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  • Pope in Sweden Could Break Ground on Inter-Communion, Bishop Says

    10/22/2016 5:15:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/16 | Austin Ivereigh
    The English bishop William Kenney is a key figure in the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, and will be with Pope Francis in Sweden at the end of the month. He believes unity is a matter of decades away, and it's possible that Francis may use the trip to make a gesture on inter-communion.To describe English bishop William Kenney as an “auxiliary of Birmingham” doesn’t capture the depth and range of his longstanding roles in pan-European church bodies - for two terms, for example, he was president of Caritas Europe, and he played a key role in organizing relief efforts for former...
  • The Father's Plumb Line "Jesus Christ in us"[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/21/2016 7:06:32 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    My Plumb Line is a constant in your life it will never leave you or forsake you but can you even see it or is it masked by Your own desires or distorted by those around you that are blind to my True Will for My Word is Eternal and so it is with The Plumb Line of My Heart for it is when you align your life with My Heart by becoming servant of The Living God that your Heart on earth Becomes aligned with My Heart Your Heavenly Father so as you surrender all to Me My Son...
  • WAKE UP America ! Wake Up Body of CHRIST ![Charismatic Caucus]

    10/20/2016 10:20:09 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit , Bible
    You have allowed a breach in your walls my children! Seers awake ! Rise up to repair your borders and walls for you can not sustain what is about to come now as blind as you now are ! Awake ! Repair ! Come up higher and fast all distractions and guard your gates , replace your blind Seers with the ones that look to Me alone for guidance and KNOW I AM here. So there is no reason to tarry or allow in bitter waters that do not replenish and leave behind Asherah poles of disdain(contempt) . Am I...
  • Ptr Kirill Expresses Concerns to Abp of Canterbury About Anglicans' Apostasy from Christian Morals

    10/19/2016 5:37:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/19/16
    London, October 19, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in his talk with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury said he was concerned that the Anglican Church deviates from norms of the Christian teaching. "The patriarch paid attention of the Archbishop of Canterbury that the Russian Orthodox Church is seriously concerned with liberalization of the teaching of the Anglican Church in questions of church rules - consecration of women to priests and bishops, and in morals and family issues," head of the patriarchal press service Priest Alexander Volkov told the journalists on Tuesday evening in London before the...
  • Plans to desecrate image of Virgin Mary in Estonian museum prompt protest

    10/18/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 14, 2016 | David V Barrett
    Archbishop Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said that the exhibit ridicules religionAn image of the Virgin Mary in a museum in Estonia, designed to be desecrated to commemorate the Protestant Reformation, has provoked protests from religious and political leaders.The exhibit in the recently-opened National Museum of Estonia, in Tartu, is part of an exhibition on the Reformation in Estonia. It shows a virtual image of Our Lady of Graces on a screen in a glass box. If visitors kick a marked spot on the plinth supporting the box the image shatters into pieces and is replaced by the...
  • Cairo [Anglican] Bishop Urges Church to be Ready for Martyrdom

    10/15/2016 6:43:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    World Watch Monitor ^ | 10/14/16 | Jayson Casper
    A senior Anglican archbishop from the Global South called for the Church to be “ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Christ” in the face of persecution, restrictions, terrorism, and violence carried out in the name of religion. Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Cairo was addressing archbishops and bishops from some of the most difficult places in the world in which to practise the Christian faith: Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Africa, West Africa, Indian Ocean, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South East Asia. More than 100 delegates also discussed the importance of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue....
  • Evangelical Leaders Urge Bishops Not to Change Church Teaching on Gay Relationships [UK]

    10/14/2016 4:19:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/14/16 | Staff Reporter
    More than 80 evangelical leaders in the UK have written to the College of BishopsMore than 80 evangelical leaders in the UK have written to Anglican bishops saying that the church must not alter her practice or teaching on homosexuality, arguing that it would mark a departure from their “apostolic inheritance” and the moral teachings of the Bible. The letter which is signed by 83 leaders from different churches and organisations, states: “The Bible is clear that God has given the marriage of one man with one woman as the only context in which physical expression is to be given...
  • Proselytism Venom Against Ecumenism-Pope

    10/13/2016 6:57:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    ANSA.EN ^ | 10/13/16
    (ANSA) - Vatican City, October 13 - Pope Francis told a group of mostly Lutheran pilgrims on Thursday that proselytism was a potential threat to Christian unity. "The last thing you must do is 'to say, to convince'. It's not right to convince someone of your faith," he said. "Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism". The pope was speaking to around 1,000 pilgrims in the Vatican - most of them German Lutherans - who are in Rome as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation. "The Apostle Paul...
  • Pope jokes in ecumenical meeting: Who is better - Catholics or Lutherans?

