Est. May 2008

08 May, 2017

Dust on your Bible

Perhaps the 'good' bishop should actually crack her Bible open and read it.
An openly lesbian United Methodist bishop whose election was recently declared a violation of church law says that she does not want to see a schism in her denomination over its debate on homosexuality.

For the past several years, the United Methodist Church has experienced intense internal issues over the debate on whether the Mainline Protestant church should change its stance against homosexuality.

Bishop Karen Oliveto told National Public Radio in an interview on Sunday that she would not like to see the denomination split apart over the debate.

"I would hate to see schism. And here's why: I believe that there are essentials, and John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, said there's essentials that we must agree on. And they are things like our understanding of the Holy Trinity, the role of sacraments," said Oliveto.

"And then there are opinions, which we can disagree on and still live together with. And I think we've raised the opinion — our opinion on human sexuality and homosexuality — to an essential. (emphasis mine)"
Actually, ma'am, human opinion on homosexuality means nothing – God's opinion does, and He seems pretty clear regarding His opposition to homosexuality.

In fact, if you want to know God's opinion on pretty much anything and everything, He's favored us with that information in writing.

It's called the Bible.

27 April, 2017

That's A Bit Extreme

Here's a 'pastor' who needs help.
(RNS) A Pentecostal pastor in Uganda’s capital has reportedly torched thousands of Bibles because they were “fake” and “demonic.”

Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of the House of Prayer Ministries in Kampala ordered the burning of the Good News Bible and the King James Version because they used the words “Holy Ghost” instead of “Holy Spirit.”
The pastor had collected the Bibles from his 6,000-member congregation and set them on fire. He also charged that words “fasting” and “Lent” had been omitted from the books without explanation.
Though I'm not exactly sure why the change happened, using 'Holy Spirit' or 'Holy Ghost' is, IMO, a matter of personal choice. You might look or sound odd using the latter in front of others, but the meaning's still clear. But to burn Bibles because of it?

Um ... no.

I'm not sure where this pastor gets the notion that 'fasting' and 'lent' were removed from whether the King James or the Good News versions of the Bible. 'Fasting' is used 21 times in the King James and 23 times in the Good News Bible. 'Lent' also appears in both versions (as well as in every other English-language version I checked at Bible Gateway), but only pertaining to lending or loaning someone something - never in reference to the period of fasting prior to Holy Week.

Bishop Herman Sentamu feels the 'pastor's actions stem from ignorance', and I agree with him. Perhaps, rather than seek legal action - as the Bible Society of Uganda hints at - perhaps this pastor needs to take a sabbatical and get himself some re-training in Scripture.

19 April, 2017

A Little Research Goes a Long Way

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If you're going to put together a meme, it's good idea to make sure you've got your facts straight before you publish, or somebody like me is going to fact-check it and post the right information.

This picture, from my Facebook feed, is a prime example.

Let's take a look, shall we?

09 February, 2017

Slow Creep

Catholic Church-Sponsored Boy Scout Troops Won't Be Forced to Follow Transgender Membership Policy

Considering they've caved in to every other demand, they need to append the word 'yet' to that statement.
Boy Scout troops sponsored by Catholic churches won't be required to adhere to the organization's new policy of allowing girls who identify as boys to become troop members.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said in a statement that despite the Boy Scouts' announcement on Jan. 30 that welcomed girls who identify as boys as members, the new policy "has no impact on the operation and program delivery of Scouting program(s) in Catholic-chartered units."
Read more.

24 January, 2017

Further Words on Judgment

Back in this post I wrote about Christian judgment and how it ought to be seen and done. Since then, I've had people ask me, 'What is 'right' judgment?' How do we know how to judge righteously, and Christ tells us we should in John 7:24?

Let's take a look.