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  • Offended Muslims Say That Children's Easter Egg Hunt 'Violates the U.S. Constitution'

    03/29/2016 9:07:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 64 replies ^ | March 26, 2016 | David Mcintosh
    The Muslims told the Detroit Free-Press that they were concerned about the religious implications of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church's "Eggstravaganza!" They were also "troubled" by images of a bunny rabbit. "It really bothered my two kids," parent Majed Moughni, told the newspaper. "My son was like, 'Dad, I really don't feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.' "
  • Trump goes incognito for Christmas: The Donald avoids waiting cameras as he attends midnight mass w

    12/25/2015 6:07:58 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 160 replies ^ | Chris Spargo
    Donald Trump may be a fierce debater and a brash critic who is always happy to speak his mind and then some, but there seems to be one place the presidential hopeful is more than happy to lay low - church. Trump and his family attended the 10:30pm midnight mass service at Bethesda-By-The-Sea in West Palm Beach, Florida on Christmas Eve, and the billionaire businessman somehow managed to avoid the massive number of photographers and members of the press waiting outside to document his arrival. Instead he slipped inside unnoticed for the service, with the only photographs from the evening...
  • John Witherspoon’s Presbyterian Rebellion [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2015 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/3//2014 | Joanne Butler
    Ben Franklin is the prototype for the celebrity-as-politician. His autobiography is still in print; if he were alive, he’d be on Drudge’s columnists’ list, and command speaking fees that would turn Hillary Clinton green with envy. A popular T-shirt has a quote erroneously attributed to Franklin: ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.’ But John Witherspoon? He wasn’t a fan of self-promotion, which was no less prevalent then. Today, in D.C., his statue stands at a tiny triangle where Connecticut Avenue intersects with N Street and 18th Street N.W. It is routinely ignored. At...
  • Worldwide Campaign Seeks to 'Blacken Israel's Name'

    06/07/2015 5:59:36 PM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    CNS ^ | June 06, 2015 | Julie Stahl and Chris Mitchell
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- What does the Presbyterian Church USA and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters have in common? They both support boycotting Israel, a sweeping movement that's trying to delegitimize the Jewish state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a great struggle and international campaign is being waged against his country to "blacken its name." "It is not connected to our actions; it is connected to our very existence," Netanyahu said. "It does not matter what we do; it matters what we symbolize and what we are." Just this week, the CEO of French mobile phone giant Orange said he'd cut...
  • Can Christians Believe in Science and the Resurrection?

    04/03/2015 8:05:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/03/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON — Was the resurrection of Jesus Christ an anti-scientific event? This question was discussed at a March 13 conference on science and religion hosted by The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion.At the end of a panel on "Science Engagement in Congregations," an audience member who identified himself as a rabbi said "the elephant in the room has not been discussed," which he identified as, "that the fundamental basis of Christianity is a violation of nature."He began his remarks by recalling another event he attended at a Presbyterian church. An audience member...
  • Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Ministers in Civil Partnerships

    05/17/2015 6:16:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/16/15
    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships. Delegates voted 309 in favour and 183 against. The vote followed a church-wide debate and consultations with all 45 presbyteries, which voted 31 to 14 in favour of change. A further vote will be held this week on whether or not to extend ordination to ministers in same sex marriages. Supporters said it was time for the church to be inclusive and recognise the "mixed economy" of modern Scotland. Opponents warned that the move was contrary...
  • Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships

    05/16/2015 5:25:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 16, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships Vote maintains Church's traditional view of marriage between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to "opt out" By Nicola Harley 16 May 2015 The Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing people in same sex civil partnerships to be called as ministers and deacons. The decision was made by the General Assembly on the Mound in Edinburgh on Saturday, where the motion was passed by 309 votes in favour and 182 against. The outcome is the culmination of years of deliberation within...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex weddings

