Topic: congregations

While we all want to complain about the state of the Church, and in many cases rightfully so, I think it’s helpful to remember, as God told Elijah so long ago, that there are many men around the cou ... discuss

But my question is different. If, as President Barnes’ e-mail suggests, support for the ordination of “women and LGBTQ+ persons” is now a criteria for receiving the Kuyper Award, why in the worl ... discuss

INC Christianity is led by a network of popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as “apostles.” They have close ties, we found, to conservative U.S. politicians, including Sa ... discuss

Our churches need godly leaders who preach not to tickle ears or to satisfy the critical listener, but aim at heart-change. Oh for men who dare to be courageous for the sake of Christ, not shrinking i ... discuss

“Russell Moore has done nothing worthy of discipline or firing. He has not violated The Baptist Faith and Message and, in fact, has been outstanding as president of the ERLC,” Day wrote. “Southe ... discuss

We can argue about how people should really want to sing more, but every congregation has its saturation point for singing each Sunday. Most have not sung the rest of the week so Sunday is a vocal wor ... discuss

Because the problem appears to be so massive, it is easy to throw up our arms in despair and conclude that individuals can do nothing to help. However, we can help in many ways. In our book, we discus ... discuss

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“I know congregants that love to find out the next Sunday’s hymns during the previous week, so they can open up their hymnal, refresh the words, and work on their part so they’re prepared to ... discuss

Affiliation with the ACNA brings the Diocese into full communion with an organization of 111,853 members in 966 churches and 32 dioceses spread across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Founded in ... discuss

When we think of happening Christian groups, we typically imagine big church conferences, exciting worship concerts, and authentic community groups meeting in local coffee shops. Given this mindset, ... discuss

A group of female clergy from Iowa wrote a letter this week to publicly state their support of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. The letter, published in the Des Moines Register on Wednesday, inc ... discuss

These are issues of ethics and religious freedom. The SBC and other denominations need to speak out on these issues to offer moral leadership and defend religious freedom. Moreover, to use the languag ... discuss

Today’s consternation on social media over Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), came after more than 100 churches thre ... discuss

Contact: TRY Williams Consulting Group, 917-725-0440 ORLANDO, March 13, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC), one of the larges ... discuss

Contact: TRY Williams Consulting Group, 917-725-0440 ORLANDO, March 13, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC), one of the larges ... discuss

“For now, let me share some key reasons many of our congregations have become more like country clubs than churches, a place where some members demand their way instead of serving and self-sacri ... discuss

One resource for understanding this distinction is in Samuel Miller’s book The Ruling Elder. In the tenth chapter, “The Distinction between the Office of Ruling Elder and Deacon,” Miller develo ... discuss

Reformed congregations are adopting Lent for the very same reason. People like Lent. It is socially acceptable, even hip to go about with ashes on one’s forehead once a year. It seems counter-cultu ... discuss

We held a mini-retreat day on Saturday for Secular Franciscans at St. Leo's in Hilton. Father Anthony Baetzold of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal lad the retreat, celebrating Mass, hearing c ... discuss

Consequently, in place of “a learned, moral man, the ideal pastor became a creative, energy-bursting visionary that individuals could identify with and therefore would want to come to that church, ... discuss

With the availability of so many new songs, we often become haphazard in our worship planning, pulling songs from so many sources without reinforcing the songs and helping the congregation to take the ... discuss

Note: The following is Arina Grossu’s speech for the February 28, 2017 40 Days for Life vigil in front of D.C.’s Planned Parenthood. Arina Grossu is the Director of the Center for Human Di ... discuss

So, the election happened. And boy was it a messy affair! Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up soon. Red kettle season starts tomorrow. Things are ramping up for another successful year in the Sa ... discuss

The Lenten Season Begins The entire Christian life celebrates Christ's victorious Resurrection on Easter morning. However, from Christianity's earliest days, the actual Paschal season has received spe ... discuss

When Presbyterians and Baptists and free church evangelicals start attending Ash Wednesday services and observing Lent, one can only conclude that they have either been poorly instructed in the theolo ... discuss

