from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To inject (a drug, such as heroin) directly into a major vein.
  • intransitive v. To inject a drug intravenously.
  • adj. Being in a principal or well-established position: the mainline churches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. normal, principal or standard.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the principal route or line of a railway
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a surface railway as distinct from an underground, elevated or light rail one.
  • v. To inject (a drug) directly into a vein.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to inject (illegal drugs) into the vein.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. inject into the vein


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  • The aim of IRD was then and is now to sow division in mainline churches and church bodies such as the National Council of Churches by defaming church leaders and institutions.


  • Those of us in mainline churches need to be aware that there is a concentrated effort to silence our voice and malign our institutions and leaders so that secular conservative voices in America can push their agenda through without opposition from Christian leaders whom might articulate a different viewpoint – one rooted in the Gospels.


  • Yet he never notices that many of the good things he embraces — for example, equality and opportunity for women — have been championed and better realized in mainline churches and the larger community than in the sciences.

    What Unitarians Know (and Sam Harris Doesn't)

  • Even in mainline Protestant denominations, where women ministers have been around for decades, there remain pockets of resistance.

    Maureen Fiedler: Women As Religious Leaders: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling

  • It's the same dishonesty we see in mainline Protestantism and non-profit organizations: people pretend support and agreement in order to take positions of leadership then co-opt the org for their own ends.

    Transparency, Creativity, and Heresy

  • They now join mainline newspapers, MSNBC, CBS, etc. heading for the scrap heap of former media players and true professional journalists (there are so few left ...) that have lost the calling to report facts objectively and sold their souls to partisan political agenda persuasion and seduction.

    John King to replace Lou Dobbs

  • And the conditions specified that the ads had to be run in mainline publications. typefaces and logo were specified too, and the prospective contestants were told precisely what pictures were available for use.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • A Religious Liberal Blog is writing about plans underway by conservative Christians to place “monitors” in mainline churches so the spies can report back to conservative Christian groups as to what the progressives are up to in worship.

    The Rev. Chuck Currie:

  • You’re not going to get me to blame scholars for the loss of membership in mainline churches.


  • The evidence so far shows that during the 1970s and 1980s a modestly increasing share of Americans identified as evangelical Protestants, while a sharply declining share identified as mainline Protestants, but Figure 4.4 leaves the impression that the Catholic Church emerged from this period relatively unscathed.

    American Grace


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