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  • I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic

    11/28/2014 2:33:31 PM PST · by NYer · 1,099 replies
    Aleteia ^ | JUNE 20, 2014 | ANTHONY BARATTA
    It was the day after Ash Wednesday in 2012 when I called my mom from my dorm room at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and told her I thought I was going to become Catholic. “You’re not going to become Catholic, you just know you’re not Southern Baptist,” she said. “No, I don’t think so.” A pause. “Oh boy,” she sighed. I started crying. I cannot stress enough how much I hated the idea of becoming Catholic. I was bargaining to the last moment. I submitted a sermon for a competition days before withdrawing from school. I was memorizing Psalm 119...
  • How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? [vanity]

    11/13/2014 6:49:41 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 635 replies
    How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? Partial List of 5000+ Protestant Denominations by Name How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?    The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics "The Facts and Stats on "33,000 Denominations" The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics Part II (Above links derived from here) ===> ("How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?") ⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪ There are many, many more Protestant denominations out there, not just those reflected in the links above.    How many?    Well, nobody really knows for sure exactly how many Protestant denominations exist at any given point in...
  • Sources of the Protestant Devolution

    11/06/2014 2:29:33 PM PST · by NYer · 449 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | November 6, 2014 | Matthew Tyson
    In June of this year, the largest Presbyterian denomination in America voted to allow their clergy to perform same-sex marriages within the church, thus joining the ranks of other Protestant denominations, such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Episcopalian Church, and United Church of Christ.This evolution of theology and modernizing of church doctrine is a trend that I predict well continue to see in non-Catholic Christian circles for years to come, and not just with marriage. Today, nearly all Protestant denominations support and even advocate the use of artificial birth control, and many allow at least some level of support for...
  • Blyukher Street Park in Yekaterinburg to have Lutheran church built this year (Russia)

    10/09/2014 4:56:20 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 12 replies
    Yekaterinburg Online ^ | Nastya Rovnushkina
    The Lutheran church in the territory of park on Blyukher Street will start being built probably this year. About it the E1.RU portal was told by representatives of a Lutheran community in Yekaterinburg. Documents on granting the territory according to the lease contract are already agreed with MUGISO and underwent all necessary procedures, including public hearings. Now parishioners expect the construction license which will allow to achieve, at last, long dream to return to residents of Yekaterinburg the Lutheran temple. The area of building about 400 square meters. - We awaited five years for this decision, - the...
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons [Dealing With Homosexuality]

    10/15/2014 8:14:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 155 replies
    Fox ^ | Published October 14, 2014 | By Todd Starnes
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the citys first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. The citys subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five...
  • Ukraine Protestants Target of Russian Orthodox 'Jihad'?

    10/01/2014 3:04:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    CBN News Online ^ | September 30, 2014 | George Thomas
    SLAVYANSK, Ukraine - Peter Dudnik is convinced that the masked gunmen swallowing up large swaths of eastern Ukraine are a serious threat to evangelical Christians. Dudnik is a senior leader of Good News Church in Slavyansk, Ukraine. In an exclusive interview, Dudnik told CBN News the pro-Russian rebels "didn't treat Christians well because they consider the Orthodox Church far superior than any other church." "They also believe that Protestant Christians are American spies and since America is the enemy, evangelical Christians are also the enemy," he explained. ***Snip*** Not only did the Orthodox priests take over his church for services,...
  • THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide

    09/20/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    The Destin Log ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 | Dr. Barry K. Carpenter
    THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide By Dr. Barry K. Carpenter Published: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM. Christians around the world are experiencing unprecedented persecution. Reporter and news analyst Kirsten Powers, interviewed in the Daily Beast, said, “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. The silence has been nearly deafening.” It seems open season on Christians. It is more pronounced, more bold, more contagious, and in more numbers than at any other time in history. It may appear to...
  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/18/2014 12:25:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 42 replies
    Sandro Magister ^ | 09/18/2014 | Sandro Magister
    VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 The revolution of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities among the most Ratzingerian of the Roman curia. Another whose fate appears to be sealed is the Spanish archbishop...
  • Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level

