Andrew Comiskey, who is a well-known minister to the sexually and relationally broken, preached both the morning and afternoon sermon at Congregation Lion of Judah on Janaury 14, 2007. Both presentations are available on-line. [COMMENTS]
With immigration topping the news, Samuel Rodriguez has become a go-to guy. He started the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) six years ago to be a voice for Hispanic evangelicals. Suddenly, everybody in Washington—media and politicians—wants to talk to him. Rodriguez should be happy with his new prominence, but he doesn't look entirely happy. "Immigration puts us at odds with our white evangelical brothers," he says.
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has become probably the first blogging cardinal. Initially the new blog is designed to report what the archbishop is doing during his current rip to Rome. Boston's archbishop will be writing daily reports about his trip. According to the Boston Globe, O’Malley will write his own entries, but a staffer will post it for him and add photographs. [COMMENTS]
Negiel Bigpond: Native American Reconciliation Events September 2006
Jeff Marks writes: Dr. Negiel Bigpond, Christian Native American Apostle, will be in the [Boston metro] region speaking and leading prayer at various locations.
Thur, Sept. 21: with Dr. Shelli Baker in Scituate - Sept 22 7pm + Sept. 23 9:30am in South Natick at the Eliot Church -
Sun, Sept. 24: with YouthStorm at The Crossing, Windham Middle School, Windham, NH, 10 am -
Sun, Sept. 24: at Community Christian Fellowship, Lowell, MA, 6 pm -
Mon, Sept. 25: in Salem, location and time TBA -
Tue, Sept. 26: at JHOP Boston, 10 am
Walter C. Kaiser Jr. on May 6, 2006 will preside over his last commencement as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, capping a nine-year tenure marked by dramatic growth at the evangelical Protestant graduate school. ''It's like a great awakening," said Kaiser, a biblical scholar by training who joined the seminary faculty in 1993. ''People say that in Yankee New England, people are too practically minded, and so individual and isolated that they don't have time for God. But we've seen a reversal of that." [COMMENTS]
Bay Windows: Tell us what Dr. Miranda really thinks Bay Windows, New England's largest homosexual newspaper, would like to pin the label of 'extremist bigot' on Dr. Miranda. The newspaper regrets that ' the depths of Miranda’s extreme rhetoric are largely invisible to the general public.' They go on to cite 'a few choice excerpts' from Dr. Miranda's Master Plan.
Educated at Yale, Mr. Manuel served four years in the Naval Air Force, before becoming an editor at Doubleday. In 1970, to his utter dumbfoundment he discovered that God was real, that He loved him beyond all human understanding, and had been waiting all his life for him to realize it. He left Doubleday to become the first editor of the first Charismatic publishing house, Logos.
His story is one man's experience, which some will appreciate and others dismiss. But it means the Rev. Dave Schmelzer, 43, senior pastor at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Cambridge, bridges two worlds often at odds in America today. He's a theologically conservative Christian who sees his mission as preaching to secularists who are spiritually interested, a description that he says still applies in some ways to himself. [COMMENTS]
Catholic World News: Boston archbishop will not attend event honoring Menino Boston MA, (Nov. 23, 2005) Boston's Archbishop Sean O'Malley will not attend a December dinner honoring the city's Mayor Thomas Menino. The dinner is a fundraising event for the local office of Catholic Charities. The archbishop's withdrawal from the December 9 event follows a series of protests from lay Catholic leaders, who have pointed to Mayor Menino's record on key moral issues. Menino has consistently supported legalized abortion on demand and has been a stalwart proponent of homosexuals. [COMMENTS]
In the last articles in its series on evangelical leaders, the Boston Globe paints an almost sympathetic portrait of Rick Warren. The article ends with Rick Warren quoting his dying father: ''Reach one more for Christ."
The Boston Globe compares the 3 evangelical leaders that are the focus of the series: Although Warren is not an overtly political figure, his message is a conservative one on issues such as abortion, and his followers voted in lopsided numbers for President Bush. In this sense, Warren and similar evangelical ministers are a key aspect of the religious-conservative political ascendancy. While activist leaders such as James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention work more directly on political causes, Warren helps expand and prepare the spiritual ground that is the bedrock of the movement.
