Same-Sex Attraction: Is Celibacy Sufficient To Qualify For Christian Ministry?

Sep 22, 2016 by

by John Stevens: Controversy was caused a couple of weeks ago when it was announced that the Church of England had appointed a gay bishop who admits that he is “in a relationship” but maintains sexual celibacy. Reactions to this news by evangelicals has been varied. Some have stated that the appointment is a “dangerous” step, especially in the light of the “facilitated conversations” about homosexuality that are taking place within the church. Others have taken the view that his sexual...

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Science and the Bible, debates about committees, hope and courage in mission

Sep 20, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Another week, another revisionist Church Times leader article penned by an academic heavyweight. This time a consultant psychiatrist and Professor of Theology insists that we need to allow the latest scientific findings to inform our understanding of Scripture. People used to believe that the earth was static and at the centre of the universe because of a literal interpretation of Psalm 93:1, says Christopher Cook. In the same way, today there are some...

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Church liberals’ anger over ‘traditionalist dominated’ bishops’ gay marriage panel

Sep 19, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Supporters of a change in the Church of England’s stance on sexuality have voiced dismay after a new panel of bishops to help “discern” its future course on issues such as same-sex marriage was chosen seemingly dominated traditionalists. The 10-strong “Bishop’s Reflection Group” appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York includes a string of prominent evangelicals and some seen as staunch conservatives but no-one who has openly advocated a change in...

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What happened when I explained Church teaching about gender on Facebook

Sep 13, 2016 by

by Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald: Recently I had a surreally disquieting experience. Someone had randomly posted up a photograph of girls in school uniform on my school’s Old Girls’ Facebook page (this school used to be a convent boarding school but is now a girls’ Catholic day school). Above the photo was a caption referring to private schools having to face up to new transgender issues. I added a one-line comment, saying I hoped that such schools would not give in to political...

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Be Bold Enough to Follow The Truth As Far as It Takes You

Sep 11, 2016 by

By Jared C Wilson, For The Church: The world needs Christians bold enough to follow the truth wherever it may take them. Weirdo fundamentalist John the Baptist was imprisoned. We know that the Romans did not have a reputation for putting up with large Jewish followings for very long. It’s possible that John’s leadership was so attractive, his baptism ministry and his prophetic truth so popular among the spiritually hungry, that the regional magistrates thought of him as a threat....

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Sex, Lies, and Secularism

Sep 2, 2016 by

by Nancy Pearcy, Christian Research Institute: A collegiate website advises young women on how to have a “happy hook-up.” Get “clear consent and mutual agreement to engage in sexual acts,” the article recommends. Then “the whole hookup experience will be more positive for everyone involved.”1 Glancing at the author’s bio, I learned that she is a student at a conservative Christian college! When even Christian young people are buying into the hookup culture, it’s clear that traditional ways of...

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