- - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

(12015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population (Barna)

***As always, the Barna group provides us with solid statistical research and clear analysis on religion in America. They write: “While the United States remains shaped by Christianity, the faith’s influence—particularly as a force in American politics and culture—is slowly waning. …Is America, home to the largest Christian population in the world, actually becoming a “post-Christian” nation?” 

(2) Expelled From the United Methodist Church? (Tom Lambrecht, United Methodist Reporter)

***The United Methodist Church will continue to be in transition in the years to come, as progressives push the denomination to reshape itself as they would design. Others are attempting the serious and steady work of holding fast to purity in doctrine and practice, while also seeking unity where possible.

(3) It’s Surprisingly Easy To Start Your Own Church (Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post)

***Contained within the article is a John Oliver video. It hurts to see Oliver critique Prosperity Gospel figures, but only because it reminds us of their terrible and public distortions of the Gospel. Here is pastor John Piper’s critique of this teaching.


(4) God Bless America (Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism)

***Religion News Service (RNS) published a good piece yesterday talking about the history of the phrase and song “God Bless America.” Here is Mark Tooley’s response to that article: “Aren’t Christians called always to be a blessing and to beseech God’s blessing on their communities at all times and places? Should we ever stop?”

(5) Loyola chancellor says Catholic church should let priests marry (Shia Kapos, Crain’s Chicago)

***Protestants looking in on this discussion are wondering, “First comes love, then comes marriage … then comes a reevaluation of the Council of Trent?”


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