World Cup 2018: France have lot more potential to show, says coach Deschamps

first_imgFrance have dispatched two former World Cup winners in the knockout stage but are still far from a polished product and only getting better, suggested coach Didier Deschamps in an ominous warning to semi-final opponents Belgium.After a sluggish first round, the French team exploded to life in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina at the start of the knockout phase and further verified impressive credentials with a workman-like 2-0 victory over plucky Uruguay in Friday’s quarter-final at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.”We had a complicated first round, without being flamboyant but realistic and effective. We did not break our stride. But from the match against Argentina, we have grown in strength,” said the France coach.France and Belgium in historic World Cup semi-final: Stats and facts”We were the better team against Uruguay but there are still some imperfections. We have a lot more potential to show.”Deschamps was most pleased by the fact a relatively young squad “showed their maturity” albeit scenes of petulance near the end could have cost one of two of the French a semi-final suspension.World Cup 2018: Mbappe trolled for Neymar-like antics on the fieldWith an average age of 26, France came into the World Cup in Russia with the second youngest 23-man squad.”I have a young squad who are now working as a team and becoming more and more resolute. You can see their state of mind is positive and there has been a lot of progress,” the coach said.REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSadvertisementAdvancing to the semi-finals allows Deschamps, who broke the record as France’s longest serving coach during the first round, another chance to emulate his playing success with a major title. Deschamps was the midfield enforcer in France’s 1998 World Cup winning side.World Cup 2018: Griezmann elegant in victory as France reach semi-finalsFrance were knocked out in the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago and beaten in Paris in the final of the 2016 European Championship.Asked if he had now achieved his goal for this tournament by making the final four, Deschamps has given little away.World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final Highlights: France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach semis”I like to reach objectives but I’m not looking at it from a personal point of view. My pride is in my squad and my coaching staff.”And can they go all the way to next weekend’s final? “We are in the semi-finals,” he smiled.France take on their Belgian neighbours in St Petersburg on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on hefty bonuses if he can lead the team to success.Solskjaer is on-loan at United from Molde.And the Mirror says according to sources in Norway, Solskjaer will be in the money if he delivers silverware or qualifies for Europe.He is earning £1m, but qualification for either the Champions League or Europa League will net him a seven-figure bonus, while winning a cup will earn a £1m payday.However, should he become the next permanent boss at Old Trafford Molde are set to benefit to the tune of £8m in a managerial transfer fee. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[]last_img read more

Calgary Canada Post workers might not strike for long

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Even though rolling strikes are hitting Calgary, Red Deer, and Sherbrooke, Quebec, the work stoppage might not last long for Canada Post employees.“With a mediator there, I’m hoping that he’ll be able to have the issues resolved.”Anna Beale, the Executive VP of the Calgary Local for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) says ideally the strike could be settled by Thursday afternoon.Workers first hit the picket line Wednesday night in the three cities, and continued Thursday at 6 a.m., and will remain on strike for 24 hours unless the matter can be resolved.Despite the optimism, there is still a lot on the table, with CUPW demanding Canada Post address their concerns over health and safety, long hours, and lack of pay for rural mail carriers.Strikes happened for two days in Toronto, which crippled their main distribution centre.Beale knows customers might be frustrated.“The public has stood behind Canada post for over 150 years, and we are there for the Canadian public as well, because it’s the Canadian public that enables us to have jobs at Canada Post.”Negotiations have gone on for 10 months now.The federal government appointed the mediator on Wednesday.last_img read more

Frances World Cup winners given heros welcome

first_imgFrance’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the starsLes Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.Que c’est bon ! Le bonheur partout… Toutes les communes de France ont résonné de cris de joie et de chants pour cette 2ème étoile. Encore ! #FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Équipe fière de la reconnaissance de notre République. #FiersdEtreBleus #VivelaFrance #VivelaRépublique— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018last_img read more

US advisory against jet skiing in The Bahamas raises concerns about the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2016 – There was another US Advisory against The Bahamas after a Nassau jet-ski driver was charged with allegedly raping a tourist woman over the weekend; the incident draws attention to proposed changes in the Turks and Caicos for similar businesses. The US has told its citizens not to participate in Jet ski adventures in Nassau, and it is affecting business there. Magnetic Media is told by smaller water sports and tour operators locally that some of the proposed measures for changes in the National Parks Ordinance will hurt their dreams; possibly even putting them out of business.There are three outlined stipulations which the appointed committee has recommended, but the one requiring for vendors to now have insurance coverage – to cover life and property – before the issuance of a protected area license may drive some out of the industry. While this stipulation sounds reasonable on the policy making side; some vendors say they have already found that they either do not qualify for insurance coverage because their area of service is deemed too high risk or that they do not have the preferred experience to get the insurance coverage. One insurer we spoke to agreed that these types of potential clients are deemed high risk, but that their company is able to underwrite many categories of vendors through London. There are numerous proposed changes to the current law, including one which would give DEMA officers the power to make on the spot arrests and issue tickets for infractions like sexual assault or harassment. Go to the DEMA website, look for the amendments and lodge your views – there are just 10 more days now to offer comment before the consultation process closes. Recommended for you Related Items:jetski, us advisory Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Statement by the Ministry of Transport and Aviation in response to US travel advisorylast_img read more

Bahamas Welcomes Dignitaries and Delegates for Commonwealth Youth Games

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 18, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas will take centre stage this week as the country hosts the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games July 18-23. During a press conference held at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Monday, July 17, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard welcomed the delegation, which included Secretary-General, Commonwealth Nations, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC and President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin.“I would like to take this occasion to welcome the dignitaries and guests of the 64 countries represented during these games,” said Minister Pintard. “This is an important occasion largely because each time we pour into our young people, we are essentially shaping our future.”Mr. Pintard that that the event is not only a ‘sporting’ one but also a ‘cultural’ one, which gives Bahamians the opportunity to display their athletic and cultural talents. In addition, the Minister said that events such as the Commonwealth Youth Games, provide the opportunity for economic growth as they add to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  He said that currently, the government is in the process of trying to tap into ways to monetize these types of events, which are huge undertakings for small countries like The Bahamas.Secretary General, Commonwealth Nations, the Rt. Hon.Patricia Scotland, said that it was a ‘huge pleasure’ and ‘privilege’ for the event to be staged in the Caribbean. She said that the last time the event was held in the Caribbean was in l966. She encouraged the young athletes to do their best during the six-day event.“Young athletes of today tend to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Baroness Scotland. “And so we must do everything possible to help to maximize their potential.”Also delivering brief remarks was President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin, who expressed her pleasure at being in The Bahamas.“We were so impressed with the facilities here when we did our tour earlier, therefore, we believe that this will be a wonderful experience for both the athletes and your beautiful country, The Bahamas.”President of the Bahamas Local Olympics Committee, Wellington Miller also welcomed the dignitaries and guests and encouraged the athletes to “do their best.”Chief Executive Officer of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Dexter Cartwright also delivered remarks and said that BTC was proud to be the title sponsor for the event.Young athletes from 64 nations and territories will participate in the six-day event, which will include: Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming), Beach Soccer, Boxing, Cycling (Road), Judo, Rugby Sevens, Tennis and Beach Volleyball.The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Youth Games, with up to 1,300 athletes aged 14-18 set to participate in a mix of personal development, competition and long lasting friendships.The Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture coordinated the games.This will be the second edition of the Youth Games to be held on a Small Island Developing State, following the Games in Samoa in September 2016. It is part of the Federation’s commitment to partner and support peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Commonwealth communities. It will also be the first Commonwealth Games event to be held in the Caribbean for over 50 years, with Commonwealth athletes last participating in the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.Story by: Betty VedrinePHOTO CAPTIONS:At Commonwealth Youth Games Press Conference, July 17, 2017 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, seated from left: Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard; President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Louise Martin; President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee Wellington Miller.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