    09/17/2014 9:07:14 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 878 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/17/2014 | Tanya Diente
    Pope Francis, with his open-mindedness and more humanist approach to Catholicism reportedly promoted that the Virgin Mary should be at the second Holy Trinity, even putting her at Godhead level. Pope Francis recently attended the morning mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15 at Casa Santa Marta. He preached on how the Virgin Mary "learned, obeyed and suffered at the foot of the cross," according to theVatican Radio."Even the Mother, 'the New Eve', as Paul himself calls her, in order to participate in her Son's journey, learned, suffered and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother,"...
  • If No One Is Pope, Everyone is Pope A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/24/2014 3:18:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 589 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today sets forth the biblical basis for the Office of Peterthe Office of the Papacyfor Peters successors are the popes. The word pope is simply an English version (via Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tongues) of the word papa. The Pope is affectionately called Papa in Italian and Spanish as an affectionate indication that he is the father of the family, the Church.That Peter receives an office and not simply a charismatic designation we will discuss later. As to certain objections regarding the Office of the Papacy, we will also deal with them later. But for now lets look at...
  • Dozens rally for 'Love Without Borders'

    08/18/2014 12:36:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Quad-City Times ^ | August 17, 2014 | Linda Cook
    Janet Woods-Bragg of Davenport holds a sign reading "I was an immigrant and you welcomed me," in reference to scripture from Matthew 25:35 on Sunday at the "Love Without Borders" interfaith rally in Davenport. More than 100 people gathered in downtown Davenport on Sunday for an interfaith rally to support children fleeing Central America to enter the United States. Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba urged the crowd at the Love Without Borders event to work for social responsibility. He and local social service leaders helped launch the initiative in July when he suggested that the Quad-Cities host some of the immigrant...
  • The Priesthood of All Believers?

    08/13/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 105 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, and other verses refer to the (ordained) ministerial priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9 refers to the "priesthood" of the laity. The ministers handle preaching and the Sacraments. The laity simply participate. Scripture makes a strong distinction.ierateuma/hierateuma (lay priesthood, Greek, Strong's #2406) [1 Peter 2:9, Lexicon] sacerdotium (lay priesthood, Latin) [1 Peter 2:9] presbuteroi/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Greek, Strong's #4245) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, Lexicon] presbyteri/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Latin) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15] Follow me, Answering Protestants, and Catholic Analysis on Twitter, Like Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis...
  • Chinese Gov't To Construct a Christian Theology

    08/11/2014 11:28:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 12, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    While this is definitely a "what could go wrong" story what with an atheist government creating a theology fit for its population, there's definitely a sign of hope here. Atheist China, worried about the rapidly growing number of Christians, is constructing a "theology" in order to attempt to control this whole Christian thing. Funny, I think the Romans tried to control Christianity as well. How'd that work out? The South China Morning Post: China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities...
  • My Church Loyalties

    07/28/2014 3:10:13 PM PDT · by The Grammarian · 78 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 28 July 2014 | D. Stephen Long
    My church loyalties Why I am not yet a Catholic Jul 28, 2014 by D. Stephen Long In 2005, after Benedict XVI was elected pope, I wrote an essay for the Century titled In need of a pope? That essay cost me a job at a Protestant evangelical institution. A Catholic friend told me at the time that I should think of that result as a gracious preemptive strike. Since then I have repeatedly been asked, Why are you not Catholic? The main reason I am not (yet) Catholic and remain a Methodist and an ordained Methodist elder is that...
  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid (Christians United for Israel)

    07/23/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
    Israels ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, addressing the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel, July 21, 2014.With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority. David Brog, the groups executive director, said CUFI regarded the Iran nuclear talks as a failure and would back legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would impose new sanctions immediately. The Cruz measure is tougher than legislation already under consideration that would trigger sanctions...
  • Pastors Letter for Planned Parenthood: God Bless You as You Have an Abortion

    07/07/2014 10:04:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/7/14 | Carole Novielli
    We broke the news that Planned Parenthood, the nations top abortion provider had published a Pastoral Letter to Patients. The outrage of the pro-life community to this heretical letter was so great that the abortion giant pulled it off the Internet.Now I have discovered a 2nd letter called Pastoral Letter About Your Abortion Decision. The letter features Planned Parenthoods RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS COMMITTEEReverend Debbie Pitney, Reverend Steve Carlson, Reverend Ken Henry, Reverend Ben Dake, Reverend Melanie Oommen, Reverend Gregory Flint, Reverend Danna Drum Hastings, Reverend Dan Bryant, Reverend Zane Wilson, Reverend Jonathan Weldon, Reverend Jan Fairchild, Reverend Bruce Cameron, and Rabbi...
  • Becoming Alert to Conservative Protestant Sexual Abusers and Their Enablers

