Reflections inside a London church

Aug 27, 2016 by

by Mike Awoyinfa, Nigeria Today: LOCATED on a hillside in Stonebridge, in the Brent Borough, north-west of London, St Michael & All Angels Church sits in Gothic holy splendour with its arches and towers as ancient as history. It was built (or rebuilt) in 1896 and dedicated to the memory of King Edward the something—I don’t know which of the Edwards but I saw an ancient stone slab bearing King Edward inside the church. The vicar, Rev. Ron H. Herbert was in the middle of a sermon when we...

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While the Church of England becomes a safe place for children, it is hell for those wrongly accused of abuse

Aug 25, 2016 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “To address the whole culture of silence in Church is vital,” writes the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in the Church of England Newspaper, “it is a form of abuse,” he adds, mindful of the church’s past reluctance to respond to allegations of child sexual abuse and its manifest failure to protect the vulnerable from predatory paederasts who abuse their sacred positions of authority and trust. Innocence is destroyed and faith is lost. In order to ensure that it can...

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The C of E: limits to diversity and the inevitability of separation?

Aug 23, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Is the Church of England basically orthodox in its beliefs, and if so, is this a good thing for the Church’s mission to the nation and in fact its very survival? Many leaders of the C of E who personally hold to historic biblical teachings on key issues of doctrine and ethics would answer in the affirmative to both these questions. The C of E has a biblically sound foundation, they would argue; it is protected in this by its formularies and the majority of...

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Dozen gay clergy defy church over ban on marriage

Aug 21, 2016 by

by Nicholas Hellen, Sunday Times: A dozen Church of England clergy are to reveal that they have defied the Archbishop of Canterbury by marrying their gay partners. They will go public in an open letter in which they will also urge the church to permit blessings for same-sex weddings. Half of the signatories had already declared themselves to be in a same-sex marriage. Doubling the number threatens the fragile truce on an issue that has divided the church since same-sex marriages were allowed...

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May we have our Church back please?

Aug 18, 2016 by

by Peter Mullen, CEN (courtesy of VOL) The wartime group that provided entertainment for our troops was called ENSA and some joked that the initials stood for “Every night something awful.” When I look at Archbishop Justin Welby’s Renewal and Reform project, I think EDSW — “Every day something worse.” And I’m not the only one. Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford has been critical of Justin Welby’s leadership, in particular his managerial...

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The great canon doctor Martyn Percy implicates Justin Welby in “secular sorcery”

Aug 17, 2016 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “Everything you need to know about the Bible can be summed up by the great canon doctor Martyn Percy: ‘The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven.’,” writes Dan Brown in his crypto-conspiratorial Da Vinci Code, making the Rev’d Canon Professor Martyn Percy the only living theologian to be so honoured (if it be). Unfortunately, the blueprint for the Church didn’t arrive by fax, either, hence nigh-on 2,000 years of ecclesial disputations and doctrinal divides about who...

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