National Trust receives regional award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 15, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks & Caicos National Trust won a major regional award – the Heritage Protection Award – at the recently concluded 2017 Caribbean Sustainable Awards, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum.  The award ceremony was held at the Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts & Nevis on Wednesday, 13th December 2017.The Turks & Caicos National Trust received the highest award for Heritage Protection for making significant contributions to protect and promote the heritage (cultural, built, natural, and intangible) of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  The National Trust was recognized for its contribution to heritage protection through the following initiatives:~ Efforts to pass on cultural and intangible heritage traditions and skills to younger generations~ Documentation and/or copyrighting of local heritage related materials~ Educating visitors on local heritage and local stakeholders, including the media~ Sustainable financing of local heritage conservation~ Engagement of local communities, public, NGO and/or private sector entities in preserving and promoting local heritage~ Communicating actions to local stakeholders, including the media The award is a vindication of the 25 years of hard work that the Turks & Caicos National Trust has been putting in, such as implementing good management practice with relatively limited resources, strong local community participation in the conservation and management of TCI’s heritage sites, and the development of unique multi-faceted conservation schemes – all for the protection of the country’s valuable heritage. The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean.  The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Member Countries which have developed responsible and unique tourism products or are engaged in implementing sustainable tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values. The awards were judged by a committee comprising of a panel of experts selected by CTO, representing various sectors of the tourism industry at the national, regional and international levels.The Turks & Caicos National Trust wishes to thank the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board for their support throughout the years, as well as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for their partnership and encouragement in the work of heritage preservation.   The organization looks forward to the continued support of the Turks & Caicos Government to further strengthen the efforts of heritage protection, preservation and promotion.The Trust proudly shares this prestigious international award to the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands.Press Release: Turks and Caicos National Trust Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

New York Editor on Founders Passing American Journalism Wouldnt Be What It

first_imgSEE RELATED: Magazine Pioneer Dies Clay Felker, the founding editor of New York magazine, died today at his home in New York City. He was 82. New York’s editor-in-chief Adam Moss sent over this statement:American journalism would not be what it is today without Clay Felker, and neither would New York City. Those of us lucky enough to work in the house that he built are reminded everyday of the depth of his genius. He created a kind of magazine that had never been seen before, told a kind of story that had never been told. Nobody I have ever met in this business was as passionate a champion of talent, as relentlessly curious, or as successful in getting the world inside his head onto the magazine page. He changed the way we look at this city, and, in that sense, the way we live in it. All of us who practice journalism today carry Clay’s legacy into everything we do, and we will never do it even half as well.New York contributing editor Kurt Andersen’s appreciation of Felker and his legacy is online here.CNN, IHT, the New York Times and the AP have also posted obituaries.last_img read more

SoftBank adds to Alibaba sale bringing total to 10 billion

first_imgSoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) said on Friday it was selling a further $1.1 billion of its shares in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N), bringing the total it has sold in the Chinese e-commerce company to $10 billion.Separately, SoftBank agreed to sell most of its remaining stake in mobile gaming company Gungho Online Entertainment (3765.T) back to the company for 73 billion yen ($685.38 million), Gungho said.SoftBank, Alibaba’s top shareholder, on Wednesday said it would sell at least $7.9 billion of shares in Alibaba. That marks SoftBank’s first sale of shares in the Chinese company since it began investing in Alibaba in 2000. The two companies said they would maintain a strategic partnership.SoftBank said it was exercising a greenshoe option to sell more shares in Alibaba. SoftBank, which invests in telecoms and internet companies, sold more shares because of strong demand, a spokesman said.The sale is expected to help reduce debt at Softbank, which also holds a majority stake in U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp (S.N). Sprint is loss-making and has embarked on a cost-cutting drive.Singapore state funds bought $1 billion of Alibaba shares in part of the SoftBank sale, Alibaba said on Wednesday.last_img read more

Global sales of Tata Motors vehicles cross 1 lakh units in September

first_imgIndian auto giant Tata Motors sold over one lakh vehicles in September globally, up five percent over the sales in September last year. Cumulative sales for the financial year were 537,187, up 12 percent over the previous fiscal.Last month, the Mumbai-based company sold 102,289 in wholesales, including the sales of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. Shares of Tata Motors closed at Rs 562.10 on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, down 0.64 percent from their previous close. “Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in September 2016 were at 67,895 nos., higher by 7 percent, compared to September 2015. Cumulative passenger vehicle wholesales for the fiscal were 348,429 vehicles, higher by 6 percent, over FY15-16,” the company said in a statement. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 52,914 vehicles. Jaguar’s sales for the month were 16,211 vehicles and cumulative wholesales were 78,190 vehicles. Cumulative wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover for the fiscal were 273,561 vehicles.Domestic car sales during September were robust for most of the automobile companies, barring Honda Cars India, which continues to skip the growth wave.In other news, in a bid to offset rising input costs, Tata Motors is planning to hike prices of its passenger vehicles during the upcoming festive season.”Input costs have increased and some of the industry players have already undertaken price hikes. Moreover, we have also not corrected our prices for a long time. We will hike prices of our vehicles. Currently, we are working out the details,” Mayank Pareek, president (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) at Tata Motors said.last_img read more

