One in ten members of clergy victims of violence as anti-Christian hate crimes rises

Dec 29, 2018 by

by Abigail Frymann Rouch, Telegraph: One in ten members of the Church of England clergy has been the victim of violent behaviour in the last two years, a government-funded survey has found. The same proportion say they are experiencing more anti-Christian hate crime than they did two years ago. The survey also found that more than two-thirds have been on the receiving end of verbal abuse and one in five has experienced threatening behaviour over the last two years. The findings, released on...

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Anglican bishop who blesses abortion and gay sex gets top job in Rome

Dec 18, 2018 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: A senior Anglican bishop who publicly opposes fundamental Roman Catholic doctrine on abortion and homosexuality has been appointed Chair of Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel and Ossory, who defied the official position of Catholic Church during the Irish Referendum on abortion in May, and announced he would vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment, will oversee the Anglican Communion’s headquarters for dialogue and unity with...

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What are the church attendance statistics telling us?

Dec 10, 2018 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: The annual Statistics for Mission were published a few weeks by the C of E for 2017, and there was a range of reactions though few of them really caught the headlines. Before saying anything else, it is worth acknowledging what a remarkable resource this; does any other denomination have such a clear picture and such well-thought-through analysis of where it is at? As I said in Archbishops’ Council last week, these figures must form the bread and butter for anyone...

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8 ways to battle ‘comfort idolatry’

Oct 9, 2018 by

by Brett McCracken, The Gospel Coalition. One of Christianity’s greatest idolatries today is also one of the most subtle and insidious: the idolatry of comfort. Widespread especially in affluent Western contexts, comfort idolatry is the product of a consumerist context that frames everything—including spiritual things—in terms of expressive individualism, self-fulfillment, and “bettering yourself.” In this context, going to church is just one among many other curated things (which may also...

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Is this the solution to our missional challenge?

Oct 5, 2018 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo. […] the mission of the Church cannot be reduced simply to attendance, but numbers do matter since numbers represent people. And ‘coming to church’ isn’t the only thing that matters, since people have (in the past) come to church for all sorts of reasons, and experienced all sorts of things. But in the present context of numerical decline, addressing the question of how many people actual attend church is at the very least and important part of mission—and...

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Theological deplorables

Oct 5, 2018 by

by John Walters, First Things. [Editor’s note: the idea of a particular interpretation of ‘pastoral care’ overriding and  superseding doctrine is relevant to mainline Protestant denominations, not just Roman Catholics.] Presumably out of deference to the current pontificate, almost nobody is saying something that is obvious and important: that there ought to be no conflict between the doctrinal and the pastoral, the rule and the allowing of exceptions. To the best of my...

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