    03/18/2015 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/18/2015 | Tobias Salinger
    Members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to make the 1.8-million-member, 10,000-congregation denomination the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage allow same-sex weddings. The Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey cast the necessary 86th vote Tuesday night to establish that a majority of the church’s 171 regional presbyteries now support an amendment to the church constitution that redefines marriage, the Associated Press reported. “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives,” the church’s Book of Order will read,...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): 7 Votes Away From Redefining Marriage to Include Gay Couples

    03/10/2015 7:34:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/10/2015 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States is only seven votes away from having enough regional bodies favor changing its official definition of marriage to include homosexual unions. At last year's general assembly, Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment changing their Book of Order's definition of marriage from being between "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman." Known as Amendment 14-F, the possible change to the Book of Order is leading with 79 regional bodies, or presbyteries, in favor and 37 opposed. These 79 regional bodies included the Presbytery of East Tennessee,...
  • 2 suspects in W.Va. minister killing found in Ohio

    07/01/2008 7:51:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 116+ views
    Army deserters told fellow soldier they committed the crime, court papers say. Two U.S. Army deserters were arrested Friday and charged with killing the Rev. Mark McCalla, a former Franklin pastor. First-degree murder charges were filed against Stephen C. Wilson, 19, of Cincinnati, and Daniel R. Smith, 22, of Newport News, Va. The men were captured after 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Columbus, according to Sgt. Dana Norman of the Columbus Police Dept. homicide bureau. The men told a fellow soldier they had shot and killed McCalla, according to criminal complaints filed in Wayne County, W.Va., magistrate court. Wilson and...
  • Abortionist: performing abortions is my Christian responsibility

    02/08/2015 9:09:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies ^ | February 8, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    “I perform abortions‬ because of my religious belief. I would feel I wasn’t living up to my Christian responsibility if I saw the need to not offer an answer to that need. We have a saying among Presbyterians that God alone is Lord of the conscience.” Abortionist James Armstrong, in the 1990′s film Whose Choice?
  • Church Fights for Its $6M Property in Legal Battle With PCUSA After Split Over Homosexuality

    02/04/2015 9:27:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/03/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Missouri church that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the mainline Protestant denomination's stance on homosexuality is facing a legal battle to keep its property, which is estimated to be worth over $6 million. Bonhomme Presbyterian Church of Chesterfield decided to disaffiliate from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, last October. Tom Pfizenmaier, senior pastor of Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, told The Christian Post that the decision was made due to "longstanding theological differences with the denomination." "The denominational drift away from our biblical, confessional and reformed understanding of Christ's person and work, coupled with...
  • To Anti-Semitic Christians, Israel is an Usurper

    01/07/2015 11:59:32 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 55 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/05/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    The Presbyterian Church USA is considering banning the word “Israel” from its prayers. That anti-Semitic resolution was meant to “distinguish between the biblical terms that refer to the ancient land of Israel and the modern political State of Israel". It has happened before. In his war against the Jews, Adolf Hitler instructed Christian theologians to rewrite the Bible, in a bid to remove all mention of the Jews. Their barbaric spirit is living on in the Palestinolatry of these liberal Christians...
  • Not just gay issues: Why hundreds of congregations made final break with mainline denominations

    12/15/2014 5:25:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points. After a 2011 decision allowing gay ordinations, 270 congregations left in 2012 and 2013. And church analysts estimate upwards of another 100 churches may leave by the end of the year as presbyteries vote on a proposal to rewrite the church’s constitution to refer to marriage as being between “two people” instead of the union of “a man and a woman.” In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,...
  • [Israel Law Ctr] Shurat Hadin charges US Presbyterian Church with having ties to Hezbollah

    12/04/2014 6:33:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/04/2014 05:20 | Benjamin Weinthal
    Shurat Hadin (the Israel Law Center) has filed a legal complaint against the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), alleging violations of the US tax code for unlawful political lobbying and contact with Hezbollah, a US-designated terrorist organization. […] Shurat Hadin said it provided the IRS with “documentary and video evidence showing PCUSA delegates meeting with the US-designated terrorist group Hezbollah, publishing anti-Semitic materials, enacting a racist policy to divest from American companies doing business with Israel, lobbying the US Congress, and distributing political advocacy materials in violation of its tax-exempt status as a religious organization.” The PCUSA declined to provide an...
  • Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

