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LGBTQ-Friendly Church meets LGBTQ-Friendly Jesus

“LGBTQ Friendly Jesus” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward BUY THIS CARTOON (NOTE: my 50% OFF SALE on all my paintings ends today. Use coupon code “VALENTINE19” for your discount. Go here to shop: SHOP) The power of images fascinate me. So I put Jesus, etcetera, in situations that challenges the theology of some. The thing is: once you see it you can’t unsee it. And hopefully that will not just challenge but change the theology of some. CAN I HELP YOU? CLICK HERE!
Tags: Religion, Cartoons, Jesus, Lgbtq, David Hayward


A Pastoral Prayer

Every now and again I like to share an example of a pastoral prayer from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this because there are few examples of pastoral prayers online and I thought these may serve to inspire themes, passages, or ideas as other pastors and elders prepare to lead their churches in prayer. Here is one Dwight Miller, one of our elders, prayed before our church not too long ago. *** O Great God, who is like you? We could search heaven and the earth, and find none lik...
Tags: Toronto, Articles, Blogging, Jesus, Peter, Grace Fellowship Church, Dwight Miller, Royal York Baptist Church


Another Look: Church Year Spirituality

Note from CM: In our worship service at church this morning, I will be continuing our series on “Why We Worship as We Do,” and our subject is the Church Year. The worship we practice each week is set within a larger annual calendar. This post, repeated and updated over the years, explains the benefits of following this yearly cycle. • • • The diagram on the right gives an overview of the annual Church calendar. Advent is the season when we prepare for Christ’s coming. (4 weeks) Christmastide...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Spirit, Jesus, John, Christ, New Israel, Christian Seasons, Worship & Liturgy, Robert Webber, Church Year


Walking the Walk

I was watching the Netflix show Tidying Up based on Marie Kondo’s books and saw a section on working with kids to go through toys and it reminded me of lessons I learned from working with my daughter on cleaning her room when she was little. If she went through her toys, books and stuffed animals and wanted to get rid of something that I was attached to, then I had to own that attachment and move the item to my space instead of requiring her to keep it when she was ready to let it go. ...
Tags: Religion, Netflix, Jesus, John, Marie Kondo, Speaking to the Soul, Kristin Fontaine, Dailey Data Group


When Only God Will Listen

I was so young then. That was my excuse anyway. I was working as a “women’s” editor at a newspaper when a worried mother came into the newsroom. She wanted to talk to someone about her college daughter, who she said had been raped at college — by the daughter’s boyfriend. Yet I froze. This was long before #MeToo, years before talk about campus rape or assaults against girls or women were openly aired. As I watched the mom telling me her story, all I could feel was panic, thinking only one thing:...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, Listen, God, Christ, Prayer, Peter, Jericho, Isaiah, Encouragement, Phil Oprah, Mark 4:24, Blind Bartimaeus


He Knew Too Much to Stay: John Urquhart (1808–1827)

Just over two months ago, the world reeled from the news of a young man’s death on the shores of an isolated (and largely unknown) island in the Bay of Bengal. Suddenly, a nameless, faceless twentysomething from America confronted every home and major news outlet with the urgency of what Christians have termed the “Great Commission” since Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives. CNN and The New York Times struggled to find language; the church in the West struggled to provide answers. It was a s...
Tags: UK, Isis, Scotland, Religion, America, West, New York Times, Jesus, Christ, Matthew, St Andrews, Carey, Spurgeon, Chau, Bay of Bengal, John Urquhart


Pope Francis Defrocks Former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Over Sex Abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking Catholic churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title. He is the first churchm...
Tags: News, Washington, New York City, US, Ap, Pennsylvania, United States, Chile, New Jersey, Pope Francis, Vatican, Catholic Church, Kansas, Jesus, Associated Press, Vatican City


The Man Who Gave His Consent To Be Born

News came out a couple weeks ago about Raphael Samuel, a 27-year-old Indian man who’s reportedly suing his parents for bringing him into this world without his consent. “Life was imposed on me…. I want to make it a legal right for a child to sue a parent…. Ideally the parents should not have the child. But if they do have the child, they must compensate the child, they must guarantee property for the child, they must guarantee a good life for the child.” Okay, he’s a nut case. My Facebook fri...
Tags: Facebook, Religion, Jesus, John, Rhode Island, Jesus Christ, New York Virginia, My Facebook, Posts, Gerard van Honthorst, Raphael Samuel, Worshiping Christian, Roger Browning


