Friday, February 1, 2013

30 January 2013

Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1] Heidelberg Catechism Website Introduced by Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

[2] Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) to Vacate Partick Free Church (Continuing) Properties in Glasgow and Return Properties to Free Church of Scotland after 24 January 2013 Court of Session Ruling

[3] Cumberland Presbyterian Church Organizes Church in Buenaventura, Colombia

Headlines from Christian Concern

Headlines from The Christian Institute

Articles from

Raging Heathen and Vain Imagining

The Religion of Peace


[Editor’s Note: The 30 January 2013 edition of Presbyterians Week is late due to the editor being temporarily waylaid by work-related travel and winter colds.]

[1] Heidelberg Catechism Website Introduced by Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

Upon the 450th anniversary of the first publication of the Heidelberg Catechism, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary has introduced a new website of related resources including teaching outlines, sermons, articles, different translations, photos, videos and other materials:

+ Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, 110 West 27th Street, Hamilton, Ontario L9C 5A1, Canada, 905-575-3688, Fax: 905-575-0799

[2] Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) to Vacate Partick Free Church (Continuing) Properties in Glasgow and Return Properties to Free Church of Scotland after 24 January 2013 Court of Session Ruling

After a 24 January 2013 Court of Session ruling, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCSC) will vacate the properties of the Partick Free Church (Continuing) and return the church properties to the Free Church of Scotland (FCS).

The FCSC issued the following statement on 28 January 2013:


“The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) much regrets that, as a consequence of a decree by the Court of Session on an action raised by the congregation of Partick Free Church of Scotland, the congregation of Partick Free Church (Continuing) have been obliged to give up the Partick Free Church building which had been their place of worship since the division of 2000. The congregation have agreed to vacate the building on 31st January, having earlier vacated the manse.

“The FCS website carries a statement on this matter which leaves some points to be corrected. In particular, it implies that the legal action came about because of an unwillingness on the part of the Free Church (Continuing) congregation to negotiate on the basis of offers made by the other side. This is not the case, as has been made clear to the Partick FCS minister and the FCS Board of Trustees. The legal action was raised in 2008 without any meaningful attempt by the FCS side to reach a settlement by negotiation. Subsequent attempts to prevent the matter being decided at law were unsuccessful because of the refusal of the FCS congregation to negotiate in a way which recognised the needs of both congregations and the moral claim of the FCC congregation (the larger of the two parties in 2000) to a reasonable share of the property and funds. The demand was always made that the FCC drop from any defence at law. When the FCC dropped their defence, the most that the FCS side were prepared to concede was a half share of the funds in frozen bank accounts, equivalent to no more than 7 percent of the total value of congregational assets and property. It was this failure to negotiate in a true Christian spirit (unlike other congregations) that made it impossible for the FCC congregation to accept the arrangement in question. Their acceptance of the “ex gratia payment” now offered is on the understanding that this will not be used for their own congregational purposes but will be applied to offset the legal defence costs incurred by the FCC denomination as a whole. This was made clear to the other side's legal agents when the offer was accepted.

“It is an anomaly and a sadness to us in this whole matter that the congregation which has now taken possession of the Partick Free Church building is part of a denomination which in November 2010 adopted different principles and practices from those that had been held by the post-1900 Free Church and which are still maintained by the FCC and the congregation now ousted from the properties.

“It is a cause for thankfulness, however, that our congregation has obtained the use of Broomhill Community Church, 1 Norby Road, in the same general area as the Partick church, and that they expect to start worshipping there on Sabbath 3rd February. The move will inevitably cause a measure of dislocation but we earnestly pray that the congregation will be able to settle in quickly so that they can continue a faithful witness to the Gospel in the West-end of Glasgow.


The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) was formed in 2000 by a minority of the FCS General Assembly (GA) after the majority of the FCS GA refused to carry out their biblical and confessional duties to address the alleged sexual misconduct of the then principal of Free Church College in Edinburgh, Scotland.

+ Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Rev. John MacLeod, Free Church Manse, Portmahomack, Ross-shire, Scotland,

+ Free Church of Scotland, 15 North Bank Street, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2LS, 0131-226-5286, Fax: 0131-220-0597,

+ The Scotsman, Barclay House, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS, Scotland, 131-620-8620

[3] Cumberland Presbyterian Church Organizes Church in Buenaventura, Colombia

The Cauca Valley Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (CPC) on 27 January 2013 organized the Emaus Mission (Fellowship) of Buenaventura, Colombia as an official CPC, thus making Emaus the second organized CPC church in this Colombian port city on the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, there are two CPC mission churches in Buenaventura.

In the same worship service, Euripides Moreno, pastor of Rios de Agua Viva Mission in Buenaventura, was licensed as a minister. Rito Gonzales and Mariano Torres were ordained to the ministry. The Rev. Gonzales is pastor of the Cucurrupí Mission in the Chocó and The Rev. Torres is pastor of the Los Angeles Mission in Buenaventura.

+ Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, Tennessee 38016, 901-276-4572, Fax: 901-272-3913

[4] Headlines from Christian Concern

Headlines of the past week from Christian Concern:

-- U.K. Air Cadets to Remove ‘God’ from Promise

-- British Culture is Increasingly Pornified, Warns Shadow Health Minister

+ Christian Concern, 70 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AX, England, 020 7935 1488, Contact Page

[5] Headlines from The Christian Institute

Headlines of the past week from The Christian Institute:

-- U.K. Government ‘Powerless’ to Protect Teachers over Gay Marriage

-- Adoption Charity Ordered to End Marriage Policy

-- Crown Succession Bill Could Have ‘Unintended’ Effects

-- Hundreds of Down’s Abortions Not Recorded by Government

+ The Christian Institute, Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8DG, England, 44-0-191-281-5664, Fax: 44-0-191-281-4272,

Articles from

Articles from the past week from

-- Judge Bars Pro-Life Protester, Pastor from Setting Foot in Washington DC

-- ‘Humans Are a Plague on the Earth’ Says Popular TV Host David Attenborough

-- Homosexual Activist Professor at University of Regina (Saskatchewan) Charged with Child Pornography Possession

-- Teachers Will Be Sacked and Children Will Be Indoctrinated if U.K. Gay ‘Marriage’ Bill Goes Through

-- Biologos Foundation Announces that American Evangelicals Are Making Peace with Evolutionary Science

-- Boy Scouts of America Reconsidering Ban on Open Homosexuality

-- Proposed British Colombia Christian Law School Attacked by Pro-Gay Activists over Voluntary Morality Pledge

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[7] Raging Heathen and Vain Imagining

Articles from the past week regarding kings and rulers setting themselves against the LORD and against his anointed:

-- FBI Director: I Have to Check to See If Obama Has the Right to Kill Americans on U.S. Soil

-- Abortion Clinic Staffer Sprays Pro-Life Advocates with Mace

-- Boy Scouts Expected to Lift Ban on Homosexual Leaders and Members

-- ACLU Comes to the Rescue after Middle School Won’t Let Fourteen-Year-Old Form Gay-Straight Alliance

-- Canadian Woman Makes History as First Gay Province Leader

-- Obama Tailoring Military Leadership to Only Those Who Will Shoot Fellow Americans

-- Teacher Accused of Molesting Twenty Children

-- U.S. President Says True Equality Inclusive of “Homosexual Love”

-- The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat

-- Mothers Arrested for Filming Police over “Smart Meters”

-- Naked Coeds: Students Stripping Grows More Popular

-- Man Stabs Girlfriend Fifty-Three Times after She Refuses Abortion

-- Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Bill Criminalizing Failure to Report Gun Ownership to Child’s School

-- U.S. Army Yanks Christian Symbols from Chapel

-- Franklin, Tennessee School Wants to Limit Parental Access to Children

-- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Wants to Buy 7,000 Assault Weapons for ‘Personal Defense’

-- Google Earth Exposes North Korea's Secret Prison Camps

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Report Says Sixty-Two Percent of Colleges Restrict Speech

-- Horrific Reports of Cannibalism Breaking out of North Korea

-- Ladies: Would You Want to Gestate a Neanderthal Baby?