    07/04/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Chief End of Man ^ | 7-4-14 | Don Sweeting
    “We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes “I fix all the blame of these extraordinary proceedings upon the Presbyterians.” So one colonist loyal to King George wrote to friends in England. Around the same time, Horace Walpole spoke from the English House of Commons to report on these “extraordinary proceedings” in the colonies of the new world. “There is no good crying about the matter,” he said. “Cousin America has run off...
  • Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

    06/19/2014 4:45:11 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 63 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/19/14 | Jeff Karoub
    DETROIT — The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has taken major steps toward recognizing gay marriage. The General Assembly voted Thursday in favor of redefining Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman." The redefinition will take effect only if most of the 172 regional Presbyteries approve it in voting over the next year.
  • Iran & David Duke Salute Presbyterian Church USA

    02/25/2014 5:35:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 24, 2014 | Ryan Mauro
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Iran & David Duke Salute Presbyterian Church USAPosted By Ryan Mauro On February 24, 2014 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 81 Comments If the Iranian state media and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke salute your church’s work, your church is doing something wrong. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has published a new pamphlet that makes the case against Zionism and therefore, the premise behind Israel’s existence.The Presbyterian Church (USA) has formidable influence. Its website says it has over 2 million members and 10,000 congregations in the United States. The church’s Israel-Palestine Mission network...
  • Why is US church sending Jews to the trash-heap of history?

    02/19/2014 5:13:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies ^ | February 18, 2014 | Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
    Presbyterian churches are teaching that their Jewish neighbors are inherently racist and prone to abusing the rights of others. That’s the key message of PCUSA’s new congregational study guide, “Zionism Unsettled.” Released by its Israel-Palestine Mission Network, the guide “explores the theological and ethical exceptionalism of Jewish and Christian Zionism, which have been sheltered from open debate despite the intolerable human rights abuses rooted in their core beliefs.” To be clear, this is no mere attack on Israeli policies, but rather on the very legitimacy of the Zionist enterprise. PCUSA has theologically resurrected the UN’s infamous 1975 “Zionism is Racism”...
  • (N)ew Presbyterian Church Moderator sparks row by telling gay people to stop having sex (N. Ireland)

    02/07/2014 12:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 06 February 2014 | Rebecca Black
    The new leader of the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland has angered the gay community just a day after his election by saying they should stay celibate. Rev. Dr. Michael Barry (63) takes charge of the Presbyterian Church in June following his election as Moderator earlier on Tuesday. […] “We welcome all people into the Church, but we would have a problem with those who are involved in a gay relationship because we believe the Bible teaches that is against the word of God,” he said. “We would encourage people who are gay to live a celibate life.” …
  • 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...
  • PCUSA rejects popular hymn “In Christ Alone”

    07/30/2013 5:30:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    I saw this over at Denny Burk’s blog today. Apparently the reason the Presbyterian Church USA doesn’t like “In Christ Alone (one of my favorites), is because of that unpopular, un-politically correct word, “Wrath.” As we’ve pointed out many times here at SUFTT, the more sin is watered down, the less we have of the true Gospel. In other words – no sin = FALSE gospel. The PCUSA has been going down a concerning path for quite some time now, and it appears that this is just another symptom of the problem the devil delights in: a departure from Truth...
  • Islam's true colors

    04/29/2013 9:50:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    United Press International ^ | April 30, 2013 | James Zumwalt
    In the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood," a young girl almost gets eaten by a wolf disguised as her grandmother. The moral of the story: Be careful whom you trust. Learned early by children, the moral isn't always retained by adults. Scams often victimize those too trusting. When honest endorsers naively lend their high-profile name to such a scam, investors foolishly assume their investment is safe. But those blindly accepting endorsements as gospel without independent investigation court disaster. Investigative responsibility especially arises when endorsers promote investments outside their expertise parameters, such as churches sanctioning political party agendas effecting U.S....
  • Presbyterians Reject Gay Marriage in Close Vote

    07/07/2012 5:10:05 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 66 replies
    News Max ^ | July 7 2012 | Thomson/Reuters
    The U.S. Presbyterian Church on Friday narrowly rejected a proposal by same-sex marriage proponents for a constitutional change that would redefine marriage as a union between "two people," rather than between a woman and a man.
  • The Mainline Protestant Churches and Israel: (More evidence of Chrislam?)

