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美國最大長老會通過接納同性婚姻

After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines … 詳閱

教會時事隨筆:不要告到教外人那裡

每次教內有甚麼紛爭鬧到法律責任上,我都看到或多或少的荒誕成份,輕則教人搖頭嘆息,重則令人捧腹大笑。因為,總會有一夥人跑出來聲稱有一些聖經原則要求所有信徒遵守,例如不能告到教外人那裡,然後大家便自覺要跟隨那遊戲規則,然後大家吵下去。 事實往往是,(一)不管最後大家支持哪一方,大家心裡想著的都是一個公道或公義之類的概念,而那概念在聖經裡… 詳閱

廿一世紀基督教教育趨勢(二)

續上文 5. 愈來愈多星期日的活動與教會爭奪信徒及慕道者。 西方社會主日以往一般都不用上班,百貨公司都關門,但這種情況近年已經逐漸改變。星期日的活動越來越多,甚至很多社區活動都安排在星期日舉行,信徒常處於兩難之間。華人教會所處之地區也許早已面對這樣的情況,教會基本培訓事工是否應改於其它日子而非使用星期日呢?近年不少教會開始了星期六的信徒… 詳閱

廿一世紀基督教教育趨勢(一)

進入廿一世紀,基督教教育會有怎樣的發展,怎樣的挑戰呢?加拿大福音證主協會於2000年10月特別乘北美基督教教育教授協會(Society of Professors in Christian Education, SPiCE)於多倫多舉行一年一度的研討會之便,邀請了當時協會的總幹事丹尼士威廉斯(Dennis Williams)向當地教牧及信徒主講專題:《廿一世紀基督教教育趨勢》。威廉斯於1957年畢業後擔任教會基督教教育牧者開始,近60年來… 詳閱

評論葉松茂對教會普查的意見

《時代論壇》有兩期頭版講教會普查(註一),訪問了探討過教會增長的葉松茂--此君現為建道神學院青少年事工教牧文憑課程主任。但整個訪問嚴重地忽略了幾個問題: 一,證據 「羅:教新是次的普查顯示,參與崇拜人數有所增加,但升幅顯著放緩。此外,新領洗人數又遠超過參與崇拜人數的增幅。這些現象綜合起來,給人的第一個感覺似乎是本地教會信徒流失情況很… 詳閱

一個離開福音派加入聖公會的信徒的分享

From the soil of the blogosphere, Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity. She is author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and the New York Times bestseller “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” But those who have followed her writings often note that her thinking ha… 詳閱

逾半美國共和黨基督徒期望基督教神權治國,反對進化論,不相信氣候變化

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While America’s Founders may have had very clear ideas about the separation of church and state, apparently the majority Christian Republicans favor turning the U.S. into a theocracy. On the other side of the equation, there were roughly three in ten Christian Republicans who were against establishing Christianity as th… 詳閱

宣稱肯定同性戀者會友的美國福音派牧師無懼爭議

Pastor Stan Mitchell’s announcement that his evangelical GracePointe Church would fully affirm gay members met with a standing ovation from some, stunned silence from others, but everybody prayed together quietly at the end of it. A month and a half later, Mitchell routinely receives emails inviting him to kill himself… 詳閱

我看Selma

電影Selma(中譯:馬丁路德金 – 夢想之路)最觸動我的不是主角在教堂裏慷慨陳詞,而是他在獄中與同伴的對話,當時同伴引用聖經馬太6章25-27節鼓勵身心俱疲的金博士,經文見下: 「所以,我告訴你們,不要為你們的生命憂慮吃甚麼喝甚麼,或為你們的身體憂慮穿甚麼。生命不勝於飲食嗎?身體不勝於衣裳嗎?你們看一看那天上的飛鳥,也不種也不收,也不在倉裏存糧… 詳閱

天主教與佛教

Important Distinctions and Deep Divides Despite many external similarities, Buddhist meditation and contemplation is quite different from orthodox Christianity. Buddhist meditation strives to “wake” one from his existential delusions. “Therefore, despite similar aspects, there is a fundamental difference” between Christian and Buddhist mysticism, wrote John Paul II. The Holy Fathe… 詳閱
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