Posts Tagged ‘church leaders’

Good News According To The Onion

May 10, 2010

Priest Religious, But Not Really Spiritual

BOSTON—Father Clancy Donahue of St. Michael Catholic Church told reporters Wednesday that while he believed in blindly adhering to the dogma and ceremonies of his faith, he tried not to get too bogged down by actual spirituality. “I’m not so much into having a relationship with God as I am into mechanically conducting various rituals,” Donahue said. “To me, it just feels empty to contemplate a higher power without blindly obeying canon law and protecting the church as an institution.” Donahue emphasized that although he did not personally agree with those who pondered the eternal, he had nothing against them.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/priest-religious-but-not-really-spiritual,17373/

Raises a good question –

IS CHRISTIANITY ABOUT FAITH OR AN INSTITUTION?

The Separation of Church & Faith (Copernicus and the Jews, Volume 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Separation-Church-Faith-Copernicus-Jews/dp/0966925351

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Good News According To Dwight Pryor

April 21, 2009

Dwight Pryor with some brilliant comment on resurrection.

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Good News According To JR Woodward

April 21, 2009

Hear Pastor JR’s testimony.

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http://jrwoodward.net/ and http://jrwoodward.net/2009/04/guest-blogger-schedule-for-the-good-news-series/

Good News According To Mark

March 28, 2009

Mark was a Jewish Christian trained by Peter, who wrote the Gospel According To Mark and started the Egyptian church.

According to tradition the Coptic Orthodox Church is the Church of Alexandria which was established by Saint Mark the apostle and evangelist in the middle of the 1st century (approximately AD 42).

The Egyptian Church, which is now more than nineteen centuries old, regards itself as the subject of many prophecies in the Old Testament. Isaiah the prophet, in Chapter 19, Verse 19 says “In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.”

The first Christians in Egypt were mainly Alexandrian Jews such as Theophilus,[citation needed] whom Saint Luke the Evangelist addresses in the introductory chapter of his gospel.

Good News According To Orthodox Christians

March 28, 2009

Orthodox Christians have many denominations. Key types of Orthodox Christians include Greek Orthodox, Egyptian or Coptic Orthodox, Russian, and Armenian Orthodox (among others).

Greeks gave us the New Testament, Egyptian Coptics were started by Mark and Armenia was the first nation to make Christianity its national religion.

The Greek Orthodox church considers itself to be the Mother Church of Christianity and has had an unbroken presence in the Holy Land since the first centuries of Christendom. They claim their first Bishop was James. Perhaps, of interest is that James was Jewish, his Hebrew name was Jacob. Biblically, Jacob means Israel. Somewhere along the way the Orthodox church lost this Jewish connection and its rituals and practices became less Jewish.

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Some claim an alleged Council of Jamnia in 90 excluded Christians from the synagogues, but this is disputed. Jewish Christians continued to worship in synagogues for centuries. During the Jewish-Roman wars, in 136 AD, Jewish Christians hailed Jesus as the Messiah and did not support Bar Kokhba (who some Jews claimed as a Messiah), yet the Jewish-Christians were barred from Jerusalem along with the rest of the Jews. The war and its aftermath helped differentiate Christianity as a religion distinct from Judaism. Martin Buber summarizes this tension well.

Today, the Greek Orthodox Church has extensive property holdings in Jerusalem  and throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories. In addition to numerous churches, seminaries and other properties used for religious purposes, church property holdings include the land on which the Knesset  and the prime minister’s residence are located, as well as an array of historic buildings in Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Imperial and Petra hotels inside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.

and the Orthodox lead worship at the church that commemorates the ascension of Jesus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvoNO-L-PfU&feature=player_embedded

Good News According To Catholics

March 27, 2009

The Catholic church was started by Jesus’ disciple Peter or Constantine depending on who you ask.

The Pope leads the Catholic Church.

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Good News According To Jude Thaddeus

March 26, 2009

Jude Thaddeus shared the good news of Jesus and today the Armenian church he helped to start still exists and is one of the oldest in the world!

Saint Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus , Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus.

