English Anglican evangelicals: five areas of disagreement

Jan 14, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Evangelicals share the same core theological beliefs, often expressed in a Confession or Basis of Faith statement (eg here). But evangelicals have historically been divided on a number of issues. In the past, these included: whether evangelistic speakers should call listeners to publicly indicate a decision for Christ; whether genuine believers should smoke, drink or go to the cinema, whether tongues, prayers for healing and other expectation of...

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An inspiring response to our biggest problem

Jan 7, 2020 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream (First published in Church of England Newspaper): “A moving and hopeful book” says one reviewer, and yet the subject of this slim publication is living with incurable cancer, and facing the inevitable prospect of death. How can this be “hopeful”, and why might it be appropriate for the shared time of optimism that is New Year? Jeremy Marshall is an able and successful financier, married with three children, who at the age of 49 was diagnosed with a rare...

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‘1917’ and the beauty of duty

Jan 7, 2020 by

By Brett McCracken, The Gospel Coalition: “Time is the enemy.” That’s the marketing tagline for Sam Mendes’s World War I epic 1917, this year’s Golden Globe winner for best drama. Not since Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has time itself been so foregrounded as a war film’s scariest foe. In both Dunkirk and 1917, the ostensible enemy (the German army) is largely unseen. Sure, we see their bullets, bombs, and bunkers; but we (mostly) don’t see their faces. This is because Mendes, like Nolan, wants...

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Post-Election 2019: the state of the nation

Dec 17, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Last week’s election result was a significant moment for our country. While the Conservatives won with a huge majority, large numbers of people either didn’t vote at all (some on principle), or ‘held their nose’ and voted Tory because the other options looked worse, not because of enthusiasm for and complete faith in Boris and his programme. The analysis of the election continues in the media (including Christian blogs) and the political parties , and will...

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The four Sundays of Advent

Dec 10, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: I’ve worshipped in Anglican churches which don’t use the lectionary, and those which do. While there are advantages in not being tied to a set list of readings, and particularly in preaching chronologically through a book, the lectionary also has great assets. It has a long tradition – many of the patterns of readings date back to the early church. Our godly forbears thought long and hard about the effect readings, and their themes, have on the...

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Daily readings from Gafcon

Dec 10, 2019 by

“LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS” is a series of weekday reflections, mostly taken from the writings of early church leaders, to help focus our attention on Jesus Christ. Our Saviour who entered this world as a human being is revealed to us again as we read the Scriptures and celebrate Advent in worship and prayer together, and as we await his coming again as King and judge. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE GAFCON ‘ADVENT DEVOTIONAL’ PAGE.

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