After same-sex marriage, then what?

Mar 31, 2015 by

by Michael Cook, Conjugality: March 29 marked the first anniversary of the legal same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Look around, say the twitterati – no plagues of locusts and frogs have blighted the land; no fire and brimstone have rained down upon Westminster; no earthquake has swallowed up Sir Elton. All is well. Well, actually not. In an article in The Conversation, an academic at the University of Kent, Dr Mike Thomas, reported on how happy gay couples in the UK, the United States...

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Supermarket: ‘What’s Easter got to do with the church?’

Mar 31, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: Several major supermarkets have refused to stock Easter eggs which feature pictures of the cross and a leaflet explaining the resurrection. According to The Meaningful Chocolate Company, ASDA has never stocked their eggs, while Sainsbury’s and the Co-op have dropped them after selling them last year. One supermarket is even reported to have asked the company what Easter has to do with the church. The move has been criticised by two leading figures in the Church of...

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Is Britain losing the war against radical Islam?

Mar 31, 2015 by

By Douglas Murray, Spectator: Some stories are almost too predictable. Take this one. Three schoolgirls from Britain disappear to Syria, apparently in order to join Islamic State and become ‘jihad brides’, or more precisely ‘jihad rape prizes’. There is a huge public outcry. In particular the families of the girls – and others in the Muslim communities – ask why the police did not know that these girls were planning to go to Syria. Before long Keith Vaz – never one to miss the lowest form of...

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Holy Tuesday: Questions, Qualifications, Hypocrisy

Mar 31, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: […]  As Jesus continued to teach in the Temple about the Kingdom of God, He talked about fig trees and throwing mountains into the sea. All you have to do is believe, He said, and what you ask will be done. He was interrogated by the chief priests and scribes about his authority to teach. He didn’t show his theology degree; instead, He responded to their questions with his own. Where did John’s baptism come from? They could not answer, so neither did He. There...

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Preacher accuses judge of ‘redacting’ the Bible

Mar 31, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: A Christian street preacher has accused a judge of trying to “censor” the Bible after he was convicted of a public order offence for quoting an Old Testament passage condemning homosexuality. Mike Overd was fined £200 for quoting part of a passage from Leviticus 20 which condemns same-sex relationships as sinful and calls for gay men to be put to death. But District Judge Shamim Ahmed Qureshi told Overd he could instead have chosen a separate passage in Leviticus 18...

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Disney ABC embraces X-rated anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage in new prime time show

Mar 31, 2015 by

From LifeSite: Media Research Center (MRC) and Family Research Council (FRC) are launching a joint national campaign to educate the public about a Disney ABC sitcom pilot based on the life of bigoted activist Dan Savage. MRC and FRC contacted Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, more than two weeks ago urging him to put a stop to this atrocity but received no response. [Read the full letter] A perusal of Dan Savage’s work reveals a career built on advocating violence — even...

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Meditation for Tuesday in Holy Week

Mar 31, 2015 by

Psalm: am: 6 pm: 94 OT:  Jeremiah 15:10-21 Epistle:  Philippians 3:15-21 Gospel: John 12:20-26 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: : In many countries, passion plays take place during Holy Week. These are often “sacred representations “which can justly be regarded as pious exercises. Indeed, such sacred representations have their origins in the Sacred Liturgy. Some of these plays, which began in the monks’ choir, so as to speak, have undergone a progressive dramatization that has...

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“Inclusive Mosque” meets to pray in Waterloo church

Mar 30, 2015 by

“Inclusive Mosque” meets to pray in Waterloo church. By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream.   Latest comments: Where are Bishops when you need them? by Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council Can Muslims worship Allah in an Anglican church? by Peter Ould, Psephizo Do Muslims worship the same God as Christians? by Thomas Renz Is the C of E worshipping the golden calf? by Anglican Unscripted   Earlier reports and comments: Liberal Vicar defends right to hold Muslim prayer...

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Is Not Trendy Talk About ‘Flourishing’ For Tulips Rather Than Christians?

Mar 30, 2015 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: The House of Bishops’ five guiding principles over women in the episcopate, which all ordination candidates are required to sign, purport to be a basis for ‘mutual flourishing’. How a self-contradictory and now mandatory set of bullet points like these can be that is arguably open to question. But what is not in doubt is that the ‘flourish’ word has now become very trendy in the Church of England. Flourish of course has the ring of...

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Updated: Bishops and Politics

Mar 30, 2015 by

The Church of England Press Release here The Pastoral Letter: “Who is my Neighbour” The Guardian approves. The Guardian view on the church and the election: talking sense The Daily Mail does not. Preaching politics as the pews empty (See also Mac Cartoon) Neither does the Telegraph. Church gives a pulpit to political prejudices Nor The Times: Bishops’ Blunder (£) Further commentaries: Church of England calls for ‘fresh moral vision’ in British politics, by Esther...

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