A Christian light in the Westminster gloom

Sep 9, 2019 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: IN a House of Commons dominated by anti-Christian political correctness, it is important to celebrate any attempt, however small, to stand up for countercultural Christian orthodoxy. Conservative MP Sir John Hayes has recently given a reason to thank God for a cheeringly cheeky move to promote traditional Christianity in Parliament. In July, Lincolnshire MP Sir John, a campaigner for British independence from the European Union,  tabled some...

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C of E welcomes American celebrity Pastor’s attack on orthodox sexual ethics

Aug 27, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: A number of clergy in Southwark Diocese have privately expressed concern to the Bishop about an event at the cathedral on London’s south bank which took place on 21st August. Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran pastor from Denver with a high profile in the secular media, spoke to an enthusiastic audience of around 500, before being one of the headline speakers at the Greenbelt festival the following weekend. Bolz-Weber, a former stand-up comedian and recovering...

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Wycliffe Hall announces the appointment of NT Wright as their Senior Research Fellow

Aug 26, 2019 by

Wycliffe Hall today announces that the Wycliffe Hall Council intends to appoint NT Wright (The Rt Revd Prof Nicholas Thomas Wright) as Senior Research Fellow, as of 1 October 2019. NT Wright is currently Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College, St Andrews in Scotland. Revd Dr Michael Lloyd, Principal of Wycliffe Hall, said: We are delighted that Tom will be joining us. Wycliffe aspires to be a centre for the intellectual renewal of the Church, and,...

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Clergy sexual abuse: why can’t the Church cleanse its own temple?

Aug 18, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “The gross evil of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy would have gone unexposed had it not been for three principal agencies, all secular.” That’s the damning opening sentence of an article in The Tablet which raises so many complex issues of episcopal authority, ethical transparency and ecclesial accountability and that it’s worth reproducing in full: […] As with the Roman Catholic Church, so it is with the Church of England. There are a number of serving...

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UPDATED: Cathedral gimmicks: news and comment

Aug 17, 2019 by

Recent well-publicised reports of a putt-putt course and fairground slide in cathedral naves have given rise to news of other, more seriously inappropriate events, and have led to reflection on the purpose of these buildings and the spiritual state of church and nation. Latest articles at the top. ‘God is a tourist attraction’ by Jon Brown, Washington Examiner Southwark Cathedral hosts controversial US pastor. Nadia Bolz-Weber opposes biblical teachings on sex and marriage, mocks...

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If Anglicans are really functional independents…

Aug 14, 2019 by

by Stephen Kneale: I have been interested to read some views on remaining in the Church of England from Evangelical voices recently. These are not standalone comments from single individuals but are categories and arguments that I have seen advanced from a number of different sources. In my opinion, there are significant questions for these positions. The view, which comes in a few different hues, we might call the ‘effective independent’ position. The argument insists that, in reality, each...

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