Church missing the opportunity to speak to young people about key issues, report warns

Jan 11, 2017 by

from EA: The majority of churches in Great Britain are failing to talk to young people about the issues they’re facing, according to new research.   Youthscape, a Luton-based charity delivering innovative youth work across the country, has launched a report call Losing Heart, which surveyed 2,054 churches across England, Scotland and Wales to identify the needs of those working with children and young people.   The report found only half of churches “often” speak to their young people about...

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Imagine: future conversations about differentiation

Jan 10, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. [This work of fiction was composed and published before the Church of England Evangelical Council meeting of January 11-12 2017, so it cannot reflect anything which occurs or has occurred at that meeting.] It’s January 2019 and a group of Anglican clergy and laity from Britain are meeting to reflect on recent events, and share plans for the way forward. The majority of those present are conservative evangelicals, but there are a smattering of charismatics,...

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Christians and the Culture Wars: Time To Engage

Jan 8, 2017 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: Given that my website contains 2,233 articles on Christianity and 1,457 articles on the culture wars, it may be thought there is little left to say on these topics – at least from me. Well, there is always a new spin or a different angle one can run with on these issues. One way to approach this is by way of a familiar quote. While many people today may not know about the American comic strip “Pogo,” most would have heard of a memorable line that came from...

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Can bishops save the Church?

Jan 7, 2017 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Earlier this week, Adrian Hilton (who writes the Archbishop Cranmer blog) reprised his hosting of Martyn Percy’s views with the offering of a new set of 95 Theses, in the year of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s original. (Contrary to suggestions in online discussion, Luther’s are not dull and rambling, and are worth a read. They form a progressive argument against indulgences in a developing sequence, and were written as a sixteenth-century proposal for an...

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Gender – where next? by Christopher Townsend

Jan 6, 2017 by

by Christopher Townsend, Jubilee Centre: ‘Haven’t you read,’ [Jesus] replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,”…?’ Matthew 19:4 ‘…the transgender revolution represents one of the most difficult pastoral challenges this generation of Christians will face.’ Dr R. Albert Mohler[1] Summary The issue of ‘gender identity’ has risen to prominence with remarkable speed in recent years and demands our attention. This paper begins with a brief survey of different...

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Ealing vicarage rape victim Jill Saward dies

Jan 5, 2017 by

from BBC News: A woman who became a sexual assault campaigner after she was raped during a burglary at her father’s vicarage has died after suffering a stroke. Jill Saward, then 21, was sexually assaulted by two men in Ealing, west London, in 1986. Her father Michael, and her boyfriend were severely beaten. At the end of the trial of her rapists, the judge said her trauma “had not been so great”, sparking outrage. Ms Saward was the first rape victim in the UK to waive her...

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