John Wesley preaching to a crowd

Suffering & Holiness Over Compromise

January 16, 2020

The Protocol commends a supposed bright and sunny future in which the pain will stop and in which we will all be able to get on with “real ministry” as if bearing a faithful, suffering, and persevering witness to the truth of Jesus Christ, in the face of vigorous opposition, is not real ministry!  We will be a different people on the other side of the support and execution of the Protocol than we were before, and not in a good way.

First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

No One Is Leaving The United Methodist Church

January 16, 2020

Under the proposed Protocol, among other proposals, The UMC is about to cease to exist.  Though the name, logo, and agencies may remain, they won’t represent the same denomination that has existed for fifty years. That denomination is dissolving and giving birth to new denominations.

Transgender Ideology

Helpful Resources in Combating Transgender Ideology

January 15, 2020

For those struggling to understand transgenderism and find clarity, Roman Catholic teaching on gender may prove to be a helpful resource. It offers insight into the human person, created in the image and likeness of God, and rooted in family and society.

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Military Theocracy?

January 14, 2020

A small but aggressive secular group that peddles theocracy conspiracy theories is getting media attention for complaining about blessing a military Bible.

Inexplicable

TBN Presents INEXPLICABLE: How Christianity Spread to the Ends of the Earth

January 13, 2020

This series is a gift to the Church, Biblical scholars, and to anyone interested in understanding more of the miracle of that mustard seed that has become the Kingdom of God on earth.

Larycia Hawkins

Larycia Hawkins: If You Haven’t been Exiled, You’re Not Trying Hard Enough

January 13, 2020

Hijab-wearing professor’s “same God” comments placed her at the center of a fiery theological debate. The experience, she said, taught her that “if you haven’t been exiled for seeking to liberate, then you’re not trying hard enough.”

Church of the Apostles

Home at Last: Church of the Apostles Ready to Reach A New Community

January 10, 2020

Apostles and a number of other parishes voted to leave the Episcopal Church USA in 2006. We would henceforth identify as Anglicans, embracing and being embraced by leaders of Biblically orthodox Anglicanism in the Global South. That was a costly decision for all of us.

Happiness

Is Happiness the Enemy?

January 9, 2020

We have been undone by making freedom from dissatisfaction into an absolute, not to be corrected by any authority, even common sense, and certainly not by religion or morality.

Killing Soleimani

Jesus & Killing Soleimani

January 7, 2020

A schizophrenic Christian Left denunciation of killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani claims it’s“murder” and violates the “teachings of Jesus.” It insists Jesus opposes killing anyone, but also tries to mobilize Just War doctrine, which is mainly about when it’s proper to kill people.

Trinity Wall Street

Rector Abruptly Resigns Cash Rich, Member Poor Trinity Wall Street

January 6, 2020

The top clergyman at one of the wealthiest parishes in the U.S.-based Episcopal Church has abruptly stepped down.

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Episcopalians’ Appraisal of the United Methodist Separation Protocol

January 6, 2020

In evaluating the recently proposed United Methodist separation protocol, Jeff Walton advises examining the legacy of the ugly and litigious Episcopal Church split as instructive.


Two More Liberal Congregations Move Towards Leaving UMC

January 3, 2020

In October, I reported that “at least eleven liberal United Methodist congregations in five different states, from the Deep South to the far North, have publicly announced that they are taking at least initial…