Church of England priest quits to marry gay partner

Jul 24, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: A gay Church of England priest has quit in order to marry his long-term male partner. Rev Clive Larsen celebrated his marriage to partner John with a service in the church where until the day before he had been priest. The Rev Clive Larsen left his position in the diocese of Manchester on Friday so he could get married on Monday without having to face disciplinary action, according to The Sunday Times. Larsen is believed to be the first priest to resign over...

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Christmas & Right Side of History

Dec 31, 2015 by

By Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism: There’s a smart essay in Atlantic about the overuse in politics of claims to march on the “right side of history.”  The author mostly cites President Obama’s rhetoric but also critiques some conservative assumptions about democracy’s supposedly inevitable triumph, especially after the Cold War. Assertions about history moving inevitably in a moral, climactic direction are misguided and lazy, the author warns.  He writes: Theologians have wrestled with the...

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On the feast of Stephen

Dec 26, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: St Stephen – ‘a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost‘ (Acts 6:5) – was chosen to be a deacon in the Early Church. ‘And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people‘ (v8). Here is his apology before the Sanhedrin:  […] Stephen was stoned to death in Jerusalem in AD36 – the first Christian martyr. He died defending the true doctrine of salvation from the indignant ‘certain of the synagogue’, who believed in their superior...

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ISIS Doesn’t Want You To Celebrate Christmas

Dec 26, 2015 by

By Kevin Vogts, The Federalist: The BBC reported Wednesday that Somalian officials have banned citizens from publicly celebrating Christmas, citing worries these celebrations threaten the Muslim faith. Somalia has followed Sharia law since 2009. Police will stop any visible Christmas celebrations in the country, officials said: “Those celebrations are not in any way related to Islam.” They’re right. Following the recent Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris and California, the news was once again...

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Sorry Giles, the virgin birth is central to Christmas

Dec 25, 2015 by

By Ian Paul, Premier: After Giles Fraser questioned the virgin birth on his Guardian blog, Ian Paul responds on why we abandon this central Christian truth at our peril. I really don’t know what goes through the mind of people who argue that they know much better than the gospel writers what Christianity is all about. Do they think the evangelists were stupid, ignorant, or just a little bit slow on the uptake? And how did Christian tradition make such egregious errors until this enlightened...

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Advent Meditations: Friday 25 December 2015

Dec 25, 2015 by

 Fri Dec 25 am: Ps 80 pm: 146, 147 2 Sam 7:-18-29 Gal 3:1-14 Luke 1:57-66 ON THE CALENDAR: Feast of the Nativity In 550 AD, the Bishop of Rome Pope began to celebrate a Mass in the Church of St. Anastasia before dawn on Christmas Day, initially because that is when the feast of St. Anastasia was celebrated as she was considered a revered martyr of the Church in Rome ( December 25). Eventually, though, this evolved into a second Christmas Mass that seemed to replicate the dawn celebrations that...

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