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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The UN and the Vatican: Politicizing Torture to Defend Abortion

May 9, 2014 by

By Rebecca Hamilton, Patheos The Vatican went before the UN Convention on Torture to answer questions about the clergy child abuse scandal and Church teachings on abortion and homosexuality, not as a church, but as a government. In addition to raising the preposterous idea that Church teaching on abortion is torture of women, the Convention also raised the issue of the practice of transferring child abusing priests from one parish to another. I am guessing that the Convention’s position on the...

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Palm Sunday: Let’s talk about Jesus!

Apr 8, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes   Over the last few weeks, all over the country the church has been engaged in mission. Local churches have been running “Real Lives” and “Passion for Life” events, student Christian Unions have followed up the successful one-to-one “Uncover” Gospel reading programme with the traditional Lent mission weeks. Alpha and Christianity Explored courses have continued to draw in those from the fringes and on the outside of church life. Even...

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Accommodating Archbishop Welby

Mar 30, 2014 by

By Peter Mullen Archbishop Justin Welby has told The Guardian: ‘I think the Church has reacted by fully accepting that same-sex marriage is the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.” He added on this morning’s Sunday programme that the government was “perfectly within its rights to make this law.” Two things then. First, we know that Christians should continue to demonstrate the...

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Refuting serious doctrinal allegation against conservative evangelicals at Sheffield Diocesan Synod

Mar 9, 2014 by

By Julian Mann A serious doctrinal allegation was levelled against conservative evangelicals at Sheffield Diocesan Synod during its March 8th debate on women bishops. The speaker concluding the debate alleged that our complementary view of the inter-relationship between the divine Persons of the Holy Trinity goes against the Church of England's 39 Articles of Religion. Earlier on, General Synod and Crown Nominations Commission member Jane Patterson, who belongs to Christ Church Fulwood in...

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Has Steve Chalke fallen for the oldest trick in the Book?

Mar 8, 2014 by

By David Baker, Christian Today Maverick Christian leader Steve Chalke is seen by some as the herald of a revolution in Christian theology – and by others as a dangerous false teacher. Either way, the latest salvo he has fired into the world of Biblical scholarship has been delivered with his customary self-confidence and bravado. Any claim that the Bible is "without error or contradiction – that it's 'infallible' or even 'inerrant'… is extremely...

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