    03/22/2012 2:58:01 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Front Page Mag,.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Joseph Puder
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Mainline Protestant Churches and Israel Posted By Joseph Puder On March 22, 2012 @ 12:01 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | During the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) scheduled for April 25-May 4, 2012 in Tampa, FL, and the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), June 30-July 7, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA, anti-Israel actions in the form of petitions and overtures calling for some form of boycott, divestment or sanctions against the Jewish State and those who do business with the state are expected to be brought...
  • Conservative Presbyterians Announce Break From Liberal PCUSA

    01/28/2012 12:57:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/28/12 | Dave Bohon
    A break-off group from the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) launched a new conservative evangelical fellowship during a meeting in Florida in mid-January. The name of the new denomination is the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO), which came together in response to the severe liberalization of the PCUSA over the past several years, particularly its decision last year to allow the ordination of openly homosexual clergy (see The New American’s coverage). The new denomination will be under the umbrella of another recent entity, the Fellowship of Presbyterians, which was launched last year in response to concerns among clergy “about the...
  • 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'être. 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'être. A member church of the Presbyterian Church in America, Pacific Crossroads is committed to Reformation...
  • Head of Presbyterian Church (USA) Addresses Pro-LGBT Presbyterians

    09/08/2011 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 9 Sep 2011 | David Virtue
    Top leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, addressed the first national gathering of More Light Presbyterians since the denomination began allowing the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. ...Meeting at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, September 2-4, Moderator Bolbach encouraged the listeners to be the church by working together. Using the biblical story of the friends who cut a hole in the roof of a house to get a friend to Jesus to be healed of paralysis, the Moderator urged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies to be as...
  • Presbyterians Vote to Allow Gay Clergy

    05/16/2011 5:39:41 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 19 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-15-11 | Zazu
    Presbyterians clear way for ordaining gays, lesbians - The regional presbytery of Minnesota just voted to allow the ordination of gay clergy, it is the 87th of 173 presbyteries to vote to allow active homosexuals to serve as elders, ministers, and deacons. With this vote, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the church of President Reagan, amends its constitution to erase clauses that describe homosexuality as sinful and incompatible with ministry. PC(USA) joins the Unitarian Church, Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a fully gay inclusive church. Several other denominations are on the brink of following suit. The...
  • Presbyterians Against Israel

    12/05/2010 10:04:52 PM PST · by restornu · 43 replies · 1+ views
    In many ways, the second half of the 20th century was a high point for Jewish-Christian relations. Today, however, the anti-Israel politics of certain powerful Christian bodies hampers interfaith relations and threatens to breathe new life into medieval doctrine that demonized Jews for hundreds of years. In 2007, the World Council of Churches, an umbrella organization of mostly liberal Protestants... The Amman Call also labeled the barrier Israel has built to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers—which has effectively saved untold Jewish, Muslim and Christian lives—a "grave breach of international law" that must be removed. In 2008, the World Council of...
  • Springfield remembers Revolutionary War battle 230 years ago

    06/25/2010 8:16:38 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | Friday, June 25, 2010 | Karl de Vries
    Springfield celebrated the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Springfield with a dedication of a clock and benches in Patriot Park on Wednesday. Springfield resident and member of the 3rd New Jersey Regiment Mark Hurwitz tells the story of the battle. Springfield was burned to the ground by the English. SPRINGFIELD — Springfield paused this week to remember a time 230 years ago when it was under siege. snip... On June 23, 1780, Springfield stood in the way of the British army’s attempt to attack Washington’s Morristown headquarters. The Americans held their ground there, despite being outnumbered nearly three...
  • Scotland: Presbyterians and Catholics develop joint liturgy

