Church

Lesbian Minister vs Church

She worked at the Methodist Church across the road from our Parish. The Post reports:

The Western Cape High Court dismissed lesbian minister Ecclesia de Lange’s case against the Methodist Church of SA (MCSA) on Wednesday with costs, the church said.

“… The judge declared the application by De Lange premature and that she should first submit to arbitration,” the MCSA said in a statement.

De Lange reportedly claimed she had been unfairly dismissed from  her ministry because of her sexual orientation, after she told her congregation in December 2009 that she was going to marry her female partner.

She was ordained in 2006 and married her partner on December 15, 2009.

She has since divorced the woman and is set to marry again.

Her lawyers told the court last month that she married a woman before the church had taken a decision on gay marriage.

The church had been deliberating on gay marriage for 13 years and had still not taken a decision.

Lawyers for the church reportedly said De Lange, 43, had broken a church rule which stipulated that “no positive steps toward same-sex unions be taken pending further determination”.

Her decision to wed was seen as “an attempt to impose her religious and doctrinal views on the church and its members”.

Ziphozihle Siwa, the presiding bishop of the MCSA, said the church welcomed Wednesday’s judgment.

“… The church will continue to be in prayer and conversation over this issue as we encourage life-giving interaction and dialogue.

“We continue to accept and offer pastoral care to everyone, irrespective of their sexual orientation,” Siwa said.

 

Church

Five Practical Lessons for Discipleship

Discipleship

This begins the section of Luke’s Gospel known as the “Travel Narrative”. In this section, Jesus and his disciples journey to Jerusalem where redemption will occur and the Church will be born. St. Luke uses nearly 10 chapters (9:51-19:27) to record the journey to Jerusalem. Along the way, Jesus prepares his disciples for the work to which he has called them.  These lessons for discipleship offer each of us practical help for living the faith day in and day out. St. Luke packs important principles of discipleship in the opening eleven verses of the narrative.

Check them out here.

 

Bible Archaeology

Roman Road Found in Jerusalem

The road led from Joppa to Jerusalem. The Times of Israel reports:

Archaeologists in Jerusalem uncovered an especially well preserved section of an ancient Roman road that once ran all the way to Jaffa, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed on Tuesday.

The road section was found by the IAA during a dig in Beit Hanina, an Arab section in northeast Jerusalem. The excavation was performed prior to the installation of a drainage pipe in the area.

Excavation director David Yeger said the road section was the finest preserved section yet discovered in Jerusalem of what was once a major artery running from the coast to the heart of Judean hill country.

The road itself was around 8 meters wide, constructed of well worn flat stones and bounded by a curb, also made of stone. The road section showed signs of heavy use and also of several repairs.

More here with a map.

The IAA press release proper, is available here.