The church must reconnect with the poor and deprived: a bishop’s swing and a miss

Dec 5, 2016 by

by Stephen Kneale: In a recent article for the Church Times, the Bishop of Burnley – Philip North – has taken the Church of England to task for failing to listen to the working classes. He argued: For the most part, the Church of England has reacted to the election of Donald Trump (News, 11 November) and the UK’s vote to leave the EU (News, 1 July) (the “Trump-Brexit phenomenon”) by jumping on to the middle-class Est­abl­­ishment bandwagon of outrage and horror. As if set to auto-pilot, the C...

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CofE More Worried About ‘Twitter Mobs’ Than ‘What Is Right Before God’ Over Sexuality – GAFCON

Nov 25, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The Church of England is more concerned about “Twitter mobs” than “what is right before God” according to the conservative grouping GAFCON UK’s latest intervention in an increasingly toxic debate. The traditionalist Anglican body responded to criticism from the CofE’s top lay official by saying the Church is too “afraid of unpopularity from the secular British establishment”. It accused officials of an...

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Conservative Anglican churches offset decline of church attendance in UK

Nov 21, 2016 by

by Jardine Malado, Christian Today: Anglican churches that are affiliated with the conservative group Reform has reported a three to four increase in church attendance each year for the past five years. The Church of England as a whole has been experiencing a one to two percent decline in attendance each year, according to Christian Today. The Reform-linked churches have reported that the average weekly attendance was 99 percent as opposed to 40 percent in the whole Church of England. Reform...

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Why Churches Are Growing – And Declining

Nov 19, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: We have long known what should be fairly obvious: those churches which trash the gospel, disbelieve Scripture, and grieve the Holy Spirit are in decline, while those churches which believe and proclaim the gospel, have a high view of Scripture, and allow God to work in their midst are growing. And there have been plenty of studies done over the years to prove this very point. Let me mention just three books dealing with the Protestant scene, which clearly...

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In wake of 4 Cardinals letter, Pope Francis rebukes ‘legalism’ of Amoris Laetitia critics

Nov 19, 2016 by

By Claire Chretien, LifeSite: Pope Francis has criticized the “legalism” of Catholics raising concern about his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia mere days after four cardinals went public with their request that he clarify it. “Some, as with certain responses to Amoris Laetitia, persist in seeing only white or black, when rather one ought to discern in the flow of life,” Pope Francis said in an interview with Avvenire. “But these critiques – if they’re not from an...

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Bishop of Maidstone responds to new report on conservative theological beliefs

Nov 18, 2016 by

The Guardian has published an article today, reporting on a study carried out by Canadian social scientists, which shows a clear link between conservative religious doctrine and church growth.  The article can be found here. The Bishop of Maidstone has released an opinion piece commenting on the findings of the study and drawing further conclusions from them.  His response can be read in full here. ‘The Church of England: On not being oblivious to the obvious.’ Read...

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