Texas Megachurch Announces Decision to Leave United Methodist Denomination
At least 500 UMC churches in Texas, including four of the top six by membership, have left or are leaving.
Many conservative congregations nationwide have left the UMC in recent months or are in the process of leaving because they disagree with the denomination’s stance on issues including same-sex marriage and the ordination of openly gay pastors. A Dallas-area church with more than 6,500 members said it will disaffiliate with the United Methodist Church... Continue Reading
What Do We Actually Need?
What we need is people with an eye to doing whatever is needed for the cause of the gospel.
We need people who are self-starters, able to create new ministry opportunities and manage them well so that the work can grow. We need people who like the idea of being given freedom and flexibility to make the most of the opportunities on our doorstep. Maybe that sounds like something you would like to do. Maybe... Continue Reading
Same-Sex Attraction, Sin, and Redemption: A Church Leader’s Story
The pull of the "other" produced overwhelming guilt, toxic shame, and repeated, desperate calls to God to remove the despised thorn.
The pastor to whom I had confessed my sin years earlier has walked with us through many rough times; I am grateful that he is still my pastor today. He loved me, and he showed up as the hands and feet of Christ when I did not think myself worthy of God’s love. “Godly... Continue Reading
Merry Christmas from The Aquila Report Staff
Merry Christmas from the staff of The Aquila Report
May King Jesus rule in your heart and grant you God’s peace. Romans 5:1 Merry Christmas from The Aquila Report Staff
Five Things Concerned Southern Baptist Churches Can Do Right Now
Every Christian in a church identified with the SBC should work on promoting the doctrinal and spiritual health of the convention.
Pastors need to lead the churches to pray for those who serve us in the convention. Then they need to lead their churches to show up, stand up, and speak up, so that all who work in any convention institution or agency remember that those institutions and agencies are owned by the churches. “I... Continue Reading
Great Awokening: Fight against Critical Theory & Intersectionality Enters New Phase
Woke Christians are angry: at the conference, its organizers and its message.
Sovereign Nations is hosting October 8-10 in Tampa, Florida a conference featuring Michael O’Fallon, Tom Ascol, Josh Buice, Darrell Bernard Harrison, Virgil Walker, Rod Martin, John Connell, Ryan Helfenbein to talk about the dangers of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality on the church. It is time for Christians to wake up, stand up, and... Continue Reading
5 Myths About Hospitality
Hospitality is not a gift unto itself, but a means through which other spiritual gifts are displayed: mercy, serving, giving and evangelizing.
Hospitality seeks the salvation of the stranger, and fellowship seeks the building up in the faith of the brother and sister. We serve a God who sought us out while we were strangers. God found us, took us in, made us part of his family, and brought us to his table. Our homes are not... Continue Reading
Weighed in the World’s Scales
Let us pray that God would grant our elders the wisdom and character to be well thought of by outsiders for the sake of the gospel.
The Bible teaches us that a good reputation is proof of a life conducted wisely. Proverbs 13:15 points out that “good sense wins favor,” and Proverbs 3:3–4 says: “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you. . . . So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” Commenting... Continue Reading
Learning Through the Wounds
Before God raised Jesus from the dead, he crushed him to the point of death.
In his great love for his people, Jesus was wounded for our sins—for the hurts we have caused—and it is in those wounds and stripes he endured that we find healing and dependence on God. There may be times where our God allows us to experience suffering, but he uses it to give us a... Continue Reading
To Claim or Not Claim Civil Privileges: The Interesting Example of Paul in Philippi
We should defend the gospel itself before we defend ourselves.
He pointed out their Roman citizenship, that they had been beaten unfairly and publicly, and thus refused to be released secretly (Acts 16:37). Fearing discipline from their own higher-ups on the matter, the magistrates were forced to give Paul and Silas an apology and personally release them from the prison (Acts 16:38–39). This apology and release would have been more... Continue Reading