Rev. Antonio Spadaro, SJ. (Photo: Magyar Kurír.)Brace yourselves. Once again, someone in the Vatican has challenged Church doctrine in a way that implicates Pope Francis, on an issue about which he h ... discuss

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Every state has a government and some with Catholic politicians. If the pol supports abortion, then the bishop must excommunicate as required by Canon Law. If he doesn't then he is remiss and neglig ... discuss

Last month Claire and I were blessed to participate in a reunion party involving people from the Christian Brotherhood’s early years. It was a momentous event as more than 50 of us celebrated the gr ... discuss

By Allison LeDoux Conscience and Voting If we were to ask the average person, “What is a conscience?”, many would quickly call to mind Pinocchio’s sidekick Jiminy Cricket who was famous for the ... discuss

By Stephanie Pacheco Mrs. Clinton’s intolerance is as glaring as Mr. Trump’s; she merely has a different target: religious liberty. Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump has insulted women, person ... discuss

I live in Connecticut where we have plenty of pick-your-own apple orchards to visit in the autumn. I love the crazy looking old trees like this one. They look like a lost cause, but the only reason th ... discuss

This is a nonfiction Christian book. Bussie starts out with her definition of the eye-catching title of this book. She arranges this book over six chapters. She starts the beginning of each chapter wi ... discuss

This is a novel, a work of Christian fiction. THE WEDDING SHOP is a series book and continues in a book called THE WEDDING CHAPEL, also by Rachel Hauck. THE WEDDING SHOP begins with a Prologue, whi ... discuss

This book is part memoir and part reflections. The author, Mike McHargue, identified as a former Christian turned atheist. His focus for this book? It's science that brought him back to faith in Chr ... discuss

Image source: ancoraonline.it.On Friday, as I’m sure most of you know, the Vatican Press released Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Predictably, everyone wh ... discuss

The Centers for Disease Control acknowledges that:    "The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include mu ... discuss

Every election year, we hear about the "evangelical vote." Political commentators talk about the "religious right wing voting bloc." This election year is no different. I'm paying more attention ... discuss

There's so much more to the Christian life than the work of abolishing human abortion.  Sometimes abolitionists forget that and act as though professing Christians are not Christians at all if th ... discuss

Frank Turk joins me this month to discuss our relationship to the local church. Frank is a blogger at Pyromaniacs, centuri0n.blogspot.com and Calvinist Gadfly. Frank has been quite passionate for man ... discuss

Brethren, Peace be with you.Welcome to another iteration of my irregular, quick-draw, short news commentary. Let's get going.The canonical visitation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (L ... discuss

If you were in similar shoes as mine, which, alas, were not in Rome yesterday, I hope you enjoyed watching EWTN's production of the Mass of canonization as much as I did. (I think there's still an opp ... discuss

I recently began working with the Johnson County Hospice. When first asked to apply, I considered some of the ethical and religious underpinnings of hospice care. I didn’t want to get into somethin ... discuss

Mars Hill Church began as a small gathering in Mark Driscoll’s home in 1996 and soon became one of the fastest-growing churches in the country. But the church that was praised just last year as one ... discuss

Before the trees in Denver turned fiery red and snow began to swirl and blow, our motley crew at the evil Planned Parenthood child sacrifice center were paid a visit by a businessman from Wyoming.Our ... discuss

Don’t Forfeit Your Banquet Invitation What if you held a feast and no one came? Jesus dealt with this in the Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24). He told of a rich man who “invited many ... discuss

Doing this as a public post... A friend and I had a discussion in her LJ that meandered onto the topic of footwashing, and I promised a post here about the two most meaningful footwashing experiences ... discuss

After adding the most recent additions to the Big Blogroll O’ Vark®™© to my links, I thought I’d mention again the usefulness of such resources to fellow bloggers.Our links ... discuss

reposting for my Friend, Pastor HoyeA Weekly Column By Walter B. Hoye II Conflict Of Interest In the abortion debate, is there a "Conflict of Interest" within the Black community and among her leade ... discuss

