Dear Bishops, please stop traumatising your clergy

Feb 4, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: Sometimes it feels as though I am a small child living in a household where the parents are constantly arguing and undermining each other. Except, of course, that I’m not an infant – I’m a middle-aged man with slightly too much of a stomach but still (though I say it myself) a mighty fine head of hair. And I’m not living at home with my parents, either. However, I am a church minister trying to exercise some form of pastoring and teaching...

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If the woke-ist stasi ban Franklin Graham, why don’t they ban diocesan conferences?

Jan 30, 2020 by

by Julian Mann: American evangelist Franklin Graham has now been banned from three arenas in the UK for his politically incorrect opinions. Venues in Liverpool, Sheffield, and Glasgow have just cancelled the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s advance bookings for their chief evangelist’s planned tour in the summer of this year. David Grey MBE, chairman of the Sheffield City Trust, which runs the FlyDSA Arena, told me: ‘The assets of the Trust, 17 venues in all, including...

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The Church of England isn’t ‘obsessed’ with sex

Jan 29, 2020 by

by Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: There’s been a shocked, wounded response on the part of pundits to the Church of England’s statement last week in response to the introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships. The Church observed that: ‘for Christians, marriage – that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity’. Just to clarify, the statement went on: ‘Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage...

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CofE attacked for holding to biblical position on sexual relationships

Jan 28, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: The Church of England has been attacked by LGBT campaigners – including some of its own bishops – for stating it will stick to the biblical position on sexual morality. A document released last week by the House of Bishops said marriage between one man and one woman has always been regarded as “central to the stability and health of human society”. But some have objected to the Bishops’ declaration that sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage “are...

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Bishops in disarray over ‘sex for married straight couples only’ rule

Jan 27, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: The Church of England’s bishops appear to be at war with themselves after some distanced themselves from a statement reiterating longstanding Christian teaching that sex is for male-female marriage only. The Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, said that she was “deeply frustrated and saddened” by the way the statement was published. She continued: “I recognise that it has fanned into flame unnecessary pain and distress and I wish to...

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Church Society response to the latest statement from the House of Bishops

Jan 26, 2020 by

Church Society welcomes the recent pastoral statement from the House of Bishops concerning civil partnerships. Specifically, we are grateful to the House for reaffirming the traditional and orthodox view of marriage (see paragraphs 7 and 35), and for clarifying that “sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purposes for human beings” (paragraph 9). The statement also helpfully points out some of the inherent ambiguity about the place of sexual...

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