For His glory and our good

Dec 16, 2014 by

A talk delivered by Matthew McCusker of Voice of the Family to the Marriage, Sex and Culture group of Anglican Mainstream on 11th December 2014. Voice of the Family is a coalition of 23 different pro-life and pro-family organisations drawn from across all five continents and founded and led by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. International cooperation between pro-life organisations is more important than ever in the light of ever escalating threats to life, marriage and the...

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Anti-gay activist complains bakeries won’t make ‘gay marriage is wrong’ cake

Dec 16, 2014 by

From Pink News: An anti-gay activist has complained he was rejected by bakeries when he tried to buy a cake with the words ‘gay marriage is wrong’ on top. Theodore Shoebat claimed that his experience was similar to that of gay couples who were refused wedding cakes inOregon, Colorado and Pennsylvania. [..]  Mr Shoebat called around bakeries which were owned and operated by gay people – but was ‘surprised’ that owners refused to back his anti-gay message. Read...

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Catholic School demands apology from Inspectors over allegations of ‘extremism’

Dec 16, 2014 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: The Catholic Education Service (CES) is demanding an apology from school of inspectors Ofsted after one of its schools was placed on a blacklist of schools which were failing to prepare students for “life in modern Britain”. The school remains on the blacklist despite a recent Ofsted report being amended to remove suggestions that pupils were vulnerable to radicalisation, theTelegraph has reported. St Benedict’s Catholic School in Suffolk was one...

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Church of England to spend £2m on ‘new approach’ to leadership

Dec 16, 2014 by

From Cranmer: Politicians are out of touch. We know that, because we constantly hear about the ‘Westminster bubble’ or the ‘Westminster Village’, and Nadine Dorries once told us that neither David Cameron nor George Osborne knows the price of a pint of milk. Or was it a loaf of bread? They are isolated from normality, shielded from deprivation, and insulated from the worries, concerns and agitations of the fair-to-middling, milk-and-water, run-of-the-mill lives the rest of us try to live, or...

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Shirt Company Won’t Fold on Values

Dec 16, 2014 by

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council: T-shirt maker Blaine Adamson doesn’t exactly wear his heart on his sleeve, but he’s not about to ignore it either. When the Kentucky businessman was approached about printing rainbow shirts for Lexington’s gay pride festival two years ago, he had to turn the job down. As a Christian, he felt that using his shop to promote a message that contradicted his faith was a non-starter. Unfortunately, Adamson has paid for his principles — dearly. In...

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Advent Meditations: Tuesday 16 December

Dec 16, 2014 by

Psalm:  am: 45.  pm: 47, 48 OT: Isaiah 9: 1-7 Epistle:  2 Peter 1: 12-21 Gospel: Luke 22: 54-69  LITURGICAL CALENDAR TODAY: Saint Adelaide of Burgundy, 10th Century. (Patron saint of second marriages and dysfunctional families) St. Adelaide was married to the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto as his second wife until she was widowed after 20 years. Her step son Otto II came to power and treated her poorly. He died prematurely and his infant son Otto III was king with his mother serving as regent and...

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Religion or spirituality has positive impact on romantic/marital relationships, child development, r...

Dec 15, 2014 by

From Science Daily: Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while romantic partners who pray for their “significant others” experience greater relationship commitment, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. These were among the findings of studies published in two special sections of APA’s Journal of Family Psychology looking at how spiritual beliefs or behaviors...

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Cohabitation Rights Bill goes to Committee stage

Dec 15, 2014 by

From Family Law Week: Resolution welcomes Bill’s progress but calls for greater reform The Cohabitation Rights Bill, introduced by Lords Marks, has had its second reading in the House of Lords and passed through to Committee stage. Resolution, strong supporters of the movement to give cohabiting couples better legal protection, welcomes Lord Marks’ proposals and the progress of the Bill as important first steps towards cohabitation law reform, but argues that reform needs to be taken...

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Love and the labouring classes

Dec 15, 2014 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: Christmas is the family feast par excellence in the Western world but it is also the time when family wounds become more evident and hurt more. Thinking about relatives and friends or talking to the hairdresser or the man who fixes the plumbing becomes a reminder of how many lives today are marked by divorce, single parenthood and the uncertainties of non-marital cohabitation and childbearing. Even when people seem satisfied with their present lot, one cannot...

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Can business training solve CofE’s ‘toxic’ leadership problem?

Dec 15, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Senior clergy in the Church of England are being summonsed to sign up for MBA-style leadership courses as the Archbishops of Canterbury and York attempt to create a Church fit for the 21st century. Plans for the business-style leadership programme to bring about Church growth and create a “talent” pool of future bishops and archbishops have already been condemned by clergy who have warned of “demoralisation” and...

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ADVERTISEMENT All Saints’ Cathedral, Cairo, Egypt, seeks Minister for English-speaking congregations...

Dec 15, 2014 by

  The Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa is seeking to fill a post of Minister for the English Speaking Congregations of All Saints’ Cathedral serving multi-cultural and multidenominational congregations in the heart of Cairo. We are seeking an ordained evangelical Anglican priest with a missionary vision, developed teaching and pastoring gifts, and a team builder who has cultural sensitivity.   Please contact the following person for further details: Contact:...

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Catholic Higher Education in Ruins

Dec 15, 2014 by

By Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse: The dream of a sex-positive socialist Catholicism based on Marx and liberation theology tells kids to stop complaining when they suffer the consequences of adults’ sexual selfishness. Sexual radicalism and extreme pro-LGBT advocacy have no positive role to play in Catholic higher education. Before there was Pope Francis, there was a different Francis from Assisi, Italy. Back in the twelfth century, St. Francis heard the call to fix a church falling into...

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Bonhoeffer in Advent

Dec 15, 2014 by

By Timothy George, First Things: The year was 1943, and another Advent had dawned for Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer loved Advent and had often preached sermons on this holy season of waiting and hope as a metaphor for the entire Christian life. Just one year earlier, during the Advent of 1942, Bonhoeffer had written a circular letter to some of his friends and former students.  The joy of God goes through the poverty of the manger and the agony of the cross; that is why it is...

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The Pink News Definition Of Democracy

Dec 15, 2014 by

By Alan Craig: I received a call from BBC Radio Northampton on Tuesday: with effect from midnight Civil Partnerships (CP) could be converted legally into Same Sex Marriages (SSM), they said, so would I discuss the issue on Stuart Linnell at Breakfast in the morning? They had heard me on BBC Radio London and wanted me to make my case to their Northamptonshire audience. In the event and on behalf of our campaign group Because Children Matter, I followed Ben Cohen of Pink News  in the show (here,...

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Humanist weddings could stay illegal following Coalition row between Tories and Liberal Democrats

Dec 15, 2014 by

By Sarah Cassidy, Independent: Thousands of couples planning non-religious humanist weddings could have their hopes dashed after a row between the Tories and Liberal Democrats saw Number 10 veto proposals to give such marriages legal status. The Lib Dems want people who are agnostic, atheist or simply do not want a religious ceremony to be able to have a secular wedding, outside of a register office. Couples could tailor their own ceremonies, and select venues that are not licensed for civil...

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