Archbishop of Canterbury calls on Americans to block lesbian bishop’s appointment

The Archbishop of Canterbury today called on American Anglicans to block the appointment of a partnered lesbian bishop. Dr Rowan Williams warned that the selection of a new homosexual bishop could push the divided Anglicans over the edge into full-blown schism. The Archbishop spoke out after leaders of the Church of England’s sister church in... Continue Reading

PCA SJC Panel Proposes Judicial Process against TE Leithart in Federal Vision Case

On December 9, a five member panel of the Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) highest court, the Standing Judicial Commission (SJC), approved a proposed decision on a complaint arising out of Pacific Northwest Presbytery regarding its handling of the views of TE Peter Leithart on Federal Vision. This proposed decision will be discussed and finalized... Continue Reading

Peace finds its place in northern Durham

Peace Church, a congregation that has met for worship in the Lions Club Building on Hillandale Road since its organization eight years ago, is joining the ranks of Christian voices in the northern part of the county. This 50-member congregation has begun to worship in a new building located on an 8.3-acre site at 6114... Continue Reading

Church facility usage crux of Ohio court decision

The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a controversial decision concerning church regional administrative headquarters. The 4-to-3 ruling in Church of God in Northern Ohio v. Levin means that while churches themselves are tax-exempt, a denomination’s administrative facility is not — because it is not used exclusively for worship or for charitable purposes. The court also... Continue Reading

Lesbian elected Episcopal bishop in L.A.

Canon Mary D. Glasspool of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland was elected bishop on Saturday in a close race against a Los Angeles-area Hispanic cleric, making her the Episcopal Church’s first openly lesbian bishop. It was not until the seventh ballot that Ms. Glasspool, 55, an Annapolis resident, captured the election for the second of... Continue Reading

Detroit church gets a helping hand

A ramshackle Detroit church whose small but dedicated congregation provides services to homeless, hungry and addicted people, got a major shot of hope as crews began rebuilding its roof — thanks to about $70,000 in donations from around the world. “I’m astounded,” the Rev. Henry Covington, pastor of Pilgrim Church and its I Am My... Continue Reading

Historic first meeting between Chinese churches and Taiwan Presbyterians

Six delegates from the official Protestant China Christian Council and from the church-state liaison body the Three-Self Patriotic Movement have visited the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. Given the long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of Taiwan, and the differences between the churches on this issue, the meeting – the first of its kind... Continue Reading

Mission expert: China holds potential to complete Great Commission

If the Chinese church committed itself completely to mission it would be a great new force that could complete the Great Commission, a mission expert stated. There are an estimated 100 million Christians in China, including members of the underground church, and the number is rapidly growing. Some have estimated that 30,000 people in China... Continue Reading

Catholics set up a task force for huge Anglican exodus

The move was announced as Anglican leader Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, protested to the Pope in the Vatican over its plans to receive Anglican converts en masse. Pope Benedict XVI was last month accused of attempting to poach Anglicans unhappy about decisions taken in their church to ordain women and sexually-active homosexuals... Continue Reading

9th Circuit Says Arizona ARP Church Must Be Heard on Religious Sign Discrimination

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled Friday that a federal district court should have considered whether a Gilbert, Ariz., sign ordinance unconstitutionally discriminates against religious signs among all non-commercial signs. The court sent the case, filed by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund who represent Good News Community Church (ARP), back... Continue Reading