Gordon College Prof Sues Over Sexuality Policy Spat
Gordon College is facing a lawsuit from a professor who claims she was punished for making comments about the school’s stance on sexuality.
Gordon did not terminate tenured philosophy professor Lauren Barthold but did deny her a scheduled right to apply for a promotion, according to an ACLU statement. Barthold also claims she was demoted from her position as director of gender studies minor and that Gordon threatened to fire her over her comments. According to school officials,... Continue Reading
ACLU Renews Attack Against Catholic Hospitals Over Abortion
The American Civil Liberties Union launched a renewed attack against religious hospitals, claiming they should not be allowed to base the care they provide on the dictates of their beliefs.
In a report released in May, titled “Health Care Denied,” the ACLU targets Catholic hospitals, saying they jeopardize women’s lives because they “prohibit a range of reproductive health services,” including abortion, when something goes wrong during pregnancy. Grazie Pozo Christie, a Miami-area radiologist and a Catholic, said claims of care being denied are false. “When... Continue Reading
The Pensacola Theological Institute Back Again After 15 Years
The new Pensacola Theological Institute will be inaugurated and held June 24-26, 2016 at McIlwain Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, Fla.
The speakers will be Dr. George Grant, the author of more than 60 books and Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tenn.; Rev. Jason Helopoulos, Associate Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich., and author of several books on pastoral ministry and families, including A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian... Continue Reading
Christian Colleges Targeted For Gender Views
Department of Education releases list of schools not bending to LGBT agenda
Title IX is the federal law enacted in 1972 to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex. For years, the law was used primarily to give women equal access to intercollegiate sports. But in 2014, without a single move from lawmakers in Congress, the Department of Education expanded the definition to include gender identity. Now,... Continue Reading
The Importance of the Choir in Today’s Church
We must not discount the richness the choir brings to the church’s worship experience.
We must not discount the richness the choir brings to the church’s worship experience. I think many would be surprised by the long-lasting effect a choir program can have on their local church. If your church is anything like mine, the choir is a long-held tradition, and traditions enrich the life of the Church. Just... Continue Reading
Do Short-Term Mission Trips Produce Long-Term Missionaries?
Does participating in short-term mission trips influence members to serve as long-term missionaries?
One informal study completed within Mission To the Word (MTW), the mission sending agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, found that between 2010 and 2016 eighty-four percent of new long term missionaries indicated they had previously served on a one – two week mission trip prior to signing up for long-term mission service. In... Continue Reading
9Marks of the Truly Complementarian
When the truly complementarian lives correctly he and his wife will sit at table with truly mutualists and the only argument will be over who pays the bill.
The truly complementarian doesn’t talk about hierarchy, authority, roles and assignments but about love and relationships and how his and her strengths and gifts complement one another — making each other better and the two of them a unity…The truly complementarian talks about serving his wife the way Christ served the church and tells us... Continue Reading
9 Items That Should Be In Every Missionary’s Budget
What missionaries should have in their budget in order to live an average life, but also to engage in fruitful ministries.
Missionaries do not get into missions because of the perks. A missionary is willing to make certain sacrifices to benefit the kingdom. However, if the church were better providing for its missionaries we might attract more qualified servants and encourage them to serve longer. Providing a missionary with the resources, assistance and peace of mind... Continue Reading
Willow Creek’s “The Practice” Blends New Age & Catholic Mysticism
“The Practice is an experimental gathering where we immerse ourselves in God’s dream for humanity, practice the historic disciplines that align us with His dream, and carry each other along the way.”
It would appear that the entire purpose of The Practice is to practice Spiritual Formation and all of its contemplative components, like Lectio Divina, a centuries-old mystical Catholic practice involving repeating a word or phrase from the Bible over and over until you reach a higher level of consciousness to “hear God speak” to you:... Continue Reading
A #TrulyHuman Crisis: The Hidden Gnosticism Within Evangelical Christianity
To say that Christian discipleship is “a process of becoming more human” rattles the Gnosticism which sits hidden in the collective sub consciousness of much of Evangelical Christianity.
Do we Evangelicals focus on evangelism more than social justice and polarise the two because we value the soul more than the body? I have heard people say that as long as people “make the decision to follow Jesus” and their salvation is secure, then that is all that is necessary, even if they have... Continue Reading