Responding to Islam and Religious Pluralism

Feb 16, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Church of England Newspaper. Christian Concern’s Wilberforce Institute hosted the second ‘Cultural Leadership Symposium’ on 7-8 February. The 2016 conference discussed the biblical mandate to create a Christian ‘culture’ rather than submit to the prevailing secular humanism and...

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Manipulative, domineering revisionists must be opposed, not appeased

Feb 14, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream I can already hear the shocked gasps from some as they read this title. “Oh, can’t we have a nicer tone in this debate?”, some are thinking, as they cover their ears, desperately thinking happy thoughts and hoping the whole nasty issue will go away. It has been...

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Growth and decline in the Anglican Communion

Feb 6, 2017 by

Book Review by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. 18 months ago a book was published on church growth in England, edited by Durham-based academic David Goodhew, which urged church leaders to reject  a ‘theology of decline’, and instead to learn about and intentionally foster growth where possible....

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Report heads off immediate split, but entrenches ‘mixed economy’ theology

Jan 31, 2017 by

Commentary by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: The Bishops’ Report does not attempt to resolve the ethical question of whether same sex relationships are right or wrong, whether they can be celebrated as part of Christian discipleship or censured as an expression of rebellion against the...

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General Synod presented with vision for “setting God’s people free”.

Jan 24, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Among the papers to be digested by delegates preparing for General Synod 13-16 February is a substantial report commissioned by the Archbishop’s Council, calling for a major change of emphasis in the C of E, to focus on equipping the laity for whole-life...

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Reading the Bible upside down

Jan 12, 2017 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In last month’s focus on the Bible’s Christmas stories we have been reminded of a strong theme: the message of God’s kingdom challenging and even reversing our natural human understandings of how things are. Mary, on being told that she is to be the...

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