BritishBangladeshi jailed for plot to kill Theresa May

first_imgAn undated handout picture released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on 31 August 2018, shows Naa`imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, who planned to bomb the gates of no 10 Downing Street office, kill guards and then attack Britain`s prime minister Theresa May. Photo: AFPA Bangladesh origin UK man, who plotted to kill British prime minister Theresa May, received a prison sentence of at least 30 years Friday from a judge who called him “a very dangerous individual,” reports UNBNaa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, who gave his nationality as Bangladeshi-British, was convicted in London last month of planning to bomb the entry gates to the prime minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street.Prosecutors said he then intended to kill the guards and to attack May with a knife or gun.Rahman, 21, who has family in Birmingham and north London, was arrested in November after collecting a backpack he was led to think contained explosives supplied by fellow IS adherents with whom he communicated.He actually had been talking to undercover intelligence agents.Prior to his arrest, Rahman was referred to a government de-radicalisation programme, but nonetheless plotted his attack over the course of two years, according to prosecutors.They said two of Rahman’s uncles had been jailed in Britain for funding terrorism, while another was killed in a drone strike in Syria.Judge Charles Haddon-Cave sentenced Rahman to life in prison with no chance of parole for 30 years.Haddon-Cave said Rahman believed he had obtained a real bomb that was “capable of causing casualties on a scale comparable to those caused at the Manchester Arena,” where a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people in 2017.“Rahman is a very dangerous individual and it is difficult to predict when, if ever, he will become de-radicalised and no longer be a danger to society,” the judge said.last_img

Road crashes claim four more lives

first_imgAt least four people, including a woman and her daughter, were killed in separate road accidents in Feni and Lakshmipur districts on Sunday night, reports UNB.In Feni, a woman and her daughter were killed and three people injured as a speedy bus hit their auto-rickshaw at Tebaria village in Sadar upazila.The deceased were Johora Begum, 36, and her daughter Faria Akhter, 16, of the village.The bus hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chattogram highway around 8:00pm, leaving five people injured, said chairman Mosharraf Uddin of Lemua Union Parishad.Locals took them to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared Johora and Faria dead, he said.In Lakshmipur, two members of a family were killed in a head-on collision between a human hauler and a motorcycle at Gugibari in Ramganj upazila.The deceased were Md Sumon Hossain and his nephew Md Tamim Hossain, residents of the upazila.The human hauler collided with the motorcycle around 8:00pm, killing Tamim on the spot, said Md Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ramganj police station.Sumom was taken to upazila health complex where the physicians pronounced him dead, the OC added.Road crashes took away 66 lives across the country in just four days during the Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.last_img read more

