How God created the West

Apr 2, 2021 by

By Ed West, unherd: […] Like with many things, it is only now that we are losing Christianity that we are starting to appreciate its importance. This century began with the New Atheism, an overtly anti-religious movement spurred by the events of September 11; an array of books in the 2000s made the argument that “religion poisons everything”, in the words of Christopher Hitchens. They won, which was largely why New Atheism disappeared. As America moves past the 400th anniversary of its...

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Judge rules ban on bus adverts for Franklin Graham UK event was unlawful

Apr 2, 2021 by

by Marcus Jones, Premier: The organisers of an evangelistic event in which Franklin Graham preached have won a legal dispute with Blackpool Council. The Lancashire Festival of Hope took place over three days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in September 2018 and saw hundreds make commitments to follow Christ. Before the start of the event, adverts which were booked to appear on local buses, were banned. Despite the ads simply stating ‘Time for Hope’, they were refused over...

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The grief journey

Mar 29, 2021 by

By David Flagg: “The trouble is my friends at church think I should be over it by now” “I feel I should be able to cope” “If only my faith were stronger I wouldn’t still be like this” It is heartfelt comments like the above that have convinced me over some years that Christians need educating about a natural and God-given process called  grief.  A survey of clergy (who deal regularly in this field) revealed an appalling ignorance  of  the bereavement process. What we need, therefore, is...

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Holy Week and Easter: Reflections and Resources

Mar 29, 2021 by

The Week that Changed the World, from Walkway Books: An audio guide to Holy Week at home. The story of ‘holy week’ retold by Dr Peter Walker in 12 instalments. Journey in your imagination through the events of Palm Sunday,  Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day; travel with Jesus down the Mount of Olives, walk with his disciples,  follow his movements under cover of dark, watch him suffer from a distance and be there to see him at the empty tomb. The start of a long night – Maundy...

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Power today: using the energy of how people feel to control how we should think

Mar 26, 2021 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: A recent article by Brendan O’Neill on Spiked is a brilliant analysis of a key aspect of the revolutionary change affecting Western culture. If we want to understand what is behind some of the theological and ethical confusion in the church, “cancel culture” and campaigns to regulate speech and thought, the teaching of LGBT ideology to small children, and even the strong feelings elicited by the Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan and Harry, The tyranny of...

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Final report published of our independent Lessons Learned review

Mar 23, 2021 by

From Thirtyone:eight: The full and final report of the independent Lessons Learned review concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon has been published today. The 146 page report, which also contains an audit of the current safeguarding arrangements at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon can be accessed on the Walking With website here. The report contains 66 separate recommendations grouped together under 18 themes which range from leadership and accountability, to effective...

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