    10/13/2016 3:20:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 138 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 10-13-16
    POPE FRANCIS "I also want to ask you a question." "Who is better: Lutherans or Catholics?" "It is better when they are together.”
  • YOU ARE NOT EXEMPT[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/12/2016 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    You are not exempt my children from the harvest just because your priorities collide with My kingdom Rules and regulations(that is The Harvest first) for it is all about Salvation of the lost now for my time has come and soon I shall be with you for a sweeping up of all My sheep. So for those too busy as Martha and have not chosen the best as Mary, Truly your reward shall be diminished from those that have forsaken all to tend my sheep in the pasture of light I have supplied(that is My spirit upon the earth) for...
  • (Episcopal) Church defrocks priest accused of molestation at prep school

    10/11/2016 5:37:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies ^ | October 11, 2016 | wowk
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An Episcopal priest accused of molesting children at an elite Rhode Island boarding school and elsewhere has been removed from the priesthood. The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania announced Monday that it had defrocked the Rev. Howard White. The diocese says White accepted his removal but didn't admit guilt. White didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday. The move came after an investigation into widespread abuse at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island, found White abused children there in the 1970s before being fired. He went on to teach in other private schools.
  • JUST ( (( ROAR )) ) [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/11/2016 7:26:50 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The joshua Chronicles ^ | 10-11-16 | Holy Spirit, bible
    My Position(Plumb line) in your Life is about to take front seat and CENTER you in MY PERFECT WILL, for your hunger and thirst has been noticed by my Holy Angels observing you as a Mighty Warrior pushing through all resistance just to bring a drink of water to your King for I AM your ALL. So watch now as I open the Storehouses of Heaven for you for they can not be contained any longer as My blessings for you have overflowed the doors in such a manner they have burst open as the hinges of my mercies to...
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  • Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops “Sent Out” for United Mission

    10/08/2016 4:03:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Anglican Communion News Service ^ | 10/5/16 | Gavin Drake
    The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis have commissioned 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from across the world to take part in united mission in their local areas. The bishops, selected by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (Iarccum) were “sent out” for mission together by the Pope and Archbishop from the same church were Pope Gregory sent Saint Augustine to evangelise the English in the sixth Century. “Fourteen centuries ago Pope Gregory sent the servant of God, Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, and his companions, from this holy place, to...
  • REMAIN IN ME[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/06/2016 1:56:27 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 10-16-16 | Holy Spirit
    My love for you is greater than you can conceive for before you need I AM, I AM there with the answer, I AM there with the breath of supply, My love endures through forever therefore I AM there in an instant for I never left you to begin with for you are in Me and we are one. Now take this love promised through the ages yet forever surrounds you and drink deep and allow the sounds of My waters to drown out the lies of the enemy for truly we are one and as no harm can come...
  • An ‘Evolving’ Episcopal Church Invites Back a Controversial Sculpture [Female Christ]

    10/05/2016 5:45:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/4/16 | James Barron
    Edwina Sandys had seen this before: the 250-pound bronze statue of a bare-breasted woman on a translucent acrylic cross being installed in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This time around, however, she does not expect to see something else she had seen before: the statue being packed up after a call from a ranking church official telling her it had to go. That happened the first time “Christa,” Ms. Sandys’s sculpture of a crucified woman, was shown at the cathedral in Manhattan during Holy Week in 1984. A controversy erupted, complete with hate mail attacking it as...
  • Anglican-Catholic Events in Rome This Week Raise False Hopes of Unity

    10/05/2016 5:34:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/4/18 | Edward Pentin
    Despite many worthy Anglican-Catholic initiatives this week, true unity remains a distant dream.As part of a week of festivities marking half a century of Anglican-Catholic dialogue, nineteen pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from around the world will be commissioned tomorrow to embark on a joint mission to spread the Gospel. The initiative will be launched at an ecumenical vespers service in Rome’s San Gregorio al Cielo church, attended by Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby. The joint mission is the fruit of dialogue undertaken by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission on Unity...
  • Andy Stanley Defends Teaching Methods Against Charges His Approach Undermines Scripture

