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  • Church of England Introduces Baptism-Style Ceremony for Gender ‘Transitions’

    12/12/2018 6:40:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/11/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    UNITED KINGDOM, December 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – While the Church of England – the largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom – is stopping short of calling its newly instituted blessing for “transgenders” a second baptism, priests are being directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity. In a newly issued pastoral guidance, clergy are being told to call men by their new female names, and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be...
  • NOW [Charismatic Caucus]

    12/12/2018 2:22:50 PM PST · by Jedediah
    Sit by my side and you will see , A new level of my Tapestry , for I AM raising in the air , My banner of love everywhere , So in my design for each child , woman and man , is for my heart to expand , And reach new heights never seen , a new beginning bright and clean , For as you shed this heart called you , is when I step out and renew , So take my hand and then let go , Of all of you and then you'll know , That in...
  • What are the biggest threats facing Christian seminaries Today?

    12/09/2018 6:45:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Presbyterian pastor Ligon Duncan has listed out some of the biggest threats facing Christians seminaries in America, from unbelief to a lack of Biblical understanding in students. Duncan, who is the chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary in Mississippi, said in a video published on YouTube on Tuesday that one of the main threats facing theological education today is the undergraduate debt crisis. The scholar warned that the debt is “causing a lot of students to stay away from graduate theological education who would really benefit from it both personally and in their public ministry. Next, he said that there is...
  • Psychology professor accuses GOD of being a sexual predator for impregnating the Virgin Mary...

    12/07/2018 10:10:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 83 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | DECEMBER 7, 2018 | Keith Griffith For
    FULL TITLE: Psychology professor accuses GOD of being a sexual predator for impregnating the Virgin Mary 'without her consent' A university professor has accused God of sexual misconduct for impregnating Mary, the mother of Jesus, without her 'consent'. Eric Sprankle, an associate professor of clinical psychology and sexuality studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato, criticized the Biblical Christmas story, saying the Christian deity was 'predatory' . 'The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen,' Sprankle wrote on Twitter. 'There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.' Responding to Sprankle, someone...
  • A German priest’s Advent reflections from World War II

    12/04/2018 6:13:57 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    CNA ^ | Mary Reza
    Father Alfred Delp was in the midst of his studies to become a Jesuit priest when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Despite increasing difficulties under the regime, he was ordained a priest for the order in 1937. The priest eventually was imprisoned in 1944 and executed in 1945 by the Gestapo, as he was falsely believed to be involved in the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler. Even though he was able to prove his innocence, he was hung for high treason for his involvement in resistance activities. He was offered his freedom if he left the...
  • Os Guinness (How To Get Free and Stay Free)

    12/04/2018 9:17:56 AM PST · by OddLane · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Vocab Malone
    Legendary Social Critic and Public Thinker OS GUINNESS dissect the underpinnings of national "freedom". What is the basis for freedom of conscience and human rights? Os illustrates with the "Golden Triangle of Freedom" concept: freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith, and faith requires freedom.
  • Dozens of Irish Doctors Storm Out of Meeting After They’re Told They Must Participate in Abortions

    12/03/2018 7:00:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies ^ | December 3, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Dozens of Irish Doctors Storm Out of Meeting After They’re Told They Must Participate in Abortions Dozens of Irish doctors walked out of an emergency meeting about abortion Sunday after they said their concerns about conscience protections are being ignored. ADVERTISEMENT About 300 doctors attended the meeting by the Irish College of General Practitioners EGM in Dublin to discuss the government’s plans to legalize abortions starting Jan. 1, 2019, NewsTalk reports.Dozens walked out after complaining that leaders have been ramming through the pro-abortion legislation without consulting the medical community or giving it ample time to prepare. Many doctors also fear...
  • Lutherans are the biggest consumers of alcohol among Protestant Christians, poll finds

    12/03/2018 9:06:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/03/2018 | Samuel Smith
    Among Protestant Christians in the United States, Lutherans are most likely to say that they consume alcohol while Pentecostals are least likely, a recently released LifeWay Research poll has found. The poll, which was conducted in August 2017 but released Tuesday, found that over 75 percent of Lutherans surveyed answered “yes” when asked if they drink alcohol. Meanwhile, 62 percent of Methodist respondents responded with the same answer. By comparison, just 43 percent of nondenominational Christians, 33 percent of Baptists and 23 percent of Assemblies of God/Pentecostal Christians said that they consume alcohol. The survey is based on a sample...
  • A word for The body of Christ[Charismatic Caucus]

    12/03/2018 8:05:00 AM PST · by Jedediah
    There is an AWAKENING COMING and ALL you are a part in this but do you KNOW your PART ,for how can the Body of Christ move in beautiful simpatico (mutual understanding with another), Perfect harmony with itself without ENTIRE UNITY ?! Amos 3:3 Shall two walk together at all, if they do not know one another ? My answer to you is prayer through humility for as you come to me on your knees and your heart in total surrender , Truly I shall speak to each one and impart and reveal your True Calling and its Purpose to...
  • A Service for Advent with Carols from the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge.

