Thou Shalt Now Covet

Nov 21, 2014 by

by Robert Hart, Touchstone: I did not know the man I was drinking tea with in the parish hall below my office. He had introduced himself as a retired Episcopal priest a few days before, when he’d called for this appointment. He told me then that he was offering something called “coaching,” and was asking for referrals from local clergy. At the time of the call I had thought he was running some sort of sports team, but now, over tea, he was telling me what he meant by the word...

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Ex-Gays Call on Word’s Largest Gay Activist Organization to Fund Reparative Therapy for their Pedoph...

Nov 21, 2014 by

Washington, D.C. – Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been one of the most outspoken proponents in the effort to ban Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) therapy for minors. They have aided gay activist organizations in California and New Jersey who successfully passed laws to ban SOCE therapy in 2012-2013, and have undoubtedly played a role in the sixteen bills that were introduced in state legislatures across the United States in 2014, fourteen of which already failed this year thanks in...

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The rise of the Stepford students. Free Speech is so Last Century. Today’s students want the r...

Nov 21, 2014 by

By Brendan O’Neill, Spectator: Student unions’ ‘no platform’ policy is expanding to cover pretty much anyone whose views don’t fit prevailing groupthink. Have you met the Stepford students? They’re everywhere. On campuses across the land. Sitting stony-eyed in lecture halls or surreptitiously policing beer-fuelled banter in the uni bar. They look like students, dress like students, smell like students. But their student brains have been replaced by brains bereft of critical faculties and...

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Locating Lambeth

Nov 21, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden, Evangelicals Now: Transition of leadership is always a testing time for organisations.. This is certainly true for the Anglican Church in North America. ACNA came into being following the consecration to the office of bishop of a man who was in a same-sex relationship with another man. Those who could not accept this within a Christian Church formed a new church, faithful to Anglican teaching. It was recognized by the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which first met...

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Reconnecting an Unbound Generation

Nov 20, 2014 by

by Rachel Sheffield, Public Discourse: The answer to our culture’s dramatic increase in out-of-wedlock births and children raised by single parents is not to lower the bar further. Rather than promoting “planned parenting,” we should work to build a culture of marriage. “Marriage is on the wane . . . no amount of wishful thinking will bring it back,” says Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution in her new book,Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage. Sawhill...

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Muslim address to Synod: ‘Muslims and Christians must learn more about each other’

Nov 20, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Two out of three members of the Church of England in Britain will before long have a Muslim neighbour, according to the first Muslim to address the General Synod of the Church of England. Fuad Nahdi, executive director of Radical Middle Way, founding editor of Q-News and a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s listening initiative on Christian-Muslim relations between 2001 and 2004, said his presence in the Synod would help Muslims stand...

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We can all start fighting for marriage

Nov 20, 2014 by

By Laura Perrins, Conservative Woman: The results are in on the great liberal destruction of marriage project and it does not look good. As with most liberal policies the losers are the poor. In both the UK and US, the collapse of marriage has been felt most among low-income men and women with devastating results for them and their children. The Left claim they care about poverty and growing inequality (these are not the same but a debate for a another day). They claim they would like to fix...

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Free Speech is dead in Britain …

Nov 20, 2014 by

As I learned on a BBCdebate programme called ‘Free Speech’ by James Delingpole, Breitbart: Is it just my imagination or was there a widely publicised report a few weeks ago by a professor called Alexis Jay describing in clinical detail how at least 1400 mostly underage girls were groomed, drugged and raped over a period of years in the northern town of Rotherham by gangs of men from predominately Kashmiri-Pakistani Muslim backgrounds? The reason I ask is that earlier this week, I...

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Church school ‘failed to safeguard pupils from Islamic extremism

Nov 20, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A top Church of England school is to be placed into special measures after inspectors judged that it had failed to safeguard its pupils from extremism. The Sir John Cass Foundation and Red Coat Church of England school in Tower Hamlets, east London has been criticised by the schools watchdog Ofsted for failing to monitor the activities of an Islamic society set up by sixth-formers at the school. According to the report, leaked to The Independent newspaper, a...

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Better apart: why holding the Church of England together might not be a good idea

Nov 20, 2014 by

By Mark Woods, Christian Today: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s efforts to keep the Church of England together might be torpedoed by evangelicals who refuse to compromise on what they regard as fundamental issues of faith – but that might not be a bad thing, according to a leading academic. In his address to the General Synod this week, Justin Welby issued a call for unity amid the tensions threatening the Anglican Communion and the Church of England itself over issues such as same-sex...

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Little heroes? Or victims of an experiment?

Nov 20, 2014 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, Conjugality: The skinny little kid rapping away on the stage has short spiky hair and baggy pants and jacket, just like a boy, and his voice hasn’t broken yet so it passes as a girl’s. Truth to tell, this youngster is a girl, except she thinks she’s a boy, and, well, mom is cool with that and so, it seems, is everyone at else at Camp Aranu’tiq, “a camp for transgender and gender-variant youth”, where she is performing her rap. Alex can’t be more than eight years old, a...

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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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Misreading Scripture Alone

Nov 20, 2014 by

By Mathew Block, First Things: Anew survey on American Evangelical beliefs reports grim news, according to an article published yesterday by Christianity Today. The first line says it all: “Most American evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical by some of the most important councils of the early church.” The story goes on to highlight widespread confusion among Evangelicals on core doctrines like the Personhood of the Holy Spirit and the divinity of Christ. A full 51 percent of...

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The Marriage Pledge

Nov 19, 2014 by

From First Things: In many jurisdictions, including many of the United States, civil authorities have adopted a definition of marriage that explicitly rejects the age-old requirement of male-female pairing. In a few short years or even months, it is very likely that this new definition will become the law of the land, and in all jurisdictions the rights, privileges, and duties of marriage will be granted to men in partnership with men, and women with women. As Christian ministers we must bear...

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Pope Francis and ‘the Great Division’: the Catholic civil war draws closer

Nov 19, 2014 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: In the magazine a couple of weeks ago I asked if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war fuelled by confusion over Pope Francis’s apparent willingness to soften the Church’s pastoral approach to divorcees and gay people. Hostilities began during the disastrous Synod of the Family, at which liberal officials gave a press conference implying that the Church was about to admit remarried divorcees to Holy Communion and celebrate the positive aspects of...

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