-- Eastern Illinois University Professor Calls Fast Food Chain Chick-Fil-A a 'Hate' Symbol

-- Chicago High School Code Red Drill to Include Shooting Blanks in Hallways

-- U.S. Army Drill in Houston Scares Residents

-- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Decides against Regulating ‘Morning-After Pill’ Vending Machine Sales

-- Media Research Center Shows Three Major Broadcast Networks Gave Manti Te’o’s Fake Dead “Girlfriend” 521 Times More Coverage than March for Life

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[8] The Religion of Peace

Articles from the past week about the religion of peace:

-- Muslims in Nigeria Behead Three, Kill Five Others

-- Jihadists in Thailand Murder another Teacher in Front Of Students

-- Muslim Brotherhood Group to 'Connect All U.S. Schools'

-- American Pastor Sentenced to Eight Years in Iranian Prison for Preaching Christianity in Homes

-- Muslim Group Threatens Egypt's Coptic Christians; Tells Them to 'Pay Tribute'

-- Muslim Group Says BP Gas Complex Jihad Massacre of "Infidels" Was Only the Beginning

-- Indonesia's Largest Muslim Organization Says Female Genital Mutilation Is a "Human Right"

-- Bombing at a Funeral in Northern Iraq Kills at Least Thirty-Five

-- Discussing Islam: A Religious Taboo

-- American Muslim Gets Thirty-Five Years for Mumbai Jihad Slaughter, Judge Calls Him 'Terrorist'

-- UK£30 Million in Taxpayer Funded Legal Aid for Muslim Bomb Plot Gangs

-- Manufacturing 'Islamophobia' At UC Berkeley

-- Hamas to Establish Military Academy for Gaza Schoolchildren

-- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Allows Naturalized Terrorists, Jihadists and Spies to Keep U.S. Citizenship

-- U.K. Muslim Rapist "Didn't Know" That Sex with a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Was Illegal, In Islamic Faith He Was Taught "Women Are Worthless" So He Is Spared Jail

-- Iran Unveils Sharia Justice Machine for Amputating Thieves' Fingers

-- Jihad War Spreads to Niger

-- Military Coup Feared Coming in Pakistan

-- Muslim High School Students Demand Prayer Accommodations in Maryland Public School

-- Muslim Brotherhood Government in Egypt Shooting People from Rooftops

-- Jihad Coup in Qatar Thwarted, Eighty-Four Arrested

-- Jihadist in France Calls on Muslims in France to Become a "Trojan Horse" and Attack French Civilians -- "Blow Them Up Wherever They Are, and Slaughter Them"

-- Obama Secretly Pledges to Divide Jerusalem

-- Jihad Homicide Bomber in Syria Kills Eleven, Wounds Twelve

-- Jihadists in Mali Torch Library, Burn Ancient Historic Manuscripts, Documents in Timbuktu

-- British Troops Join French in Counter-Jihad Campaign in Mali

-- Is U.S. Military Aid in Mali Another Undeclared War?

-- Obama Goes on Jihad against Americans with Guns but Arms Jihadists across the World

-- Muslims Desecrate, Ransack, Urinate In, and Almost Burn to the Ground Joseph's Tomb

-- Armed Muslim Group in Egypt Threatens Christians, Demands They Pay Jizya

-- Zirve Killers in Turkey Planned Bible Publisher Murders Well in Advance

-- Egyptian Army Granted Right to Arrest Civilians

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