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  • Outraged Episcopal leaders condemn tear-gassing clergy, protesters for Trump photo op at Washington church {barf}

    06/03/2020 4:28:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 39 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | 2 June 2020 | Egard Millard
    Leaders from The Episcopal Church have condemned the reported use of tear gas and rubber bullets to clear clergy and protesters from the area around St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, so President Donald Trump could use it for an unauthorized photo op on June 1. Trump “used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes. This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or to heal us,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a statement “I...
  • PCUSA lost 50K members, 120 congregations in 2019; celebrates this as apparent slowing of decline

    06/02/2020 7:51:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2020 | Michael Gryboski
    Presbyterian Church (USA) recently reported that it lost around 50,000 members and over 100 congregations in 2019, which was hailed as a slowing of their years-long decline.The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released a report last Thursday regarding the current membership and church numbers.From 2018 to 2019, PC(USA) went from approximately 1,352,000 active members to approximately 1,302,000 members, or a drop of around 50,000.The number of congregations belonging to PC(USA) also declined, going from 9,161 in 2018 to 9,041 in 2019. This is around 400 fewer congregations than the denomination had in 2016.The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson,...
  • Loving The Father[charismatic caucus]

    06/02/2020 7:31:52 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    Bible ^ | The Joshua Chronicles
    Your obsession with The Father is my delight and so it is now our dialog is about to increase in that Now you Shall hear and see All of Heavens hosts for I AM opening up the Heavenlies to you completely for it is My Will for you to walk with Me as I exist ~ ~ ~ You shall be my manna from heaven from me to others feed them Me The Bread of Life
  • A Pastoral Message from Bishop Dunlop

    06/01/2020 7:23:57 AM PDT · by lightman · 1 replies
    Lower Susquehanna Synod ELCA ^ | 21 May A.D. 2020 | Bishop James Dunlop
    May 21, 2020 Ascension of Our Lord Dear Siblings in Christ, Grace and peace to you! As I have since the COVID-19 health emergency began, I share the gratitude of our whole synod for the creativity and diligence that you have shown in serving God’s people. Thank you! Our office has been working to keep you updated during this crisis. Today I bring no new information, however I want to clarify some of my previous recommendations and provide insight in light of numerous questions that have arisen. When will things be better or back to normal? Authorities tell us that...
  • Pentecost Renewed[charismatic caucus]

    05/29/2020 11:46:58 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    IN A MOMENT A SUDDENLY "Pentecost Renewed" A new wind of "ADD " Venture is coming to you , Prepare for the wind that is blowing through , For what is coming is The One and The Three , All in agreement " The All Of Me " , The gates of hell shall not prevail , For what is coming is a HOLY GALE ! Isaiah 43:18-20 18 “ Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?...
  • Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Baptist Pastors Lead Rally for Abortion

    05/26/2020 11:31:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | May 25, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    Most leaders in Judaeo-Christian faiths believe scripture teaches that all human lives are valuable and deserving of protection. But there are some who stray from the teaching and promote abortion. A group of New York state clergy members recently advocated for abortion at the state capital, Christian News Network reports. Together, abortion activists who identify as Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, Baptist, Unitarian and Jewish urged New York state lawmakers to support abortion and Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the United States, according to the report. “As pastors, we believe in New Yorkers’ ability to get the health care...
  • Minnesota Catholic, Lutheran Bishops to Gov: We’re Opening Up Regardless of Your Order

    05/20/2020 5:57:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/20/20 | Claire Chretien
    May 20, 2020, 7:21 p.m. EST: BREAKING: The Minnesota Catholic Conference and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in Minnesota sent Governor Tim Walz separate letters today announcing that they will resume worship services on May 26 despite Governor Walz’s current COVID-19 executive order which allows retailers to operate at 50 percent capacity but caps church worship services at ten people. Governor Walz’s latest re-opening order allows the Mall of America to open its doors to those seeking retail therapy but disallows churches from providing spiritual healing to their congregations. At the same time, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty sent Governor...
  • New York Episcopal Bishop Fails Inclusion Test Over Samaritan's Purse