The Splainer What happened at the United Methodist General Conference

first_img It answered your comment. Did you bother to read the scripture and get a basic understanding of your errors? Nada Wheezy1952 says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,The ’Splainer (as in, “You’ve got some ’splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which Religion News Service gives you everything you need to know about current events to help you hold your own at the water cooler.(RNS) — A recent meeting of United Methodists in St. Louis caught the attention of everyone from Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed outside the meeting, to the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who recognized “these costly struggles are familiar from our own recent history.”The special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference met Feb. 23-26 at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis to consider several plans to move the denomination forward despite deep divisions over the inclusion of its LGBTQ members.In the end, the General Conference approved the “Traditional Plan,” which continues the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ United Methodists.RELATED: United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriageStill, not even everyone at the meeting is clear on what happened at the special session and what it means for the future of the denomination.Let us ’Splain …Why were United Methodists holding a General Conference this year?A screen displays the results of a vote on the Traditional Plan during a legislative session of the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis on Feb. 25, 2019. Photo by Paul Jeffrey for United Methodist News ServiceThe meeting was a special session of the global denomination’s decision-making body, which usually meets every four years. But at its last meeting, in 2016, delegates became locked in the same stalemate they have had for decades over the full inclusion of LGBTQ members in the church. They decided to refer all discussion about sexuality to a specially appointed commission.That group — known as the Commission on a Way Forward —  presented three plans to delegates last week in St. Louis: the One Church Plan, the Traditional Plan and the Connectional Conference Plan. Ultimately, 53 percent of delegates voted for the Traditional Plan.The General Conference also approved several petitions related to clergy and churches that might leave the denomination based on the decisions it made.But I thought the bishops had recommended a different plan?That’s because they did. The Council of Bishops recommended the One Church Plan, which would have allowed individual churches and regional annual conferences to decide whether to ordain and marry LGBTQ membersBut the plan was voted down by the Legislative Committee, made up of the same 864 delegates who would vote the next day in the plenary session of the General Conference.And a last-ditch effort to substitute the One Church Plan for the Traditional Plan was voted down again despite an impassioned plea from the Rev. Tom Berlin, the Virginia pastor and Commission on a Way Forward member who originally had submitted the One Church Plan legislation to the General Conference.Berlin predicted that church members, congregations and even entire regional annual conferences in the United States would leave the United Methodist Church if the Traditional Plan passed.Well, what does the Traditional Plan do?In short, the Traditional Plan strengthens enforcement of language in the denomination’s rulebook regarding the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ members.The Book of Discipline currently states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained as ministers, appointed to serve or be married in the church.RELATED: How denominations split: Lessons for Methodists from Baptist battles of the ’80sThe Traditional Plan, which originally included 17 petitions, adds language defining a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” as a person who is “living in a same-sex marriage, domestic partnership or civil union or is a person who publicly states she or he is a practicing homosexual.” The plan also bars bishops from consecrating, ordaining or commissioning “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” even if they have been elected or approved by the appropriate church body.And it strengthens current complaint procedures and penalties in the Book of Discipline, including a minimum penalty for a clergy member who performs a same-sex wedding: a one-year suspension without pay for the first offense and a loss of credentials for the second.Before the meeting in St. Louis, the Judicial Council, the United Methodist Church’s highest court, found seven of the 17 petitions that made up the Traditional Plan unconstitutional. The court also found portions of two other petitions unconstitutional.Bishops confer over the issue of whether the Legislative Committee can refer items to the denomination’s Judicial Council for review during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 25, 2019. Photo by Mike DuBose/UMNSThat court again found all or parts of a number of petitions unconstitutional before the final vote at the General Conference. Delegates were unable to amend all the petitions before the plan passed.The Traditional Plan will now go back to the Judicial Council in April.John Lomperis — a delegate and director of UM Action, a program of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy — said he expects council members to “affirm what they have already said is constitutional and to invalidate what they have already said is unconstitutional.”“The petitions that did pass that are constitutional are very significant, and have real teeth,” said Lomperis, who supported the Traditional Plan.A key provision of the Traditional Plan that would have required bishops to sign a statement certifying “I will uphold United Methodist standards on marriage and sexuality in their entirety” was jettisoned before the vote.Other petitions already found unconstitutional allow the Council of Bishops to recommend a bishop for an involuntary leave of absence or retirement and create a committee to hear those requests in order to establish a “process by which the Council of Bishops may hold one another accountable.” As part of the process to determine whether to ordain a candidate, another petition found unconstitutional allows the Board of Ministry “shall conduct an examination to ascertain whether an individual is a practicing homosexual, including information on social media.”The Rev. Mark Holland — a delegate and executive director of Mainstream UMC, which advocated for the One Church Plan — called the Traditional Plan’s win merely a “symbolic victory” in a post on the Mainstream UMC website.“In reality, we passed no legislation at General Conference. … We are essentially at status quo,” he said.So does this settle things once and for all?Probably not. Many United Methodists are waiting to see what the Judicial Council will decide. Any parts of the Traditional Plan that are found unconstitutional won’t be added to the Book of Discipline, according to the Daily Christian Advocate.And some opponents of the Traditional Plan already have indicated they don’t plan to follow the new rules.The General Conference meets again next year in Minneapolis.The United Methodist Church is going to schism over this, right?Alexander Dungan, of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Chicago, sits near an exit of the America’s Center after a vote to adopt the Traditional Plan at the UMC General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 26, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleSome kind of split in the church seems inevitable.Going into the special session, the Rev. Keith Boyette, the president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and a supporter of the Traditional Plan, made clear if the General Conference passed another plan that allowed for the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ United Methodists, he would recommend the conservative group — which formed after the last General Conference and includes 1,500 congregations in the U.S. alone — leave and form its own denomination.WCA leadership met afterward in St. Louis and released a statement saying “the debate cannot continue forever.”The WCA is committed to restoring “good order and missional effectiveness” to the denomination and will work toward that at the next General Conference, according to the statement. But, it said, some United Methodists, pastors and churches are so frustrated with the denomination, they are prepared to exit. Some already have left.While the Traditional Plan it had supported passed, it said, “We remain prepared to launch a new Methodist movement.”The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a delegate who supported the One Church Plan, is pastor of the largest church in the denomination, Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. Hamilton has said that since the vote he also has heard from many United Methodists in the pews and pulpits saying they’re ready to leave.At a congregational meeting over the weekend, Hamilton said he wouldn’t want the congregation to become a nondenominational church. If anything, he said, it would join “lots and lots of other people forming the next United Methodism.”“We are United Methodist, and I’m proud of that — not embarrassed and ashamed of it — but if we’re going to walk down this path and nothing changes, then I think we were pushed out of the church. We didn’t want to leave,” he said.The pastor also discussed the possibilities of withholding part of the money the church regularly pays to the denomination or reconsidering the Connectional Conference Plan.RELATED: ‘In this to the end’: LGBT United Methodists express hurt, hope after voteThe Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, a delegate and co-convener of the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus, said that some LGBTQ United Methodists will leave the denomination because “there’s just so much abuse human spirits can take — human bodies — until they have to find healthier places.”Others, he said, will be even more motivated to stay and speak out.Several groups advocating for the full inclusion of LGBTQ United Methodists in the church that had opposed the Traditional Plan have expressed a commitment to staying in the denomination.Among them, the Reconciling Ministries Network released a statement urging its members to “stand your holy ground.”