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‘You Are All One’? Eastern Orthodoxy and the Struggle of Ethnic Christianity [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2023-05-09 19:02:23 by Charles_Byrd
In mid-January, a large cohort of Eastern Orthodox theologians nearly 400, from 44 countries gathered in Volos, Greece. It was the largest conference of Orthodox theologians in modern history. At the center of discussion were theological questions stirred up by the Russia-Ukraine War. Click for Full Text!
Spending Time with God Can End Youth Loneliness
Post Date: 2023-05-09 18:16:34 by Charles_Byrd
"All the lonely people "Where do they all come from? "All the lonely people "Where do they all belong?" Those questions raised by the Beatles in their classic single "Eleanor Rigby" (Aug. 1966) have never been more urgent.
Maryland Pastor Raises Money to Send Abuse Survivors to SBC Convention
Post Date: 2023-05-08 19:26:11 by Charles_Byrd
A Southern Baptist pastor in Maryland recently organized a fundraiser to help sexual abuse survivors travel to the denominations convention in New Orleans this June. Click for Full Text!
Scott Sauls, Author and Nashville Pastor, Placed on Indefinite Leave of Absence
Post Date: 2023-05-08 19:12:39 by Charles_Byrd
The Rev. Scott Sauls, an influential evangelical Christian pastor and author, has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence from the Nashville church he has pastored since 2012. Click for Full Text!
An Invitation to Pray The Lord's Prayer: National Day of Prayer
Post Date: 2023-05-03 19:16:41 by Charles_Byrd
Prayer. This gift from God is a beautiful and blissful reminder that He wants to have a conversation with you about everything in your life: the good, the bad, and the ugly. On the National Day of Prayer, set for the first Thursday of May, we pause and intentionally take time to come together as Christians, folding our hands in prayer for the world, the country, the state, our neighbors, and ourselves. If you dont know what to pray, God gives all His people an easy prayer already: the Lords Prayer. Take time today to go through the introduction, first, second, and third petitions with this excerpt from Minute Messages and lift your voice to heaven with the rest of His beloved ...
Pastor of Small Baptist Church in High Point, N.C. Has Had Big Impact
Post Date: 2023-05-02 19:41:21 by Charles_Byrd
When Jim Summey came to High Point, N.C., to pastor English Road Baptist Church in 1992, he made his church members a little uncomfortable. He looked out the church window and saw a population of drug addicts, criminals, prostitutes, and homeless people that was almost as thick as big cities like New York and Atlanta where hed Click for Full Text!
Ankerberg Suspended From Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
Post Date: 2023-05-02 19:36:46 by Charles_Byrd
The Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, which produces the popular John Ankerberg Show for Christian television, has been suspended from the Evangelical Council For Financial Accountability (ECFA). Click for Full Text!
United Methodist Bishops Meet, Look to Pivot After 2,400+ Churches Disaffiliate
Post Date: 2023-05-02 19:21:24 by Charles_Byrd
About 100 active and retired United Methodist bishops from across the globe are meeting this week in Chicago for the first time in person since the COVID-19 pandemic and since the launch one year ago of the Global Methodist Church, a conservative denomination formed for United Methodist churches looking to disaffiliate over LGBTQ issues. Bishop Thomas Bickerton told the United Methodist Churchs Council of Bishops it was time to pivot, as the denomination has been losing churches since a 2019 special session of its General Conference approved a disaffiliation plan for congregations wishing to leave for reasons of conscience related to their beliefs about sexuality. The ...
UMC Top Court Rules Disaffiliating Clergy Don’t Automatically Lose Credentials
Post Date: 2023-04-29 00:42:39 by Charles_Byrd
The United Methodist Judicial Council ruled Tuesday (April 25) that clergy will not automatically lose their credentials if their churches leave the denomination. Click for Full Text!
Lutherans march for life in Illinois
Post Date: 2023-04-28 01:31:07 by Charles_Byrd
On Tuesday, March 21, Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (LCMS) groups from across Illinois gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Springfield for the Illinois March for Life, which was sponsored in part by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Located across the street from the Illinois Capitol, Trinity was perfectly situated to host those attending the march, which started less than a block away. Speaking at the rally before the march, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison said, Be of good cheer. The cause is just. Click for Full Text!
Female pastors face church trial after marrying nonbinary couple
Post Date: 2023-04-21 01:10:46 by Charles_Byrd
Two female pastors of the United Methodist Church may be defrocked after they officiated a wedding ceremony for a nonbinary couple, according to Religion News Service. Rev. Elizabeth Davidson and Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley performed a wedding for the couple on January 7, who told Religion News Service that the wedding was everything that we wanted. Two months later, both Davidson and Swaim-Presley received an official complaint from the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church (MCUMC) informing the two women that they must either remove themselves from ministry or defend their actions at a church trial. Click for Full Text!
Influential Megachurch Pastor Charles Stanley Dies
Post Date: 2023-04-21 00:44:15 by Charles_Byrd
Charles Stanley, the pastor at Atlanta megachurch First Baptist for 51 years and longtime leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His life motto was Obey God and leave all the consequences to him. Click for Full Text!