    12/02/2018 7:42:53 AM PST · by tellw
    BBC Radio 3 ^ | 12/2/18 | BBC Radio 3 / Choir of St. John's College Cambridge
    Listen at LINK. This is being broadcast live and also available for a month. Order of Service is here: A Service for Advent with Carols from the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge.
  • Holy Nativity Radio - Weekly Music Highlights for Advent I

    12/02/2018 3:07:41 AM PST · by Claud · 1 replies
    Holy Nativity Website ^ | 12/2/2018 | Holy Nativity Radio
    Happy Advent! We enter into a penitential spirit, awaiting the Messiah in anticipation of the joy of Christmas. We also celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas on Dec. 6th. Mass and Office Propers and Texts Missa Ad Te Levavi Kontakion and Troparion to St. Andrew (Byzantine) Seasonal Psalm Psalm 84 (85), Benedixisti Hymns and Carols Creator Alme Siderum Verbum Supernum Prodiens O Come, Divine Messiah On Jordan's Banks Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding Hymns in honor of St. Nicholas
  • Calls to Unseat Church of England Rejected by [British] Government

    11/30/2018 6:07:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies ^ | 11/29/18 | Alex Williams
    Ministers have rejected calls to sever ties between the Church of England and the state, saying antidisestablishmentarianism is official government policy. One Tory frontbencher told the House of Lords on Wednesday there were no plans to "destabilise" the historical relationship. Lord Young of Cookham said: "Who we are as a country is defined by our church and our state and the relationship that has been developing over 400 years between them. "The Government value that relationship; we think it adds value to both sides and is welcomed by the country. We have no plans to destabilise that relationship." The peer...
  • Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco to Host “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite”

    11/30/2018 6:03:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Composer says work is "a radical appropriation of a European, patriarchal tradition, the formal Latin Mass, which we reinterpret through the lens of the marginalized LGBTQ experience" “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite” will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller, created to honor those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. “Requiem Mass” is presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration with Grace Cathedral’s Ghiberti Foundation. “‘Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite’ is a...
  • It was by Faith[Charismatic Caucus]

    11/29/2018 7:42:14 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Do you see my children it is as your faith becomes a sword as it did for the Centurion that I go before you, for truly as you abide in my faithfulness that it then manifests as a Truth and this is "The Domain of Zion" where wonders and miracles abound for Truly it is with your faith firmly grasped by your heart that I call you My Beloved Overcomer, as Abram became Abraham . Now take this finished faith to others for I AM your Yes and Amen Forevermore . . . Hebrews 11:17-31 17 It was by faith...
  • God is Not Male… OR Female’: Abp of Canterbury Says ‘the Father’ Cannot be Defined by Human Gender

    11/22/2018 4:42:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/20/18 | Zoie O' Brien
    *. God is not male nor female according to The Most Rev Justin Welby * Human language is 'inadequate' to describe the Christian deity - he said * A YouGov survey found 41 per cent of British Christians agreed God 'does not have a human gender' – but most refer to God as maleGod should not be referred to using a gender because 'our father' was not male or female, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Most Rev Justin Welby has warned human language is inadequate to describe the Christian deity and that despite the use of words such...
  • Historic Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Agreed Statement on the Holy Spirit Published [Filioque]

    11/15/2018 6:52:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The historic Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed last October after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at this year’s meeting of AOOIC, which took place last week in Lebanon. The agreed statement is part of a series of work which has helped to heal the oldest continuing division within Christianity, a schism that goes back centuries. At the core of Agreed Statement is the controversial Filioque clause – appended to the Nicene Creed...
  • Episcopal bishop, William Love, bans gay unions on his turf [Albany NY]

    11/12/2018 9:50:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2018
    An Episcopal bishop in Albany, New York, has issued a directive banning same-sex marriages in his diocese, saying the church has been “hijacked by the ‘Gay Rights Agenda.’” The Rev. William Love says in a pastoral letter that Scripture describes same-sex relationships as “sinful.” He also says that “Satan is having a heyday bringing division into the church.” His directive Saturday comes three weeks before a resolution allowing same-sex marriages in Episcopal churches nationwide goes into effect. …
  • 1,600-Member South Carolina Congregation Wants to Leave UMC Over Homosexuality Debate

    11/07/2018 7:45:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/07/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    A large congregation in South Carolina has requested to leave the United Methodist Church over the mainline Protestant denomination's debate over homosexuality. In February 2019, the UMC will hold a special session of its General Conference to determine if the denomination will maintain its official position against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Christ United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach, which is said to have approximately 1,600 members, has sent a request to the South Carolina Annual Conference to leave the denomination. While their departure from the UMC has not been finalized, the congregation has already changed the church's name to simply...
  • Thomas Becket’s Bloody Tunic Returns to Canterbury 850 Years After He Died

    11/05/2018 4:44:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11/4/18 | Catherine Pepinster
    Vatican to send back historic relic worn by archbishop as he was brutally murderedA bloodstained tunic belonging to Thomas Becket is to be returned to Britain from the Vatican to help mark the 850th anniversary of the murder of the former archbishop of Canterbury and the 800th anniversary of the creation of his shrine. Canterbury Cathedral, where Becket was killed in December 1170 following a bitter dispute with King Henry II, became a shrine after Pope Alexander III made Becket a saint following the murder. It drew thousands of pilgrims from England and across Europe until the shrine was destroyed...
  • Row Over Muslim Scholar's Invitation to Preach at Anglican Service [UK]

    11/02/2018 6:20:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/20/18 | Harriet Sherwood
    Blog claims sermon by imam at Oxford church contrary to ‘sacred act of divine worship’ in keeping with C of E ritesAn invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a eucharist service in an Oxford church on Sunday has triggered complaints from traditionalists. Monawar Hussain, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours last year for services to interfaith relations and the community, will deliver a sermon at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, following a request from Oxford University’s vice-chancellor, Louise Richardson. The move has been denounced by Archbishop Cranmer, a conservative Anglican...