Manchester terror, the nation’s future, Thy Kingdom Come

May 23, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Britain’s security services have been on high alert for some years now, anticipating terrorist attacks on the general population. We have felt that we have got off lightly compared to France, but today (Tuesday 23rd May) there is a sombre mood in the nation...

read more

Transgender liturgies? Why are we even asking the question?

May 16, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. If a destructive, anti-Christian, revolutionary ideology is taking over society and even sections of the church, how should it be effectively countered? Whose responsibility is it to do so? Should Christians address the ideology itself and its dangers to...

read more

Archbishops’ election letter – is it ‘pastoral’?

May 11, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Church of England Newspaper. Just over a month until the General Election, and a ‘pastoral letter’ is distributed via the Bishops to all clergy. We’re told that we’re “welcome to use it in services on Sunday”, but is it actually for parishes, or for a wider audience? Many of the...

read more

Unofficial Bishops, non-C of E Anglicans: fragmentation and schism, or new reformation?

May 9, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. “We are on the cusp of a new reformation”, says Gavin Ashenden in an article about conflicts and new initiatives in Anglicanism in Britain. The original Reformation, which we remember particularly this year, 500 years after Martin Luther’s famous public...

read more

The ongoing influence of ‘new Gnosticism’ among C of E evangelicals

Apr 25, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Perhaps two decades ago, new postmodern teachings and ways of doing church began to gain a following among many evangelicals in the English speaking world. They were characterized by calls for “generous orthodoxy”, and their questioning of traditional...

read more

Easter meaning. C of E training. The faithful are deciding.

Apr 18, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. “This Easter season is a time of great celebration. Jesus is risen! Let’s take a few moments to think again about the amazing events which happened on that first Easter day”. Chris the vicar had spent a lot of time preparing for this sermon with prayer and...

read more