“Reach out to your neighbors and community with love. Proclaim your welcome of God’s LGBTQ children with boldness. This Church does not belong to exclusionary forces, and we remain committed to reclaiming it for all God’s people,” it said.(This story has been updated.) March 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm Works won’t do you any good – salvation is not of works. March 13, 2019 at 9:36 am March 13, 2019 at 9:39 am Sandi in EL says: What exactly did Jesus say about it? Wheezy1952 says: Paul’s words, not Jesus’ words.How about the “greedy” and “slanderers” and “covetous” or the “greedy” (depending on the translation)? That would be a significant demographic, even among the most faithful? And “sexually immoral” has often been taken to mean sex only for procreation. How many Christians believe that?But at least you are apparently ok with female homosexuals. That’s progress. Share This! Sandi in EL says: March 14, 2019 at 10:09 am Christ taught against homosexuality from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. You do realize that He is God, no? Share This! They may seem like the finest, but they are rebelling against Christ’s wishes for them and hurting themselves and others.They need our help, not our endorsement.“Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:32 March 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm Wheezy1952 says: Shannon says: “Christ said to Moses”?!?!?!? Words fail.You have heard of the New Testament, have you not? It has this Jesus guy in it and he is quoted as saying stuff. Check it out sometime… Wheezy,An ingrown toenail or a tooth ache shuts my whole body down, especially if it gets infected.Then there was the Rich Young ruler who got it all right except his devotion to greed.It’s not a competition for moral goodness and self-effort, unless that’s what I intend for it to be.Sex just happens to have its own overriding capabilities and priority according to the bible.“Don’t be immoral in matters of sex. That is a sin against your own body in a way that no other sin is. You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.” (I Corinthians 6:18-20)A church can rightly be called “Christian” when Christ and the Word of God are honored as truth.And yes, when this happens there will be love. But not a kind of love that glosses over truth on the way to cultural conformity.“If you love me–keep my commandments” –JesusWhen this is an obsession in my life, I am willing for God and His Word to call me wrong.I am willing to agree with God, repent and ask for grace and forgiveness. Wheezy1952 says: Glenn Harrell says: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 March 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm Sandi in EL says: JAKE says: March 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm Again, just show us the red words. Sandi in EL says: Wheezy1952 says: You obviously don’t know that Christ is God. Take some time to learn what you are trying to talk about For the Christian (certainly not the unbeliever) ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED towards an end–that of right living.“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:12-16FAR FROM JUST MATTERS OF SEX–YOU ARE CORRECT. This list is meant to be exemplary–not exhaustive.“9 Don’t you know that evil people won’t have a share in the blessings of God’s kingdom? Don’t fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual 10 will share in God’s kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others. 11 Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God.12 Some of you say, “We can do anything we want to.” But I tell you that not everything is good for us.” (I Corinthians 6:9-12)thanks for the response Wheezy I’ve told you what Christ taught and you chose to ignore it.Christ taught that we are supposed to judge – I’d say that is another scripture that you wilfully choose to misunderstand Mark Connelly says: The gay friends I have are committed to feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and looking out for “the least of these”More “Christ-like” than many straight friend I know. March 8, 2019 at 12:07 pm Share This! March 8, 2019 at 11:13 am Glenn Harrell says: March 12, 2019 at 3:38 pm Wheezy1952 says: Exactly! For my part I was reminded of the verse right after the one you quoted from Chaucer:“And shame it is, if a preest take keep, A shitten shepherde and a clene sheep.” March 9, 2019 at 6:51 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts jr says: “Judge not” is in reference to judging for the same things that you do.Christians are to judge. March 8, 2019 at 7:57 am March 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm A convenient “out”. Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm Wheezy1952 says: Tim Davenport says: March 11, 2019 at 8:22 am I don’t think the binaries “Works-Based” and “Faith-based” are the only options, and I’m not really interested in “status”. I try to treat others as I would want to be treated, and help the “least of these”, not out of some belief that those “works” will get me into heaven, or even to please God, but because that’s how I was raised and I think it’s the right thing to do and, as a Christian I believe it is how Jesus wants us to live. And I’ve found that being part of an outward-focused Christian church community helps encourage those behaviors.To use a ridiculously extreme example – I don’t think a just and loving God has sent Ghandi to eternal hellfire because he never converted, or that (as some have speculated) Hitler asked forgiveness before he died and is now taking harp lessons in heaven. I would not want to worship such a simplistically rigid god.The Bible does not explicitly define heaven or hell, but my own vision of eternal life is how we live on in the people we have impacted during our lives. If I have had a lasting and positive impact on the people I’ve encountered in my life, that will be heaven for me.You mention “fanaticism” and “morality” used as weapons. To me, both of those extremes are examples of committing what I would consider the ultimate heresy – believing that they absolutely know the mind of God.Thanks for the thoughtful comments.,Ikea faces class-action lawsuit in Israel for male-only catalog Wheezy1952 says: Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches on selflessness at Baptist church Sandi in EL says: March 14, 2019 at 10:56 am March 11, 2019 at 9:23 am Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Baizuo says: Understood. You are in the vast majority of people who identify with a religion. All religions (not Christianity) have a WORKS-BASED qualification for determining STATUS. I wish I could say this was a good thing but it is actually quite ugly. It promotes fanaticism (see how hard a Jihadist will work for Allah) and it instills Comparisons as well as self-righteous snobbery. Don’t you hate it when you blog with those who use MORALITY as a weapon?RELIGION is defined as “What I do in good deeds to reach God”. Christianity is “What God did and does to reach a sinful me.–apart from my goodness and works.” Paul called religion- SALVATION BY WORKS OF THE LAW. Here is what the bible says about those of us who hope to do it on our own as if God will be impressed, “I refuse to reject the grace of God. But if a person is put right with God through the Law, it means that Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)I am either a Saint or a Sinner. I am either saved by God’s grace alone or I am a do-gooder-religionist denying that Jesus’ death means anything to me. The bible doesn’t give an option for both. Either Grace or Law–Either Works or Gift.Read more here: watch: March 13, 2019 at 10:42 am March 14, 2019 at 1:02 pm March 11, 2019 at 6:46 pm “Immoral in matters of sex” could mean a lot of things, and who is qualified to judge?And same sex issues were not important enough to make it into the red letters. Sandi in EL says: March 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am Wheezy1952 says: Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm Jesus words: Judge using righteous judgment – google it. March 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm March 14, 2019 at 9:20 am March 13, 2019 at 10:12 pm March 12, 2019 at 8:12 am That is a logical fallacy, using (one of the many) books words to “authenticate” others. But really, there’s nothing that I or anyone can say to move you an inch from superstitious belief. So just keep worshiping that golden calf… March 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm March 12, 2019 at 8:14 am No one is born homosexual. Christ has termed homosexuality to be “abnormal”, a “shameful act” an “error”. Romans 1 March 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm Wheezy1952 says: March 13, 2019 at 6:43 pm March 13, 2019 at 8:56 pm March 12, 2019 at 8:32 am You don’t know that Christ is God and I suggest then that you read Leviticus 18:1-5. I also suggest that you learn that Christ fulfilled the Law with the exception of the moral laws, which He brought into the New Testament. Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm Christ judged that they are not worthy of going to Heaven in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Wheezy1952 says: March 14, 2019 at 8:27 am Wheezy1952 says: Christ said to Moses:You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.Leviticus 20:13Christ taught through Paul amongst other things:Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.Romans 1:24Two examples of many, March 10, 2019 at 6:15 pm Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Sandi in EL says: Share This! First-May I ask you if you consider yourself a born again Christian–A dedicated follower of Jesus Christ (in red)?My answers vary according to ones profession and belief system. Forgive me if you have stated this in earlier writings on this post and I missed it. March 12, 2019 at 1:02 pm It’s been late in my life, after being taught in my “Christian” youth, that I have met several people, through church, who happen to be gay.Some of the finest human beings I’ve ever known.That’s more important to me than anything any church committees decide. Sandi in EL says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email March 13, 2019 at 8:57 am March 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm March 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm March 13, 2019 at 10:55 pm Wheezy1952 says: Not Jesus words.The gay people I know did not choose that.Have you asked the gay people you know? I see you didn’t look up the scripture that I recommended. As you appear to be more content with the lies, I won’t trouble you any longer with the truth.Enjoy your deception. So Jesus was wrong?:Matthew7: Judge not, that ye be not judged.2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? March 13, 2019 at 11:58 am March 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm Wheezy1952 says: Share This! Not Jesus’ words.Jesus’ words: “judge not …” Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm Just one more – what makes you believe that you are qualified to judge? By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites March 10, 2019 at 6:42 am Thank you.I’m Christian, but never had the singular “born again” experience that seems to define the term. If I become “born again” by reciting the Sinners’ Prayer, for example, gaining n irrevocable ticket to heaven even though I may go on living the way I had lived before (or worse), I applaud the intent , don’t place much eternal credence in the “one and done” exercise. Attempting to live the life that Christ taught is more important to me.And I find it impossible to believe that a just and loving God would condemn the majority of His human creation to eternal hellfire if they are good people who happen to be Muslim or Hindu or atheist.I’m much more focused on attempting a “Christ-like” “love your neighbor” type of life here on earth than I am in an eternal afterlife that no human can really define. Back in the 1970’s, then President Jimmy Carter brought the phrase “Born Again” to prominence. As far as I know, he is the only US President to say the words, then claim them as true for himself. He was essentially unashamed of Jesus Christ and named Him as his personal Savior. (still does)REFER TO JOHN CHAPTER 3 for the following. It’s all there.To be “BORN AGAIN” is to have God’s Spirit change you into a child of God.All people are created and loved by God–But only the Born Again are His children with the promise of Eternal Life.To be born again is to Confess–Ask–Believe-on–Turn Away.To Confess Jesus is to Believe ON Him–not just IN HIm. It means unfeigned allegiance, not surface loyalty.To Ask is to hear and believe OR NOT.. Jesus said, “If you don’t believe when I talk to you about things on earth how can you possibly believe when I talk to you about things in heaven?” Go to an alone place and pray–asking God to be loved and forgiven.To turn away from your old life (repentance) is the dedication to give up your life in exchange for true life, love and forgiveness. To receive Christ then in this way is to be Born Again.Why do you think we resist giving up our pet sins, pride and greed? Because until we are born again, nothing Christ says or offers has any value. It is only “restrictive nonsense”.To Be Born Again is to see the light! Jesus said it this way.“The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.” (John 3:19-21)The most famous verse in this chapter is 16.“God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!” Not everyone will place their life/faith in His care–many will perish– but it won’t be because God did not love and provide. Some do not believe they need to be saved from anything.Remember that the Devil believes in Jesus Christ. Many people believe that He existed and walked this earth. Such believe does not convert the soul–it mertely exercises the mind.Let go of gay-straight-red letter-black letter. These are but mere deflectors from a heart that longs to be loved and converted. Until Christ resides in your heart and mine (by our personal invitation–God has no grandchildren), we will dodge, fight, argue and self-justify.Being Born again is not about changing your perceived wrongs to rights–It is leaving all the changing up to Him. Don’t fear it and don’t fight it. With Christ in your heart, you will gladly obey His desires for you because they are the highest and most nobel. Most of all–they give life-not a deadening spirit within.” We believe what people tell us. But we can trust what God says even more, and God is the one who has spoken about his Son. 10 If we have faith in God’s Son, we have believed what God has said. But if we don’t believe what God has said about his Son, it is the same as calling God a liar. 11 God has also said that he gave us eternal life and that this life comes to us from his Son. 12 And so, if we have God’s Son, we have this life. But if we don’t have the Son, we don’t have this life.” (I John 5:9-12)Life begins when we die to ourselves–confess Christ–Turn from our old way of living–Invite Him to be the Lord of our lives–then grow as His child/disciple. This now becomes a two-way love because we love God in a way we never could. This is being Born Again.Religious people, agnostic and atheist alike–all have probably heard about Jesus Christ. But if the Son of God remains on the outside, merely as a belief ABOUT someone–they remain lost.It is not about how good or bad a person may be (by any standard). God loves you and me while in a sinful estate. We are not allowed to WORK our way to Him or become a goody-goody self-righteous snob. Jesus Christ is God’s GIFT to you and me. We can never earn this–not possible–not allowed.“Money paid to workers isn’t a gift. It is something they earn by working. But you cannot make God accept you because of something you do. God accepts sinners only because they have faith in him.” (Romans 4:4-5)Wheezy–please forgive the length. More and more complete explanation here. to you and yours. Rick Brant says: March 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm Sandi in EL says: March 12, 2019 at 12:28 pm Wheezy1952 says: Paul wrote 1st Corinthians.And Paul never heard Jesus speak. March 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm March 11, 2019 at 11:24 am March 13, 2019 at 8:47 am Wheezy1952 says: Sandi in EL says: Wheezy1952 says: Glenn Harrell says: March 13, 2019 at 8:50 am Wheezy1952 says: Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,67 Comments Click here to post a comment Sandi in EL says: Define “born again Christian” On line jobs increasingly becoming a trend all over the over world now. A current survey demonstrates higher than 72% of the people are being part of web-based work at their house without the difficulty. Everyone desires to spend some time daily with his/her good friends by going any specific lovely place in the world. So internet earning allows you to do the work at any time you want and enjoy your life. Still determing the best path furthermore setting up a proper aim is our milestone in the direction of success. Already lots of people are gaining such a nice profit of $45000 every week by using highly recommended as well as successful strategies of earning money online. You can begin to earn from the 1st day after you see our web-site. >>>>> With multiple (and non-identical) Bible translations, probably thousands of “Christian” denominations and churches, untold numbers of “Christian” books, “Christian” sermons, “Christian” study groups, … how are you certain that your interpretation is the absolute one?Are you fluent in Classical Hebrew and Aramaic? Wheezy1952 says: How about not every organization on the planet news agree with you? Christ said everything about homosexual “relationships” and condemned them March 8, 2019 at 10:52 am And, you don’t know that the Bible is the Word of God? I refer you to 2 Timothy 3:1 6-17 Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites That makes no sense. You are interpreting pretty liberally. TagsLGBT LGBTQ special session Traditional Plan UMCGC United Methodist Church United Methodist Church General Conference,You may also like What is righteous about hating people because of the way they were born? Wheezy1952 says: March 13, 2019 at 11:49 am Not Christ’s words of course, but if you are going to bring up Leviticus, I hope you aren’t wearing any clothes made up of mixed fabrics, and that none of the males in your family shave their sideburns. Glenn Harrell says: Tim Davenport says: Tim Davenport says: Sandi in EL says: The history is important. This is from an article written by Dr. Andrew Weaver at U Chicago Divinity School in 2006. A recent book, United Methodism @ Risk: A Wake Up Call by Leon Howell, a respected journalist, argues that mainline churches such as the United Methodist Church (UMC) can no longer afford to be naive about right-wing advocacy groups that are tightly organized, highly motivated and well-financed for a take-no-prisoners campaign against mainline Protestantism. He says that unless these denominations stand up and get in a “fighting mood” the political right-wing aims to take them over.The political right-wing, operating in the guise of a gaggle of so-called “renewal groups,” particularly one named the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), has acquired the money and political will to target three mainline American denominations: The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Episcopal Church. The IRD was created and is sustained by money from right-wing foundations and has spent