I WANT MY readers clear that I am a deacon in a Presbyterian church. However, I am NOT a member in the PCUSA. My membership is with the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America), and we are Presbyterian body that does embrace our historic Reformation beliefs and fully affirm our historic confessions (like our Westminster Confession of Faith).
Many of us in confessional Presbyterian denominations consider PCUSA not a true Christian denomination anymore, and the PCUSA is losing membership FAST because they have embraced theological liberalism, which is distinct from political liberalism, (but not by much).
Below is an article of an example of those who are leaving this denomination, and sadly many other are wanting to follow:
(RNS) Members of one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to leave the denomination, despite facing an $8.89 million cost for leaving.
Menlo Park Presbyterian is based in the San Francisco Bay area and led by well-known author and pastor John Ortberg. It is the ninth-largest PCUSA church, with about 4,000 members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The motion to leave the PCUSA was approved by 93 percent of the church’s members who voted, with 2,024 ballots in favor of the motion and 158 ballots opposed, according to . . .
ALL I HAVE to say to this excellent blog entry is, “AMEN!”
Alright, let’s make this simple.
The simple answers are often the best. But there’s a problem with simplicity: it doesn’t give you room to grant a thousand exemptions, exceptions, and caveats to satisfy every lobby, satiate every interest group, heal every hurt feeling, and grease every squeaky wheel.
Simple is fair, simple is just, simple is consistent, but fewer and fewer people are interested in what is fair and just and consistent. That’s why our laws are so long and confusing and convoluted these days (see: Obamacare). Legislation is not written for the sake of justice; it’s written for the sake of pay-offs and power grabs.
Yesterday I wrote about the (now vetoed) Arizona religious freedom bill. I said that religious business owners — be they bakers or photographers or anything else — shouldn’t be forced to participate in gay weddings. They should have the right to choose who they provide services to, and how they provide those services.
Despite the expected influx of some of the . . .
THIS IS AN issue that really gets under my skin (below). It is bad enough that the military has been watered-down with political correctness, and being feminized to the point that they becoming ineffective because of misguided missions, BUT now it looks like Christian service men (and women) are being persecuted in a place where there should religious liberty.
The next step I fear is that we Christians will some day will have to fear military, because I see a day coming that our military will be a tool of a future tyrannical United State government that will persecute Christian citizens.
Check out the blog article below from the Christian Post:
Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment
By Todd Starnes , CP Op-Ed Contributor
June 14, 2013|11:13 am
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.
The amendment was authored by Rep. John Fleming, (R-La). It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.”
The Obama Administration said the amendment would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.”
“With its statement, the White House is now endorsing military reprimands of members who . .
Read more at the Christian Post >>>
DEAR READERS OF my blog. Tomorrow’s service at the Church that I attend will not only be hard on me, but hard on our entire congregation. It will be hard, as many of you know, because we loss our beloved pastor, John Thomas Appleton (Malden, WV) on a fire call last Monday. Tomorrow will be the first Sunday Service without him in our pulpit.
Your prays are very appreciated.
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ACCORDING TO BREITBART.COM, “West Virginia Senator Manchin Shocked to Learn Obama Not a Friend of Coal Industry.”
You can’t be serious? Or maybe he is that stupid! If you are that stupid then you are in the dark on an issue that most of know already. It is not like Obama’s war on coal was a war that he kept a secret.
It’s clear now that the President has declared war on coal. http://t.co/xoiC13H27K
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
Pres. Obama’s proposal will have disastrous consequences for not only the coal industry, but also American jobs and the economy.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
“Congress thus far hasn’t given Obama the “cap and trade” bill he wants, so he is going to do an end-run around Congress and order the EPA to hit electricity-producing coal plants with expensive new regulations to limit the output of greenhouse gases.
This is Manchin’s attempt to impress the voters back home in West Virginia coal country. He’s acting surprised, but Obama has literally said that he is looking for energy prices to skyrocket for years:
For his shocked – SHOCKED! – act today, I hereby give West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin this week’s “Captain Louis Renault’ Award! Well done, Joe!”
As a member of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church I am deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved pastor, Reverend John Appleton, and I appreciate your prayers during this difficult time for my church family.
Pastor Appleton has served the Malden community as a volunteer firefighter and as pastor of our church for 7 years. To the firefighters of this community, he was a brother and Chaplin. To our church (and myself), he will always remembered as pastor. A pastor who followed Christ’s command, “feed my sheep” (John 21:17).
As heartbroken as we are, we as a congregation will strive to continue to do as Reverend Appleton has taught us by placing our hope in the Gospel of Lord, Jesus Christ.
byFaith Magazine ~ PCA Pastor John Appleton Dies Fighting a Fire
WVMetroNews.com ~ Name released of firefighter who died in Kanawha County
WSAZ.com ~ Friends, Family, Fellow Firefighters Mourn Loss
Daily Mail ~ Malden firefighter dies while responding to fire in Sissonville
FireHouse Site ~ W.Va. Firefighter Dies at Mobile Home Fire
the Charleston Gazette ~ Firefighter dies after collapsing at Sissonville blaze
WCHS Radio ~ Firefighter Who Died After Collapsing At Sissonville Fire Identified
FOR AN AMERICAN “church” culture that sees Jesus as a great example, the article below from CNN Belief Blog is NOT surprising.
Don’t get me wrong. I think that films can lead to great worldview discussions, and I am sure many film stories do have a type of Christ-firgure from time to time.
However, it is another thing when a movie marketing campaign goes out of its way to market to pastor, and encourage sermon notes about “Jesus, the super hero.” A pastor job is to properly preach the word, and administrate the sacrament, not to preach from a pop culture movie.
Disclaimer, I am making this comment before I even seen the move. Article below:
Superman: Flying to a church near you
By Eric Marropodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) – As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.
Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing “Man of Steel” to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.
The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.
“How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask.
(Disclaimer: CNN, like Warner Bros., is owned by Time Warner.)
Similar campaigns to corral the country’s large number of Christians into the movie theater have been used for “Les Miserables,” “Soul Surfer” and “The Blind Side,” all of which had at least some faith angle.
Baltimore pastor Quentin Scott is among dozens of ministers who received . . .
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Superman: Flying to a church near you | CNN: Belief Blog
“I do not ask for answers, I just believe.” This sounds spiritual, and it deceives many fine people. These are often young men and women who are not content only to repeat the phrases of the intellectual or spiritual status quo. They have become rightly dissatisfied with a dull, dusty, introverted orthodoxy given only to pounding out the well-known clichés. The new theology sound spiritual and vibrant, and they are trapped. But the price they pay for what seems to be spiritual is high, for to operate in the upper story using undefined religious terms is to fail to know and function on the level of the whole man. The answer is not to ask these people to return to the poorness of the status quo, but to a living orthodoxy which is concerned with the whole man, including the rational and the intellectual, in his relationship to God.
This very thoughtful commentary, and really gravitated to Shane’s comment that, “We are busy people, not thoughtful people.”