    07/01/2014 7:51:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    patheos ^ | Daniel Fincke
    Last night I listened to the new Reasonable Doubts podcast, which included a detailed account of the case of self-righteously Christian former major league baseball player and eventual sex abuse convict, Chad Curtis. The show is a gripping and revolting listen, and as usual the Doubtcasters bring to bear a lot of insight in the process both of telling the story and in analyzing it at the end. Doubtcaster Jeremy Beahan went to college at Cornerstone University where Chad Curtis was a prominent figure, earning his degree to go into high school coaching (where he would commit his sex crimes)....
  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/02/2014 3:21:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,090 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | June 2, 2014 | Shane Schaetzel
    by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, available from http://fssp.org One of the greatest tragedies of the Reformation is the loss of authentic holy orders in Protestant communities, and as a subsequent result of that, the loss of the real presence in Holy Communion. Of course this is not a problem for a large number of Protestants who no longer believe in the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion anyway. Transubstantiation is the belief that the bread and wine elements in communion, really and truly, become the actual body (flesh) and blood of Jesus Christ once they are...
  • Conservative United Methodists say divide over sexuality is `irreconcilable'

    05/31/2014 12:06:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 93 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | May. 30, 2014 | Tim Funk and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the United part of its name? A group of 80 pastors, including at least two from North Carolina, says the nations second-largest Protestant denomination faces a split because of an inability to resolve long-standing theological disputes about homosexuality and church doctrine. But more than lamenting the divisions, the pastors indicated there is little reason to think reconciliation or even coexistence could be found. Like a couple heading to divorce court, the pastors cited irreconcilable differences that cant be mended.
  • THE IMPERATIVE TO BE BAPTIZED SHOWS ITS NECESSITY

    05/23/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by discipler · 73 replies
    The Imperative to be Baptized shows its Necessity Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," Mt 28:19 [baptize the verb means be buried, immersed; verb does not mean sprinkle water; the person is baptized, not the water] "For you are saved by grace through faith" Eph 2:8,9 [works are important, even necessary, but only by faith in God is one saved] "Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." Acts 22:16 [Therefore...
  • 'Gay' book 'low-water mark' for evangelical publishing

    05/22/2014 11:07:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    wnd.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jim Fletcher
    A controversial new book from a mainstream, evangelical Christian publisher is being described by a critic as a new low-water mark for the industry while an advocate calls it a game changer. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, by Matthew Vines, who describes himself as a gay Christian, has been released by Convergent Books, an imprint of WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishing. Ingrid Schlueter, a long-time conservative voice in Christian media, sees Vines book as yet another example of evangelicals accommodating a culture in moral free-fall. All the theological contortions in the world by evangelical authors...
  • Why churches should brace for a mass exodus of the faithful: The more conservative churches, anyway

    03/24/2014 7:38:15 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/24/14 | Damon Linker
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hierarchical and stratified societies of the ancient world, Jesus Christ taught the equal dignity of all persons, proclaimed that the meek shall inherit the earth, and declared that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. The Western world has been working out the logic of these subversive teachings ever since, with the institutional transformation of marriage being the latest, though surely not the last, example of its social, moral,...
  • Bible Converts Protestant to Catholic Faith

    02/26/2014 2:03:34 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 159 replies
    EWTN ^ | n/a | Lois Day
    When I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of eighteen, I began for the first time in my life to read the Bible with eagerness and interest. I'd come into a new relationship of faith and love with Christ, and it was in the pages of Scripture that I could learn what I needed to know about Him. I spent an entire summer reading the New Testament from cover to cover. Truths sprang out at me; insights, rivers of wisdom flowed from the pages. I was surprised to find Scripture so gripping. "That's because...
  • Birth control reconsidered: Protestant film questions contraception, rediscovers Reformation beliefs

    02/17/2014 9:40:55 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 121 replies
    TheChristians.com ^ | Jun 11, 2013 | Celeste McGovern
    Birth control reconsidered A Protestant film questions contraception, and rediscovers Reformation beliefs By Celeste McGovern Jun 11, 2013 The contraception mentality: Despite half a century of contrary evidence, many still believe this. For anyone under 60, birth control is just a fact of life. Those under 50 wont recall that it was ever controversial. The pharmaceutical separation of sex from babies has been so thoroughly accepted by Western society that any holdouts are seen as fringers: orthodox Catholics, Mormons, and health hippies.But questions about contraception are arising from unlikely sources lately: not enough to call it a trend, but significant...
  • Divorce Rate Higher in Counties With More Conservative Protestants, Study Says

