The Church of England Is Not Dead Yet, The Economist Reports

Jan 31, 2015 by

By George Conger, The Media Project: The Church of England, like the old man in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is not dead yet. Granted, it is not at all well. A steady decline of a hundred years or so is not an indicator of health, but a report last week in The Economist shows some signs of life. The article in the January 17, 2015, print edition entitled “London supplies England with wealth, culture—and, increasingly, Christians” reports on the church-planting movement within the Church of...

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Rural vicars struggling with multiple churches and dying congregations

Jan 30, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Vicars in rural Britain are rushing between multiple churches to take Sunday services while their congregations are dying off faster than they can be replaced, according to a new report. Urgent calls for reform of rural ministry, such as appointing parish administrators to relieve clergy of the burden of running several churches at once, are proposed in the report, to be debated at General Synod in February. Fewer than one in five rural churches is...

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Why I objected

Jan 30, 2015 by

By Paul Williamson, First Things: I have been asked why, on St Timothy day in York Minster, I stood up to object during the ordination of Libby Lane as the first woman bishop of the Church of England. I am happy to give an answer: I stood out of love for the church for which I have served as a pastor for forty-one years and out of respect for the gospel which it proclaims. In the Church of England when a priest is commissioned with the laying on of hands and with prayer for the Holy Spirit, a...

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Bible, love, kingdom and sex.

Jan 29, 2015 by

By Martin Davie, CEN. Why is the Church debating homosexuality? In his review of Alan Wilson’s More Perfect Union? and Sam Allberry’s Is God Anti-Gay?, which was published in the December edition of the Oxford Diocesan newspaper The Door, Martyn Percy declares that the Church’s debate about homosexuality is increasingly: “… not about sexuality. It is about how to read the Bible with care and wisdom. And it is a debate about the kingdom of God that Jesus both preached and practised; and whether...

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Discipleship: inclusivity from the C of E, clarity from GAFCON

Jan 27, 2015 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. The new C of E report ‘Developing Discipleship’ (first discussed last week on this blog) begins with some good definitions. However, because of the generous and non-confessional nature of the C of E, there is no clear idea of who is a disciple and how to become one. The “Ten Marks of a Diocese Committed to Developing Disciples” assumes that anyone who calls himself a Christian, who has been baptized and attends worship services is a disciple....

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LGBT Anglicans lobby David Porter

Jan 27, 2015 by

David Porter lays out plans for sexual immorality in the C of E? From Titusonenine: Colin Coward reports:- Members of the LGBTI Anglican Coalition met with David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director for Reconciliation at Lambeth Palace on Tuesday. David was generous with his time and we were there for over an hour and a half.David began by outlining the history which has brought us to where we are from the much more optimistic beginnings nearly a year ago.It began with the Pilling...

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