Isis should be called the ‘Un-Islamic State’

Sep 18, 2014 by

British Muslims call on David Cameron to stop spread of extremist propaganda. by Andrew Griffin, Independent: Calling the terror group that today claimed to have killed another aid worker the Islamic State legitimises it, and politicians should stop using its preferred name to help halt the radicalisation of British Muslims, leading groups have said. A group of prominent Muslims has written to David Cameron to ask that he uses a different name for the group, and to lead a national debate on...

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Life After The Referendum

Sep 18, 2014 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: The result of Scotland’s Independence Referendum on Thursday still looks too close to call.  On Friday we will know and, whatever happens, things cannot and should not ever be the same again for Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom.  Whatever the outcome, three major challenges are already obvious. First, whichever way Scotland as a whole votes, there are going to be many people who, following the result, will be disappointed, deeply upset, perhaps angry and...

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Archbishop of Canterbury: my doubts about existence of God

Sep 17, 2014 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists. Britain’s most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself “Is there a God?” and “Where is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith. His remarks came in an interview conducted as part of a...

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The Washed Up World of the Anglican Church of Wales

Sep 17, 2014 by

by David Virtue, VOL: The Anglican Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan, once famously said that he would resist the founding of another province with every fiber of his body. He was, of course, alluding to the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). He made this statement at the 2009 Virginia Annual Council. Well, his body might need new fibers because his Church might not be around for very much longer at the present rate of decline. According to the latest statistics (2013),...

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The Arab Christian Dilemma

Sep 17, 2014 by

By Luma Simms, The Federalist; The wheels of our plane touched the asphalt of LAX on the night of December 13, 1978, and I stepped out, only to drown in that vast ocean called America. I am an Iraqi Christian immigrant, born in Baghdad, although earlier generations from both sides of my family came from the smaller towns in northern Iraq. We came to America before hummus was Americanized and sold in every grocery store, before the “Mediterranean” diet become a fad, and before fast-food...

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Men and Women Who Have Experienced Authentic Change in Sexual Orientation Through Therapy that Works...

Sep 17, 2014 by

From Voices of Change: The testimonials presented on this site are authentic Voices of Change by men and women who have experienced profound changes in their sexual orientation.  These brave men and women represent thousands of people around the world who feel same-sex attraction (SSA) but don’t believe these unwanted feelings represent who they truly are as people nor did they believe these feelings to be unchangeable.  Because they understood their SSA was not inborn but rather the...

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Christian charities need Christian truth

Sep 17, 2014 by

By Rebecca Oas, PhD, Turtle Bay & Beyond: The UK-based organization Christian Aid released a briefing paper dated September 2014 detailing its position on the post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion at the UN. Under their “Gender Justice” recommendations, Christian Aid calls for: “Mainstreaming of gender into other areas including health, education, natural-resource management, energy access, peacebuilding, accountable governance and access to justice. This should include...

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Lambeth Prayer Community: the need for a ‘Gospel Prior’

Sep 16, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes: Several years ago I attended a conference where one of the main speakers, a pastor from Latin America, had witnessed remarkable exponential growth in his church through people coming to faith in Christ, and community transformation as a result in the city. His main message to us (I can still remember it) was the importance of prayer, and in particular for Christian leaders to “raise an army of intercessors”. It seems that this is also in the mind of Archbishop...

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Gay rector faces backlash in pews over ‘wedding’ plans

Sep 16, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: An Anglican clergyman is facing opposition from parishioners over a service in his local church to bless his same-sex civil partnership. The Rev Dominic McClean, the Rector of 13 parishes around the village of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire, invited parishioners to the special service this weekend to mark his civil union with his partner, Tony Hodges. The service, taking place in the 14th Century St Peter’s Church in Market Bosworth on Saturday next week was...

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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim tells for first time of her ordeal

Sep 16, 2014 by

by Josie Ensor, Telegraph The Sudanese mother who was sentenced to hang for refusing to reject Christianity has spoken for the first time about her ordeal, saying she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was pregnant when she was given the death sentence for apostasy by the country’s courts under Sharia law. She was freed in in late June after an 18-month ordeal, following after an international outcry and was helped to travel to the US, where...

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Europe after Secularisation: What Future has Christianity on the Continent?

Sep 16, 2014 by

by Tomas Halik, ABC Religion & Ethics: In Western Europe, politics and the media are still dominated by the liberal mentality that prevailed among European intellectual elites for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and gave rise to various versions of the “theory of secularisation.” Some of those theories assumed, in the light of the changing role of the major Christian churches in certain European countries, the gradual decline or even rapid extinction of religion...

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‘No hidden agenda’ behind sexuality conversations

Sep 16, 2014 by

By Madeleine Davies, Church Times: THERE is no “hidden agenda” behind the shared conversations on sexuality that begin this week, the Church of England’s Director of Mission and Public Affairs said on Monday. In a recording published on the Church of England website, Dr Malcolm Brown spoke of a desire to ensure that “some of the fears that are not certainly intended to be substantiated are dispelled. There’s a lot of anxiety around about what may lie behind these...

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Depressed mum euthanised – son takes legal action

Sep 16, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The son of a lady who was euthanised in Belgium because she had depression is challenging the country’s euthanasia laws in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In 2012, Tom Mortier’s mother was killed by a lethal injection after three doctors who had no previous contact with her approved her euthanasia request. Mortier was only informed of the decision via a telephone call a day after his mother’s death. Vulnerable Now he is challenging Belgium’s euthanasia...

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Beware the media spin. Families, not nurseries, boost later exam success

Sep 16, 2014 by

by Laura Perrins, Conservative Woman: The Sunday Times was in good form with this classic piece of cherry-picking journalism. “The nursery kids are all right,” we were told. Not really, it just depends on how you define ‘nursery kids,’ and ‘all right’. This news item was complete with a delightful photograph of children aged three or four in school uniforms. Funnily enough the eight-month-old infant crying in the baby room was not featured. It reports: “In the study — by the Effective...

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Jeffrey John could become Church of England bishop

Sep 16, 2014 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Jeffrey John, the openly gay but celibate Dean of St Albans, has been shortlisted to be a diocesan bishop in the Church of England, Christian Today can reveal. Dr John is one of four men chosen for the shortlist for the next Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The former Bishop, Nigel Stock, is now Bishop at Lambeth, working closely alongside Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. In 2003 Dr John came close to becoming a suffragan bishop in Reading in the...

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