The ‘merger’ of three Anglican evangelical groups in England: some questions

Feb 21, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. After a long period of discussion and, I’m certain, lots of prayer, three organizations which have had overlapping membership, leadership and aims have agreed to merge, or in reality Reform and Fellowship of Word and Spirit will cease to exist, and a new,...

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Reflection for Lent: Resisting temptation and the cosmic struggle against evil

Feb 13, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. During Lent, we’re reminded of how Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. This was God’s way of ensuring that Jesus’ humanity was mastered, working in perfect harmony with his divinity; that he was prepared for the ministry where popularity would tempt him to...

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Evangelicals, ‘differentiation’ and the global Church

Feb 8, 2018 by

by Andrew Symes, Church of England Newspaper: A document entitled ‘Gospel, Church and Marriage: Preserving Apostolic Faith and Life’ (or ‘AFL’) has recently been published and circulated within evangelical networks. Although the authorship of AFL is anonymous, it has been endorsed by the Church of...

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Synod debates about liturgy open up bigger questions of truth and religious freedom

Feb 6, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. If the Church of England approves prayers to celebrate and affirm gender transition and / or same sex relationships, does it matter? Some would say it doesn’t, as long as individual parishes are not compelled to use such prayers. Some churches long ago stopped...

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Understanding more about Israel

Jan 30, 2018 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. I can still remember the lecture when I was at theological college more than 25 years ago. I had never bothered to get to grips with Romans 9-11 before that: the chapters where Paul addresses the question of God’s plan for the Jewish people and the nation of...

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The new threat to freedom of belief

Jan 15, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. The secondary school I attended was founded in 1870. It had a Methodist foundation, and was set up in anticipation of the Universities Test Act of the following year, which eventually removed the ban on those who were not communicants in the Church of England...

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