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Asian Ministries Retreat and Convention Support Asian Church Leadership August 8, 2006

Posted by peterong in Asian American Ministries, Christian News.
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VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/8/06)-Asian American Baptist church leaders anticipate they will gain renewed vision for their ministries during events in Seattle, Wash., August 17 to 19. A retreat for pastors, seminarians and young adults will be held first, leading into the First Asian American Baptist Convention, which begins August 18.

“We want to help Asian churches build strategies to reach their missional goals within varied contexts,” says Rev. Florence Li, National Ministries’ Asian churches strategist and National Coordinator for Intercultural Ministries. “The backdrop is transitions among American Baptist churches, as traditional approaches to church mission face contemporary issues.” (more…)

Faith Without Foundations August 3, 2006

Posted by peterong in Christ and Culture, Christian News, Emergent.
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This is an article I found on the Weekly Standard website which gives another critique of the emerging church movement (he calls it Kool-Aid)…chime in folks…

by Jim Tonkowich, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy.
July 26, 2006
For those who are shocked by the crack-up of the Episcopal Church, let me explain: The answer was on a T-shirt I saw last month while traveling to the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly in Birmingham and the Episcopal Church General Convention in Columbus. It read, “I’m Making It Up As I Go.” Exactly.

Both denominational meetings were characterized by division, polarization and discord as conservatives and liberals attempted to discern and approve God’s will on issues ranging from divestment from companies doing business with Israel to gay clergy to the doctrine of the Trinity (“Mother, Child, and Womb”?). As left and right argued their cases, the real issue emerged. It is not the opposing opinions on assorted overtures and resolutions that divide left and right; it is the underlying understanding of truth, and how we know it. (more…)

FIRST-PERSON: The myth of the apolitical evangelical August 2, 2006

Posted by peterong in Christ and Culture, Christian News, Emergent, Politics.
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Found this on the net from the Baptist Press News website by Russell D. Moore. Mr. Moore is dean of the school of theology and senior vice president for academic administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.…He has an interesting response to the NY Times article regarding Dr. Boyd’s church…especially his little ribbing at Brian Mclaren. Let the comments flow!

By Russell D. Moore
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–The New York Times recently featured a front-page story on the members who have left Woodland Hills Church in suburban St. Paul, Minn., over Pastor Gregory Boyd’s denunciation of “politics.” The Times headline summarized the story, �Disowning conservative politics, evangelical pastor rattles flock.

Some of the things Boyd renounces in the article are well worthy of renunciation. Some churches have too closely aligned the Kingdom community with one particular nation-state or political party, that is true. But the article also leaves murky, as does Boyd’s new book (“The Myth of a Christian Nation”) on the subject, how the church plans to challenge prophetically such social and state-sponsored evils as abortion. (more…)

Asian, Pacific Island Catholics in U.S. gather for first Convocation July 26, 2006

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By Alfonso Aguilar and Julie Asher

Hundreds of Catholics of Asian and Pacific Island heritage from all over the country gathered in Arlington June 30-July 3 for the first National Asian and Pacific Catholic Convocation.

“We are witnesses of a historic moment,” said Paulist Father Ricky Manalo from San Francisco, who was master of ceremonies for the event, which drew religious and lay leaders, diocesan ministry directors, social workers, theologians, educators and youths.

“We gather together to give thanks for the many gifts of the Asian and Pacific cultures and traditions,” added Father Manalo, also a published liturgical composer. “This weekend we gather to praise God most of all, and the power of the Holy Spirit.” (more…)