millions of dollars over 20 years attacking mainline denominations. The IRD’s conservative social-policy goals include increasing military spending and foreign interventions, opposing environmental protection efforts, and eliminating social welfare programs.In a document entitled “Reforming America’s Churches Project 2001-2004,” the IRD states that its aim is to change the “permanent governing structure” of mainline churches “so they can help renew the wider culture of our nation.” In other words, its goal extends beyond the spiritual and includes a political takeover financed by the likes of Richard Mellon Scaife, Adolph Coors, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee.For example, the Scaife Family Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation (promoters and benefactors of the “Ken Starr Courts”) made disbursements to the IRD totaling $1.6 million between 1985 and 2001 according to information found at According to the Scaife websites, the IRD received $225,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2002.The Lynde and Harry Bradley foundation, a family foundation with ties to the John Birch Society, gave $1.3 million between 1985 and 2001 to IRD efforts. The overall objective of the Bradley Foundation is to return the U.S. to the days before government regulation of business, before corporations were forced to make concessions to an organized labor force. In other words, capitalism with the gloves off. Why are these secular right-wing foundations interested in gaining influence in the United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and other mainstream Protestant denominations?The answer is that, although the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Episcopal Church total only about 14 million in membership, they have been and remain a powerful and influential voice for moderate and progressive social values in American society. Almost 30 percent of the members of the U.S. Congress belong to one of these three denominations as well as disproportionate numbers of well-educated and progressive leaders who advocate for the poor, civil and human rights, environmental protection, and a responsible foreign policy. The activities and leadership of mainline Protestant churches are linked to the social conscience of the nation and contribute to civil discourse.The political right seeks to gain top leadership positions in the church by spreading misleading information and incendiary allegations against organizations and individuals. These groups employ the propaganda method of “wedge issues” like abortion and homosexuality to cause confusion, dissension, and division. Irving Kristol, father of William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and one of the “godfathers” of the political right, summed up this strategy in the Wall Street Journal: “Attack the integrity, not the words, of those with whom you disagree.” More recently, Grover Norquist, a conservative activist and long-time friend of top presidential aide Karl Rove, was even more blunt when he told the Denver Post that civility is out and nastiness is in among conservative activists. According to Mr. Norquist, “bipartisanship is another name for date rape.” March 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm They sure got the White Left all worked up into a tizzy. March 10, 2019 at 9:32 am It was officially out in the open before the Conference.You can’t talk about “love” and at the same time look the other way at sin unless you’re completely clueless about what love means. I do – the Bible. It is God’s revelation of Himself.How did you interpret the scripture differently? What makes sense is that you are not. Sandi in EL says: Sandi in EL says: March 13, 2019 at 11:57 am Glenn Harrell says: I’m allowed to judge – another scripture you seem to misunderstand’ it is not loving to send the person you have sex with to Hell March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am Wheezy1952 says: March 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm Christ said zero about same sex relationships, so you’ll have to find another source.We can all learn, no matter how old we are. Isn’t it interesting that, out of all the qualities that define a human being (including the qualities that Jesus emphasized) – love, compassion, honesty, generosity, caring for the least of these, … an obsession with the small part of our lives that involve sex overrides all of these in some “Christian” churches? Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Glenn Harrell says: Wheezy1952 says: First-May I ask you if you consider yourself a born again Christian–A dedicated follower of Jesus Christ (in red)?My answers vary according to ones profession and belief system. Forgive me if you have stated this in earlier writings on this post and I missed it. The Bible supports itself. Scripture interprets scripture. You still haven’t told me what Jesus said about gay human beings.How many of us are always “moral”, or never “worship idols” (money, new car, status, …). Does “unfaithful in marriage” include our thoughts? How many of us never experience “greed”?And didn’t someone important say “judge not, lest ye be judged”? March 13, 2019 at 9:43 am March 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm I was raised a Methodist. Glad that I’m long gone, this is another sad failure in a long series… Five thousand year old superstitions and the wacko doctrine of biblical literalism remain a powerful force in the world, quite obviously. What did Jesus actually say? No. I believe Christ March 13, 2019 at 11:56 am Michelle K says: You didn’t reinterpret the scripture for me Matthew 12:25 states that a house divided cannot stand. The Methodist Church has had a divided house for years. Many of those in leadership, bishops and pastors, chose to ignore their own governing book, which was based on scripture. Will there be consequences, a schism or the same ole ignoring of what was decided in St. Louis? Only time will tell. News I’ve read scripture, and I have a different interpretation.Do either of us have absolute knowledge of the mind of God?(I’ll answer – I don’t) Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 I don’t need to show you “red words” I showed you scripture Wheezy1952 says: Glenn Harrell says: March 12, 2019 at 1:19 pm March 14, 2019 at 11:44 am Wheezy1952 says: What happened at the conference is that the issue is now officially out-in-the-open and ‘in the record book’. Prior to the conference it was a differencethat was talked about, tolerated, and lived with. The conference has made it necessary for each congregation and each individual to openly choose a side. Any splits are going to be corporate in nature; about money and property — far removed from theology, comity, and the two great commandments. That seems to be what happens when there is too much concern about the sex, and not enough appreciation of the love. March 8, 2019 at 11:18 am Glenn Harrell says: News March 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm News Sandi in EL says: By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Methodist’ Church Merges With Weight Watchers For The New “Go Away Plan”If the Bishops could just get the African Methodists to go away, they could easily topple the Bible. Traditionalist who believe it, and all its proponents within Methodism USA. Many, if not most, Christians in this country are cultural conformists who insist on denying God and His word at every turn. The Pulpits are corrupted where women serve as Elder/Bishop/Presbytery and even the men join the Bishops to see a “ONE PLAN” as anything more than LGBTQ collusion.Chaucer reminds us:“If gold rust, what then will iron do?/ For if a priest (Bishop–Pastor) be foul in whom we trust–No wonder that a common man should rust.”Leviticus 10:10-11 “You must learn the difference between what is holy and what isn’t holy and between the clean and the unclean.You must also teach the people of Israel everything that I commanded Moses to say to them.Gay and Homosexuality are Adverbs, Not Nouns. Just like adultery, They are behaviors and both are condemned–not celebrated within the church. Just ask Pastor Pat. She will tell you what is ahead for the dying Methodist Church: Twanna says: Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 I can relate Tim. I was raised to be a Baptist–baptized twice in fact. (first one didn’t take) Then one day while I was minding my own business I was confronted with Jesus Christ–not Baptist–not doctrine (didn’t know what that was). Not morality or religions “Earn-Or-Burn” proposal. It was similar to Jesus encounter with the Rich Young Ruler. All the superstitions and wack-o-doctrines of religion meant nothing and still mean nothing to me. I was “Born Again” (something admittedly strange to anyone not knowing what this is and personally experiencing it.) (John chapter 3)Now then, I see Denominations like Baptist and Methodist with great appreciation. I see them just as I see my State flag and my Nations flag. One belongs under the other. Denominations, without good leadership, will drift into building personal and Corporate Empires instead of Gods Kingdom. This is true historically and often what we still see today. Interestingly, Non-Christians everywhere can see it even when those so engrossed cannot.Whether or not you ever took to the Methodist way is of little consequence. And when you left (whenever that was) millions have done the same. My prayer is that you know Jesus and love Him.“Jesus Christ remains the same, yesterday, today and forever.” His love for you and me will never fail.When I kneel before Him I will not be asked if I was a Baptist or Methodist. That will not matter in the slightest.Her is one of my favorite verses,“You have never seen Jesus, and you don’t see him now. But still you love him and have faith in him, and no words can tell how glad and happy you are to be saved. That’s why you have faith.” (I Peter 1:8-9) Sandi in EL says: Sandi in EL says: March 11, 2019 at 8:41 am Wheezy1952 says: Sandi in EL says: last_img read more