    05/20/2020 5:39:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 5/15/20 | David W. Virtue
    Bishop Dietsche kicks Evangelical Ministry out of cathedral as COVID-19 Sweeps New York City Evangelical episcopal bishops silent in face of hatred aimed at evangelist Franklin GrahamThe Episcopal Bishop of New York, The Rt. Rev. Bishop Andrew M.L. Dietsche, should reread the parable of the Good Samaritan again. He would clearly discover what a total hypocrite he is. You will recall it was the priest and Levite who turned their backs on a traveler who had been beaten, stripped of his clothing and left to die. The Good Samaritan rescues him. Bishop Dietsche is now the priest and Jew who...
  • Ninth Circuit Rules California Churches Can Fight Abortion Coverage Mandate

    05/18/2020 5:14:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Live Action ^ | 5/14/20 | Anna Reynolds
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a California church could challenge the state mandate to pay for elective abortion through the church’s health insurance plan. Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Skyline Wesleyan Church in the San Diego area, reports that the case was returned to the district court after the Ninth Circuit found the case had been improperly dismissed. The opinion issued by the Ninth Circuit states: We hold that Skyline has suffered an injury in fact. Before the Letters were sent, Skyline had insurance that excluded abortion coverage in a way that...
  • How Secession and War Divided American Presbyterianism

    05/12/2020 7:52:00 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    ABBEVILLE INSTITUTE ^ | May 12, 2020 | Zachary Garris
    How Secession and War Divided American Presbyterianism By Zachary Garris on May 12, 2020 Presbyterianism has a rich legacy in American history. The Presbyterian church was founded in Scotland by John Knox (d. 1572), a disciple of John Calvin. Along with the Dutch Reformed and New England Puritans, the Presbyterians brought Reformed theology to the New World. Scottish and Irish immigrants introduced Presbyterianism to the American colonies in the 18th century, and the first presbytery was established in Philadelphia in 1706. (A presbytery is a governing body of ministers in a particular district.) Several prominent American statesmen were Presbyterian, including...
  • Coronavirus: MPs Urge Churches to Allow Small Funerals [UK]

    05/08/2020 5:50:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/5/20
    A group of Tory MPs are calling on the Church of England to ease restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak to allow small-scale funerals in churches. A letter signed by 36 MPs suggests clergy be allowed to enter their churches to officiate at funerals while observing safety measures. Churches closed in March, with funerals only permitted to take place at the graveside or the crematorium. The Church of England said its advice came after safety concerns. The prime minister's spokesman said the issue was "ultimately a matter for the Church of England" but added that the guidance was "clear that funerals...
  • New Methodism’s Inevitable Challenge

    04/28/2020 4:55:54 AM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    The Institute for Religion & Democracy ^ | 27 April A.D. 2020 | Mark Tooley
    Kevin Watson, a sharp young traditionalist United Methodist at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, has written insightfully for First Things about the denomination’s impending schism. His previously written books stress the importance of early Methodism’s small spiritual accountability groups and their application for today. His more recent book is Old or New School Methodism?: The Fragmentation of a Theological Tradition, which traces current divisions to the mid 19th century. I hope to review this book soon. Here’s Watson’s conclusion in his First Things article: The agonies of the United Methodist Church and their roots in Methodist history teach an...
  • God Economics

    04/27/2020 1:21:24 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    My Kingdom Economics are derived through "Thanksgiving"for it was in this manner the waters parted for Moses and the snakebites were of no consequence(I will lift my eyes to the hills) for as The Son Of God is lifted up doors open and miracles begin ! My endowment to Him( Jesus) is you( My children of Light ) and so it is as your love for Us is poured out ," Truly " it is returned flowing down upon your heads pressed down shaken together and flowing over into My very Will. So enter My Courts with Thanksgiving "YES" but...
  • Episcopal Priest: It’s Okay to Kill Babies in Abortions, But Wrong for Pro-Lifers to Protest It

