The Times Pushes a Tired and Flawed Gay Priest Narrative

Mar 10, 2019 by

by Adrian Reimers, Crisis Magazine: In its recent Sunday edition, America’s newspaper of record ran a front-page article on the challenges facing gay Catholic priests titled “A Silent Crisis for Gay Priests.” It is the most recent specimen of the journalistic genre of suffering-gay-Catholic-priests-in-an-unwelcoming-Church. The narrative is well-known by now: a Church which fails to welcome gay priests, whose leaders may well reject them, and where they must stay in the closet has made their...

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UK: Without local Stewardship Trusts ReNew won’t be renewing

Mar 6, 2019 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: In January Rod Thomas, the Bishop of Maidstone, and Johnny Juckes, the President of Oak Hill College in north London, ran an event for people thinking of getting ordained in the Church of England. Given the constituency that gravitates towards Oak Hill as its theological college of choice, one imagines that the clientele at this event was mainly drawn from conservative evangelical churches in England. So, what would life be like for a young man now in his 20s, who...

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African United Methodists Won’t Trade Bible for Dollars

Feb 24, 2019 by

by Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism: […]  Friends, please hear me, we Africans are not afraid of our sisters and brothers who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, questioning, or queer. We love them and we hope the best for them. But we know of no compelling arguments for forsaking our church’s understanding of Scripture and the teachings of the church universal. And then please hear me when I say as graciously as I can: we Africans are not children in need of western...

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Rethinking Evangelism

Feb 20, 2019 by

By Bishop Steven Croft, Diocese of Oxford Website. An (unauthorised) background paper for the General Synod. The General Synod of the Church of England meets in London this week (20-23 February, 2019). The main theme of the Synod is evangelism in different shapes and forms. On Wednesday we will have perspectives from the wider Anglican Communion on Evangelism and Discipleship. On Friday there are three debates. The first welcomes and takes note of the report from the Archbishops’ Evangelism...

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In what sense was Jesus’ resurrection ‘bodily’?

Jan 20, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: There was some brouhaha last week when it was announced that Dr John Shepherd, retired Dean of St. George’s Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia, was appointed interim director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. The role includes being the Envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the See of Rome, but it was pointed out that Dr Shepherd is on record as urging Christians to move beyond belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, in order to see it as a spiritual reality. The...

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Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome rebuffs “resurrection” criticism

Jan 15, 2019 by

from ACNS: A retired Anglican priest from Australia who has been chosen to lead the Anglican Centre in Rome on an interim basis has sought to rebuff criticism about his beliefs in the resurrection. The former Dean of St George’s Cathedral in Perth, Western Australia, Dr John Shepherd, was appointed as interim director last week following the resignation of Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi. “Christ is Risen!”, Dr Shepherd said in response to widely reported criticism about his appointment. “There...

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