    10/05/2016 6:35:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 154 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/5/2016 | BRANDON SHOWALTER
    Pastor Andy Stanley is defending his approach to preaching amid questions from prominent evangelical leaders who contend his methods undermine the Bible's authority and pave the way for unbelief. In a lengthy article in Outreach magazine on Friday, the pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, responds to his critics and affirms that he believes in biblical inerrancy. What he is doing, he argues, is changing the angle from which he speaks to more effectively engage a post-Christian society, particularly millennials who have left the Church. Controversy arose in light of Stanley's recent sermon series wherein he argued...
  • Bishops Begin Historic Canterbury-Rome 'Pilgrimage'

    10/04/2016 5:05:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Thirty-six Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from 19 countries are in Canterbury at the start of an historic week-long summit marking closer ties between the two traditions. Events will include a service in Rome on Wednesday (October 5) jointly led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis at which the bishops will be formally commissioned to work together in pairs. Services at Canterbury Cathedral over the weekend have illustrated the deepening relationship between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. On Saturday the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, David Hamid, delivered the homily at a Catholic Vigil Mass in...
  • Pope to Pray with Anglican Chief for First Time in 500 Years

    10/03/2016 5:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Pope and the head of the Church of England will say prayers together for the first time since England’s break from Rome gave rise to the Anglican church, the Vatican announced Monday. The historic and hugely symbolic move will come on Wednesday at vespers, or evening prayers, in the ancient church of San Gregorio al Celio in the Italian capital. It will be the first time a pontiff has joined with an Archbishop of Canterbury in joint public prayer since the schism in 1534 was triggered by English monarch Henry VIII’s clash with Rome. The Archbishop, Justin Welby, will...
  • Lutherans and the Political Challenges of 2016

    10/01/2016 5:20:47 PM PDT · by lightman · 22 replies
    Journal of Lutheran Ethics ^ | 1 October A.D. 2016 | Robert Benne
    Lutherans and the Political Challenges of 2016 Robert Benne 10/01/2016 An Unprecedented Dilemma [1] Most of my conservative Lutheran friends say that either they will simply not vote for any of the presidential candidates this year or they will write in someone they know cannot win. A few will “hold their noses” and vote for the Republican candidate. Even my liberal Lutheran friends are reluctant to vote for the Democratic candidate, though some will also “hold their noses.” Their personal reluctance is mirrored in the high disapproval ratings borne by both major candidates. This is an unprecedented situation in my...
  • The Church Has Contributed to Antisemitism, Archbishop of Canterbury Says

    09/29/2016 6:48:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/28/16 | Staff
    "The fact that antisemitism has infected the body of the Church is something of which we as Christians must be deeply repentant.The Church has contributed to the spread of antisemitism, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby wrote this week in an essay for the Holocaust Educational Trust. The leader of the Church of England referred to antisemitism as "an insidious evil," adding that "it is a shameful truth that, through its theological teachings, the Church, which should have offered an antidote, compounded the spread of this virus." Welby, who has held his position since 2013, said that "the fact that...
  • Armed Police Patrol Canterbury Cathedral Amid Terrorist Fears

    09/29/2016 6:42:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/29/16 | Staff Reporter
    Security has been increased following the murder of Fr Jacques HamelPolice with guns are patrolling Canterbury Cathedral amid fears about terror attacks. The extra security comes after a series of jihadist attacks across Europe, including the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. Essex and Kent Police have ordered armed officers to guard potential terrorist targets, including the cathedral, major shopping centres, the port of Dover and London Southend Airport. Photos have emerged of police officers carrying Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, Glock 17 semi-auto 9mm pistols and Tasers outside the cathedral. A spokesman for Canterbury Cathedral said: “Having grown used...
  • SAVING GRACE and the Evidence of it in our Lives for others[Charismatic Caucus]

    09/27/2016 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    My subject matter(DNA) is Life Everlasting but where in your life is this a "matter of "Evidence" for in your daily endeavors even in your prayer life I should be the main ingredient of your prayer for others and this is, their salvation first for without me no life truly exists it is just matter(dust). Now I AM the breath ~ ~ ~ of your beginning through salvation and the end of the means for you to OVERCOME as I did for you but now is your time of destiny for I AM The Fulcrum of Balance( Plumb Line )...
  • Ex-Catholic Michael Coren stripped of papal knighthood

