Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, June 25, 2012

Christian Post: PCUSA Membership Dips Below 2 Million

The Christian Post reports:
While some have argued that the PC(USA)'s membership issues are because of its growing liberal theology and high-profile increased acceptance of homosexuality, Adee believes it is the opposite. "For this generation of young adults, they don't want to be part of a church that is anti-gay, that discriminates," said Adee, describing the opinions of many 16- to 29-year-olds in a recent Barna Group study. "So, for the Presbyterian Church (USA), the passage of ordination policy in 2011 and the ministry of qualified LGBT persons is quite likely to be a key factor in reversing the decline." In addition to fewer members, in 2011 the PC(USA) also lost 96 congregations. Of them, 21 of the 96 congregations voted for dismissal from the denomination over theological differences, including the approval of openly gay clergy. Sorge of the Pittsburgh Presbytery told CP that he believed the trend of departing congregations would likely continue for the foreseeable future. 
You would think the liberals would get the clue that when the church is like the world there is no need to be separated from the world.  In other words, if the church accepts immorality then young people have nothing to come to for a prophetic difference from what they are already doing.  The biblical model is that God created humankind in His image and likeness, which includes the mind and intellect and sentience.  God's intention in creation is for one man and one woman to be married for life and to be fruitful and multiply.  That original institution has been seriously challenged of late by idolatry.  (Romans 1:18-32).

Click here to read the full story:  PCUSA Membership Dips Below 2 Million

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