    04/21/2020 3:23:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    Life News ^ | April 21, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    An Episcopal priest who runs one of the largest pro-abortion groups in America slammed pro-lifers for protesting peacefully outside abortion facilities during the coronavirus crisis. The Very Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an Episcopal priest and president of the National Abortion Federation, claimed pro-lifers are endangering lives by standing on the sidewalk outside abortion facilities, CNS News reports. “It is absolutely shameful that anti-abortion groups and individuals are ignoring public health guidance and putting patients, clinic staff and law enforcement at risk,” Ragsdale said in a statement this week. Abortion facilities really are the ones putting people at risk by...
  • God in you [charismatic caucus]

    04/20/2020 11:50:59 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Bible ^ | Bible
    My Tapestry is inbedded in you For you carry each and every strand and complexity of My Kingdom Harmonics ~~~ even in your voice ! So it is as you Declare My Rhema Kingdom WORD(JESUS) I ELOHIM open The storehouses of Heaven and bear forth My Fruit from The Tree of Life That is You in Me(The Father of Lights). You see My children I AM THAT I AM and We are ONE. BEAR FORTH MY KINGDOM IN YOU for you are My Bread of Life to others as My Melchizedek for My New Wine of Victory flows through your...
  • Closure of Churches is 'Guidance, not Instruction' - Archbishop [of Canterbury]

    04/19/2020 5:57:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Christian Today ^ | 4/13/20 | Staff
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has responded to criticism over a request for churches to stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Some vicars have challenged the guidance from the Archbishops and bishops of the Church of England to keep doors closed as the lockdown continues. Church of England churches were first told to suspend all public worship when the lockdown started last month, forcing services to go digital. This was then followed up by additional guidance telling churches to close their doors completely, including for private prayer and the livestreaming of services by pastors. Fr Marcus Walker, Rector at Great St...
  • Former Royal Chaplain Says UK Bishops Spearheaded Coronavirus Church Closures

    04/07/2020 7:14:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/6/20 | Paul Smeaton
    'To have the churches closed at this particular place seems to me to be the height of irresponsibility.'UNITED KINGDOM, April 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A former Anglican bishop and chaplain to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has accused Catholic and Anglican bishops of being responsible for the closure of churches in the U.K. during the nationwide lockdown in response to the coronavirus. Gavin Ashenden, who was received into the Catholic Church in December last year, told the Sunday edition of The Nigel Farage Show on LBC that he is “halfway between cross and distraught” at the church closures. “To have...
  • Abortion protesters sue Gov. Whitmer for alleged violation of her stay-at-home order

    04/03/2020 8:00:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    mlive ^ | April 3, 2020 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Abortion foes filed a federal lawsuit alleging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to stay home to slow coronavirus spread violates their right to protest outside of abortion clinics. One of the plaintiffs, Andrew Belanger, said he was cited March 31 by Detroit police while he preached outside of Scotsdale Women’s Center. He said he was holding a pro-life sign and kept a distance from others. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, said that 15 police officers in eight patrol cars showed up while Belanger was engaged in “peaceful expressive activity.” He and the...

    03/30/2020 8:19:53 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 9 replies ^ | 03/31/18 | Fr Randolph Charles
    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil/Easter Day are all important, even essential, to the Christian faith. The church encourages all Christians to participate in all the liturgies of this weekend, because only then do we hear the whole story; only then do we remember and reconnect [“re-member”] emotionally, mentally, and spiritually to the fullness of God’s love for humanity through Jesus Christ.A focal point of our liturgical journey through the weekend is when the presider proclaims at the Easter liturgies, “Alleluia. Christ is risen.” and the people respond, “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.” To make that joyful proclamation even more joyful,...
  • Learn the Signs of the End Times

    03/30/2020 12:00:26 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 38 replies ^ | Jan 24, 2019 (series rebroadcast) | Discovering the Jewish Jesus - Rabbi Kurt Schneider
    I'm not saying it's today (the end times) - but we are living at the end of the church age (IMHO). Yes, ever since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were. I already know that's coming, LOL. Not all may believe this. YMMV. Oh well. I was trying to find the show I saw today (many of them are repeat broadcasts so yes, this one is from last year). Today's show (not sure this is it) he talked about the men of Sodom trying to rape the angels of God. They wanted to rape them. In today's...