    09/25/2016 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 25, 2016 | Michael Coren
    Michael Coren, former Catholic apologist and journalist, has been stripped of his papal knighthood following his reception into the Anglican Church of Canada in 2013. Coren is known for his popular work of Catholic apologetics, Why Catholics Are Right, and for his schism from the Church over her doctrine on homosexuality. He is married with four children. Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic made Mr Coren a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in October 1992, for 'services to Catholic media'. According to an interview with the ultra-liberal Catholic journal, The Tablet, "Coren was stripped of his papal knighthood and asked to return the...
  • How Methodists Invented Your Kid's Grape Juice Sugar High

    09/24/2016 9:04:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 09-23-2016 | Luke T. Harrington
    It’s weird to think about, but a lot of the things we take for granted are almost shockingly recent inventions. The can opener didn’t exist until 1870—nearly a full century after canned food was first produced (people ate so much canned food that year, you guys). Doors have been around forever, but doorknobs weren’t invented until 1878 (and people were finally able to leave their houses). And grape juice?
  • C-3PO Crashes a Pentecostal Revival

    09/22/2016 8:11:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-22-2016 | Lutheran Satire
    The latest from the Lutheran Satire guy.
  • Anglicans Divided Over New Bishops' Group on Homosexuality

    09/19/2016 5:37:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/19/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Conservative and liberal Christians have criticised a new bishops' group set up to discuss the issue of homosexuality. Some conservatives are upset that such a group has been set up at all. Liberal Anglicans are equally angry, complaining that the new Bishops' Reflection Group contains no members who have advocated a change in the Church's traditional teaching on marriage. Others however have welcomed its membership as faithfully representing Biblical teaching on gay sex. The group includes at least two prominent evangelicals, the Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson and the Bishop of Maidstone Rod Thomas, former chair of the conservative Reform...
  • Church [of England] Homosexuality Talks 'to Remain Private'

    09/18/2016 5:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/18/16
    A homosexuality debate by Church of England bishops will remain private to allow views to "deepen and flourish", the new Bishop of Oxford has said. The College of Bishops met in Oxford earlier this week to discuss attitudes towards sexuality. The Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft told BBC Oxford talks were "constructive" and would continue through the autumn. He said the bishops would reveal their conclusions to the General Synod in February next year. The meeting was held just two weeks after the Bishop of Grantham, Nicholas Chamberlain, announced he was gay and in a relationship. 'Sensitive and challenging'Dr Croft...
  • [Anglican] Archbishop of Wales Declares Scriptural Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    09/17/2016 6:08:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 9/14/16 | Barry Morgan
    Presidential Address of the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev Barry Morgan to he Governing Body meeting at the University of Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, on 14 Sept 2016I have to confess that over the last 13 years, I have never re-read a presidential address that I have given to this Governing Body. Good job too, some of you may be thinking, once is more than enough for anyone!! Before writing this one however, I decided to re-read the first one I ever gave as the new Archbishop and was amazed to discover that I had spoken about the authority...
  • Swedish church leaders oppose support for persecuted Christians

    09/17/2016 3:45:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    Barnabasaid ^ | 09-15-2016 | Staff
    Liberal Church leaders in Sweden have opposed an initiative aimed at showing support for persecuted Christians. After the murder of French priest Father Jacques Hamel by jihadists in July three Swedish priests started an initiative called Mitt kors (“My cross”) in which Swedish Christians took “selfies” with a cross to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. However, the initiative has been attacked by liberal church leaders apparently concerned that it might offend Muslims! The head of communications for the Church of Sweden even called it “seditious and un-Christian”. The Church of Sweden's attacks on the "My cross" initiative continued until one...
  • St. Thomas More's Hats – and Other Relics – Coming Soon to DC

    09/16/2016 4:59:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/15/16 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2016 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Centuries-old relics and artifacts of St. Thomas More will be coming to the U.S. for the first time in an exhibit that curators hope will evangelize today’s faithful. The exhibit “celebrates a powerful and eloquent example of Christian discipleship,” said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, which co-sponsored the exhibit. “In an era when many people look to secular authorities for inspiration and guidance on what is right and just, Thomas More’s example underscores the necessity of living our lives according to the dictates of a well-formed...
  • Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian and Presbyterian Clergy Participate in Rally for Abortion

    09/13/2016 6:56:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies ^ | September 13, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Many Judeo-Christian leaders speak out against abortion, but the few who advocate for abortion often are the ones who get the most media attention. On Monday in Kentucky, pro-abortion clergy held a rally at the State Capitol to advocate for abortion and other issues, the State-Journal reports. The event was called the Higher Ground Moral Day of Action, and it was held in conjunction with other rallies nation-wide. Led by clergy, the event highlighted the upcoming election and called on candidates and elected officials to uphold “the most sacred moral principles of our faith and constitutional values.” These included “the...
  • Christians of All Denominations Join to Answer the Pope's Call for the Care of Creation

