GAFCON Chairman’s Advent Letter

Nov 30, 2019 by

Beloved in Christ Jesus: Advent Greetings in the name of our Risen and Returning King, our Lord Jesus Christ!   I am delighted that in this Advent season, Gafcon is launching a weekday devotional project called ‘Lift Up Your Hearts’.  These words are profoundly Scriptural. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” and in Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above.” Advent is a time to “lift...

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Global South Covenant or GAFCON Jerusalem Declaration?

Nov 26, 2019 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: An Interview with Canon Phil Ashey, President of The American Anglican Council. VOL: In recent days there has erupted a controversy over the seeming theological overlap between GAFCON and the Global South Primates communiques; specifically, a Covenant was drafted recently in Cairo (hereafter known as the Cairo Covenant) and the Jerusalem Declaration formulated by the GAFCON primates. Does this indicate a rift between the two movements? ASHEY: Actually, the Cairo...

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IS GAFCON A CHURCH? with a Reply to Global South Anglicans

Nov 3, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: Preface: A Reply to the Global South Anglicans. In a recent “Anglican Perspectives” video, Canon Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council announces an “historic” development: the publication of a Covenant, approved in Cairo in early October 2019 by the Global South Anglican Fellowship [or Network] (see the “Seventh Trumpet” Communiqué here and the Covenant Proposal [now adopted] here. Canon Ashey argues that this Covenant is a unique document addressing...

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GAFCON Chairman’s October Letter – Reformation Day!

Oct 31, 2019 by

from Archbishop Foley Beach: Beloved in Christ Jesus: Greetings in the name of the crucified, risen, and ascended King, our Lord Jesus Christ! I write to you from Wittenberg, Germany, where Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation 502 years ago by posting his 95 Theses on the doors of the Castle Church. This month has seen an historic step in the life of the Anglican Communion. It was my privilege to be the chief consecrator, along with Co-consecrators, Archbishop Laurent Mbanda of the...

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Christchurch: GAFCON Consecrates New Evangelical Diocesan Bishop

Oct 19, 2019 by

by David Virtue, VOL: Former Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen said the Christian gospel proclaims Jesus as Lord, the spirituality movement does not have to be true or false but only what people make it. An orthodox Anglican diocese was born in Christchurch, New Zealand today, the first such diocese, following the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia’s communion impairing decision to bless same sex marriage. (It would require a change of the canons to fully embrace same sex...

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THOUGHTS ON THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION 1: Gafcon and the Church

Sep 9, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: The Jerusalem Declaration has been one of the best and enduring fruits of the Gafcon movement. I was a member of the Statement Group in 2008 that drafted the Declaration and have written a commentary on it (see Essay 7 of my book). In the next three essays I shall share further thoughts on what the Declaration says and what it does not say. From the very beginning, the question “Is Gafcon a Church?” has roiled the reputedly placid sea (or is it “See”?) of...

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