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Fisking a Turnip, Part 5: What If THEY Heard The Gospel. Bonus level: Woe’s False Standards.
Post Date: 2023-05-26 18:38:08 by Charles_Byrd
Fisking Ryan the 3-hour-long anti-Church slander-fest by Ryan Turnipseed, Corey J. Mahler, Woe, and Askeladd continues. Were up to the thirty-five minute mark and the hits just keep on coming. Without further delay, college sophomore and repository of great scholarship, Ryan Turnipseed was in the middle of accusing the Large Catechism of
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83 United Methodist Churches in Iowa Exit Denomination
Post Date: 2023-05-26 00:05:58 by Charles_Byrd
Another large contingency of church congregations is exiting the United Methodist Church (UMC) denominationthis time in Iowa. Click for Full Text!
‘A day of sadness’: 193 Georgia churches vote to leave United Methodist Church
Post Date: 2023-05-25 23:58:52 by Charles_Byrd
More than a third of the congregations that once belonged to a Georgia- based regional body of The United Methodist Church have disaffiliated from the denomination over its ongoing debate over homosexuality. The UMC South Georgia Conference voted Sunday to approve the disaffiliation votes of 193 of its reported 486 member congregations, joining thousands of other congregations in the United States that have left their respective UMC regional bodies. Click for Full Text!
Johnny Hunt’s Network of Nonprofit and For-Profit Businesses
Post Date: 2023-05-25 23:46:05 by Charles_Byrd
Well-known Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leader and pastor Johnny Hunt has occupied positions within the denomination that provided access for his and his familys network of nonprofit and for-profit businesses, according to reporting by Baptist News Global. Click for Full Text!
"Male and Female Souls: On Ontological Difference"
Post Date: 2023-05-25 23:16:37 by Charles_Byrd
The recent controversy over CPHs new essays on the Large Catechism has caused some to ask whether it is appropriate for women to publicly teach official doctrine to the church. Some may argue directly from divine revelation to answer this question. Others might argue, from a sort of natural-law perspective informed by Scripture, that there is an ontological difference between men and women which makes it appropriate for men, but not women, to write the kind of essays newly attached to the catechism. Mark Preus recent article has jump-started the conversation on the first kind of argument; I would like to do the same thing for the second kind. A recent Twitter thread by Jordan ...
Does God exist? Only half of Americans say a definite yes
Post Date: 2023-05-22 19:02:19 by Charles_Byrd
Only half of Americans now say they are sure God exists. That finding, from the closely watched General Social Survey, stands out among several nuggets of new data about religion in America. Click for Full Text!
Renowned Catholic philosopher warns Pope Francis is Â‘destroying the foundations of faith and morals
Post Date: 2023-05-12 20:01:18 by Charles_Byrd
A Catholic professor blasted Pope Francis, accusing the Pontiff of destroying the foundations of faith and morals. Renowned philosophy professor and intimate friend of Pope John Paul II, Josef Seifert, published an open letter addressed to the cardinals of the Catholic Church, in which he called the bishops of the Church to resist Pope Francis his heterodox actions, like the signing of the Abu Dhabi document. Click for Full Text!
'God is Trans' exhibit at Catholic church divides parishioners: 'Enough is enough'
Post Date: 2023-05-10 20:44:02 by Charles_Byrd
A progressive Catholic church in New York City has divided churchgoers with a new art display declaring, "God is trans[gender]." The exhibit entitled "God is Trans: A Queer Spiritual Journey" was displayed next to the altar at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in Manhattan on Sunday. Three paintings depicted the "queer spiritual journey" as "sacrifice, identity and communion." Click for Full Text!
‘You Are All One’? Eastern Orthodoxy and the Struggle of Ethnic Christianity
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!
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