    09/11/2016 4:24:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 9/11/16
    "Believers and non-believers agree that the Earth is our common heritag, the fruits of which should benefit everyone. However, what is happening in the world we live in?” Pope Francis has been a strong advocate for environmental protection since the start of his pontificate. In 2015, with the publication of the encyclical Laudato si', it became clear that the care of what he calls "the Common Home” is one of his top priorities. POPE FRANCISJune 17, 2015"I ask you to be responsible with the mission God entrusted to mankind with Creation. To cultivate it and care for the garden in...
  • Defrock atheist minister, United Church (of Canada) panel urges in split decision

    09/10/2016 6:08:34 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    CTV News ^ | September 10, 2016 | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
    TORONTO -- An unabashedly atheist minister who does not believe in the Bible should be defrocked for her beliefs, a United Church committee has recommended in a split decision that seems likely to stir further dissent in the church. In its unprecedented report, the reviewing panel said Gretta Vosper would not be ordained were she applying today given her extreme beliefs. "She is not suitable to continue in ordained ministry because she does not believe in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit," the report by the Toronto Conference interview committee states. "Ms. Vosper does not recognize the primacy...
  • Be the Salt and Light of change for Jesus [charismatic caucus]

    09/08/2016 1:15:17 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    My opposition is you, the enemy has no chance against Me in any arena! So do not fear or give in to them but continue to take back My land for this land is the hearts of those yet to be saved. I am not found where a talent is wasted for it shall be given to another . . . My Kingdom is expanding not lukewarm and so as My Mighty Ones push right through the enemy lines, you will find me with those that press into ME for as they gather together to hear ME speak it is...
  • Norway State Church Sees Exodus After Allowing Online Exit

    09/06/2016 6:24:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/16 | Karl Ritter
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's state church has seen a record fall in membership after making it possible to join and leave the church electronically. The Church of Norway says almost 25,000 members left in August by using a new function on the church's website. Meanwhile, about 1,200 new members joined online. Even though the church has seen a steady decline in membership in recent decades, that's by far the biggest monthly loss in recorded history. By comparison, the church lost 8,588 members in the first seven months of 2016, before the online option was introduced. Still, church officials appear to...
  • Come run into My Arms[Charismatic Caucus]

    09/06/2016 8:00:44 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My opinion of you is righteousness for I have loved you through all eternity . So catch up with my love for you just drink it in and fall into the pool of my complete acceptance for you have already been washed in my forgiveness so don't challenge my love just receive it for you are mine and I am yours woven through all eternity together as one. Come to me and the sound of my voice both through others gestures of my love through them and by my Spirit speaking to your heart for I have already given you...
  • First Church of England Bishop Comes Out as Gay

    09/03/2016 5:35:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/2/16 | Trevor Grundy
    CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Nicholas Chamberlain, the bishop of Grantham, has come out as the first Church of England bishop to openly acknowledge he is gay. Chamberlain, 52, said in an interview with the Guardian published Friday (Sept. 2) that he is living with a man and in a long term loving relationship, though it does not involve sex. The Guardian predicted that Chamberlain’s announcement “will be embraced by campaigners for equality but is likely to alarm conservatives who fear the church is moving away from traditional teachings.” As a suffragan bishop, Chamberlain is subordinate to the archbishop of his diocese,...
  • The Centurions of The Lord[ Charismatic Caucus]

    09/01/2016 8:59:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 9 replies
    Bible ,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 9-1-16 | Holy Spirit
    "My living creatures surround you for you have arrived " I AM The Guardian of your life , Nothing exists or is unseen, For I AM The eyes of those that believe, In and through all things I created to be, I AM The Author of all that you see, And of the invisible I make myself known, I AM The Author of existence That turns over every stone, So nothing I say nothing surprises Me, As far as the east is from the west and beyond I see, So rest your wholeness in My fullness for this is where...
  • Church of England Parishes Consider First Step to Break Away Over Sexuality

    08/29/2016 5:19:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/28/16 | John Bingham
    A group of parishes is preparing what could be the first step towards a formal split in the Church of England over issues such as homosexuality, with the creation of a new “shadow synod” vowing to uphold traditional teaching. Representatives of almost a dozen congregations in the Home Counties are due to gather in a church hall in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, later this week for the first session of what they say could eventually develop into an alternative Anglican church in England. Organisers, drawn from the conservative evangelical wing of Anglicanism, say they have no immediate plans to break away...
  • The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To Church