I had intended to blog an entry about this a couple of weeks ago but forgot (not a big surprise coming from me). Anyway, I don't know how many dioceses operate in this fashion, but in Detroit the Chr ... discuss

I paid a recent visit to our denomination’s website, The Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I was struck by the clarity, cogency and compassion of our official positional paper regarding abortion. I ... discuss

The Presbytery of Arkansas met yesterday at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville where commissioners voted 116 to 64 to allow homosexuals to serve as decons, elders, and ministers in Presbyteri ... discuss

From Tennessean.com:Two teens suspected of using church bulletins to help pull off burglaries in the Summerfield subdivision off Murfreesboro Pike have been arrested, Metro police report.Dante Leo Joh ... discuss

In this video, Pastor Caesar Lafleur is sending a Pro-Life mesaage to Pastor's around the world, encouraging them to get involved with anti-abortion / Pro-Life issues, and to speak the truth to their ... discuss

Joe Velaidum, a religious studies professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, says that church congregations are aging and shrinking because individual spirituality is a growing trend among y ... discuss

AJ makes a valiant effort to puff New Westminster Diocese, but fails.  Maybe it just can't be done. For five years, an empty table has sat among the bustling hall full of tables occupied by ... discuss

I can't help thinking that if Peter Akinola were leading the Anglican Church of Canada, our pews would be full; we'd be building more churches, not trying to close 'em down consolidate par ... discuss

Pakistani Muslims are so very sensitive. It is dangerous to say that Christ is the son of God because this declaration “hurts the feelings of many Pakistani Muslims” who “do not wan ... discuss

It is estimated that about 5000 Muslims living in Germany convert to Christianity every year.  Bishop Wolfgang Huber (photo at right), Chairman of the German Evangelical Church, says they are bei ... discuss

From RCRC Episcopal Church, 1988We regard all abortion as having a tragic dimension,calling for the concern and compassion of all the Christiancommunity….In those cases where an abortion is being co ... discuss

Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge were responsible for the deaths of millions of Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.  Their last stronghold was the town of Pailin near the Thai border.  Pailin would ... discuss

Another day, another tone-deaf report from Anglican Journal.  Archbishop Hutchison has spoken again to AJ, with mixed results. The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada doesn’t seem to h ... discuss

I had intended to blog an entry about this a couple of weeks ago but forgot (not a big surprise coming from me). Anyway, I don't know how many dioceses operate in this fashion, but in Detroit the Chr ... discuss

WORLD Magazine has honoured as its 2006 Daniels of the Year two great leaders of the Anglican Communion: Peter Jasper Akinola, Archbishop of the Province of Nigeria, and Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop ... discuss

"Metropolitan Community Church" has a nice ring to it, don't you think? Wikipedia decribes it as a Christian church, but there's a catch. If you bring your kids to visit one of the hundreds of this d ... discuss

I kid you not.  The infamous Nolbert Kunonga, Anglican Bishop of Mugabe Harare, has ordered Sunday worship services canceled so everyone can devote full attention to his wedding anniversary. The ... discuss

The Rt Rev Donald Harvey, retired Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, has been moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada since its inception in 2004.  He has spoken repeatedly and forc ... discuss

The Primates of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa today issued an open letter concerning the Episcopal Church's General Convention.  Here's the whole thing. We, the Primates of ... discuss

The quantity and quality of live blogging from GC2006 has been mind-boggling and awe-inspiring.  The Episcopal Church has within its ranks some technologically astute and hard-working people.&nbs ... discuss

Just when you thought you heard it all. A number of Protestant megachurches are closing their doors on Christmas. Apparently opening 'Holiday' gifts is more important than celebrating the birth of ... discuss

Did you hear any of Dennis Rader’s confession yesterday? For more than an hour, the BTK killer provided Sedgwick County District Court Judge Gregory Waller the requisite “factual basis” for his ... discuss

I am perhaps the strangest attorney you could meet. I am a right wing, religious conservative, evangelical criminal defense attorney. The reason I left the District Attorney’s office was so I could ... discuss




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