    05/15/2010 6:36:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 397+ views
    Spero News ^ | 5/15/2010
    A Church of Scotland body is urging congregations to celebrate their common baptism with Roman Catholics for the first time by using a special joint liturgy for the reaffirmation of baptismal vows. The groundbreaking call, seen as a huge step in inter-church links, is made in the report of the Kirk’s Ecumenical Relations Committee to the General Assembly. The liturgy was devised by the Presbyterian denomination's Joint Commission on Doctrine, made up of officials from both churches. Following an extensive study period which looked at our common understanding of baptism, this new service is now being recommended by the Ecumenical...
  • Differences between the OPC and the PCA (Reformed Caucus)

    11/01/2009 9:55:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies · 525+ views ^ | Fall, 2007 | Peter Wallace
    What are the real differences between the OPC and the PCA? Most of the stories told in the OPC are told by ex-PCA’ers who had a bad experience in the PCA. And most of the stories told in PCA are told by former OP members or ministers who were frustrated in the OPC. And so the stereotypes grow!   Alternately, someone with experience in two or three OP churches generalizes from that to the whole OPC (or vice versa, with the PCA).   My own experience is somewhat limited, but I have had the advantage of serving for the last...
  • Restoration of Elizabeth church digs up Revolutionary-era past

    10/27/2009 7:44:09 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 11 replies · 1,079+ views
    The Star-Ledger (Newark) ^ | October 27, 2009, | Carmen Juri
    ELIZABETH -- Many of the headstones marking the graves in New Jersey’s oldest cemetery are no longer readable, not only because they’re worn, but because they’re partially underground. While excavating around the headstones in the Old First Presbyterian Church cemetery in Elizabeth last week, archaeologist Seth Gartland found stones had sunk several feet, leaving only the top half exposed. When workers elevated the decaying stones, Gartland discovered inscriptions that had long been hidden. Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerRows and rows of markers in the cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church on Broad St. The cemetery is currently undergoing a project of preserving...
  • Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership

    06/03/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 105 replies · 2,270+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 3, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    "What if church wasn't just a building, but thousands of doors?" asks a new website launched by the United Methodist Church. "Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church. . . . Would you come?" After watching its membership drop nearly 25 percent in recent decades, the United Methodist Church, which is still the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination, thinks it knows the answer. So it's pouring $20 million into a new marketing campaign, including the website, television advertisements, even street teams in some cities, to rebrand the church from stale destination to "24-7 experience."...
  • Poles apart: the new Presbyterian pulpit war has begun

    10/12/2008 8:46:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 384+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | October 12, 2008 | Allan Brown
    The island faiths have always seemed to me, at distant consideration, a fairly detached bunch, roused only by the threat of Sunday ferry sailings or the sight of an untethered child’s swing on the Sabbath. Okay, they don’t like anything much unless it involves walking slowly to church in a hat formerly owned by their great-grandfather, but these austere elaborations of the Calvinist reform tradition — the Free Church, the Free Church (Continuing) and the Free Presbyterian Church — always seemed too remote, too isolationist, to care about the world beyond Benbecula. But there’s one thing that does rouse their...
  • Presbyterian Church Steers Clear of Israel Divestment [but...]

    06/30/2008 9:13:22 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 4 replies · 154+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 6/30/8
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — As their biannual meeting concluded last week, Presbyterian Church leaders took some actions that irritated Jewish groups, but steered clear of the talk of divestment from Israel that ignited a firestorm in Presbyterian-Jewish relations in 2004. On Friday, the church's general assembly, in a 504-171 vote, approved a resolution endorsing a proposal for Middle East peace crafted in Jordan last year. Known as the Amman Call, the plan includes a "right of return" for Palestinian Arabs that Israel has rejected because it could produce a wave of immigration that would mean the demise of Israel as...
  • Real friends, real enemies-Presbyterian Israel-bashing shows Jews clueless about Christian groups

