Day: March 23, 2014

Ministry and Money: Rejecting Professionalized Ministry

As many congregations in the Episcopal Church struggle to pay a full-time or half-time priest and consider calling bivocational priests, in contrast, most American Quakers continue to understand their work as free gospel ministry. Micah Bales, a founder of the Friends of Jesus Fellowship, describes the tension of being a Quaker in Washington, D.C. and […]

Fred Phelps is dead

by Linda Ryan Fred Phelps is dead. The founder and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) died in Topeka, Kansas, Wednesday, March 19th, of an undisclosed illness. He was 84 at the time of his death. Fred Phelps and his church are highly recognizable names to much of America, and that was (and is) […]

Condemnation

Psalm 93, 96 (Morning) Psalm 34 (Evening) Genesis 44:1-17 A recent article in Episcopal Café’s “The Lead” outlined in vivid detail the six ways churches marginalize the victims of sexual abuse–ranging from denial to misplaced focus. The icky truth is much of the time, churches deal with the purveyors of certain kinds of truths poorly. […]

Purity Balls and Christian formation

For head pastor Ron Wilson of the Living Stones Church, purity balls, a ritual in which a father and teenage daughter pledge their commitment in front of God to maintain her sexual purity and loyalty to God, is a significant commitment to lifelong Christian formation. Resembling aspects of a wedding, purity balls feature a covenant […]