Luncheon at Forest Park

first_imgForest Park Senior Center’s 34th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon will be held noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 23, at the Delta Community Center, 2501 Springhill Ave., Baltimore. The afternoon’s activities include raffles and a silent auction, vendors, dancing, gifts and card playing. All proceeds to benefit the Center.Forest Park is also sponsoring a trip to New York to see Motown: The Musical, Nov. 6. Seats are on sale for $200 until Aug. 20.For more information, call the Center at 410-466-2124.last_img

Twitter to LiveStream NBA Games Featuring a Camera Feed of a Single

first_imgThe parties are announcing the deal at CES 2019, where Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver are scheduled to appear in a session to discuss “#NBATwitter” at the CES Sports Zone Stage at the Aria on Wednesday.“The NBA Twitter community is among the most vibrant in sports and entertainment,” the NBA’s Silver said in a prepared statement. “While watching NBA games on TNT, our fans on Twitter can now enjoy a unique second screen experience that will further enhance the way fans engage with each other and the game.”Turner president David Levy emphasized that the live streams on Twitter “will provide an additive experience for fans to go along with the fully-produced coverage on TNT.”As part of the expanded relationship, the NBA – through its NBA Digital partnership with Turner – will continue to provide on-demand content from the @NBA Twitter handle, including video of pregame warmups, in-game and post-game highlights, and behind-the-scenes content. Madati said near-live sports clips on Twitter (which are also produced by the NFL and other leagues) are just as valuable as live-streaming content.Meanwhile, for this summer’s Women’s World Cup, Fox Sports will deliver the “FIFA World Cup Now” news and highlights show live from Paris every matchday exclusively on Twitter in the U.S. During live matches, Fox Sports’ Twitter feeds will again post every tournament goal shortly after it is scored on Twitter. Pre-tournament content is new to this year’s agreement, with access to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s SheBelieves Cup journey in March.The PGA Tour’s renewed and expanded agreement with Twitter will bring nearly 140 hours of live competition from 28 tournaments during the 2018-19 PGA Tour season. For the first time, Twitter will stream weekend play — the first 60-90 minutes from the morning hours — designed in part to drive fans to PGA Tour’s over-the-top subscription service. In addition, the PGA Tour is launching “Fan Vote Fridays,” giving fans the chance to vote via Twitter to determine one of the two featured groups that will be showcased on Fridays for tournaments streamed on Twitter. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “We’re taking live content and expanding its footprint,” Madati said.In another TV-related deal, in 2019 Twitter is bringing back the “Game of Thrones” aftershow from Bill Simmons’ The Ringer for the eighth and final season of the HBO hit, and The Ringer also will produce an aftershow for season 2 of HBO’s drama “Big Little Lies.” Twitter also has renewed pacts with Fox Sports for video from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and with PGA Tour for expanded live-streaming coverage.“Consumers aren’t just sitting in front of their televisions anymore,” Madati said. For Twitter’s media deals, the goal is to creatively package content uniquely for the platform: “This is not just taking a television program and putting it on Twitter. That doesn’t work.” Twitter currently has more than 950 content partners worldwide.The NBA live streams on Twitter — which will be available only in the U.S. — will debut during TNT’s presentation of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 17, and leading up to the game fans will have the opportunity to vote on which player will be the target of the isolated camera. A schedule of regular-season and playoff live streams will be announced later, along with dedicated commentators who will provide analysis for the single-player feeds.The single-player camera format and broadcast of only the second halves of the NBA games is deliberately designed to not cannibalize TNT TV viewership, according to Madati. “Every single one of our deals has to look at that,” he said. “We’re not here to encroach on the rights of our partners.”To be sure, another reason Twitter is working with rights-holders — instead of bidding for exclusive rights to live sports — may simply have to do with the reality that it doesn’t have the deep pockets that bigger tech players like Facebook, Amazon and Google do.Besides supporting the TV broadcasts, Twitter distribution of related content generates incremental revenue for its media partners, Madati said.For the NBA, the hope is the single-player cam live-streams on Twitter will serve as a new way to ratchet up fan engagement. The NBA joined Twitter in 2009, and it now has the largest Twitter community of any sports league in the world with 27.5 million followers. Twitter is doubling down on its strategy of complementing TV rather than trying to eat into television audiences.Under a new partnership inked by the NBA, Turner Sports and Twitter, the second halves of 20 NBA games that air on TNT this season will be live-streamed on Twitter (via @NBAonTNT). The wrinkle: The live feed will feature a single-player, isolated camera view. Fans will vote on Twitter for the player they want to see featured during the live stream of select regular-season and playoff games airing on TNT as well as the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.But will a 24-minute half of an NBA game with the camera trained on just, say, LeBron James or Stephen Curry the entire time draw a sizable audience? The idea is to provide a new entry point for hoops fans that’s complementary to TV broadcast, said Kay Madati, global VP and head of content partnership at Twitter.last_img read more

Barbie Is a Hologram and Now Even Playtime Is Automated

first_img Toy Fair starts this weekend, and Barbie is shaking up the doll aisle once again — this time as a hologram.Barbie’s landscape has gotten increasingly techie and not just because Mattel’s new president, announced last month, hails from Google. Barbie’s line simply reflects the trends of the times. Last year’s show launched a smart home version of the Barbie Dreamhouse that let children play hands-free, with voice commands that turned on lights and appliances.Related: Introducing Entrepreneur BarbieIn 2015, Mattel launched a talking Barbie. Thanks to Wi-Fi and voice-recognition technology, kids could hold down the doll’s belt buckle, ask a question into a microphone in her necklace and have a conversation with the doll. If that process seems uncomfortable for Barbie and not the ideal way to have any kind of meaningful chat, you’re not wrong. But thankfully, a new iteration could eliminate that awkwardness.This year’s hologram acts as a much more stylish and kid-friendly version of Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Echo. As first reported in Wired, kids can use the phrase “Hello, Barbie” to chat with the doll and get her 2-D projection to do the usual things we ask our AI-powered assistants to do these days, such as tell us the weather or set an alarm.Related: This Disney Princess Will Teach Your Child How to CodeIt’s a massive step forward, and not just because kids won’t think they need to hold people in a vice-like grip just to ask them their favorite colors. In fact, this Barbie doesn’t need to be held up by anyone at all. For the first time, kids can ask the doll to fix her own hair, sing her own songs and change her own darn outfits. In other words, this Barbie takes on some of the burden of playtime, freeing children from doing a 58-year-old woman’s chores.It is a liberation. Mattel plans to release the toy this summer. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 17, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

After Paul Watson flees German court renews extradition warrant

first_imgFRANKFURT – A German court Wednesday reissued an arrest warrant for the extradition to Costa Rica of Paul Watson, founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd. Watson had skipped bail and left the country.A spokeswoman for the German Federal Justice Ministry said Watson’s whereabouts are unknown, and she could not say whether he was still in the country.The higher regional court in Frankfurt said Watson’s lawyer had informed the court that Watson had left Germany “for an unspecified destination,” and that the court had decided to resume extradition proceedings against him.Earlier this year, Costa Rica filed an extradition request on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation between a Sea Shepherd ship and a Costa Rican vessel over alleged illegal shark finning in 2002.On a visit to Germany in May, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said Watson would have a fair trial if extradited to the Central American country. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more