Archives for October 2014

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday (Oct. 6), leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.

Atheists tweet more often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, study shows

A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members of a different one.

Wesley Bros: Holy Ghost Busters

When there’s something strange in your Bible verse…who you gonna call?  Everyone who reads the Bible is going to find something that bothers them.  Marcion was kind of the first Christian to just cut out all the stuff that bothered him.  Marcion edited his Playlist to really only include the letters of Paul, (and some […]

USAID executive Katie Taylor to discuss Africa’s health challenges at annual Vision Africa banquet on Oct. 9 in Dallas

The banquet – an evening to celebrate how God has worked through Vision Africa in Nigeria – will be held at Elliott Hall at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Welcoming the stranger, even if it’s against the law (COMMENTARY)

A nonviolent uprising around immigration is growing in Philadelphia. Its faith leaders announced last week that they would welcome immigrant families even if it is against the law.

‘Left Behind’ and ‘The Good Lie’ face off during Hollywood’s year of faith-based films

Two movies coming out this weekend that aim to attract a faith-based crowd join a glut of biblical films for 2014, testing the limits of Hollywood’s appetite for religion.

Recently Read: New pastor brings fresh vision, new flock to Dallas’ St. Paul UMC

St. Paul UMC in Dallas, TX, is finding new ways to innovate in church growth! From the Dallas News website:   On Sunday, St. Paul formally installed its 52nd leader, the Rev. Richie Butler, a dynamic young pastor whose appointment marks a pivotal new beginning. Butler, you see, isn’t just bringing his energy and vision […]

What do Americans pray for? Themselves. And maybe a sports team

About 13 percent of Americans who pray say they pray for sports teams, compared with about one in five (21 percent) who say they have prayed to win the lottery, the new survey from LifeWay Research suggests.

Judicial Council hearing for the Rev. Frank Schaefer

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will conduct an Oral Hearing in the case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer on October 22, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel at 185 Union Avenue in downtown Memphis, Tenn.

Fenner appointed endorsing agent for the UMC

Fenner’s appointment is effective January 1, 2015, upon the retirement of the Rev. Tom Carter in December 2014. Carter has served as endorsing agent since 2012.