Category Archives: anabaptist

United Methodists, Pessimism and God’s Surprises


This article applies to a number of denominations.  It is not unique with Methodists.  Elements of it can be found in various Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Evangelical, and other Protestant groups, not to mention the various splinter groups. Fr. Orthohippo Being … Continue reading

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THE PRIEST, PASTOR, OR MINISTER VERSUS THEIR CONGREGATION Part 1 ARE YOU REALLY IN TOUCH?


     Just what is a priest (pastor, minister)?  Each denomination or independent congregation or organization has a codified (formal or informal) list of what constitutes a religious, as opposed to a congregant or ordinary person. These lists define and spell … Continue reading

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FROM THE BAPTIST MEGACHURCH WORLD – CONDEMNING PROSPERITY PREACHERS FOR LEADING WORSHIPPERS INTO A FAITH THAT’S NOT REAL CHRISTIANITY


By Lillian Kwon , Christian Post Reporter January 2, 2013|3:49 pm In his last message as pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church, John Piper condemned prosperity preachers for enticing worshippers into a faith that’s not real Christianity. … Continue reading

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EVANGELISM OR SHEEP STEALING? TEAR DOWN OR BUILD UP THE CHURCH?


Evangelism has been a hallmark of Christian life throughout the centuries. One of the problems which has occurred is how we define effective versus hurtful evangelism. Historically, evangelism has most often been reduced to an individual prism. This has been … Continue reading

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SOME WAYS OF SELECTING THE LEADER OF THE CHURCH


Roman Catholic cardinals of specified age gather in consistory to elect a new pope.  Many Protestant and Anglican groups gather both clergy and laymen who vote upon names nominated until they have a majority vote.  The Church of England adds … Continue reading

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MONSIGNOR. THREE PRIESTS, AND A LAYMAN STAND TOGETHER IN THE DOCK


In recent years my order The Missionary Society of St. John, like every other religious organization to my knowledge, has increased our serious and strict personal conduct codes, especially in the sexual behavior areas. No one wants the epidemic of sexual misbehavor … Continue reading

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE, HOW WE WITNESS


Christian groups from small house churches to the Roman Catholic Church regularly make decisions as to how they will live in the world. Choices range from withdrawing entirely from society to energetic engagement with all aspects of that society.  A … Continue reading

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