Well, to include yourself with Muslims as people who do not accept evolution as a scientific fact is not a great thing, since Muslim theologians teach the world is flat; you might as well include Hindus and Buddhists who have other wild theories
Didn't Paul use Greek writers to make his points? Didn't he say something about "becoming all things to all men, so that by some means, I may be able to reach some?" Didn't Dwight L. Moody say, "If you don't like my way of evangelism, what do you have to offer as an alternative?" It's so easy to sit back and criticize others...may we look at our own lives and see what we are doing to bring others the gospel.
I love the abbreviation for this church--IHOP. I wonder if they have a lot of pancake breakfasts? It almost inspires me to ask the manager of the local IHOP restaurant if I could start a worship service there on Sunday mornings (so many Christians are there anyway, either before or after "church").
Looks like Horatio Alger was born 150 years too late to get married in his native New York. The writer had been a minister but had to leave due to "..unnatural familiarity with boys" as the Brewster congregation's investigation reported.
This is a sign of THE END, if I compare this news story to the many times I've heard from conservatives of all religions about how nefarious this guy is. Of course, some will say, yeah, but look at the church--it's not exactly a Beacon of Gospel Truth in DC, is it? The Unitarioan/Universalists call their places churches, so when someone says "I go to church" that doesn't mean much.
Interesting discussion between posters here, but I thought the Psalms were written in Hebrew for use with instruments of their time (like the lyre and the cymbal--seen any lyres or cymbals in your worship service lately?). Singing their translation into English without the right notes, without the right instruments, is not the same thing, I think. Anyway, that's beside the point, which is that hymnals are considered "old fashioned" in many churches. You are more likely to see the words for a song projected on a screen or blank wall in the church. And don't ask anyone to sing in tune!! They do not learn music in school anymore, and not anywhere else. Just notice how poorly your coworkers or people in a public gathering sing the simple song, "Happy Birthday."
I wonder if anyone wants to do a similar study of sermons in the USA? I know the website, Ship of Fools, from England, has a section, "Mystery Worshipper" where they have a scorecard on rating the service experience one has as a visitor. It is helpful in thinking about how one receives visitors in one's own church. Does anyone greet them before and after the service? Engage them in conversation about the service? And the music-did it help or hinder the worship experience? I find it helpful to take blank paper and pen to write down my thoughts during the sermon, whether I agree or disagree with the points made.
The "Heart of the Matter" broadcaster has good article, "Phony War between Benedict and Barack," that showed me how the US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops supported Barack despite his pro-abortion stance. They said you have to analyze the overall position of each candidate, not focus on just one issue. So, most Catholics voted for him and now you will watch him appoint a Supreme Court judge who will not change the abortion law. People will still oppose abortion on a poll, but when it comes to their personal life, that's another question. I still think the only people who should answer the poll are the parents of an unwed pregnant Christian teen. I think they wouldn't be so quick to oppose abortion!!
At the same time, we have more babies being born to unwed mothers than ever before. Go figure that out!
Good to see this website has found something combining homosexuality and Gov. Palin. It helps keep homosexuality in the lead as the top news item covered by this site. My thought is that persecution, evangelism, the Bible, the Church, would be one of the top ones instead. Is homosexuality such a threat to the Chruch today?