God and independence: How churches on both sides of the border are preparing for the result

Sep 18, 2014 by

From Christian Today: Churches along the border of England and Scotland are hoping the close relations that characterise the region will remain intact after the historic referendum on independence taking place today. Scots have been queueing up since the early hours of the morning to cast their votes at polling stations across Scotland. It follows months of intensive campaigning by Yes Scotland and Better Together. Both campaigns have been been criticised for heated engagement, and for...

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For first time, US census data on married couples includes same-sex spouses

Sep 18, 2014 by

From Pew Research Centre: The Census Bureau released new data today that for the first time counted same-sex spouses along with all other married couples in its largest household survey, which, despite the new additions, showed no reversal in the long-term national decline in marriage. The share of Americans ages 18 and older who are currently married inched downward in 2013, to 50.3%, compared with 50.5% in 2012, according to Pew Research Center calculations from the 2013 American Community...

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Behind the Mirror: Adventures in Genderland (part four)

Sep 18, 2014 by

from gentlemind: The final part of Behind the Mirror confronts the relationship between Gender and God. “To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right” – Andrej Pejic If Ben forgets his age, he might say “I am unaware of it” or “I do not know it”. He can remember the truth only by virtue of there being a truth to remember. Truth exists; truth exists independent of awareness; knowledge exists in relation to the relationship between truth and awareness. How is it we...

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‘Euthanasia has become fashionable’: Ethics expert on the right to die

Sep 18, 2014 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A landmark ruling in Belgium has seen prisoner Frank Van Den Bleeken, who is serving a life sentence for rape and murder, win the ‘right-to-die’. The 50-year-old filed a request for euthanasia in 2001, citing “unbearable psychological anguish” as a result of his uncontrollable violent sexual urges, but it was not approved until Monday. The board of assessors previously insisted that he must seek psychological help, but after failing to...

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When women bishops come, here’s where conservative Anglicans will go

Sep 18, 2014 by

By Isabel Hardman, Spectator: The Anglican Mission in England looks like a support group. But if required, it could turn into rather more than that. Anglicans aren’t the sort of church-goers who set much store by miracles, signs and wonders. Yet their own church is one of the greatest miracles of our society: it has managed to hang together, in spite of raging differences, for centuries. Since 14 July, that miracle has been under threat. For most, it was a great leap forward when the General...

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College of Bishops Meeting

Sep 18, 2014 by

The College of Bishops of the Church of England has met for three days. Two of the days were devoted to the first of a series of shared conversations in the Church of England on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission. The context and process for the conversations were set out in a paper to General Synod by the Bishop of Sheffield on 26 June 2014 available here which also identified two outcomes for the process. The first is to enable the Church of England to reflect, in light of scripture, on the...

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Isis should be called the ‘Un-Islamic State’

Sep 18, 2014 by

British Muslims call on David Cameron to stop spread of extremist propaganda. by Andrew Griffin, Independent: Calling the terror group that today claimed to have killed another aid worker the Islamic State legitimises it, and politicians should stop using its preferred name to help halt the radicalisation of British Muslims, leading groups have said. A group of prominent Muslims has written to David Cameron to ask that he uses a different name for the group, and to lead a national debate on...

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Life After The Referendum

Sep 18, 2014 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: The result of Scotland’s Independence Referendum on Thursday still looks too close to call.  On Friday we will know and, whatever happens, things cannot and should not ever be the same again for Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom.  Whatever the outcome, three major challenges are already obvious. First, whichever way Scotland as a whole votes, there are going to be many people who, following the result, will be disappointed, deeply upset, perhaps angry and...

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Archbishop of Canterbury: my doubts about existence of God

Sep 17, 2014 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists. Britain’s most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself “Is there a God?” and “Where is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith. His remarks came in an interview conducted as part of a...

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The Washed Up World of the Anglican Church of Wales

Sep 17, 2014 by

by David Virtue, VOL: The Anglican Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan, once famously said that he would resist the founding of another province with every fiber of his body. He was, of course, alluding to the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). He made this statement at the 2009 Virginia Annual Council. Well, his body might need new fibers because his Church might not be around for very much longer at the present rate of decline. According to the latest statistics (2013),...

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The Arab Christian Dilemma

Sep 17, 2014 by

By Luma Simms, The Federalist; The wheels of our plane touched the asphalt of LAX on the night of December 13, 1978, and I stepped out, only to drown in that vast ocean called America. I am an Iraqi Christian immigrant, born in Baghdad, although earlier generations from both sides of my family came from the smaller towns in northern Iraq. We came to America before hummus was Americanized and sold in every grocery store, before the “Mediterranean” diet become a fad, and before fast-food...

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Men and Women Who Have Experienced Authentic Change in Sexual Orientation Through Therapy that Works...

Sep 17, 2014 by

From Voices of Change: The testimonials presented on this site are authentic Voices of Change by men and women who have experienced profound changes in their sexual orientation.  These brave men and women represent thousands of people around the world who feel same-sex attraction (SSA) but don’t believe these unwanted feelings represent who they truly are as people nor did they believe these feelings to be unchangeable.  Because they understood their SSA was not inborn but rather the...

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Christian charities need Christian truth

Sep 17, 2014 by

By Rebecca Oas, PhD, Turtle Bay & Beyond: The UK-based organization Christian Aid released a briefing paper dated September 2014 detailing its position on the post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion at the UN. Under their “Gender Justice” recommendations, Christian Aid calls for: “Mainstreaming of gender into other areas including health, education, natural-resource management, energy access, peacebuilding, accountable governance and access to justice. This should include...

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Lambeth Prayer Community: the need for a ‘Gospel Prior’

Sep 16, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes: Several years ago I attended a conference where one of the main speakers, a pastor from Latin America, had witnessed remarkable exponential growth in his church through people coming to faith in Christ, and community transformation as a result in the city. His main message to us (I can still remember it) was the importance of prayer, and in particular for Christian leaders to “raise an army of intercessors”. It seems that this is also in the mind of Archbishop...

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Gay rector faces backlash in pews over ‘wedding’ plans

Sep 16, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: An Anglican clergyman is facing opposition from parishioners over a service in his local church to bless his same-sex civil partnership. The Rev Dominic McClean, the Rector of 13 parishes around the village of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire, invited parishioners to the special service this weekend to mark his civil union with his partner, Tony Hodges. The service, taking place in the 14th Century St Peter’s Church in Market Bosworth on Saturday next week was...

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