."
  • Presbyterian Church gives OK to ordain leaders who are gay

    05/13/2011 3:39:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    Gaston Gazette ^ | 13 May 2011 | Amanda Memrick
    The church’s constitution used to have a requirement to “live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness” for church officers. The amendment change removes that stipulation and requires church leaders to “submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.”... The changes also state that the governing body responsible for ordaining ministers or installing lay leaders should examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation and suitability for the responsibilities of office. “Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual...
  • Campaign to Unite One Million Christians for LGBT Equality {Barf Alert}

    05/06/2011 4:22:47 AM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    PRWeb ^ | 5 May 2011 | PRWeb
    His mothers are teaching him to treat everyone the same. Just like Jesus did. His church should too. Determined to give voice to the millions of Christians who believe in equal rights for all, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community, Believe Out Loud, a project of Intersections International, is today launching a campaign to get one million Christians to break the silence and join the burgeoning chorus for full LGBT equality in the church. Progressive Christians across numerous denominations believe that Jesus' message of justice, compassion and love compels them to be fully welcoming of all people,...
  • Qu'ran unites Utah Muslims, Christians {Barf alert}

    05/06/2011 3:49:57 AM PDT · by Cronos · 39 replies
    Onislam ^ | 6 May 2011 | onislam
    Feeling grateful to their local church move to hand out free copies of Qur’an, a group of Muslim women arranged a luncheon in Salt Lake city, hoping to extend new bridges between the two faiths in the community, The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Friday, May 6. “You extended the first hand,” Angela Young, a convert to Islam, told attendants at the luncheon. Preparing falafel, biryani rice, hummus and baklava, a group of eight women from the Muslim community decided to share it with their local church. On Thursday, they headed to Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Presbyterian Church sharing their...