College of Bishops Meeting

Sep 18, 2014 by

The College of Bishops of the Church of England has met for three days. Two of the days were devoted to the first of a series of shared conversations in the Church of England on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission. The context and process for the conversations were set out in a paper to General Synod by the Bishop of Sheffield on 26 June 2014 available here which also identified two outcomes for the process. The first is to enable the Church of England to reflect, in light of scripture, on the...

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Christian charities need Christian truth

Sep 17, 2014 by

By Rebecca Oas, PhD, Turtle Bay & Beyond: The UK-based organization Christian Aid released a briefing paper dated September 2014 detailing its position on the post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion at the UN. Under their “Gender Justice” recommendations, Christian Aid calls for: “Mainstreaming of gender into other areas including health, education, natural-resource management, energy access, peacebuilding, accountable governance and access to justice. This should include...

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Shining Christ’s Light whether in Rotherham or Richmond

Aug 28, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, Cranmer’s Curate: In communities where girls are at risk from exploitation by criminal gangs of Muslim men and where they are not, churches and church schools must urgently and purposefully teach the young people in their care to ‘live as children of light’ (Ephesians 5v8 – NIV). The Apostle Paul’s teaching in Ephesians chapters 5 and 6 is desperately needed in all human societies and cultures. Without it all of us, whatever age we are or social...

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Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

Aug 11, 2014 by

By Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse: Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions. As mainline Protestant denominations increasingly accept the ordination of gay clergy and publicly affirm same-sex unions, the sociologist in me wishes to understand what this development means for people in those...

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Christian Persecution in Australia

Aug 8, 2014 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: We expect the secularists and God-haters to persecute Christians – and they do. But we don’t expect Christian organisations to persecute Christians – but it seems that they do as well. It seems we have another tragic example of this very thing happening right here in Australia. I have already discussed the sad story of Troy Williams, the Tassie chaplain and Scripture Union worker who was raked over the coals for daring to tell the truth about...

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Hey, Church of England: if you want to become a Christian, you have to renounce the Devil

Jun 22, 2014 by

by Tim Stanley, Telegraph: Truly the Devil’s greatest trick was to convince us that he doesn’t exist – or, at least, that it’s impolite to mention him in public. The Church of England has been forced to reinstate the word “sin” into baptism services after parishioners complained that its new liturgy was (to use one of the nicer adjectives) too “bland”. The old order of service went something like this: Q: Do you reject the Devil and all rebellion against God? A: I reject them. Q: Do you...

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