Acts 8:26-40 Lesson for Kids: Philip and the Ethiopian

Go Where the Spirit Leads…and Tell Everybody the Good News! This lesson on Acts 8:26-40 tells how Philip shared the Gospel with an Ethiopian official. This week we will look at how important it is for us to be willing to share our faith with those around us. Sometimes, the opportunities for these moments drop readily in our laps, or are obviously prompted by situations or by the Holy Spirit’s lead…however, that doesn’t always happen on an elementary school level. In this lesson, we will discu...
Tags: Religion, Jerusalem, Gaza, Jesus, Lesson Plans, Christ, Acts, Philip, Holy Spirit, Samaria, Caesarea, Isaiah the prophet, Azotus


To Be Cool or to Be a Church? That is the Question

These days, what passes for important argument or debate takes place on Twitter, and a recent Twitter exchange between two prominent actors has sparked a major controversy. The exchange took place between Hollywood’s Ellen Page and Chris Pratt. Page tweeted, “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong. There aren’t two sides. The damage it caused i...
Tags: Twitter, New York, Hollywood, Australia, Articles, Los Angeles, Blog, Blogging, Cnn, New York Times, Manhattan, Jesus, John, Lgbtq, Ellen Page, Christ


Using I

I have often mentioned Education for Ministry (EfM) as one of my passions. It’s a four-year study of Old and New Testaments, church history, and theology. It’s designed to be like a seminary for lay people, although priests and deacons may serve as mentors or even as group members. The basic design is to give participants insights, information, and ways of doing things that will assist in their doing their ministries, both in the church and out in the world. One of the disciplines or prac...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, ANN, Jericho, Speaking to the Soul, Ann Fontaine, Linda Ryan, Education for Ministry


WWJD?: Interesting comments as Wyoming senate rejects effort to repeal the state's dormant death penalty

I mentioned in this post a few weeks ago that the Wyoming House of Representatives had voted to repeal the state's death penalty.  This past week the legislative repeal effort died, as reported in this local article headlined "Wyoming Senate defeats death penalty repeal bill."  And a notable quote from a particular senator concerning her reasons for voting against repeal has garnered some extra attention.  Here are some particulars: The Wyoming Senate defeated a bill Thursday that would have re...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, Wyoming, House, House Of Representatives, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Senate Judiciary Committee, Bouchard, Cheyenne, Wyoming Department of Corrections, Wyoming Senate, Wyoming House of Representatives, Douglas A Berman, Hutchings


Saul’s Name Didn’t Change at Damascus, His Eschatology Did

Despite popular belief, Saul did not become Paul on the road to Damascus. Those are simply two versions of the same name: Saul the Hebrew version, Paul the Roman. However, what did change when Christ appeared to Paul—and it’s perhaps the most overlooked part of the story—was Paul’s eschatology. In Paul’s encounter with Christ, he saw the end breaking into the present. In fact, Matthew Aernie and Donald Hartley, authors of The Righteous & Merciful Judge, suggest that for Paul, his vision was ...
Tags: Usa, Israel, Religion, Jesus, Damascus, Christ, Eschatology, Joel, Hartley, PAUL, Saul, Jeremiah, Micah, Ezek, apostle Paul, Lexham


Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [02.16.19]

Happy, happy, happy weekend! Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything — and that there’s love everywhere & for ((you))!  Serving up only the Good Stuff for you right here: Ginny Sheller  Ginny Sheller  Ginny Sheller  just — too beautiful not too share the wonder of it all…never let it get old this one’s for the book lovers…anyon...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Christ, Rocky Mountains, Sony World Photography Awards, Link Wanderings, Ginny Sheller Ginny Sheller Ginny Sheller, The Way of Abundance, Way of Abundance Pick, Josefin Sigfalk Josefin Sigfalk Josefin Sigfalk


God Loves to Work through You

If you feel unprepared for what God is asking of you, I can relate. I’ve been struggling with the same feelings. What God whispered to my heart might help you take the next step forward in your adventure with Jesus, too. Recently, God showed me a new calling through reading His Word and years of waiting. I was thrilled He would choose to use me, but honestly, I was a little nervous at the scope of His assignment for me. He had been teaching me how each of us has a specific dwelling place with Hi...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, God, John, Courage, Moses, Peter, Stephanie, Calling, Encouragement, Obedience, Stephanie Bryant


