In the News

In uncertain things, liberty; in everything, compassion: Her.Meneutics says we can agree to disagree on Ordination of Women; while the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests says the newly revealed Frescos of the Catacombs of Priscilla show female priest.

This is a topic I am admittedly unsure of. One the one hand the original Greek is pretty clear (though, even that is disputed) to me, but on the other hand I’m a big believer in trying to understand the text in the original meaning (also disputed).

In my mind, I do differentiate between preaching and authority. I don’t find as much evidence to disallow female preachers as I do not permitting them to become Elders or have ruling authority. Maybe I’ll try to go into further detail in a later post.

Speaking of controversial: The United Methodist Church found Frank Schaefer guilty of officiating a same-sex wedding; which isn’t surprising as he never denied it. Along with a suspension of 30 days he was told that if he cannot up hold the Book of Discipline he would need to surrender his credentials. It will be interesting to see his actions in the future as he as stated he is not a LGBT advocate. Church members interviewed were torn on the reverend.

One seems worse than the other: One is your reminder that it is truly criminal to be a Christian in some parts of the world. Please pray for our brothers and sisters around the world.

The other is your reminder that some people either don’t like Christians or like messing with them. I really do not think this is an issue we should get worked up about. They quote the pastor who found/tweeted the incident as wondering if Costco would do this to a Koran. My guess would be no, because they probably don’t sell Korans.

And some people really dislike Christians and have made a living messing with them: Bill Maher is right here, there aren’t atheist marching in the streets to attach Christians and Christmas in the US can barely be considered a religious holiday considering what it has become.


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