After Ronald Reagan’s re-election to a second term as President, a group of leaders within the Republican Party gathered to think ahead about what should be done after he went out of office. Their primary loyalty was to the Conservative Movement and they considered how to continue building that movement.
By Reza Aslan for CNN
When I was 15 years old, I found Jesus.
I spent the summer of my sophomore year at an evangelical youth camp in Northern California, a place of timbered fields and boundless blue skies, where, given enough time and stillness and soft-spoken encouragement, one could not help but hear the voice of God.
Amid the man-made lakes and majestic pines my friends and I sang songs, played games and swapped secrets, rollicking in our freedom from the pressures of home and school.
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by Amy O’Leary, New York Times
DALLAS — The mural painted on the side of a building in the Deep Ellum warehouse district here is intentionally vague, simply showing a faceless man in a suit holding an umbrella over the words “Life in Deep Ellum.” Inside there are the trappings of a revitalization project, including an art gallery, a yoga studio and a business incubator, sharing the building with a coffee shop and a performance space.
But it is, in fact, a church.
Life in Deep Ellum is part of a wave of experimentation around the country by evangelicals to reinvent “church” in an increasingly secular culture, and it comes as the megachurch boom of recent decades, with stadium seating for huge crowds, Jumbotrons and smoke machines, faces strong headwinds. A national decline in church attendance, the struggling economy and the challenges of marketing to millennials have all led to the need for new approaches.
“It’s unsettling for a movement that’s lasted 2,000 years to now find that, ‘Oh, some of the things we always assumed would connect with the community aren’t connecting with everyone in the community in the way they used to,’ ” saidWarren Bird, the director of research for the Leadership Network, a firm that tracks church trends.
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By David Cramer
I believe that it is inconsistent for one to be a strong complementarian and a Protestant at the same time. Complementarians often hold that, though women can be involved in various forms of ministry, they cannot become “ordained ministers.” But consider the following simple argument:
According to one of the fundamental tenets of Protestantism, the priesthood of all believers (hereafter, PAB):
(1) All baptized believers are ordained by God as priests.
From here the rest of the argument quickly follows:
(2) Some women are baptized believers.
(3) Some women are ordained by God as priests. Read More…