Category Archives: Mainline Protestants

Omaha! Montana pastor calls audible; bolts Sunday service for NFL playoffs

If Rev. Tim Christensen wanted to create a viral sensation from the pulpit with his Sunday sermon, he succeeded. Head pastor at Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Mont., Christensen is also a huge San Francisco 49ers fan. And the … Continue reading

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Rev. Schaefer one of many pastors officiating gay weddings in defiance of church

I’ve been following the saga this week of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist minister from Spring City who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony. He was suspended for 30 days Tuesday … Continue reading

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A year of change marches on for area Lutherans and Catholics

I know we have four months remaining in 2013, but what an eight months it’s been faith-wise for the two dominant denominations of York County. Feels like it’s time to hit the reset button and review where we’ve been, and … Continue reading

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Hanover pastor on new ELCA bishop-elect Elizabeth Eaton: ‘a gift from God’

Last week, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elected the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as the first woman to serve as presiding bishop of the four-million-member denomination. It was an unexpected defeat for Bishop Mark Hanson, who has led the ELCA … Continue reading

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ELCA elects first female bishop as Bishop Mark Hansen loses bid for third term

Surprising developments from Pittsburgh Wednesday as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elected the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as the first woman to serve as presiding bishop of the four-million-member denomination. It was a stunning defeat for Bishop Mark Hanson, who … Continue reading

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When zero-tolerance Christianity goes horribly wrong

But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? – John 3:17 From the blog file: I came across a couple news … Continue reading

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Can megachurches partner with York mainline churches?

Our editor, Jim McClure, made an interesting point at the end of his blog post on major religion developments last week: The megachurches should consider planting smaller churches in York city and in more heavily populated areas of York County. … Continue reading

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Pew: how religion helped decide the Barack Obama/Mitt Romney election

The election analysis continues today and my inbox is flooded with various studies of the role religion played in Tuesday’s results. Let’s get right to it. * The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life analyzed results from … Continue reading

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ELCA youth gathering in New Orleans

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in York is among several area churches sending youth to the Lutheran National Youth Gathering in New Orleans later this month. Is your church among them? If so, I’d like to hear from you. I’ll be … Continue reading

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Survey: church attendance down in York County

I’m embarking on an interesting story this week about the steep drop in people who belong to organized religion in York County. The statistics come via a national survey comparing religious affiliations in 2010 with those in 2000. The Catholic … Continue reading

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