Let your light shine before men

Aug 24, 2019 by

by Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council: […] Darkness is the place where God’s light does not shine. As Paul notes, when people no longer glorify God or thank Him, he has the power to withdraw his presence and allow the flood of darkness to come in. The result of darkened hearts and minds is described with a list which begins with “sexual impurity for the degrading of our bodies” (1:24). Think of ‘Bad Guy’, the number 1 hit today. Or how about the headline from Tuesday about how...

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Is the Church an Instrument?

Aug 22, 2019 by

By Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition: In several articles (see the most recent here), I’ve been interacting with Mark Galli’s series “The Elusive Presence,” which makes the point that in our zeal for doing good things for God, our love and passion for God Himself has been eclipsed. I resonate with this diagnosis of the malaise within evangelicalism. At our best, evangelicals constitute a renewal movement within our denominations and churches. Losing “the love we had at first”—the problem for...

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Bishop John Ellison, 1940-2019

Aug 20, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. John Ellison, Bishop of Paraguay 1988-2007, returned to England after his retirement and settled near Basingstoke with his wife Judie. He remained active in ministry as an honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester, and Chair of the Anglican Mission in England Panel of Bishops. After battling illness for some months, he died at home on 5th August, and a service of thanksgiving was held on 20th August. Those present gave praise to God for a...

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Building the fortifications

Aug 17, 2019 by

By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative: David French, who is Evangelical, has a theory about why some of these big-name pop-culture Evangelicals are losing their faith. Excerpt: As our culture changes, secularizes, and grows less tolerant of Christian orthodoxy, I’m noticing a pattern in many of the people who fall away (again, only Sampson knows his heart): They’re retreating from faith not because they’re ignorant of its key tenets and lack the necessary intellectual, theological depth but...

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Schools’ failure to meet legal requirements on religious education continues to impact A-level entries

Aug 17, 2019 by

By Ruth Sax, Premier: The number of students choosing to study religious education at A-level is in decline for the second year running. As students across the country received their A-level results this week, new figures reveal a drop of 5.1 percent in 2019 and 22.8 percent in 2018, a combined decline of 28.9 percent in two years of students choosing to study RE at A-level. Reports claim that a number of schools are failing to meet legal requirements on religious education to pupils until the...

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Cathedral gimmicks: news and comment

Aug 17, 2019 by

Recent well-publicised reports of a putt-putt course and fairground slide in cathedral naves have given rise to news of other, more seriously inappropriate events, and have led to reflection on the purpose of these buildings and the spiritual state of church and nation. Latest articles at the top: Southwark Cathedral hosts controversial US pastor. Nadia Bolz-Weber opposes biblical teachings on sex and marriage, mocks traditional teaching on sexual purity, and openly advocates incorporation of...

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