C of E future: debate

Jul 12, 2021 by

An initiative to encourage more lay participation in evangelism and planting of new churches was unveiled by the Church of England just before July’s General Synod. An introductory summary can be found in this paper: Simpler, Humbler, Bolder: A Church for the whole nation. General Synod Paper GS 2223: “The vision for the Church of England in the 2020s is that we become a Church that is centred on Jesus Christ and shaped by Jesus Christ through the five marks of mission. This is not a new...

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Contending for the faith – Reflections on Retirement 

Jul 12, 2021 by

By David Banting, Anglican Mainstream: [Editor’s note: This is a valuable memoir and analysis of recent Church of England history from one of its leading evangelical clergymen.] In the booklet Why I am an Anglican (Orthos no 23, 2006), I wrote of the decades of my life that I was a cradle Anglican (aged 0-18), a converted Anglican (18-28), a convinced Anglican (28-38), a concerned Anglican (38-48), and a contending Anglican (48-58). I finished by hoping that on retirement (at the time of...

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Marriage, an errant anthropology, and a war on reality

Jul 8, 2021 by

By Dave Doveton, Anglican Mainstream: Recently a draft marriage policy was issued by a South African Government department for public comment which if accepted will be followed by a single Marriage Act. One of the options being seriously considered is a ‘gender-neutral’ marriage regime which would accommodate both polygyny and polyandry. In this option all marriages (as defined by the new law), whether monogamous or polygamous, could be concluded regardless of the sex or sexual orientation of...

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Post-evangelical theologian reveals humanistic roots of LLF

Jun 25, 2021 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Many theories begin as a corrective to other dominant ideas. This tendency to challenge existing generally accepted narratives is important, as it can lead to positive progress. From a Christian point of view it is an important trait in our human make-up – while Christianity is often seen as on the side of conservatism, its founder figures, Abraham, Moses, Paul and the other apostles, and supremely Jesus himself, often questioned and led people away...

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Archbishop Foley Beach’s address to Provincial Council

Jun 23, 2021 by

From ACNA: Editor’s note: ACNA Provincial Council met 15-16 June. Here are excerpts from Archbishop Beach’s address: [On culture wars and social media] […] Another thing I see in the rear-view mirror is social unrest and the Internet. I think we saw the pandemic serve as a pressure-vent for much of the political or social unrest in the culture. People’s fear, frustration, anger, and concerns overflowed into the streets and the internet about all kinds of issues. We saw quite...

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Pride: what it means

Jun 14, 2021 by

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the season is upon us – aptly described by one writer as a secular version of a religious holiday, which has parallels with Advent and Passover. What does it mean now, how wide is its influence, and how should Christians interpret and respond? A selection of articles follows: Dark side of the rainbow by Josephine Bartosch, The Critic Disney to throw an LGBT ‘pride’ concert for kids, hosted by drag queen, by Doug Mainwaring National Trust tells...

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