Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2014: 31-40

Numbers 31-40 of top 50 articles for 2014

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year read on The Aquila Report. That’s easy for us to determine – we just count the hits! We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run and the five lists on consecutive days. Here are numbers 31-40.

 

In 2014 The Aquila Report posted over 3,300 stories. At the end of each year we feature the top 50 stories that were read. The top story this year had over 11,200 hits.

We average 9 new stories each day, with a variety of subjects – all of which we trust are of interest to the readers of The Aquila Report. As a web magazine we are an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will inform the church of current trends and movements within the church and culture.

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year. That’s easy for us to determine – we just count the hits! We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run and the five lists on consecutive days. Here are numbers 31-40.

  1. Ten Reasons Why “Same-Sex Marriage” Affects Your Marriage

Redefining marriage to include people of the same sex is a legal endorsement of the fungibility of a man and woman in marriage. To set “any two persons” on a par with a man and a woman in marriage is to reduce the worth of their roles. To draw an analogy, if a government declared the price of coal to be equivalent with the price of gold, would the cost of coal go up, or would the cost of gold come down?

  1. A Summary of PCA Statements on Homosexuality

In light of recent decisions by some denominations to approve ordaining openly homosexual individuals to the ministry, to allow ministers to officiate and bless same-sex marriages, and because of the public debate on legalizing same-sex marriages, it is appropriate to note that not all denominations have taken these actions. And since one of these denominations in the news recently is “Presbyterian,” it is important to note that there are a number of Presbyterian denominations and that not all of them have taken the above actions. One of these churches is the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Here is a brief overview of actions on sexuality of past PCA General Assemblies.

  1. Acts 29 Removes Mars Hill Churches, Asks Mark Driscoll To Step Down and Seek Help

…board members explain that the church planting network has received “countless shots and dozens of fires” over the past three years for Driscoll’s “ungodly and disqualifying behavior.” Thus, even though Acts 29 remains “eternally thankful for what [Driscoll] as a man and Mars Hill as a church have meant to our network,” board members decided to remove Mars Hill churches from the network because the association “discredits the network and is a major distraction.”

  1. Updated: Kent Hinkson, Former PCA Minister, Missing Since Monday; Car Found But Hinkson Still Missing

Hinkson’s family said he was currently serving as a priest of pastoral care at All Saints Church in Durham. Before moving to the Triangle nine years ago, Hinkson had served for 40 years as a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and then the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He served churches in Los Angeles, Houston and Miami.

  1. The Movie “Son Of God” And The Second Commandment

So should you see the movie? Consider the above council, pray about it, and draw your own conclusions. As for me, Osteen’s glowing endorsement of “Son of God” notwithstanding (or perhaps because of it?), and in spite of my cultural curiosity, I don’t plan on seeing the film. Packer’s right: some risks aren’t worth taking.

  1. Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA

The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has adjourned in Houston, Texas. There were many issues considered including Insider Movements, child abuse, and prayer for Christians facing penalties for their stance on abortion and homosexuality. What follows is an overview of some of the main actions of this year’s GA.

  1. Jason Stellman’s Unmitigated Disaster

Of course—how else could it be? Apostasy has consequences. You abandon your vows, deny the gospel of grace, embrace the Papal system and promote it by your speeches and writings, and think you will be welcome in the church you almost single-handedly crippled? Your very presence would be divisive, troubling, and distracting even if you didn’t say a word. But can’t you see that your presence, given your positive profession of Rome’s teachings, would be a breach of the fellowship of the church?

  1. Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ

What if you are a major publisher like Thomas Nelson and you suddenly discover that your  mega best-selling book Jesus Calling was inspired by a channeled New Age book? And what if you find out that some of the “messages” your author “received” from her “Jesus” weren’t really from Jesus because they contradict what the real Jesus Christ says in the Bible? And what if your best-selling author has introduced a host of other problems in her book that your usually sharp editors had somehow overlooked? What do you do given these issues are already in the pages of ten million previously published books?

  1. Denise Sproul, 46 year old wife of R. C. Sproul, Jr. succumbs to cancer

After a long battle with cancer, the wife of R. C. Sproul, Jr. and mother of eight children, died on Sunday morning, December 18, in Sanford, Florida. Denise was the daughter in law of the well- known writer, teacher, and pastor R. C. Sproul, founder of Ligonier Ministries.

  1. Reflections on the Point-Counterpoint on ‘Time to Leave the PCA’

In fact, with prayerful, decisive action now to correct some things, the future is still both exciting and promising. But there is substantial reason to suggest it is in the initial stages of apostatizing. The patterns are disturbingly familiar vis-à-vis the former PCUS from which the PCA separated as a continuing church in 1973. Doctrinal authority goes first. Then church discipline. Ecclesiastical abuse follows.