God loves us because we're lovely is not the Gospel

Apr 20, 2014 by

By Julian Mann We will not understand the true meaning and significance of Good Friday without the Bible. And that is not just because we have the story, the narrative of Jesus’ death on the cross, in the four New Testament Gospels, which are in the Bible. That is certainly true and very important. But we won’t understand Good Friday with the Gospels in isolation. We need the Old Testament Scriptures and indeed the rest of the New Testament if we are to grasp what Good Friday means...

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Archbishop's Easter sermon to focus on suffering

Apr 20, 2014 by

From BBC News The Archbishop of Canterbury will highlight the suffering of people facing conflict around the world during his Easter sermon. The Most Rev Justin Welby is to deliver what will be his second Easter message since becoming head of the Church of England at Canterbury Cathedral. He will refer to the struggles endured by people in Syria, Ukraine, and Rwanda, as well as in Britain. The archbishop will also praise the resilience of persecuted Christians. In the sermon, Archbishop Welby...

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The Maker's instructions

Mar 22, 2014 by

A series of sermons on “The Maker’s Instructions”, preached by The Revd Vaughan Roberts at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford in February and March, is now available to listen to and download. 1. The Maker’s Instructions http://www.stebbes.org.uk/talks/1391334300/vaughan-roberts/makers-instructions-part-1 2. Marriage http://www.stebbes.org.uk/talks/1391946300/vaughan-roberts/marriage 3. Gender http://www.stebbes.org.uk/talks/1393155900/vaughan-roberts/gender 4. Same sex...

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The Times blasts the Archbishop of Canterbury

Dec 28, 2013 by

From Cranmer The Very Rev'd Dr John Hall is the Dean of Westminster. His Christmas Eve sermon was a healthy portion of erudite soteriology. He preached about the evocative comfort and peace of St Luke's account; the inspiration of the Christmas story to artists and architects over the centuries; the spiritual significance of art; the historical significance of Mary; the divinity of the Christ-child; the prophecies of His coming; the salvation he brings through Resurrection; and His...

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Persecution on the hearts of Archbishops

Dec 26, 2013 by

From Christian Today The persecution of Christians in Egypt and the Middle East in particular is on the hearts of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of Westminster this Christmas. In his Christmas mass, Catholic leader, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols appealed to Christians to give a "special thought and prayer" to fellow believers suffering for their faith. "Christians are the most widely persecuted religious group in the world today and this evening we think...

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Pope Francis delivers first Christmas Eve homily: 'Do not be afraid!'

Dec 25, 2013 by

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News The faithful flocked to St. Peter's Basilica for Pope Francis' first Christmas Eve midnight Mass, in which the pontiff once again preached the importance of acceptance and humility, qualities he has demonstrated continually in his first nine months as head of the Catholic Church. "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light," Francis began, quoting from Isaiah, a book of the Bible that includes prophesies foretelling the birth of...

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