The future of the Church of England: Synod, wider culture, and challenges for evangelicals

Sep 25, 2021 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Different wings of the Church of England have been mobilising to ensure sufficient representation of their distinctive points of view in the new General Synod, elections for which are currently taking place. While Synod candidates understand their responsibility for governance of the organisation in a broad sense, they are aware that if elected, their votes will affect crucial decisions to be made by the church, not just in matters of finance,...

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Welsh Anglicans to bless gay unions

Sep 14, 2021 by

Church in Wales Governing Body vote on 6th September 2021 to offer services of blessing to same sex couples in civil marriages and civil partnerships. Laity voted 49 for and 10 against, with one abstention. Clergy voted 28 for and 12 against, with two abstentions. The bishops were unanimously in favour. Reports and comment (latest at the top): General Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales: The Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales deeply regrets the recent...

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Church in Wales votes to bless same sex ‘marriages’

Sep 13, 2021 by

By Carys Moseley, Christian Concern: “Denial of the authority of Christ…False analogies and pseudo-intellectual excuses…ambiguity about religious freedom…Grotesque hypocrisy…Apostate bishops – wolves in sheep’s clothing…” On Monday 6 September, the Church in Wales voted to allow its clergy to bless same-sex ‘marriages’ and civil partnerships. This was not entirely unexpected given the decline of Christian doctrine and ethics within the Church in Wales in recent years. The...

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Will the Church of England soon follow the Church in Wales on same-sex marriage?

Sep 9, 2021 by

By Julian Mann, Christian Today: If Church of England traditionalists are to stand up for the counter-cultural Christian sexual ethic, they are going to have to defy the allegedly conservative newspaper, The Daily Telegraph. The ‘news report’ on the Anglican Church in Wales’s vote on Monday to bless same-sex marriages pointed out that “the Church of England is now the only Anglican church in Great Britain not to either bless or marry same-sex couples”. The...

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Persecution of Christians in Nigeria Continues to Need Attention and Action – Part 1

Sep 9, 2021 by

Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism: The decades long persecution of Christians in Nigeria continues unabated, and if anything appears to be worsening and just as one-sided as ever. It has been recounted in numerous articles posted by IRD in recent years. Perhaps most disturbing, the government of Nigeria, led by President Muhammed Buhari, has centralized control of the nation’s police, and seems to have a policy of allowing Christians to be murdered by militants of the Muslim Fulani ethnic group...

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Who wants to live forever?

Sep 9, 2021 by

The social care crisis can’t be fixed with more money. By Giles Fraser, unherd: Since the beginning of the twentieth century, life expectancy in the West has risen roughly three months per year. In 1900, a new-born child in the US would, on average, live to 47. Now it is about 79; by the end of the century, it will be 100. Some will call this progress — in sanitation, diet, medicine — as if more is always better. But the cost of this “progress” is rarely factored in. £12 billion every...

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