Critics Challenge NAE’s Abortion-Reduction Initiative’s Funding
Funding pro-contraception group draws criticism from World Magazine and Manhattan Declaration.
"Many of our churches and organizations either don't know what's happening or have chosen to keep silent about sex and abortions in the evangelical community," said [NAE President] Anderson. "Generation Forum was started to get the truth out [about sex and evangelicals]."
Is Most of Reformed Deformed?
The much-discussed and derided "new Calvinism" arose in the last several decades as a critique movement.
Why are so many of our churches small and dying? Why do we baptize so few new believers? Why don't we have more large churches welcoming thousands of new members? Why does so much of our supposed growth come from church transfers? More importantly, what's our solution?
EPC General Assembly re-drawing some presbytery boundaries around women’s ordination
Ordination of women to all offices is an essential "yes" in the PCUSA and ECO, and an essential "no" in the PCA; "non-essential" in the EPC.
Currently, two of the EPC presbyteries are majority complementarian, which means they do not ordain women to the office of teaching elder. And in Mid-America "a number of presbyters have expressed the view that churches with women ruling elders should not be received into the presbytery."
Peter Enns: Young Evangelicals Want to Rethink What it Means to Be Evangelical
But some "old guard" evangelicals make it difficult to have those conversations.
"Part of the problem with evangelicalism is that the power, money and the control is typically more with an older guard and you have to be careful," he said. "The harshest way of putting it," he added, is "when you care more about the system than the truth, it's the problem the Pharisees had in the Gospels, and you want to protect the system."
Thoughts on Attendance at the 2012 PCA General Assembly
This is one of the regular frustrations of GA
Given that there are 1,466 churches in the PCA, and 4,256 TEs, the theoretical attendance at GA this year was a minimum of 7,188. Actual attendance, however, was 797 TEs and 278 REs
Objections to PCUSA Board Of Pensions same-sex benefits begin to tally up
Will help the board estimate how many congregations…would seek coverage-objection status
We do however believe that this attempt to extend benefits is being done to declare same gender domestic partners de facto the same as spouses within a marriage of one man and one woman, and is part of a larger attempt to get the church to accept what God in the Scriptures has clearly stated is sin.
Dying can be a terribly lonely business. But it doesn’t have to be that way
The dance of being with the dying is all about human contact, not about knowing the right moves
But there are some general dos and don'ts. Don't yawn, look at your watch and look out of the window. Don't have bad breath. Don't – and really, really don't do this – bang on about how you have had the same ailment. Don't have that hound-dog face of sickly piety. Much better to smile and bubble
Should Churches Abandon Travel-Intensive Short-Term Missions in Favor of Local Projects?
Three opinions from well respected missiologists
Even if you decide to pursue the travel-intensive trip, it's important that you are engaged in local projects as well. There's something wrong with blindly driving by the needs in our own neighborhoods on the way to a short-term missions trip meeting.
“Discuss Religion” Debrief from an RUF Intern
I was sitting...about six hours every school day with a sign taped to a chair that said, “Discuss Religion.”
My internship with RUF is complete. It seems like the last two years were both very long and very short. But while it's good to think about the past, my hope is in the future, in the return of Christ in the fullness of His kingdom, and so I keep my eyes fixed on that day and press on towards it.
A Different Opinion on the PCA’s Insider Movement Study Committee
"The permanent committee had already approved a concise and strongly worded statement that spoke to this issue clearly and adequately."
Recently I had an exchange of FB messages with a PCA Teaching Elder concerning the story we published a few days ago on The Aquila Report entitled ‘Ad Interim Study Committee on Insider Movements Overwhelmingly Approved’ While not willing to have his entire message reprinted, he did state this purpose for writing: The... Continue Reading