In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we're taught to memorize information, and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to the next grade.
We've transferred this learning pattern to Christianity. We're trained to learn Bible concepts, principles and doctrines intellectually. And the more Biblical information we know, the greater disciples we are deemed to be.
I think this is killing the church in America, just like it hurt the Pharisees. more >>
The United Methodist Church's internal struggle over the Protestant denomination's stance on homosexuality has become increasingly public over the past few years.
Although the UMC's official position is that of declaring homosexuality sinful and barring practicing homosexuals from the ministry, a number of clergy, groups, and congregations want the church to change. One group, known as the Reconciling Ministries Network, seeks to unite churches under their banner, creating a more inclusive atmosphere for the LGBT community.
Back in the 1980s, RMN created a program in which UMC congregations could become "Reconciling Congregations." more >>
NEW YORK CITY — New York City's declining mainline congregations can learn from their Evangelical sister churches, said Joel Gibson, the director of Faith Based Initiatives at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.
"Those churches [like Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian or the Trinity Grace Churches] that are growing and are large have very extensive community engagement networks and ministries, and people understand that the value-add from their faith tradition in their own life is made manifest when it is in relationship," Gibson told The Christian Post.
"God is relational. God created us man and woman. God created us to be in relationship, and the intention is that we replicate this relationship in terms of reaching out and being connected to others. Something I think that mainline churches can learn from the Evangelical churches is ... they're living out that reality," he added. more >>
Organizers of the largest annual parade that takes place in Utah have rejected an LGBT Mormon group's proposed float, stating that it will be too controversial.
The Days of '47 Parade, which is expected to have approximately 100 floats and a quarter of a million onlookers, rejected a float request from Mormons Building Bridges.
Mike Deaver, who sits on the Days of '47 Committee, told The Christian Post that the Mormons Building Bridges float "was denied due to several factors." more >>
Death threats to Arabs and Christians written in front of a Roman Catholic Church office in Jerusalem ahead of Pope Francis' visit later this month have some officials alarmed, though a Christian persecution watchdog group said it is unlikely a direct attack on the pope will be attempted.
The Office of the Assembly of Bishops, Notre Dame of Jerusalem said that it found Hebrew writing on a column outside its building earlier this week, reading "Death to Arabs, Christians and all those who hate Israel." Heads of churches are preparing to respond.
Todd Daniels, International Christian Concern's regional manager for the Middle East, told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday that such threats and attacks are often carried out by Jewish extremists, and that Israeli security forces are taking the threat seriously. more >>
In a letter to Pope Francis, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Tawadros II proposed making one date for Easter celebrations for all Christian Churches.
According to Fides News Agency, Tawadros II's letter was delivered to the Apostolic Nuncio to the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Exc. Mgr. Paul Gobel. The letter also marks the anniversary of the first meeting in the Vatican between the two popes.
Francis' representative has in turn invited a representative of the Coptic Church to the next Assembly of the Synod of Catholic Bishops, which is to be held in October. more >>