Dissenting Voices Silenced

Kevin Hargaden works for http://www.maynoothcommunitychurch.ie a small church in the suburbs of Dublin and is preparing for ordination with the http://www.presbyterianireland.org Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He blogs at http://www.hargaden.com/kevinCreideamh and is a board member of the http://www.ibi.ie (IBI). When my elder brother got married almost ten years ago, the priest who celebrated the service made [Read More...]

Are Churches Adjusting to This?

Is your church adjusting to the rise of numbers among singles? Census data released this week says 31 million households in 2010 consisted of just one person, 4 million more than 2000. According to the new data, singles make up 27% of U.S. households; in several large cities, including New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., it’s [Read More...]

Memorial Day Prayer for Peace

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns [Read More...]

Before You Quit

With permission, I have reposted an excellent reminder by our friend Jim Martin about quitting: Consider what we begin: A marriage begins with a wedding. A student begins an academic program. A homeowner begins a do-it-yourself project remodeling the family’s kitchen. A person begins a blog. A church member takes on and begins a project [Read More...]

Ireland and Its Church

What Kevin says below about Ireland is occurring in the USA as well. Kevin Hargaden works for http://www.maynoothcommunitychurch.ie a small church in the suburbs of Dublin and is preparing for ordination with the http://www.presbyterianireland.org Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He blogs at http://www.hargaden.com/kevinCreideamh and is a board member of the http://www.ibi.ie IBI. Ray D’Arcy is a well-known and well-respected radio [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer Says

In 1934, at an ecumenical conference, on a beach in Denmark, at Farö, a Swede asked Bonhoeffer: “What you do, sir, if war broke out?” Reflectively, he allowed the sand to trickle through his fingers, then turned calmly toward the questioner and replied: I pray that God will give me the strength not to take [Read More...]

Atonement Theories Demonstrated

Here a priest seeks to demonstrate the difference between Protestant/evangelical views of atonement and the Orthodox theory. It takes 9 minutes but is worth your time and a discussion. I am not entirely sure this view is that much different than the Protestant/evangelical view (what do you think?). [Read more...]

Doubting Thomas or Honest Tom?

This reflection is by Seán Mullan, from Irish Bible Institute, and he reflects with us today on Thomas, the famous doubting Thomas. Only two of the twelve apostles have names and reputations strong enough to be a part of modern parlance. “You Judas,” is a title reserved for betrayers. And the dubious sceptic is a [Read More...]

Pentecost Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives [Read More...]

Evangelicalism Meets Gratitude

Tim Challies thought it was his duty to defend the truth and that meant taking down Ann Voskamp. He ends up calling into question the Bible’s mysticism, the church’s mystics, and those in his own circle. Challies went too far this time. Ann Voskamp, in grace and gratitude, offers a brief reminder that Challies’ heroes [Read More...]