Silence Though Not Traditionally ‘Enjoyable’ Is a Powerful Film

Silence was a beautiful film, but very difficult to watch. Not just because of the many, many scenes of torture, but because it was painfully long, repetitive, and slow, even laborious. Though it is beautifully shot and there are some poignant moments of theology and insight into the human psyche,…...

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Where is Carmen? On The Radio

“Where’s Carmen?” is a question that I’ve been hearing with increasing frequency from friends in all branches of the Presbyterian family.  The answer is: On the radio!  Every weekday from 3-4 p.m. Eastern time, streaming on the internet and available 24-7 via podcast at ReconnectWithCarmen.com. Every day on The Reconnect…...

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Judge Rules in Favor of Athens Church

A Superior Court judge has issued an injunction, ruling that a congregation that voted to disaffiliate from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to join ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians can – for now – continue to use the church property. The judge ruled that the ECO congregation – formerly known as…...

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Court Arguments Reveal Deep Divide in First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem

(By Sarah M. Wojcik, The Morning Call). Arguments in court Friday [2/17/17] painted a picture of tension and emotion at the sprawling campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Northampton County President Judge Stephen Baratta said he’s not looking forward to handing down a decision in what’s shaping up to be…...

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LGBTQ Advocates Offer Glitter Ash For Lent

(By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism). For those that didn’t think anything could subvert the solemnity of Ash Wednesday more than “Ashes to Go,” think again. Proclaiming “the need for progressive Christian witness has never been more urgent,” a New York-based LGBTQ advocacy group with roots in the Presbyterian Church (USA), has…...

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Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Christian Florist in Same-Sex Marriage Case

(By Joe Carter, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission). The Washington State Supreme Court ruled against a Christian florist who refused to serve a same-sex wedding because of “her relationship with Jesus Christ.” In their unanimous decision the state court claims that, “discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the…...

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Documentary Follows Trials and Triumphs of LGBTQ Presbyterian Leaders

(By Gregg Brekke, Presbyterian News Service). “For decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pastors could face judicial charges within the church.” These words are part of the opening screens of the recently released documentary, Out of Order. The title sequence describes the years-long debate within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that ultimately led the…...

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Lawsuit Over Ownership of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem to be Heard Today

(By Sarah M. Wojcik, The Morning Call). The Lehigh Presbytery and the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA, will appear in Northampton County Court on Friday (2/17/17) in hopes of settling a dispute over ownership that has led opposing congregants to hold separate Sunday services at 31-acre property on Center Street.…...

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U.S. Senate Letter to Turkey Garners 78 Congressional Signatures to Release Andrew Brunson

(The EPConnection press release). An open letter from the U.S. Senate to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, has garnered 78 signatures from members of the Unites States Congress. The letter requests that Evangelical Presbyterian Church teaching elder Andrew Brunson, “an American citizen who has been unjustly detained in Turkey, be immediately…...

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A Two-Minute Clip on Homosexuality Every Christian Should Watch

(Posted by Matt Smethurst at The Gospel Coalition). Sam Allberry explains how the message of Jesus on marriage is life-giving. Sam Allberry—editor for The Gospel Coalition, speaker for RZIM, founding editor of Living Out, and author of Is God Anti-Gay?—addressing the Church of England General Synod in London this week....

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