Global news 2017: Persecuted church

Jan 16, 2017 by

Why does the West say “no room at the inn” for Christian refugees fleeing Syria? Barnabas Fund editorial 90,000 Christians killed for their faith in 2016 alone, religion expert claims, by Czarina Ong, Christian Today Dame Louise Casey: Replacing on form of intolerance with another, from Grassroots Conservatives The top 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian, by Jeremy Weber, Christianity Today Christian evangelist cleared at Sherriff’s court, from Christian Concern Can the church...

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Imagine: future conversations about differentiation

Jan 10, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. [This work of fiction was composed and published before the Church of England Evangelical Council meeting of January 11-12 2017, so it cannot reflect anything which occurs or has occurred at that meeting.] It’s January 2019 and a group of Anglican clergy and laity from Britain are meeting to reflect on recent events, and share plans for the way forward. The majority of those present are conservative evangelicals, but there are a smattering of charismatics,...

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Four attitudes to Christmas and to life

Dec 20, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. I just took one of those online surveys to find out what kind of person I am, based on my attitude to Christmas. And the result came out completely wrong. But the basic premise behind the test is good, even profound. ‘Four kinds of Christmas’ is a series of resources based on a small book, a tract really, by Australian evangelist Glenn Scrivener which reads as if it had its origin in an excellent Christmas talk. His text is from Isaiah 9: “the people...

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Judgement and joy

Dec 19, 2016 by

Are you trembling yet? By Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch The God of the Bible is certainly a loving and gracious God, but he is no pushover. He is not some compliant errand boy. He is not a celestial hippy. He is not a slightly bewildered grandfather figure. He is not a cosmic bell boy. He is not some sickly sweet wish-granter. Nor is he a jolly Santa Claus just waiting to give us goodies… …No, God is not all that concerned if we feel offended or upset or distressed. No, he does not want to...

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C of E revisionists use the BBC and the South African church to continue campaign

Dec 12, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Last Sunday an Oxford-based Anglican priest used a BBC radio programme (here, start at 23.25) to talk about Christian sexual ethics in the South African context. The Church’s continued adherence to the idea that faithful heterosexual marriage is the only correct place for a sexual relationship is harming young people, we were told. “Why should the church, in this day and age, be punishing people for wanting to love?” Of course the mini-documentary was...

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What is good news to the poor?

Dec 6, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. According to Bishop Philip North, writing in last week’s Church Times, the poor might hear the Church’s good news (not defined) when their voice is heard by the Church and amplified in the nation. Sadly, though, the Church hasn’t been listening, and so was surprised, even appalled and embarrassed when the poor finally spoke up and expressed their frustrations and aspirations by voting for Brexit. Working class identity and focus revolves around family,...

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