    06/26/2008 5:38:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies · 386+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-26-08 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    Two years ago, American Jewish community relations groups were busy patting themselves on the back for achieving a signal victory in turning back the attempt by anti-Israel radicals to hijack the Presbyterian Church USA. After the Presbyterians became the first Protestant church to embrace divestment from companies doing business in Israel in 2004, Jewish groups worked hard to overturn the decision. When the church voted to back away from this stand in 2006, it was rightly seen as a triumph not just for friends of Israel, but for the tactic of outreach itself as years of tenacious diplomacy paid off....
  • 'Tsunami' Hits Presbyterians; Dramatic Changes Ahead

    09/22/2007 7:43:55 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 72 replies · 750+ views
    Christian (itching ear scratching) Post (online) ^ | Fri, Sep. 21 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    'Tsunami' Hits Presbyterians; Dramatic Changes Ahead Top officials of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have come to the conclusion that they cannot continue "doing church" the way they have been. Fri, Sep. 21, 2007 Posted: 15:57:06 PM EST Top officials of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have come to the conclusion that they cannot continue "doing church" the way they have been. Churches within the PC(USA), the nation's largest Presbyterian body, have "hit the wall" and "come to the end of the string," seeking new directions amid a growing exodus from the denomination. "It is as if a tsunami of change has...
  • Would Jesus Eat at McDonalds? (Leftists Blame Islamic Terrorism On McDonalds)

    08/11/2007 9:19:02 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies · 1,967+ views ^ | Saturday, 11th Aug 2007 | David Paulin
    Would Jesus Eat at McDonald's? Saturday 11th Aug 2007 by David Paulin The intellectual elite of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have in recent years joined ranks with the radical left. Its members vilify Israel, apologize for Islamic terrorists, and cheer on the Palestinian cause. Now, these Presbyterians have another villain: the Big Mac. America’s most famous hamburger is emblematic of the dark underbelly of globalization, according to David Hadley Jensen, an associate professor of something called “constructive theology” at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. On top of that, McDonald’s and its iconic burger are even at odds with...
  • Presbytery's largest church votes to separate (leaves PCUSA)

    06/04/2007 4:34:08 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 3 replies · 620+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 4, 2007 | Ann Rodgers
    Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in McCandless, the largest church in Pittsburgh Presbytery, voted 951-93 to ask to be dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to join the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Negotiations may begin this week to allow the church to keep its property. The presbytery must approve any settlement. At least 761 votes were needed to seek dismissal from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Memorial Park has more than 1,600 members, but the presbytery and the congregation agreed on a smaller number of active, available members from which to calculate the majority needed for the vote. "I feel humbled...
  • Audit report concludes top-level employee embezzled $102,000 (Presbyterians)

    10/04/2006 4:37:36 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 3 replies · 300+ views
    Layman Online ^ | Oct 4 2006 | John H. Adams
    An audit committee has concluded that the second highest ranking financial employee of the Presbyterian Church (USA) embezzled $102,000 in denominational funds, ran up $21,912 in personal charges on her PCUSA-issued credit card and disbursed $8,925 from General Assembly bank accounts that could not be reconciled or documented. The committee's report was presented to the General Assembly Council during its meeting in Louisville last week. The audit said the former employee, Judy Golliher, who was fired in late June, had admitted that she embezzled funds from the church. The denomination has turned over the committee's report to criminal prosecutors, pending...
  • Church Trial in Presbyterian Gay Case

    09/14/2006 7:48:53 AM PDT · by Dane · 21 replies · 476+ views
    Forbes, AP ^ | September 13, 2006 | Dan Nephin
    Associated Press Church Trial in Presbyterian Gay Case By DAN NEPHIN , 09.13.2006, 05:03 PM A Presbyterian minister has been charged with breaking church law for performing a marriage between two women. Janet Edwards of the Community of Reconciliation Church in Pittsburgh was charged Tuesday with presiding at the June 2005 wedding in violation of church standards that marriage should be reserved to one man and one woman. Ministers are only allowed to bless same-sex unions. "For me, Scripture teaches that the message of marriage is the covenant - the love and commitment between the partners" and not their gender,...
  • Course examines taboo topic: Gays leading church