Good News According To Bartholomew

March 26, 2009

Bartholomew shared the good news of Jesus and today the Armenian church he helped to start still exists and is one of the oldest in the world!

Saint Bartholomew was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus.

Bartholomew is listed among the Twelve Apostles in the three Synoptic gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and also appears as one of the witnesses of the Ascension (Acts 1:4, 12, 13), each time named in the company of Philip,

Good News According To Rob Bell

March 20, 2009

hear about the original meaning of the gospel, good news and church – you just might be surprised. 

Rankin Wilbourne

March 9, 2009

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Rankin Wilbourne is one of America’s best preachers today. Given the historical disasters and current political realities, its really too bad Pacific Crossroads Church, the church he leads, has expressed negativity and now deafening silence regarding God’s people Israel and the Jewish people. Presbyterian theology needs a reformation regarding its views towards Israel.

Ironically, Rankin has preached one of the best messages I’ve ever heard on forgiveness.

Powers and Principalities was brilliant. (“Christus Victus”, loved the ending about MLK) and many more.

Check out some brilliant sermons here.

on work – work theology by Ranking Wilbourne 2009_05_17_Sermon_Overview_and_Questions

Brilliant sermon on the Holy Spirit.
Are You Filled With the Spirit – july 12
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Rankin on dating, being single, marriage etc Single Like Jesus Rankin Wilbourne 1 Corinthians Sermon08.30.09

Rankin Wilbourne on work – What a Changed Life LooksLike Work Ephesians 4Sermon051709

Marriage, Hosea and loving a whore –

Marriage A Story Rankin Wilbourne Ephesians 531-32, Hosea 12-4, Hosea 25-8, Hosea 31-5 Sermon09.13.09

Sermon – Marriage As God Intends It Ephesians 521-33 Genesis 218-25 Sermon09.20.09

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Marshall Brown – A Day in the Life of Jesus Luke 431-34, great message on practical healing and salvation

Marshall Brown – A Day in the Life of Jesus Luke 431-34 Sermon11.15.09

Excellent sermon on How To Read The Bible by Rankin Wilbourne (except the comments on Israel and its blessings are misguided)

How To Read The Bible – Rankin Wilbourne 1 Samuel 16 1-13 Sermon02.28.10

On POWER

Rankin Wilbourne on David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11

Why do we disappoint ourselves and fail to meet our own expectations and Why are we constantly stuck in bad patterns –

commentary on LOST, the show, people trying to forget their

On war and the holocaust and abuses of power

Importance of term limits and checks on power
Why do we disappoint Rankin Wilbourne on David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11

On power and secret unconfessed sins like pornography, (…then Amnon hated her with very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her…2 Samuel 13:15) and though grace abounds we must fear God because sin still has consequences in redemption. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of the Prodigal/Lost sons and the connection with Absalom (father of peace) is fascinating!

Rankin Wilbourne on David and Nathan 2 Samuel 12 Sermon05.30.10

Great sermon on sabbath and rest.

LORD of the Sabbath by Marshall Brown on Luke chapters 6 and 13 Sermon07.18.10.mp3

Good sermon on salvation and our gnashing of teeth in hell. We are like animals. (However, their is an error in the sermon against the Jewish people.)

On the Road to Jerusalem A Greater Salvation Marshall Brown Luke 13 verses 22 to 30

> “first century Palestenian jew” — did not think much about it.  I guess that is kinda repetitive.  Should have just said “first century Jew” I  guess??

Yes, “first century Jew” would be historically accurate. Sure, for most listeners it doesn’t really matter. However, for people who are familiar the middle east, the term “first century Palestenian jew” possibly discredits the speaker as inaccurate or biased.  Its not that its repetitive, its an accurate term AFTER Bible times and up until 1948.

Politically, this is a very sensitive issue because as I attached earlier the Palestinian government teaches that Jesus is Palestinian and Muslim! They are trying to discredit anyone who believes in the Bible, both Christian and Jew.  Example from the PA and Muslim Wakf – Palestinian Authority’s Chief Justice Sheik Taysir Tamimi: “No Jewish Temples ever existed, and references to Jersualem in Jewish, Byzantine and Roman writings were all forgeries.”