Smyth was a volunteer leader at the Christian summer "Bash" camps under the auspices of the Iwerne Trust and Iwene Holidays is alleged to have beaten as many as 22 boys who attended the camps, some of whom he met at the camps over a series of years. The attacks only stopped when one victim, the author of the anonymous letter, attempted to commit suicide.Read more
The "Texas Privacy Act," was launched on Jan. 5 as Senate Bill 6, by Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) and is strongly supported by Texas Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The lieutenant governor, a Baptist, is also the president of the Texas Senate.
"If passed," the Austin Chronicle reports, "SB 6 will overwrite local nondiscrimination ordinances in cities like Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio."Read more
"Earlier this week, we informed Executive Council that Bishop Stacy Sauls has filed a lawsuit against the corporation of the Episcopal Church, called the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), and an unspecified number of unnamed defendants associated with the church. The suit concerns Bishop Sauls' tenure as chief operating officer of the DFMS and his departure from that job.Read more
The document they produced to come to this simple conclusion came to 8500 words. (I'll get to that shortly.)
In biblical terms that's the equivalent of the Book of Romans and the Book of Colossians put together (8693) words. OR, the books of I & II Thess, I & II Timothy, the books of Titus, Philemon, James, Jude and II and III John, put together total (8333) words, a tad less than 8,500.Read more
The Archbishop called on Anglicans to make a special effort to reach out to refugees and immigrants in their local communities. "In these divisive times, we have the opportunity to demonstrate a compassion that builds bridges, and overcomes fear.Read more
(For the record this action should not be confused with the Anglican Church-Diocese of Recife under its Bishop Miguel Uchoa, which broke away from the IEAB over homosexual practice deemed incompatible with Lambeth resolution 1:10 and is now under the GAFCON/FCA as of March 2016.)Read more
Last January, the Primates' decided that TEC should be removed from any decision making on "issues pertaining to doctrine or polity" for three years. That promise has not been kept.Read more
Since then, the gag rule has been something of a political football, rescinded and reinstated as soon as presidents take office. President Bill Clinton did away with the rule, President George W. Bush reinstated it and then President Barack Obama again revoked it in 2009.Read more
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is in Ghana this week leading a reconciliation pilgrimage to Ghana and apologizing for the trans-Atlantic slave trade going back to the Seventeenth Century. He is telling anyone who will listen that his new understanding of Episcopal evangelism will address "systemic, structural racism as a church."Read more
Born again or not, those same born again leaders believe that had Hilary Clinton become president, issues like who would be on the Supreme Court and the content of the First and Second amendments especially on issues of free speech would have further impeded Christians, especially Evangelicals and Catholics from speaking out about the evil of abortion, the inroads of Islam and much more. For them, this is a moment of victory. For Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, not so much.Read more
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