    09/09/2006 8:54:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 430+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/9/6 | Rebecca Rosen Lum
    With the Presbyterian church re-examining its ban on the ordination of actively gay men and women, a five-week course on homosexuality and the Bible at a Danville congregation is drawing overflowing crowds. "We want to provide a safe place for people to listen," said Roberta Hestenes, teaching pastor at Community Presbyterian Church. "The issue inspires so much controversy it deserves more than slogans, clichés and sound bites." The course focuses only on the ordination of pastors, elders and deacons -- not on sexuality or the blessing of gay unions. "At this moment in history, this issue is the sharp front...
  • Christians Fleeing Lebanon Denounce Hezbollah

    07/28/2006 3:08:54 AM PDT · by maronite · 44 replies · 2,631+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 28, 2006 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    But for some of the Christians who had made it out in this convoy, it was not just privations they wanted to talk about, but their ordeal at the hands of Hezbollah — a contrast to the Shiites, who make up a vast majority of the population in southern Lebanon and broadly support the militia. “Hezbollah came to Ain Ebel to shoot its rockets,” said Fayad Hanna Amar, a young Christian man, referring to his village. “They are shooting from between our houses.” “Please,’’ he added, “write that in your newspaper.” In past wars, Christian militias were close to Israelis,...
  • Liberal Christianity is paying for its sins (DUH!)

    07/12/2006 6:19:31 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 70 replies · 1,611+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 12, 2006 | CHARLOTTE ALLEN ; Catholicism editor for Beliefnet
    Liberal Christianity is paying for its sinsOut-of-the-mainstream beliefs about gay marriage and supposedly sexist doctrines are gutting old-line faiths.By Charlotte Allen, CHARLOTTE ALLEN is Catholicism editor for Beliefnet and the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus." July 9, 2006The accelerating fragmentation of the strife-torn Episcopal Church USA, in which several parishes and even a few dioceses are opting out of the church, isn't simply about gay bishops, the blessing of same-sex unions or the election of a woman as presiding bishop. It also is about the meltdown of liberal Christianity. Embraced by the leadership of...
  • Huff Posting Presbyterian Pastor: 'Jesus Was Born Illegitimately'

    06/14/2006 10:36:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 298 replies · 3,767+ views
    Posted by Mark Finkelstein on June 14, 2006 - 13:04. As a Jew, I try to tread lightly when it comes to discussing matters Christian. But I think I can say with confidence that if you're a traditional Christian who is not offended by Jim Rigby's column at the Huffington Post, Christians Who Want Democracy Must Stop Bowing to a Dictator, you're not reading carefully. Rigby is the pastor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. He has gotten into hot water for conducting ceremonies for homosexual couples. His church has also admitted a professed atheist as a member....
  • Don't call it Divestment - call it the Nuremberg Trials

    06/13/2006 1:19:18 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 20 replies · 501+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 12, 2006 | Shmuel Rosner
    A coalition of Jewish and Christian institutional investors - Jewish Voice for Peace, Sisters of Loretto, Mercy Investment Program, Sisters of Mercy, Maryknoll Sisters and Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers - joined in a resolution calling for the separation of the roles of CEO and Chairperson at Caterpillar, Inc. They say that they hope to encourage "corporate accountability." But what they really want is to scare the hell out of the corporation's management, from which they want action - against Israel. This coming Wednesday thousands of delegates to the Presbyterian General Assembly in Alabama will discuss the "violation of human rights...
  • Presbyterians Running Loose in America!

    06/09/2006 6:06:53 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 29 replies · 860+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 June 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This column was inspired by Michelle Malkin, whose work I much admire. Her latest article is, “It’s the Jihad, stupid.” I’ll explain home-grown terrorism in the US, Canada, England, France, and a few hundred other nations around the world, in terms even the dumbest Member of Congress should understand. I won’t name names, just initials: There’s RD in the Senate (Ohio) and CMcK in the House (Georgia), for example. Imagine that Presbyterians were running amok all over the world. Bombing restaurants, kidnaping people, cutting off heads, and making videos of all that for the Presbyterians who weren’t there and missed...