Should we ‘Hate the sin and love the sinner’?

May 3, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Over on the new-ish blog Via Media, Simon Butler has responded to a brief conversation he and I had online, in which he argues that the mantra ‘Hate the sin, love the sinner’ is not only unhelpful, but positively harmful and damaging, and unfailingly hinders the agenda of sharing God’s love. Given Simon’s intense dislike (hatred?) for this phrase, but his commitment to still seeing me as his ‘old friend’ (I take that to mean ‘long-standing’!), then it appears as though...

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Tell your MP about Christian involvement in society

May 3, 2016 by

from Christian Concern: Are you or your church involved in activities that serve your local community? Do you know of Christian charities or organisations that are active in your local area? A special debate will take place in the House of Commons on Thursday (5th May) on the “contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector in local communities”. It’s a great opportunity to help MPs understand the many ways that Christian groups serve and contribute to society....

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The Anglican Communion and GAFCON: Interpreting the Peter Jensen interview

May 3, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Peter Jensen, the retired Archbishop of Sydney and the current general Secretary of GAFCON, has given an extensive interview to VirtueOnline in which he expressed frankly some of his views on the current state of the Anglican Communion, and the mission of the Christian church in contemporary culture. The Virtue piece also contains some excerpts from talks that Jensen gave to the recent CANA meeting in Pennsylvania. It is worth giving these comments some...

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Heads discuss teaching of religious education

May 3, 2016 by

From the BBC: Head teachers are to discuss whether parents in England should be allowed to take their children out of religious education classes, on the grounds that it undermines the teaching of “British values”. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which is holding its annual conference, will hear that pupils need to take part in RE to learn how to respect the views of other people. Robert Pigott reports. Watch video here  ...

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Report: Religious freedom under ‘serious and sustained assault’ around the world

May 3, 2016 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: Religious freedom has come under “serious and sustained assault” across the globe in the past year, according to an annual report released today. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom  (USCIRF) today released its 2016 report, and found that religious liberty has deteriorated around the world, with abuses committed by both state and non-state actors. A number of countries are “plagued by extremism and religious freedom...

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Viewpoint: How has marriage changed life for gay people?

May 3, 2016 by

from BBC Magazine: Writer and activist Peter McGraith married his partner David in the first ceremony conducted under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 covering most of the UK. Here, he asks what effect it’s had on gay and lesbian couples – and on marriage itself. Do we care if marriage equality contributes to the demise of gay culture, identity and community? I do. We should consider what might be lost, as well as gained, if a new generation of gay men and lesbians were to...

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Cameron steps up curbs on extremists with new bill in the Queen’s Speech

May 3, 2016 by

by Larisa Brown, Mailonline: David Cameron will put curbing Islamic extremism at the heart of the Queen’s Speech amid concerns about his legacy. The Prime Minister will introduce an Extremism Bill later this month which will include measures to ban organisations, gag individuals and close down premises used to ‘promote hatred’. The crackdown will begin with the launch of an independent review of how Sharia courts are operating in Britain, according to the Times. Home Secretary Theresa May is...

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The Holocaust: Many Villains, Few Heroes

May 3, 2016 by

by Alan M Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute: As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, at which selected Nazi leaders were placed in the dock, we must ask some disturbing questions about those who were never tried for their complicity in the world’s worst genocide. It would have been impossible to carry out the mass murder of so many people without the complicity of so many governments, groups, and individuals. Perhaps there were too many guilty parties to put them...

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European gay activists fail in first bid to block grassroots pro-marriage effort

May 3, 2016 by

by Steve Weatherbe, LifeSite: The first attempt to stop a citizens’ initiative to get the European Union to endorse tradition marriage has failed. The “Mum, Dad & Kids” initiative must first gather 1 million signatures by December 11, and then be approved by the European Commission for submission to the European Parliament, and then be approved by a majority of MEPs. As hard as that is likely to prove, the powerful, publicly-funded European branch  of the International Lesbian, Gay,...

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I thought it was all about homophobia until I watched this video

May 3, 2016 by

By Pat Langrell, MercatorNet: The debate is about two vastly different ideas of marriage, not about whether we like gays. Pat Langrell, of the Australian group Marriage Equals, presents a splendid argument for real marriage. In short, he contends that we are grappling with the older conception of marriage as a lifetime commitment to fidelity which is open to children and the newer “soulmate” version. Which is best for society?...

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