The Boston Globe continues its series on evangelical leaders with a portrait of Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
The Globe: "Land has walked a fine line as the Southern Baptist Convention's influential point-man in Washington, where he uses his close ties to the White House and congressional leadership to promote a deeply conservative social agenda on behalf of the nation's largest non-Catholic denomination. But he carefully distances himself from the far right, whether he's arguing that Christians should minister to gays and lesbians rather than condemn them or openly criticizing fellow evangelicals who refuse to follow court orders from 'liberal activist' judges."
The Boston Globe gives a grudingly respectful portrait of James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family. Dobson left a comfortable job as a professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine to start Focus in a two-room office in Arcadia, Calif in 1977.
Dobson 's path from a small ministry advance into the political limelight has been a measured, incremental journey whose turning point occurred at a 2003 rally in Montgomery, Ala. There, in 100-degree temperatures, Dobson joined the state's chief justice, Roy Moore, to protest a federal judge's order to remove a sculpture of the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Two Super Bowl footballs sit tucked away in a room in Walt Day's house. In his closet hang shirts with logos for the title-holding New England Patriots, as well as the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Walt lives in Boston, a city full of diehard Red Sox and Patriots fans. As a boy he dreamed of starting for the Sox. Today Walt serves both the Patriots and the Red Sox as the teams' chaplain. In a position that could easily be about fame, Walt isn't about love for the game but about love for the men who play it. And his humility allows Walt to serve the athletes while also letting others lead. [COMMENTS]
Maria Cramer's article in the Boston Globe focusses on the 'Master Plan'. It also provides some background on Dr. Miranda and Congregation Lion of Judah. Here an excerpt: 'Miranda, a Princeton University graduate who received a doctorate in Romance languages at Harvard University, said that in order to penetrate the culture, evangelical leaders must think of the church as a corporation.
''Any institution that is going to be effective needs to be more communicative about the product it's trying to sell and find its market," he said. ''Right now the market is a 21st century, secularly oriented community that is skeptical of what kind of practical services the church can offer."
In his plan, he chides church leaders for being complacent and encourages them to act assertively. He also calls on church leaders to unify.' [COMMENTS]
Thousands of Christians gathered in Rwanda’s Amahoro National Stadium Saturday for the launch of a global initiative to tackle five of the largest problems facing the world today. The Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, which mega-church pastor Rick Warren officially unveiled in April at the 25th anniversary of his Lake Forest, Calif.-based church, intends to mobilize more than 10,000 believers in the next three years to tackle the five pervasive problems that affect billions of people – spiritual darkness, lack of servant leaders around the world, poverty, disease, and ignorance. [COMMENTS]
By Megan Tench, Globe Staff | February 27, 2005
They come wearing baggy jeans, loosely laced Timberland boots, oversized leather jackets, gold chains, and some with gold teeth. They are unlikely congregants, young black men wearing doo-rags and corn-rowed hair filling the back pews of Eliot Congregational Church in Roxbury. They come to hear the preacher preach.
''When I look at our black community, sometimes I get hurt, disappointed, and downright ashamed," boomed the chiseled man in the pulpit wearing a bow-tie and a black, crucifix-adorned robe. ''We've got work to do."
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Dr. Shelli Jones Baker, founder of Harvest Projects International Inc. earned her PhD in Christian Education and is an accomplished artist who has exhibited at the Pentagon, Senate Rotunda, Lincoln Memorial, and various State Houses. She is also a recording artist in vocals and harp, and a composer/psalmist. These giftings of God have taken her to the stages of Branson Missouri’s theater, Martha Vineyard’s Tabernacle, Tulsa’s Maybee Center, Israel’s Knesett and TV shows on Daystar, TBN stations, TCT, LESA and various radio programs. Shelli ‘s books on revival, The Travail of the Flag, and Oceans of Glory may be purchased at amazon.com.