Statements, confessions, “here-I-stand”s; what do they achieve?

Sep 19, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. We’re approaching the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous action which lit the fuse for the social, political, cultural and religious revolution later known as the Reformation. The milestone has led over the past few months to a number of commemorative...

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Church decline in Britain: what remedies?

Sep 5, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Two very different articles about church decline catch my eye this week. First, Ruth Gledhill in Christian Today interprets the latest figures from the British Social Attitudes survey. Headlining with “massive collapse in numbers of Anglicans”, Gledhill...

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‘Prophetic’ and ‘transformational’ ministries: two examples

Aug 29, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. How should Christians respond to rapid changes in the surrounding culture? Two different approaches can be found in recent publications from the Evangelical Alliance, and the Barnabas Fund. The EA are promoting a “Movement Day’ conference in early October,...

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Local church and global mission

Aug 22, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In 1997 Mark and Lindy left England to live in Tanzania. For fifteen years they were involved in a number of ministries, mainly working with church-based programmes of basic theological education, church leadership training and community development. Before...

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Have C of E evangelical leaders suggested that a Rubicon has been crossed?

Aug 15, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In a recent article, the Church of England Evangelical Council was asked to provide a stronger lead at this time of uncertainty in the Church’s doctrine, governance and direction following July’s General Synod. In an editorial I responded by suggesting that...

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England’s orthodox Anglicans: agreed on Synod’s implications, divided on what to do.

Aug 1, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. General Synod was, it seems, a shock and a wake-up call to many people. The decision-making body of the Church of England has voted, unequivocally, to condemn the idea that people unhappy with their sexual attraction, lifestyle or identity can seek...

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