    08/28/2016 2:41:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 418 replies
    The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To ChurchThe standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of thinking—not just about medicine and mechanics, but also culture and politics and economics and every other sphere of public life. As the United States became more secular, people slowly began drifting away from faith.Of course,...
  • Justin Welby: 'I Am Constantly Consumed With Horror' at the Way the Church Has Treated Gay People

    08/27/2016 6:43:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/27/16 | James McIntyre
    Justin Welby has opened up about how his own failings make him angry and said that he spends "a lot of time feeling a fraud" in a personal and at times emotional interview at the Greenbelt Christian festival in Northamptonshire. Speaking to the 'vicar of Gogglebox', television star Kate Bottley in front of hundreds of festival-goers, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that wherever he went he found people who could do his job "infinitely better" than he could. And in surprisingly frank comments about same-sex relationships, Welby said that he "can't see the road ahead" for the Church. Before the...
  • We are Jesus Rose Garden[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/26/2016 7:13:07 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    You are my Rose garden that I nurture in my love and water with my spirit and it is now time for you to become my messenger of love to all my children for I have hand picked you to go with my message of love and obedience to my Word and Spirit and I have signed you as a gift to them from The Father of Lights for you shimmer with My Testimony "Bought by The Blood of The Lamb of God". Now share the testimonies of me in your life for it is time to take the garden...
  • There is no compromise in Jesus Kingdom[charismatic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 8:26:13 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    There is no compromise in My Kingdom for I AM THE WORD ETERNAL therefore I AM both Provider and the lover of your soul. I know the plans I have for you and there is no need for you to compromise with the evil one for he has already been judged by me as un-righteous therefore remain in My will and in My WORD for it is your rudder and key to open each door I have set before you and it is My Spirit that moves these doors as you declare My will in your life. So come and...
  • People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

    08/22/2016 2:06:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 May 2016 | Harriet Sherwood
    The number of people who say they have no religion is escalating and significantly outweighs the Christian population in England and Wales, according to new analysis. The proportion of the population who identify in NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey as having no religion, referred to as “nones”, reached 48.5% in 2014, outnumbering the 43.8% who define themselves as Christian – Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations. In 2011 the BSA survey found 46% identified as having no religion. The 2011 census gave a much lower figure of 25%, but phrased the question differently. “The striking thing is the clear sense of...
  • Gay Anglican Clergy to Defy Church's Official Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    08/21/2016 5:16:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/21/16 | Nicola Slawson
    Several gay ministers will write to church leaders to say they are already in same-sex marriage and want official position reconsideredA group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage. A dozen gay ministers are to sign an open letter that also urges the church to allow clergy to carry out blessings for parishioners entering into same-sex marriages. Half the signatories have already declared themselves to be in a gay marriage, including Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who was one of the first priests...
  • No, God Isn’t Transgender

    08/19/2016 8:06:44 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 42 replies ^ | 8 . 15 . 16 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who “transitioned to a woman” in the 1970s, Sameth contends that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.” He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures, in order to argue that religion should not be put in service of “social prejudices” against...
  • ELCA Approves Lutheran-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Document

    08/15/2016 11:16:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    [ELCA News] The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly took several significant steps Aug. 10 moving forward the mission of this church as a church for the sake of the world. By a vote of 931 to 9, the assembly overwhelmingly accepted the “Declaration on the Way,” a unique ecumenical document that marks a path toward greater unity between Roman Catholics and Lutherans. Following the vote, an emotional assembly stood to applaud the momentous decision. At the heart of the document are 32 “Statements of Agreement” that state where Lutherans and Roman Catholics do not have church-dividing...
  • Martin Luther was a ‘teacher of the faith’, say [Catholic] German bishops

    08/12/2016 3:59:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 296 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 12, 2016 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Germany’s Catholic bishops have praised Martin Luther as a “Gospel witness and teacher of the faith” and called for closer ties with Protestants. In a 206-page report, “The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective”, Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg, chairman of the German bishops’ ecumenical commission, said the “history of the Reformation has encountered a changeable reception in the Catholic Church, where its events and protagonists were long seen in a negative, derogatory light”. “While the wounds are still felt to the present day, it is gratifying that Catholic theology has succeeded, in the meantime, in soberly reconsidering the events of the...