    01/30/2014 5:17:18 AM PST · by xzins · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 26 Jan 14 | Anugrah Kumar,
    Divorce rate is higher among religiously conservative Protestants, and even among those living around them, finds a new study that examined all counties in the United States where divorces occurred and looked at what the characteristics of those counties were. Demographers Jennifer Glass at the University of Texas and Philip Levchak at the University of Iowa looked at the entire map of the United States, and found that a key factor predicting divorce rates is the concentration of conservative Protestants in a county. To be published in the American Journal of Sociology next month, the study notes that religiously conservative...
  • Fascination with Francis stirs Protestant hearts

    01/24/2014 3:54:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 102 replies
    Nation Catholic Reporter ^ | 1-22-2014 | Bill Tammeus
    What has intrigued me most about Pope Francis is not the way in which Catholics -- well, most of them, anyway -- have embraced him but the way in which countless Protestants have moved into his fan club. More is at play here than simple celebrity in our overwrought pop culture. At least, I hope so. The Protestant fascination with him hasn't broken down the many theological, liturgical and structural barriers that still exist between Protestantism and Catholicism, but it has softened them a bit and it has caused some Protestants to want to figure out what makes Francis tick,...
  • Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin [Why Not Trayvon As Young Mohammed?]

    12/28/2013 11:33:49 AM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 28, 2013 | Russell Goldman
    Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin By Russell Goldman Dec 28, 2013 HT trayvon nativity nt 131227 16x9 608 Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin John Zachary created a Nativity scene for Claremont United Methodist Church that employs a figure of Trayvon Martin as a commentary on gun violence. (David Allen/Daily Bulletin) A California church sought to make people think about the repercussions of violence, by replacing the baby Jesus with a bloody sculpture of Trayvon Martin in a nativity scene. What they got instead were threats. The crche outside the church Claremont United...
  • Church Displays Bleeding Trayvon Martin Nativity Scene

    12/26/2013 8:37:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | Elizabeth Sheld
    Outside the Claremont United Methodist Church is a nativity scene with a bleeding Trayvon Martin. The California Church has turned their nativity scene "into a piece of art that comments on our times" for the last seven years. John Zachary, the artist, told me the acquittal in July of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old African-American in 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment. For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.
  • Church Nativity scene with gay figures vandalized

    12/29/2011 4:48:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/29/11
    CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- Southern California authorities are investigating vandalism of a church's Nativity display that includes depictions of gay and lesbian couples. The damage at Claremont United Methodist Church occurred late Saturday or Sunday morning. . . . Claremont police Sgt. Jason Walters tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin it's a hate crime.
  • When Christmas was illegal: the Holy War against Christmas in North America (Calvinism)

    12/22/2010 9:01:56 PM PST · by narses · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 8th, 2010 5:17 pm ET | Charlie Rosenberg
    Few people engaged in the "War on Christmas" are aware that at one time it was a crime in Massachusetts to celebrate Christmas. Oh sure, some will say, count on liberal Massachusetts to pass a law against Christmas. But it was Calvinist Massachusetts, in the days of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, the Pilgrims and Puritans, that established penalties for the observance of Christmas Day "by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way." The noisiest opposition to public celebration of Christmas today comes from professed agnostics and atheists, particularly those seeking "freedom from religion." But there are still...
  • Vanity: Theological Implication of Different Translations of Luke 2:14?

    12/26/2013 6:34:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    None | December 26, 2013 | Me
    The King James Version of Luke 2:14 is one of the most famous verses in the English language Bible: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." The current Roman Catholic version is: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased. The Catholic version seems to me more restrictive with the conditional clause than the universality of the KJV translation. Is there any theological implication? Is one a more "accurate" translation from the original Greek? I think the Protestants beat the Catholics on this one.
  • Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria Ignored

    11/26/2013 3:32:37 PM PST · by xzins · 10 replies
    CBN ^ | 21 Nov 13 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The worst Christian massacrecomplete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churchesrecently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi rebels; and the U.S. government and its mainstream media mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters). The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament. Most of the regions inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syrias Christians could...
  • Ex-Mormon bishop pleads guilty in sexual assaults of two teens

    11/26/2013 4:48:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Rick Rojas
    A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object. In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part...
  • Machens Enemies Then And Now And The Myth Of Influence

