Dissident Lutherans forming new denomination

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A new Lutheran denomination is being formed for congregations opposed to the homosexual-friendly policy of the EvangelicalLutheranChurch in America. Last August, the ELCA national assembly voted to allow pastors in committed same-sex relationships. Opponents say the new policy contradicts scripture, and have announced plans to establish the North American Lutheran Church, a... Continue Reading

Report of the Moderator’s Commission on Erskine College and Seminary

Presented to the Called Meeting of the ARP Synod at its meeting March 2-3, 2010 The delegates of the 2009 meeting of the General Synod instructed the Moderator to “form a special commission to investigate whether the oversight exercised by the Board of Trustees and the Administration of Erskine College and Seminary is in faithful... Continue Reading

ARP Called Synod Meeting starts in a snowstorm

“The ARP is a family. The family is meeting today to deal with some sore issues. And we need to deal with them like a family.” The Special (called) meeting of the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) began in the chapel at the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, N.C. at... Continue Reading

Appeals court says First Amendment can’t stop church defamation lawsuit.

This case suggests that church leaders should be careful about making statements to the congregation concerning a former employee, especially if those statements could be viewed as defamatory Last week, an Oregon appeals court issued an important ruling involving a pastor’s efforts to sue his denomination and two denominational officials for defamation. Church leaders should... Continue Reading

Missouri Church with Gay Pastor Readmitted to Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

(A spokesman) said three ELCA churches and one pastor had been under public censure for violating the old policy. A Missouri bishop has lifted the public censure of a church that hired a lesbian priest in 2000—believed to be a first since the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination removed a ban on gay clergy last summer.... Continue Reading

Special Meeting of ARP General Synod to convene at 4:30PM Tuesday

The Aqulia Report will be represented at the meeting and will provide updates when appropriate on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a full report of the findings and decisions made by the Synod on Wednesday. Elders from throughout the U.S. will gather in the Youth Activity Building at the denomination-owned Bonclarken Conference Center near... Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court denies petition to hear California church property case

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it has denied a petition to hear an appeal from a breakaway congregation seeking claim to the property of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of La Crescenta, California. The court posted its action, together with dozens of other petitions denied, on its web site. Meeting in conference on Feb.... Continue Reading

Iran Shuts Down Evangelical Church; Nine Arrested

“…in 1979, there were less than 500 known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today the most conservative estimate is that there are at least 100,000 believers in the nation.” An evangelical pastor and eight other Christians were behind bars in Iran Friday, February 26, after authorities closed their church as part of a... Continue Reading

Newest Evangelical Presbyterian Church Organized

Discovery Church of Evansville, Indiana planted in September 2008 reached particular church status by the action of the Midwest Preesbytery on February 12, 2010. Pastor Trey McClain told the story of Discovery this way: “My wife Kitten and I began to feel God leading us to plant a church on the west side of Evansville... Continue Reading

Jewish Group Claims PCUSA’s Israel Proposals Will Damage Relations

“Adoption of this poisonous document by the Presbyterian Church will be nothing short of a declaration of war on Israel and her supporters,” declared the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The proposals set forth by a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee regarding the conflict between Israel and Palestinians will damage interfaith ties, said one of the nation’s largest... Continue Reading