The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 16, 2019

Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind. Peter Bruegel the Elder The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 16, 2019 Rant and Rave and Vent and Grumble Edition You may want to avoid this Brunch. I invite you to do so if ranting and raving and venting and grumbling (especially about politics and religion) bothers you. I myself hesitate to participate in this, because I know it is probably only going to add to the noise bombarding our lives in this hysterical culture we have created in the 21st cent...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Congress, Mexico, Religion, Alabama, Gop, Arkansas, Jesus, Houston, Republican Party, Matthew, Trump, Herod, Mike, U S


He Made Me Lean on Him: Four Tips for Your Twenties

“So, how does it feel to be thirty?” That question has always made me feel like I’ve been missing out on some magical emotion that is bestowed on normal people on their birthday. But I don’t think so. “A lot like twenty-nine,” I answered, only half-joking. As one of my favorite poets, Robert Frost, once said, “I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life in three words: It goes on.” I think what Frost meant was that “for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under hea...
Tags: Facebook, Religion, Netflix, Jesus, John, Frost, Midwest, Luke, Adam, Isaiah, Robert Frost, Joe Rigney


New Music To Know This Week: Our Native Daughters Explore History, Quin Has A Princess Beat & More

Ever since my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to match people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Get everything I've recommended this year on Spotify, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and leave a comment below telling me what you're listening to this week. Our Nati...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, London, Disney, America, Austin, Mtv, Jesus, Npr, Lily Allen, Dominican Republic, Katy, Quin, Müller, Rhiannon Giddens


Throwing Cheese to the Glory of God

Paul describes the Christian life as the process of “being transformed into the same image [of Christ] from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor 3:18). There is an upward and downward reading of this text. One reading will transform and the other deform us. On the upward reading, transformation “from one degree of glory to another” means becoming more “heavenly” and less “earthly.” To understand this reading, consider a competition that broke out between some Protestants and Catholics i...
Tags: Europe, Religion, Articles, DMV, Jesus, Monterey, Christ, Kraft, Worship, Wright, PAUL, Martin Luther, Plato, Daisy, Colby, Alypius


Man charged in Trader Joe’s killing claims to have been sent by Jesus

A man accused of triggering a gun battle that resulted in a Trader Joe’s assistant manager being shot to death by Los Angeles police and a standoff inside the store last summer told a judge Friday that he was “sent here by Jesus” and didn’t understand anything. “I don’t know what’s going on, sir,” Gene Evin Atkins said when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Francis Bennett II asked the 29-year-old defendant if he would be ready within 30 days for a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evid...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Atkins, Jesus, Lapd, Joe, Moore, Los Angeles Superior Court, South Los Angeles, Corado, Teresa Sullivan, Top Stories LADN, Michel Moore


Wyoming GOP Senator explains death-penalty vote by saying that being executed was good enough for Jesus, so it's good enough for criminals

A bill to repeal Wyoming's death penalty law has failed in the state senate, thanks, in part, to the vote of Sen. Lynn Hutchings [R-Cheyenne, contact details], who said, "The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me. I’m grateful to him for our future hope because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope."
Tags: Post, News, Religion, Gop, Wyoming, Christianity, Jesus, Blasphemy, Cheyenne, Sen Lynn Hutchings, senator Lynn Hutchings


These Oscar Speeches Will Make You Laugh, Cry & Cringe

Right this very moment, the chosen ones in Hollywood are carefully considering their words, listing every agent and publicist, and jotting down some witty asides onto index cards, which they will carefully tuck inside a jacket pocket or Swarovski-embellished evening bag. If there's ever a time to ensure your public-speaking skills are on point, it's Oscars night. (Unless you're nominated in one of the four categories the Academy has decided to honor during the commercial breaks, in which case —...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Frances Mcdormand, Oscar, Marlon Brando, Angelina Jolie, Jesus


For Your Consideration Documentary: The Making of ‘Casting Couch’

BEGIN SLIDESHOW For Your Consideration documentary: The making of ‘Casting Couch’ Filmmaker Patrick Green’s For Your Consideration documentary centers on Los Angeles-based street artist Plastic Jesus and sculptor Joshua “Ginger” Monroe’s “Casting Couch” creation, a golden statue of the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, clad in matching bathrobe and slippers, sitting on a chaise lounge, while provocatively holding an Academy Award trophy. Exploring the reactions behind the art and...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Documentary, Los Angeles, Green, Harvey Weinstein, Jesus, Las Vegas, Peter Jackson, Joshua, Monroe, Ocean City, Weinstein, TRENTON New Jersey, James Armstrong, Sabo


