Thousands of people have taken part in an online survey done by a United Methodist Church commission which was about the issue of gender descriptions and images people use for God.
The UMC General Commission on the Status and Role of Women posted the survey online, garnering about 3,700 respondents until it officially closed on Thursday.
Of the 3,700+ respondents, 40 percent of them were male and 60 percent female, with 65 percent being laity and 35 percent being clerics or people undergoing the process of becoming clerics. more >>
1. Aaron Rodgers (Quarterback - Green Bay Packers)
- "I've always lived by the philosophy of the words spoken by St. Francis of Assisi who said, 'Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary, use words.' I feel like you can always have a greater impact by the things you do than the things you say, so living out my faith has been primarily in that form,'' Rodgers said in Men of Sunday.
The Episcopal Church continues to decline both in baptized members and average weekly worship attendance, according to recently released statistics for 2012.
Parochial Reports gathered by The General Convention of TEC show that according to the 2012 report, among its nine provinces, TEC has 2,066,710 baptized members, with 1,894,181 in the United States dioceses and 172,529 in dioceses abroad.
The parent's e-mail to me had an urgent tone. "When our daughter and some of her Wiccan friends first began meeting in our living room, there were more giggles and gossip than talk about casting spells and gaining power. But what they are talking about now has us very disturbed…"
In working with teens for over 15 years, this was certainly not the first time I had heard from a parent upset about their child's fascination with the occult. Increasingly, teens themselves will voice concern over peers who are getting involved in Wicca and pagan activities. When the aspiring sorcerers were overheard talking about making a Halloween sacrifice, "…What about some small animal? No - how about maybe a hamster?" this troubled mother's tolerance ran out. "Alex, they are taking this stuff way too seriously. Please respond ASAP, or at least recommend a good resource."
People long for spiritual experiences-scholars call this transcendence-and have a natural interest in things supernatural. But one must use caution and exercise discernment when seeking spiritual reality, meaning, and truth. Studies indicate that interest in the paranormal is increasing, especially so among young people. Parents should know that their teens have almost certainly been exposed to the occult, at least at some level. more >>
Editor's Note: Part of S. A. Tower's Christian testimony includes the fact that she is a former initiated witch, practicing for more than a decade. Her powerful testimony and insightful revelations in the spiritual realm can be read in her book, "Taken From The Night - A Witch's Encounter With God." Below is the final part of a three-part series on her observations about Halloween. Part One can be read by clicking here. Part Two can be read by clicking here.
Tonight's Halloween and there's still quite a stir between those who celebrate and those who don't. We can debate its origins and practices and still come up with an empty kettle. But before we get ready to call down fire on those who will go out into the darkness or laugh off those who will remain in the confines of their home, let's take a step back and forget Halloween for a moment.
As Christians, we are called to bring the good news of the gospel to all tribes and nations. Our churches and their ministries send missionaries all around the globe to evangelize many who have never heard the Gospel and even to those who worship other gods. We send our missionaries to the mountains of Peru and through the villages of Haiti; they walk for miles through the dangerous forests of New Guinea passing by witch doctors, voodoo ceremonies and those practicing black magic. Though our missionary brothers live in areas plagued with extreme darkness they don't celebrate it, rather they rejoice in the light of Jesus and the many lives that have been saved. We hear their inspirational stories on how they connected with the hardened hearts they encountered when they return to share with the church how our tithes and offerings made it all possible. We rejoice with them and rightly so. more >>
The largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in Texas has voted to leave the mainline denomination over theological differences.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which has approximately 4,000 members, overwhelmingly approved a resolution recently that would involve the congregation terminating its voluntary affiliation with the PC (USA).
Eighty-nine percent of the members present at the Congregational and Corporate Meeting held at the church voted in favor of leaving PC (USA). more >>