    11/19/2013 6:21:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Heidelblog.net ^ | November 17, 2013 | R. Scott Clark
    Almost thirty years ago, when I first started to become interested in Reformed Christianity I happened to mention it to the Rev Wally Easter, pastor for evangelism at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in my hometown. Wally was a sweet fellow and very graciously lent me volume one of the Battles edition of Calvin’s Institutes. A while later I visited him in his luxurious office at the local “tall-steeple” PCUSA congregation in order to return the book. I was full of questions. In conversation, Wally mentioned that he was a graduate of Princeton Seminary. I had heard about this fellow “Machen” so...
  • Methodist bishops asked to charge one of their own for performing gay wedding

    11/18/2013 8:53:42 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 35 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | November 15, 2013 | Renee K. Gadoua
    The United Methodist Churchs division over homosexuality grew heated Friday (Nov. 15), as the denominations Council of Bishops called for charging retired Bishop Melvin Talbert with presiding at the Oct. 26 wedding of two men, which the church forbids. The council asked its president, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference, to file a complaint accusing Talbert of undermining the ministry of a colleague and conducting a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of a same-gender couple at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. Talbert, who served as bishop of the San...
  • Is "The Rock" of Matthew 16:18 St. Peter? Or His Confession of Faith? [Ecumenical]

    10/13/2013 1:45:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 96 replies
    Catholic Defense ^ | October 8, 2013 | Joe Heschmeyer
    One of the most hotly-contested passages in Catholic-Protestant dialogues is the “Upon This Rock” passage in Matthew 16:18. After the Apostle Simon confesses faith in Jesus as the Messiah (the Christ), Jesus says to him “And I tell you, you are Peter, [Petros] and on this rock [petra] I will build my church, and the powers of death [Hades] shall not prevail against it.” So is Jesus founding His Church upon Peter, the first pope, as Catholics say? Or is He just saying that the Church will be built off of those who confess faith in Jesus as the Christ, as...
  • Why the West ignores Christian Persecution?

    09/11/2013 1:07:00 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    ICAN ^ | January 11, 2013
    A new report has exposed the Wests blindness to the persecution of Christians around the world; it highlights how the lions share of this is done by Muslims, whom the media do not want to criticise over misplaced fears of racism. the Wests blindness to the persecution of Christians around the worldWorld, January 09, 2013: Christianophobia, which was published last month, written by journalist Rupert Shortt for Civitas, argues that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers. He quotes research by the Pew Forum and the World Evangelical Alliance, which estimates that 200 million Christians (ten per...
  • Where Religion Went Wrong in America

    09/06/2013 3:09:37 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 51 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | Aug 2013 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics": In his latest book, Ross Douthat, a public intellectual and a Catholic, argues that bad religion poses a greater danger to our nation than does secularism. His book is divided into two parts: in the first he chronicles the decline of traditional Christianity since 1965; in the second he examines four heresies that have flourished since then.
  • Losing My Religion: Faith, Family, and the Real Story of Secularization in the West

    08/14/2013 4:30:00 AM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | August 14, 2013 | Julia Shaw
    In her new book, Mary Eberstadt argues that the West started losing God when it started losing the natural family. If she is right, then churches need to encourage and promote family formation, and religious believers need to form families. The West is less Christian than it used to be. A growing number of Western individuals greet the milestones of life with no religious framework at all, Mary Eberstadt writes in her new book, How the West Really Lost God. They are born without being baptized or dedicated to a Christian community; they attend Sunday brunch rather than Sunday service;...
  • When the Wicked Beareth Rule, the People Mourn (Holy Bible of God of Israel - KJV)

    08/07/2013 1:54:45 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 9 replies
    BibleGateway.Com ^ | Thousands of Years Ago | Proverbs
    Proverbs 29:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
  • The Biblical Jesus Christ

    07/26/2013 1:27:27 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 154 replies
    BiblicalJesusChrist.Com ^ | April, 2013 | www.BiblicalJesusChrist.com
    Who is Jesus? Is He just a man? Is He just a Great Teacher? Is He just a Great Prophet, another in several sent by God over the centuries? The Biblical answer to these questions is found below. Some may believe that only the narrow-minded would not be ready to accept a universal Jesus; One popular with and accepted by all non-Christian religions. However this is not what the Bible teaches. True Belief in Christ allows room for none other. Let's look at the Scriptures and find out what the Biblical portrait of Jesus is. We learn Who Jesus is,...
  • Corrections and Errors

