Good Disagreement in the Church of England?

Apr 26, 2016 by

by Bishop Wallace Benn: It is clearly both necessary and right that Christians show love for one another in how they handle disagreements. We live before a watching world. Jesus did say: ‘By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another’ (John13.35). So there is no excuse for rudeness or cavalier attitudes to each other. Paul, in the chapter that begins to work out the implications of the gospel for our daily living and relationships, writes: ‘Love one...

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Back to Basics Part 5: The Power of The Gospel

Apr 7, 2016 by

By Peter Jensen: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. That is what the Bible tells us. We are commanded to enter the kingdom of God by entrusting ourselves to Christ as our Lord and Saviour. That is, we enter and continue through repentance and faith. The Canterbury meeting of the Primates made space for the summons to repentance to be heard once more. Why is this so vital? A lost world The issues before us are matters of life and death, of heaven and hell, of judgement and...

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Instruments of Unity, or Not-So-Much … High Noon in Lusaka

Mar 24, 2016 by

by Bill Atwood, Anglican Ink: The Anglican Communion has a long history, but despite centuries of some form of life, not until the 19th century did an actual Communion begin to emerge. Before that time, there were merely chaplaincies (both military and ex-pat) and a few indigenous churches springing up. In about 1850, the Church Missionary Society first posed the idea of having a global gathering of all Anglican Bishops. It took a while for the idea to take hold, with the first meeting being...

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The cross is not a sword, but a key, and it opens the heart

Mar 24, 2016 by

By Gavin Ashenden, Anglican Ink: I was walking through Gatwick airport yesterday morning at about the same time as the bombs were going off at Brussels’ airport. The people who died in Belgium would have been sipping their very early morning coffee about the same time as I was mine, before setting off for their flights. I was luckier with my airport than they were with theirs. So I am still here; and they are not. This is a special week for Christians. We call it ‘Holy Week’. It covers the...

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Back to Basics Part 3: Fellowship

Mar 24, 2016 by

by Peter Jensen, GAFCON: Fellowship, or Communion, is a very precious gift of the gospel. The Lord Jesus laid down his life for his Church, his Bride. Christians are united to Christ for their salvation. Inevitably, then, we are united with one another. We are all one in Christ Jesus. I have been trying to think through the implications of the January meeting of Primates for the Anglican Communion and for GAFCON. The Communique and the story of the meeting certainly put of a lot of store on...

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The fallacy of core doctrine

Mar 20, 2016 by

by Stephen Noll, Anglican Ink: The Aftermath of the Righter Trial (1996) On 15 May 1996, the trial Court delivered its Opinion, dismissing both counts: that Bishop Righter had taught false doctrine and had violated his ordination oath. The vote was 7 to 1, one judge having recused himself from the case. The seven majority judges, inspired by C. H. Dodd’s Apostolic Preaching, made a distinction between what they called “Core Doctrine” (kerygma) and “traditional teaching” (didache). Despite the...

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