Cathedral gimmicks illustrate spiritually blind Britain and mute Church

Aug 13, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. No doubt buoyed by the old cliche that there is no such thing as bad publicity, the Church of England continues to include in its own Daily Media Digest several reports and opinion pieces in a number of media outlets about the installation of a golf course and helter skelter in Rochester and Norwich cathedrals. While some have defended the gimmicks as harmless ways of raising money and attracting to an experience of the sacred those who would never...

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Transgenderism, the Bible, and Christianity

Aug 13, 2019 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: […] In his new book on transgenderism J. Alan Branch reminds us, “Our sexual identity as male or female is integral to being made in God’s image.” And Andrew Walker speaks about God’s majestic blueprint in creation, and he reminds us that mankind is the high point in creation, since we are made in God’s image. And that means all of us, including our bodies: “Every aspect of who we are carries and reflects that dignity – our minds, our hearts, and our...

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Foster insists law change on abortions can be halted

Aug 11, 2019 by

By Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph: DUP leader Arlene Foster said the liberalisation of the abortion laws in Northern Ireland can not be assumed to be a done deal. The former First Minister said she was “determined” to restore power-sharing before the autumn legislative deadline, which would give the DUP a chance to block the move. The Fermanagh MLA said she has been inundated with thousands of emails, letters and petitions calling on her to do all she can to stop the introduction...

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Changes to marriage registration unnerve Church of England clergy

Aug 11, 2019 by

from Christian Today: The Church of England has sought to reassure clergy of a seamless transition to a new system of registration for marriages coming into effect in England and Wales. The new system being introduced by the Government affects church weddings and will replace the traditional registration of the marriage in the church register with a “marriage document” that the couple must sign at the ceremony and then present to the local register office within seven days.  It has...

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Church warden who murdered 69 year old almost chosen for ordination training

Aug 11, 2019 by

By Cara Bentley, Premier: Benjamin Field, the son of a Baptist minister, was five days away from possibly being selected for ordination when he was arrested for murder. The 28 year old was found guilty at Oxford Crown Court of killing Peter Farquhar, a member of St Mary’s (Stowe parish church), in order to inherit his house and money. He also persuaded retired headmistress Ann Moore-Martin, a Catholic, to change her will in his favour and wrote messages on the mirror claiming to be from...

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Fear of the Word

Aug 10, 2019 by

by Hans Boersma, First Things: My students are afraid to preach—not all of them, but more and more, it seems. And it is often the brightest and most eloquent, those who are least justified in parroting Moses’s excuse—“I am slow of speech and of tongue”—who lack the confidence to open the Scriptures for the people of God. I write now for them, though they are not alone: I have the same feeling of inadequacy, and I know that others do as well. I am not talking about the fear that has always—and...

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