    07/15/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 15, 2013 | Philip Jenkins
    In a recent post on the Synod of Diamper (1599), I described how European Catholics tried to force Indian Christians into conformity with their ways. This Indian church, the Thomas Christians, had been founded in the second century (conceivably before), and throughout the Middle Ages its connections had been with the Church of the East, based in Iraq, so it had never had been subject to Catholic or Orthodox authority. In light of this, it is fascinating to see what the Bible of this truly ancient church looked like in 1599, and how it diverged from the versions known to...
  • National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage

    06/26/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 149 replies
    CBS ^ | June 26 2013
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Courts decisions on gay marriage. Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon Wednesday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches
  • Obama: 'If Catholics (and Protestants) Have Their Schools ... That Encourages Division'

    06/19/2013 1:11:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 19, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete Headline: Obama: 'If Catholics Have Their Schools and Buildings and Protestants Have Theirs ... That Encourages Division' Likening religious schools to segregation--a racist system that forced blacks to attend different schools and use different facilities than whites in the American South--President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting for youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday that there should not be Catholic and Protestant schools because such schools cause division. "Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity--symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others--these are not...
  • Notable Protestants Defend Marriage

    06/01/2013 3:06:09 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | May 17, 2013 | Bart Gingerich
    At the start of May, Union University was graced with the presence of notable evangelical theologians who commented on the issues of homosexuality, marriage, the church, and society. Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore joined the Presbyterian Church (USA)s Robert Gagnon at Unions conference, Salt and Light in the Public Square: Charles Colsons Legacy and Vision.Russell Moore prominently serves as the Southern Baptist Theological Seminarys departing dean and will soon succeed retiring Richard Land as the president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Commenting on the marriage debate, Moore worried, There are many people in Americaincluding evangelicalswho...
  • Palin: Obama Must 'Renounce' Pentagon's 'Un-American' Proselytization Policy

    05/06/2013 1:48:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 6. 2013 | Tony Lee
    <p>On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama needed to clear up and "renounce" the "un-American" and "amoral" reports from the Pentagon that U.S. soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their Christian faith. She called on Obama to do so "today, right now."</p>
  • Women-priest fakers allow Protestants [UCC] to define who Catholics are. There must be consequences.

    04/28/2013 8:56:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 185 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say ^ | 4/28/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    When anti-Catholic ecumenical atrocities take place, Catholic bishops should act.Here is an example which calls for consequences.From WTAX in Kentucky: Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church [Note either the carelessness or the bias? She was notordained as anything.]By Mary WisniewskiLOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest [No. She went through a fake ceremony.] on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority. [Liberals often use the word When anti-Catholic ecumenical atrocities take place, Catholic...
  • What This Protestant Pastor Would Like to See in the New Pope

    03/11/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT · by xzins · 68 replies
    Religion Forum, FR | 11 Mar 13 | Xzins
    First, let me acknowledge that I'm an outsider, that I don't have a vote, that it can easily be argued that outsider opinions simply don't matter, and that I don't even begin to approach any kind of expert knowledge regarding the Roman Catholic Church. I am an ordained Methodist Elder with 33 years of experience under my belt. I have completed a career as a military chaplain with the US Army, and that gives me working experience with Catholic chaplains in which we all operated as a team supporting one another and helping one another. It was a willing cooperation,...
  • Protestant scholar lauds Benedict's ecumenical strides

    02/24/2013 4:49:04 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Pasadena, Calif., Feb 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict has been a leader devoted to ecumenical efforts, according to a professor of Christian history and ecumenism at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Protestant school in Pasadena, Calif. “I have appreciated his commitment to ecumenism,” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., who is also a minister in the Assemblies of God, an ecclesial community in the Pentecostal tradition, told CNA Feb. 19. Robeck participated in the third inter-faith gathering at Assisi with Pope Benedict in 2011, and corresponded with him when he was still prefect of...
  • Why a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic - Dr. Scott Hahn

    01/31/2013 7:01:05 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 65 replies
    youtube ^ | August 29, 2012 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Dr. Scott Hahn has a number of different recorded talks where he discusses his conversion from being an Evangelical Protestant Pastor to becoming an ordinary Catholic layman. Some of those talks tend to focus more precisely on that specific period from when he was already a Protestant Pastor through his actual conversion to the Catholic faith, but this audio recording has a broader focus, and includes a longer period in his life, including some of the foibles of his youth. (This was originally just an audio recording, to which the "youtube" poster added some unusual slides for their "youtube video",...