A lesbian clergy candidate in the United Methodist Church was finally rejected for possible ordination by the denomination.
After a long and uncertain process, Mary Ann Barclay released a statement Tuesday confirming that the Board of Ordained Ministry rejected her candidacy.
A recently created organization described by its leadership as an "unapologetically biblical" alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, has reported major growth since its launch at the start of the year.
Trail Life USA, an Orlando, Florida-based group for young males, has seen large numbers of troops be chartered over the past few months and expects hundreds more by the end of the year.
Heretic. It's a favorite word that many Christians have no problem dropping on the heads of their fellow sisters and brothers.
In common parlance, the term is used to describe any person who disagrees with "orthodox Christian teaching." The problem, of course, is that there are different perspectives on what exactly constitutes orthodox Christian teaching.
Some claim this for Calvinism, while others claim this for Arminianism, or for Roman Catholicism, or for Eastern Orthodoxy. And we must not forget the many Fundamentalist groups who reserve the term "orthodox" only for people who agree with every one of their distinctive beliefs and/or practices. more >>
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 >>
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a nonprofit founded nearly 40 years ago by John Piper and Wayne Grudem to promote the idea that husbands are God-appointed leader of their wives, among other complementarian views, has named Owen Strachan as its eighth, and youngest president.
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood made the announcement on Monday that the 32-year-old, who up to this time had served as its executive director since 2012, would be taking over for outgoing President Dr. Ligon Duncan.
"I am thrilled with the election of my dear friend and colleague Dr. Owen Strachan to the presidency of CBMW," stated Duncan in a press release. "Owen's leadership as Executive Director has breathed new life and energy into the organization." more >>