TRUTH BOMBS: What is your opinion? Is it the music irreleavent? Is this irreverent to God in His holy Sanctuary?
ARTICLE: FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The worship band of a non-denominational “church” in Indiana recently performed the song “Money Talks” from the secular rock group AC/DC—also known for its “Highway to Hell” tune that celebrates having a party in Hell with one’s friends—during the Sunday morning service to correspond with the pastor’s sermon series. “Come on!…
TRUTH BOMBS: At lreast they are honest with them selves.
ARTICLE: The Evangelical Luther Church of American was founded in 1988 with 5,288,230 members. By 2016, less than twenty years later, the ELCA had shrunk to 3,563,842 members. With that kind of “growth,” the ELCA has less than forty years before the final member throws her hands up and quits. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, N.C., believes that they’ve found the answer to stopping the mass exodus of tithing members. They’ve stopped preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and have embraced progressive theology and social justice.
Writing for Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron tells the story of Christ the King Lutheran Church:
[The ELCA’s] successful churches, such as Christ the King, located in a bedroom community of Raleigh, are pushing forward with a new vision, one that has less to do with upholding the purity of Luther’s theology and more with the spirit of Luther’s reform agenda.
That spirit of reform is evident in the casual clothes sans-collar Pugh wears for Bible study, in his embrace of technology and audio-visual enhancements — the Bible study is posted to the church’s YouTube channel — and in his theological exploration that brings recent academic scholarship into the pews and challenges members’ understanding of their faith.
Christ the King Lutheran Church wants to move beyond the hidebound traditions of American Protestantism, take risks, attract younger people and make Christianity more relevant to the 21st century.
They definitely moved past the “hidebound traditions of American Protestantism.”
In a sermon series about Genesis posted on YouTube, Christ the King Lutheran Church gives evidence to how far removed from orthodox Christianity they now are.
In the video, the pastor tells the crowd, “When we’re looking at Genesis, we’re not looking at our sacred texts. We’re looking at somebody else’s.” According to Daniel Pugh, the church’s associate pastor, Genesis and the entire Old Testament belong to Judaism and not to Christians.
While it’s true that Judaism counts the Torah as their sacred text, Christians also count the Old Testament as part and parcel of our sacred text. Second Timothy 3:16 says that “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” That “all” includes the Old Testament.
Not content with simply attacking the Christian doctrine of the Bible, Pastor Pugh brings up Martin Luther’s famous Latin phrase, “Simul Iustus et Peccator.” A rough translation is, “I am a saint and a sinner.” Pugh rightfully recognizes that Luther’s basis for that belief is found in the first three chapters of Genesis. He then dismisses Luther (and Protestantism) and says, “Today, we’re going to look at Genesis 1-3, this thing we’ve been calling ‘the Fall’ for a long time, and I’m going to show how our Jewish friends read their sacred text.”
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A worker at the Church of Santa Maria, located in Cappella, Italy has reportedly found ancient bones which are believed to belong to the Apostle Peter.
Christian non-profit organizations have outdone FEMA and provided the vast majority of the relief aid to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Faith-based relief groups are responsible for providing nearly 80 percent of the aid delivered thus far to communities with homes devastated by the recent hurricanes, according to USA Today. An alliance of non-profit organizations called National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), 75 percent of which are faith based, has helped FEMA distribute relief assistance to communities hit by disasters and assisted families in navigating government aid programs to begin the process of rebuilding.
“About 80 percent of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,” Greg Forrester, CEO of NVOAD, told USA Today.
A certain sermon I heard a little while ago has stuck with me.
It began with a reference to “Toy Story.” Yes, “Toy Story.” The cartoon with talking toys.
The Pixar film, as the pastor explained, contained many examples of friendship. Friendship is important, you see. It’s good to have friends. In case anyone thought friendship was bad, he was standing up to boldly declare otherwise. Remember that Randy Newman song called “You’ve Gotta Friend In Me” from the movie? He did. He quoted it at length. Then he handed out juice boxes and graham crackers and we had nap time on the alphabet rug.
I have no problem with a sermon that draws on art or literature outside of Scripture to illustrate a theme contained in it. But of all the poems, novels, songs, films, paintings, sculptures that may reveal some divine truth, he went with “Toy Story”? Oh, but “Toy Story” is relatable, you say. Really? Relatable to whom? Kindergartners? Well, are we in a Kindergarten class or a church? It certainly is hard to tell anymore. Just add a few boxes of crayons and a couple glue sticks and some of these churches would be indistinguishable.
A joint study from major Christian organisations has found while 57% of people in England call themselves Christians, two in five think Jesus wasn’t a real person.
Residents of New Bethlehem Pennsylvania are fully behind Redbank Valley High School’s Bible club. Before the new school year began, students and adults gathered outside the school to pray that the Bible club would make a big impact on students this year.
Students involved in the Bible club say that it’s a completely Constitutional way to live out your faith, according to CBN News.
“To start one, it’s easy because they can’t tell you ‘no’ in a public school. It’s completely constitutional,” said Peyton Kirkpatrick, Redbank Bible club’s student president. “The people who are afraid will say ‘no’ until you prove them the facts, and show them that it is constitutional. They can’t tell you ‘no’ as a public school student.”
“Any school is able to have Bible club,” added the Bible club’s vice president, Ethan Reichard. “And I think that it’s a good thing to be able to preach God’s Word to other students, because they may not have the ability to learn about God on their own.”
As congregations dwindle, a new religion is lighting up Denver, Colorado. Aaron Millar joins the ‘elevationists’ of the International Church of Cannabis who worship the weed.
It started, naturally, with a group of friends smoking a joint. Steve Berke, a graduate of Yale University, was temporarily living in an old church in Denver, Colorado. His estate agent parents had bought the 113-year-old building with the plan to turn it into flats. He and Lee Molloy, as well as a few friends, had just moved from Miami to capitalise on Colorado’s lucrative marijuana market. But then, in the words of Lee: “We started having these stupid, fantastical conversations. What if we kept it as a church?” So Steve convinced his parents and, nine months later, on 20 April 2016 – 4/20, as it’s known in the United States, the unofficial pothead’s holiday (because it’s 4.20pm somewhere, right?) – the International Church of Cannabis opened its doors with its own chapel, theology and video game arcade.