‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

This is the kind of “compromise” that pervades mainline liberal Protestantism

“The measure approved by the synod means that women bishops will be bishops in full, with mandatory recognition of their episcopal status by all within the Church of England. This will leave conservative ministers under the authority of bishops they do not actually believe to be bishops in fact. It is hard to imagine “mutual... Continue Reading

“Shall Unbelief Win?”: A Reply to Dr. Fosdick, by Clarence Macartney

“Shall the Fundamentalists Win?”, preached by Fosdick at the First Presbyterian Church, New York City, May 21, 1922, added to the debate over Christianity’s identity

Answering the sermon was the Rev. Clarence Macartney of Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 13, 1922 with a sermon entitled “Shall Unbelief Win?”  If all those points raised by Fosdick were valid, then Christianity would be a Christianity of opinions and principles and good purposes leading to a Christianity without worship, a Christianity without God... Continue Reading

Church Of England Approves Women Bishops In Historic Vote

On Monday (July 14) the General Synod of the Church of England said “yes” to women bishops

At a meeting in York, the General Synod gave final approval to legislation introducing the changes by the required two-thirds majority. Overall, the Synod voted 351-72 on the measure. Ten abstained…. In a statement Welby said: “Today marks the start of a great adventure of seeking mutual flourishing while still, in some cases, disagreeing.”  ... Continue Reading

S.C. Episcopal Bishop Charles vonRosenberg Allows Same-Sex Union Blessings

Bishop Charles vonRosenberg issued a letter to clergy Tuesday notifying them he is allowing use of "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant."

“I do want to be clear that this permission does not define an expectation for clergy,” he writes. “In your own life of prayer and within community, you will decide how to respond to this statement of permission.” Each church’s vestry or mission committee also can take up the issue. Before priests can perform the... Continue Reading

Baptist Church in Ky. Plans First Gay Wedding

Highland Baptist is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship

When Phelps first arrived at Highland Baptist in 1997, he said there was a don’t ask, don’t tell policy regarding gays. The following year, a gay couple’s photograph appeared in the church directory, and slowly the church began to openly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and dedicate their children, he said. In 2012,... Continue Reading

Swing Voters Say They Will Now Back Women Bishops in Church of England

Pivotal votes of a number of members of the General Synod who helped to defeat the women-bishops Measure in 2012 have swung to the Yes camp

“What has persuaded me to vote in favour this time is the House of Bishops’ statement of five principles,” he said. “The risk is that that is a statement of intent and there isn’t really a legislative provision backing it up; so I will be stepping out in faith, as it were.”   The pivotal... Continue Reading

Millennials Need A Bigger God, Not A Hipper Pastor

Conveying a compelling vision of God for Millennials, as well as the whole congregation

Millennials have a dim view of church. They are highly skeptical of religion. Yet they are still thirsty for transcendence. But when we portray God as a cosmic buddy, we lose them….When we tell them that God will give them a better marriage and family, it’s white noise….When we tell them they’re special, we’re merely... Continue Reading

Why I am Leaving the Church Growth Movement

Rejecting everything that has become the favorite methods of the missional-community church

I’ve not mentioned anything about the proclamation of the Word, and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? That’s because there is not much to mention from the church today….it does good works, has good music.… has a really good sound-system, and a pastor who could lead circles around Moses. What it doesn’t have... Continue Reading

The Ordinary Means of Growth

Ordinary means of grace-based ministry focuses on doing the things the Bible says are central to the spiritual health and growth of believers

A church committed to the ordinary means of grace will be characterized by love for expository Bible preaching, passion for worship, delight in truth, embrace of the Gospel, the Spirit’s work of conversion, a life of godliness; robust family religion; biblical evangelism, biblical discipleship, biblical church membership, mutual accountability in the church, biblical church leadership,... Continue Reading

Presbyterians Embrace Terminal Irrelevance

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met in Detroit from June 14 to 21, 2014

“The vote on same-sex weddings in Presbyterian churches was very skewed–429 to 175. Regional presbyteries still have to vote, but that is unlikely to change what occurred in Detroit–many if not most of those opposed to same-sex marriage have already left the denomination, either by joining more orthodox splinter churches or by swelling the ranks... Continue Reading