Synod responds to CTX action to self-govern
Post Date: 2023-04-18 22:35:12 by Charles_Byrd
On Nov. 8, 2022, the Board of Regents (BOR) of Concordia University Texas (CTX), Austin, Texas, voted to designate itself the universitys sole governing body. On April 4 of this year, it confirmed that plan. Click for Full Text!
Murals with drawings of Christ and Virgin Mary discovered in northern Sudan
Post Date: 2023-04-16 22:56:24 by Charles_Byrd
While excavating an archaeological site in the Old Dongola region of northern Sudan, Polish researchers discovered stone artifacts dating back to the Middle Ages including ancient murals inscribed with drawings and pictorial motifs of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the archangel Michael. The researchers described the discovery as unique and unexpected because the images were painted in an unusual way compared to other Christian archaeological discoveries in northern Sudan. Click for Full Text!
Spoken/Seed Partnership on Track
Post Date: 2023-04-15 01:17:57 by Charles_Byrd
A partnership between Dallas-based Spoken Worldwide and Seed Company to create 20 Bible translation projects for language groups that are primarily oral, not written, in their communication, is on track as it enters year three. Click for Full Text!
Teaching Ideas for the Catechism: Apostles’ Creed Article II
Post Date: 2023-04-12 20:57:42 by Charles_Byrd
The second article of the Apostles' Creed is all about Jesus. Gather ideas for teaching this section of Luther's Small Catechism with a lens on Law & Gospel. Click for Full Text!
Dying Churches Successfully Revitalized
Post Date: 2023-04-11 18:27:44 by Charles_Byrd
More Protestant church congregations close than open in a year in America. According to Lifeway Research, in 2019, 4,500 churches closed their doors while only 3,000 new churches were started. Click for Full Text!
It’s Unloving to Quickly Restore Fallen Pastors
Post Date: 2023-04-11 18:04:18 by Charles_Byrd
On September 27, 2022, Religion & Politics published an essay of mine on why evangelicals love redemption stories. Reflecting on fallen Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz, I wrote: As for Carl and Laura Lentz, Im not a betting woman, and I cant speak to their personal lives or transformation off the screen and the stage. But Ive seen enough to wager that Carl will announce a return to church ministry within six months, and that he and/or Laura will announce a book detailing their experience within a year. Click for Full Text!
Gen Z traded church for 'a new religion,' faith leaders say
Post Date: 2023-04-10 01:27:44 by Charles_Byrd
Nearly half of Generation Z does not identify as religious, according to a new study, and religious leaders that spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation said the trend is not surprising because they have substituted church for a new religion. Click for Full Text!
Southern Baptist Task Force May Split With Guidepost Over LGBTQ Views
Post Date: 2023-04-07 00:50:47 by Charles_Byrd
When leaders of a Southern Baptist task force chose an LBGTQ-friendly firm to set up a database to track abusive pastors, they tried their best to head off any opposition. Click for Full Text!
187 Churches Sue North Georgia Conference
Post Date: 2023-04-07 00:02:55 by Charles_Byrd
More than 180 churches have joined together to sue the North Georgia Conference and its leaders, seeking to leave The United Methodist Church with property. Click for Full Text!
The Stories Behind Your Favorite Easter Hymns
Post Date: 2023-04-05 21:35:34 by Charles_Byrd
Easter hymns are beautiful celebrations of the victory Jesus won on the cross and in His glorious resurrection for our salvation. Alleluia! They are filled with bright notes and triumphant musical lines to bring all His people together in rejoicing. There are many beloved Easter hymns that are yearly staples in the worship service. Read about three favorites and their hymn histories below to rejoice with generations of Christians before you who sang these same words. Click for Full Text!
Questions Surround Convoy of Hope’s Stunning Growth
Post Date: 2023-04-04 22:01:22 by Charles_Byrd
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, humanitarian organization that has distributed more than $2 billion in aid since its founding in 1994, is on a roll, nearly tripling in size since 2018. Click for Full Text!
A Family Business: Examining the Practice of Nepotism in Churches
Post Date: 2023-04-04 21:37:25 by Charles_Byrd
Some of the largest and best-known Christian churches and ministries have been passed from parent to child. Billy and Franklin Graham of the North Carolina-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Joel and John Osteen of Lakewood Church in Texas. Jonathan and Jerry Falwell of Virginias Thomas Road Baptist Church. Rudolph McKissick Sr. and Jr. of Florida-based Bethel Church. And Paula White and son Brad Knight of Floridas City of Destiny megachurch. Click for Full Text!
Joe Rigney, Bethlehem Seminary President, Ousted for ‘Divergence of Vision’
Post Date: 2023-04-04 21:14:28 by Charles_Byrd
Joe Rigney, a controversial Twin Cities seminary president with ties to influential author John Piper and Idaho pastor Doug Wilson, resigned Monday (April 3), due to what the schools board called a divergence of vision. Click for Full Text!
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