Reaching Refugees in Iraq

Dec 24, 2016 by

from Anglican Frontier Missions: In this special Christmas Edition of the Comings & Goings, we highlight one AFM couple’s ministry to refugees in Northern Iraq. Comings & Goings    ...

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What is good news to the poor?

Dec 6, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. According to Bishop Philip North, writing in last week’s Church Times, the poor might hear the Church’s good news (not defined) when their voice is heard by the Church and amplified in the nation. Sadly, though, the Church hasn’t been listening, and so was surprised, even appalled and embarrassed when the poor finally spoke up and expressed their frustrations and aspirations by voting for Brexit. Working class identity and focus revolves around family,...

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Advent, the Church of England, and Mission

Nov 29, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Mission through the local church. At our local village church we are preparing for an evangelistic mission which will take place next year. We don’t call it that, because some of the more traditional members who attend the 9am Communion service, and many of our friends and neighbours in the village who we are seeking to reach with the Gospel, might find talk of ‘mission’ a bit threatening. So it’s going to feature a familiar week of social...

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Evangelical ‘shoebox’ scheme faces legal challenge in American schools

Nov 25, 2016 by

from National Secular Society: The American Humanist Association has filed a lawsuit in Colorado to challenge ‘Operation Christmas Child’, an evangelical charity scheme, being promoted by public schools. Samaritan’s Purse, which organises Operation Christmas Child, is run by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. In 2015 Graham backed Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. The scheme supports “the advancement of the...

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How Gypsies have moved from fortune telling to fervent Christianity

Nov 20, 2016 by

by Alex Strangways-Booth, BBC News. At a time when large numbers of people are drifting away from formal religion, one church is bucking the trend. Huge numbers of Gypsies and travellers in England now say they’ve joined a new movement called Light and Life. Those who join have given up drinking alcohol and fortune-telling, and many have even abandoned their traditional Catholic faith. The movement, which is Gypsy-led, has grown rapidly in the past 30 years – it says up to 40% of...

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The ‘Just Be Positive’ message: are we substituting God’s grace with our own?

Sep 27, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. How should Christians live “in a culture which often either ignores faith or aggressively opposes it? What are Christians to do in… an environment, where traditional attitudes to morality are suddenly becoming extreme and unacceptable?” These questions were asked at a recent symposium hosted by an organisation called Threads UK, part of the Evangelical Alliance. According to the report in Christian Today, the main speaker, David Kinnaman, gave some...

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