Thrifting, Marie Kondo—opportunities for the Gospel

USA (MNN) – Have you watched Marie Kondo? Chances are if you live in the United States, you have heard of the Tidying Up guru. But did you know that as you tidy up, you could make a Gospel impact? Thrifting for the Gospel At World Mission , thrifting and sharing the Gospel go hand-in-hand. Through World Mission’s multiple volunteer-run thrift stores located in the United States, the organization is able to provide great deals to both the seasoned thrifter and the one just starting off. Plus...
Tags: Usa, Indonesia, India, United States, Nepal, Bangladesh, Jesus, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Marie Kondo, Greg Kelley, World Mission, Kelley, World Mission These Treasures, World Mission Not


A La Carte (February 15)

I wasn’t able to track down any new Kindle deals, though there’s lots to sort through from the past week. However, Westminster Books has some new releases on sale, including John Piper’s new one as well as Mere Calvinism, which I very much enjoyed. (Yesterday on the blog: How Can We Glorify God with Our Time?) Why Men Like Me Shouldn’t Be Pastors Samuel James: “Why did it take whistleblowers and journalists to identify disqualifications that should have been obvious to those ...
Tags: Blogging, Jesus, Usa Today, A La Carte, John Piper, Mattson, Charles Jr, Chris Ulmer, Samuel James, However Westminster Books, Special Books for Special Kids


Whose Words Can We Really Believe These Days?

I never met my father’s father whose death preceded my birth, but family legend recounts him as saying, “Don’t believe anything you hear or read and only half of what you see.” In a culture where news and headlines are sometimes branded as fake, it’s hard to know what to believe, isn’t it? While I have no idea if Granddaddy Jake was being cynical or just funny (or even if this quote is true), I’ve found his advice to be helpful to remember. Over the course of our lifetimes, we hear countless mes...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, God, Don, Granddaddy Jake


Beatitudes: Is It Wrong to Be Happy?

Beatitude, according to Webster, means perfect blessedness or happiness.  But when you read the beatitudes, you seemingly find anything but.  It is the poor, the hungry, the weeping and the persecuted who are blessed.  In Luke’s gospel (Lk 6:20-26), Jesus even adds woes for those who are rich, full, mirthful and popular. I once heard a preacher say that many of God’s people look more liked they’ve been baptized in pickle juice than in water.  Is this holiness?  Is piety all about being miserab...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Jesus, Francis, Christ, PAUL, Luke, Judah, Jeremiah, Assisi, Faith & Spirituality, Joshua Earle


The Beatitudes: In the Light of the Master

In chapter 2 from Gaudete et exsultate (On the Call to Holiness), Pope Francis outlined some tendencies of the modern world that lead us astray from God’s desire to call us to himself. However, he does not leave us to our own devices. The Shepherd of the Church brings us to the feet of the one who never leaves even a single member of his flock behind. Francis proceeds from describing two possible enemies to holiness into his description of faith as a face-to-face fleshy encounter. Then he begins...
Tags: Featured, Church, Religion, Pope Francis, Jesus, Francis, Christ, Holiness, Faith & Spirituality, Christian Jesus, Beatitudes, Gaudete, Focus on Holiness, Mount Holiness, Calvary True


Pleasures Never Lie: Why Sin Cannot Stay Hidden

One of my favorite poems is only four lines long: The soul is measured by its flights, Some low and others high. The heart is known by its delights, And pleasures never lie. (The Pleasures of God, 4) For me, the last line is the zinger: pleasures never lie. It has stuck in my brain for over two decades. Like a sharp knife, it cuts through a lot of my baloney and gets right to the heart of the matter: what matters to my heart. “Pleasures never lie” doesn’t mea...
Tags: Religion, David, Jesus, John, Bathsheba, Matthew, Corinthians, James, Peter, Simon, Samuel, PAUL, Aaron, Luke, Judas, Jeremiah


Original Argument

State Senator Lynn Hutchings (R) of Wyoming explaining her decision to vote against abolishing the death penalty: “The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me. I’m grateful to him for our future hope because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.” Wyoming is currently debating a bill that would abolish the state’s death penalty. The state’s last execution was in 1992. (...
Tags: News, Wyoming, Jesus, Josh Marshall, Radley Balko, Editor’s Blog, Lynn Hutchings