Gay marriage in church? Taking apart the arguments

Nov 20, 2014 by

By M B Davie: Editor’s note: This is more than a review of Bishop Alan’s book, it is a step by step dismantling of all his arguments for recognition and blessing of same sex relationships by the church. It is long, but will prove an important resource. A review of Alan Wilson More Perfect Union. Introduction The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, has become known as the bishop who has broken ranks with the official policy of the Church of England by arguing that there should be...

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Has The Church ‘Locally Adapted’ Become A Bridge Too Far?

Jul 21, 2014 by

By Fr. Dale Matson: St. Gregory The Great sent the monk Augustine to the British Isles as a missionary in 597. Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Gregory was eager but cautious in introducing the Gospel to England and thus he included the leeway allowing Augustine to ‘locally adapt” church customs in England. “Gregory showed great wisdom and insight in his management of the mission. He and Augustine kept close contact with each other; they worked as a team. Through their...

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The silences of Jesus

Jun 16, 2014 by

By John Nolland: Silence can speaks volumes, but listening for its voice can be more challenging than with its vocal alternative. Some media commentators have made much of the failure of athletes in Sochi to protest Russian laws in relation to gay matters. But it might be that gay athletes have done more for the gay cause in Russia by relating positively to the Winter Olympics and being a credit to the sporting cause than they could have by any amount of protest. Cowardly silence or subtle...

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Evidence for the Resurrection

Apr 15, 2014 by

By Ian Paul When considering the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, we need to separate two issues. First, what are the historical facts that require an explanation? And, second, what is the best, most plausible, explanation for those facts? What are the facts to consider in relation to the resurrection?   First, Jesus died on the cross, a victim of Roman execution as a common criminal. The Romans were very experienced at this, and knew how to check that someone was dead. If they had...

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It’s Back — The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” and the State of Modern Scholarship

Apr 14, 2014 by

By Albert Mohler he so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is back in the news and back in public conversation. The story first broke in a flurry of sensationalism back in September of 2012 when Smithsonian magazine declared that a papyrus fragment had been found which would “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship.” Well, it didn’t jolt much of anything. In 2012 Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced that a papyrus fragment...

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Jesus did not mention the Good Samaritan's 'sexual orientation'

Mar 29, 2014 by

By Julian Mann The Anglican blogger Archbishop Cranmer has certainly caused a stir with his post last Wednesday: World Vision: The Parable of the Gay Samaritan. Through a modern retelling of Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, as recorded in Luke 10v25-37, Cranmer sets out to present as latter-day Pharisees those who objected to the decision by evangelical children's charity World Vision USA, now reversed, to employ professing Christians in same-sex marriages. The bad guys are three...

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