There Is Only One We Dare Not Offend

Aug 11, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: Taking offense has become a national pastime in much of the West. Everyone seems to be getting offended about something. We have not only become an easily offended people, but we are even now making laws about all this. Vilification laws, hate speech laws, and the like are all about not offending anyone – or at least certain groups, such as Muslims, homosexuals, etc. An entire industry has sprung up around the taking of offence. This has led to the death of...

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Marriage matters: what should the Church be saying?

Jul 29, 2016 by

By Rachel Fox, Anglican Mainstream. [Editor’s note: This is adapted from the text of a talk given at a church in southern England in July]. G.K Chesterton once observed that the family is the most effective check on government power. It is indeed the bed-rock of a free society. It is also more important to the very survival of a society than most people realise. Two years ago, civil marriage in the UK became genderless. It is no longer an institution intimately bound up with sex and...

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Petition to: The Archbishop of Canterbury – the Archbishop of Westminster – the President of the Methodist Church – the Moderator of the URC

Jul 25, 2016 by

We call upon the leaders of the Church to be faithful to the Gospel as revealed in Jesus Christ, and to defend the faith. Petition from Voice for Justice UK: We stand on the words of 2 Timothy 3:16. “All of scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…’ In recent years, to accommodate the changing values of the world, we have seen core teachings of the Bible challenged and rewritten. The justification frequently given...

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How NOT to handle the Word of God correctly

Jul 20, 2016 by

by Canon Phil Ashey, AAC: I have just returned from a two-week holiday and a graduation in the UK, mindful of the Church of England’s General Synod. While there, I disciplined myself to avoid comments and to simply enjoy my time away with my wife and friends. But, towards the end, my attention was drawn to an article written by the Rev. Dr. Ian Paul, reporting as a participant in the “Shared Conversations” on human sexuality, as part of the reception of the Pilling Report (which seems to...

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Journeys in, or moving away from, Grace and Truth?

Jul 5, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. The book ‘Journeys in Grace and Truth’ will no doubt be persuasive for many readers in its consistently argued thesis that the Church of England must abandon its historic doctrinal and ethical teaching, and fully affirm same sex relationships.   All of the contributors position themselves on the evangelical wing of the church and claim a high regard for the authority of the Bible, and almost all make reflection on one or more passages of...

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Putting the C of E at risk

May 30, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: In these days of governing-by-bureaucracy, every organisation is obliged to have a risk register. If you are a trustee of an organisation, reviewing such a risk register will be a regular item on your meeting agendas. The Church of England is no different, and the Archbishops’ Council reviews the risk register regularly at its meetings. Before reading any further, what would you identify as the main risks to the Church of England as an institution? The 2014 report from...

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