Four attitudes to Christmas and to life

Dec 20, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. I just took one of those online surveys to find out what kind of person I am, based on my attitude to Christmas. And the result came out completely wrong. But the basic premise behind the test is good, even profound. ‘Four kinds of Christmas’ is a series of resources based on a small book, a tract really, by Australian evangelist Glenn Scrivener which reads as if it had its origin in an excellent Christmas talk. His text is from Isaiah 9: “the people...

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Judgement and joy

Dec 19, 2016 by

Are you trembling yet? By Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch The God of the Bible is certainly a loving and gracious God, but he is no pushover. He is not some compliant errand boy. He is not a celestial hippy. He is not a slightly bewildered grandfather figure. He is not a cosmic bell boy. He is not some sickly sweet wish-granter. Nor is he a jolly Santa Claus just waiting to give us goodies… …No, God is not all that concerned if we feel offended or upset or distressed. No, he does not want to...

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Gresham Machen, defending the faith, and lessons for today

Nov 27, 2016 by

[Dr Rohintan Mody finds close parallels between fierce debates on the nature of the Christian faith in the early 20th century, and contemporary doctrinal controversies in the Anglican Church.] I have just finished reading an excellent book on the great American Christian scholar, Gresham Machen, by D. G. Hart, called Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America. Machen was a conservative evangelical New Testament scholar in the early...

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Theology does matter

Nov 21, 2016 by

by Bishop Rod Thomas, Gafcon: Although recent attendance figures from the Church of England seem to indicate relentless decline, new research from a team of Canadian secular social scientists could offer hope if we recognise a truth that is all-too-often avoided. As George Orwell once observed, to see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. Respected new research published this week from Wilfrid Laurier University claims to have discovered that the ‘secret ingredient’...

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Cathedral, university, media join forces to undermine biblical faith

Aug 30, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. “My son feels increasingly called to full-time ministry”, said a friend proudly a few years ago. “He’s only 18, but he’s made the decision to study theology, and he’s got a place at the University of Chester!” I kept quiet, unable to totally share the enthusiasm, as I’ve always felt that academic theology especially in a University setting can undermine and often destroy biblical faith rather than nurture it, especially the kind that is needed for a...

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No, God Isn’t Transgender

Aug 19, 2016 by

by Robert A J Gagnon, First Things: In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who “transitioned to a woman” in the 1970s, Sameth contends that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.” He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures,...

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