What happens when a duly elected legislature enacts a series of laws that many of its constituents believe are unfair and/or unjust? How ought Christians to respond?
Does the church, as the church, have anything to say in such an instance? These questions are quite real in the state of North Carolina where a movement of clergy has regularly protested actions of the state legislature and in so doing resist the lawful and duly elected General Assembly.
Various courts have recently handed down legal victories for local congregations who wish to maintain control of their property despite differences with their denomination. Two decisions in Texas and a third in Illinois have allowed conservative Episcopal congregations to separate from the Episcopal Church and retain control of their Church buildings. A court in Dallas […]
Several Mainline/old line Protestant agencies have joined with left wing and pacifist groups to sign a politically irrelevant plea to President Obama denouncing “military strikes” on Syria and urging “diplomatic efforts to stop the bloodshed.” The National Council of Churches has issued a slightly more temperate appeal. And the Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury’s […]
Reminiscing on his journey to pacifism, Rooke claimed, “I’ve had Christianity all wrong … I had assumed violence was justified at the hands of all that consider themselves good.”
Presbyterians in Africa have made some public statements that highlight significant differences of belief and practice between the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its global partners on basic issues of the Christian life, human sexuality and abortion.
As a denomination, the PC (USA) has become increasingly open to and affirming of homosexual practice. The most recent manifestation of this came in the removal of the prohibition of practicing homosexuals from holding church office as teacher or ruling elder and deacons.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000 clergy and members of the PC (USA) were asked to participate in the study for a three-year period.
By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Note: This is the second of two articles about the 2013 Churches for Middle East Peace advocacy conference. To read about the keynote address by Pastor Bob Roberts, please click here. Dissatisfied with the U.S. Administration’s response to the Syrian conflict and the worsening plight of Christians in the Middle East, […]
By Mark Tooley @markdtooley Wednesday several IRD staff and I traveled to Thurmont, MD for lunch with Messiah College political science professor Dean Curry, who served on IRD’s board for over 20 years. We met at The Shamrock, a restaurant on the highway that once was and perhaps is still owned by a John Birch […]
By Alan F.H. Wisdom (@AFHWISDOM) An initiative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Hunger Program is organizing U.S. and overseas activists to oppose free trade agreements and resist corporate investments in developing countries. This “Joining Hands” initiative was featured in a workshop at an April 5 PCUSA-sponsored conference on “food justice.” Joining Hands describes itself as […]
By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) A group of mostly Protestant and evangelical church leaders, representing churches with over 20 million members, are asking the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council meeting this week to retain the current BSA stance on sexuality. The May 22-24 meeting will consider a proposal to prohibit “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation or […]