The Ordinal gets it right – the Vicar is not Timothy

Oct 21, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, VOL: The briefing paper for the recent ReNew conference of confessing Anglicans in England warned against local church leaders directly identifying themselves as the Timothy to whom the Apostle Paul wrote two pastoral epistles in the New Testament. Pointing out that no sensible reader of the Bible would directly identify with David in the slaying of Goliath, the paper argued that local church leaders should rather identify themselves with the presbyters Timothy appointed. It...

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Trials, tribulations and … Establishment

Oct 20, 2016 by

From the letters page of Church of England Newspaper, 21st October. Sir, Anthony Archer (‘Trials, tribulations and Establishment’, 13 October) asks “How should a national Church react when it finds itself at odds with the law of the land it is committed to serve?” He goes on to answer his own question by stating that the Church needs to “play catch up” and align its beliefs and practices with society and Government, otherwise the division “strikes at the root of Establishment”. He assumes that...

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Russian patriarch concerned about Anglican developments

Oct 19, 2016 by

from Catholic Culture: The head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with the Archbishop of Canterbury in England on October 18 and expressed his concerns about developments within Anglicanism. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow “drew Archbishop Justin Welby’s attention to the Russian Orthodox Church’s concern over the liberalization of the Church of England’s teaching on church order, particularly, the ordination of women as priests and bishops and on the family and morality,” according to the Moscow...

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The Open Letter from Evangelicals to C of E Bishops: a commentary

Oct 18, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. On Wednesday 12th October a letter was sent to the College of Bishops, signed by nearly a hundred evangelical leaders, making it clear that “further changes to practice or doctrine” on sexual ethics would result in serious damage to the Church of England. The letter isn’t titled. There was no sophisticated media strategy involved in getting it out, other than asking signatories to make it more widely known. There was initially some confusion about whether...

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George Carey: ‘The days of bishops swanning around palaces full of servants are long over’

Oct 15, 2016 by

by Roz Lewis, Telegraph: George Carey, who was Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, started his career as an office boy before choosing to be ordained as a minister in the Church of England. Now Lord Carey of Clifton, he has written eight books and continues to have a busy Christian ministry. Lord Carey, 80, lives in Newbury, Berks, with his wife, Eileen. They have four children and 12 grandchildren. How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude to money? Profoundly....

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Letter to the College of Bishops

Oct 13, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: I am publishing here, with permission, a letter that has been sent to all members of the College of Bishops prior to their next meeting to decide what proposals to bring to General Synod in February. I am not offering here a full exposition of the text, but there are a few things worth noting about it. First, this is not a PR exercise. Although the sending of the letter has been reported in Christian Today, it has not been circulated to media outlets, unlike some other...

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