A litmus test for orthodoxy

May 16, 2014 by

From Premier Christianity: The Evangelical Alliance’s decision to remove Steve Chalke’s organisation Oasis from membership raises the question of what defines an evangelical today. Justin Brierley reflects on why homosexuality has become the latest tipping point. ‘So where do you stand on homosexuality?’ asked the church leader I had met only five minutes ago. We were attending a media event, and had reached the wine-and-canapés-hobnobbing part that inevitably follows. It’s the kind...

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ACI's letter to the Bishops of the Episocpal Church – revisited

Nov 30, 2012 by

Read open letter from The Rev. Prof. Christopher Seitz, The Rev. Dr. Philip Turner and The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner here Read also some of the comments from Kendall Harmon's blog, including this one by Pageantmaster (an Englishman) : If I were an Episcopal Church Bishop receiving this letter as an addressee, which thankfully I am not qualified to be, and therefore do not have to swear allegience to a particular interpretation of TEC’s constitution as Goodwin Proctor shall...

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Episcopal Bishop Promotes Homosexuality, Denies Biblical Authority

Aug 14, 2012 by

By Kristin Rudolph, IRD Christians on either side of the homosexuality debate have “a lot to agree on … [but] one of the things we might not agree on is that book … the Bible,” said Bishop Gene Robinson at Skyline Church’s “Conversation on the Definition of Marriage.” Robinson was the first openly gay bishop ordained in the Episcopal Church. On Sunday, July 28, San Diego’s Skyline Church invited Robinson, John Corvino, Jennifer Roback Morse, and...

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That’s enough flannel about women bishops

Jul 11, 2012 by

by Melanie McDonagh, London Evening Standard The Church of England has agonised for 12 years about whether to ordain women as bishops and at last has come to a decision, viz, to put the whole thing off until November. Or possibly February, so the new Archbishop of Canterbury can get to grips with the question. (And you wonder why there aren’t any outstanding candidates?)   The proponents of women bishops, you see, are hugely exercised by the opt-out clause in the deal. That allows...

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Congregation of The Falls Church must begin again

May 12, 2012 by

By John Yates, Washington Post Our Anglican church in Virginia, The Falls Church, faces a hard hour this month. A Virginia court has ruled that buildings and funds we believe to be ours actually belong to the Episcopal Church. Our congregation of 4,000 must begin again, finding a new home and place of worship. As the rector of the church since 1979, I believe I speak for all in saying that we leave without resentment or acrimony; we pray only the best for those who will follow us in our old...

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Church opposition to gay marriage a 'disaster', says senior bishop

Apr 22, 2012 by

By Edward Malnick, Telegraph A senior bishop has accused the Church of England of making a “disastrous” error in its opposition to same-sex marriage. The Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury, compared bishops opposing marriage reforms to 18th century Christians who believed slavery was “God-given”.   His intervention will be seen as an attack on traditionalists, including the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who forcefully oppose the...

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