United Methodists are sending a message to conferences like Virginia that would seek to deter LGBTQ people from receiving the full ministry of the church: We will support clergy that The UMC attempts to penalize. Two clergy in Virginia will not face trial for officiating same-sex weddings, according to a statement today by conference officials. Rev. Amanda Garber was […]
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) A New Jersey man cannot collect damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at Applebee’s, a state appeals panel ruled Wednesday (March 4). In March 2010, Hiram Jimenez visited the restaurant with his brother, Rafael, and ordered a steak fajita, which was brought […]
There’s been some great stuff posted these last few days. You should be checking these out. Allan Bevere throws out a doozy, in light of the recent campaign for clemency of Kelly Gissendaner’s execution sentence, if we’d be up in arms over capital punishment cases if the convicted had a conversion experience in jail to […]
Don Heatley tipped us off on this one at TheCooperReview.com. Must say that I have either been the perp of some of these actions, or witness each of them in church trainings, committee meetings, even annual conferences. Enjoy a good chuckle on this Wednesday morning.
(RNS) A recent survey found that 57 percent of Republicans agreed that Christianity should be established as the United States’ national religion. Not only would this violate the clear wording of the Constitution and the intention of the founders to keep religion and government separate, it also raises a difficult quandary. Whose Christianity? Of the estimated 1,500-plus […]
Some of the more popular posts we’ve been seeing, highlighting so that you don’t miss some of the goodness being shared. This list is a bit longer than others as we’ve been unable (for other job responsibility reasons) to digest everything that’s been shared lately. So we are just now catching up.. on Thursday. Forgive […]
(RNS) All the preaching, teaching, music and entertainment beamed by Christian TV and radio is primarily consumed by evangelicals and weekly churchgoers — the folks most often found in the pews. Meanwhile, 2 in 3 Americans are tuned out, a new survey finds. But Ed Stetzer, executive director of Nashville-based LifeWay Research, which released the data Wednesday (Feb. […]
The content embraced the heart and direction of children & youth ministry without bogging down in the day-to-day tick-list of things that already distract us from the heart of ministry – just big picture conversation around the theology, story, & rhythm of doing ministry with kids.
(RNS) “Martyr” is an old word getting new attention. Earlier this month, Pope Francis named Oscar Romero, a Catholic archbishop murdered in 1980, an official Catholic martyr, and the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march reminds us of the martyrdom of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists. Then there are the recent […]
According to Google (cite image) there are not too many folks searching out what United Methodists believe about Jesus Christ. Apparently we have some folks with some interesting theology there (another blog post for another time I suppose). Dr. Stephen Rankin, Chaplain & Minister to the University at Perkins Seminary & SMU, tipped me off to […]