Survey the wondrous Cross, and marvel

Sep 19, 2021 by

by Peter Mullen, TCW: LAST Tuesday was the great Christian Festival of Holy Cross Day and I should like to say a few words about it. I have two qualifications for this task. For 12 years I was Vicar of St Helen’s Church, Bilton-in-Ainsty, North Yorkshire, dedicated to the woman who discovered the original Cross in Jerusalem in AD 326 on the site of what was to become the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; and for 14 years I was Priest-in-Charge of St Sepulchre’s Church in the City of London....

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We need gospel clarity

Aug 30, 2021 by

by Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem: I have lost count of the number of times I have heard a story approximating the following. Somebody has grown up going to church, hearing the gospel and made a profession of faith or prayed the sinners prayer. They apparently go on with the Lord for a bit until, eventually, drifting away from the church and Christ. If pressed, they might still say they believe, but there is absolutely nothing about their lifestyle that gives any indication that this is...

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Time For the Avoiding of Diversities of Opinions

Aug 14, 2021 by

from English Churchman: At the time of the English Reformation, it was evident that there needed to be a clear codification of what were and were not the essential biblical doctrines that would be beyond discussion in the reformed Church of England. Those reformers knew there could be no grey areas— doctrinal commitments would have to be distilled to their essence in order to prevent weakening of the recovered gospel witness.  What did they do to ensure this commitment?  They gave us the...

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On leadership and building bridges – a response to David Runcorn.

Jun 30, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: Where David Runcorn and I disagree. In his article ‘Living in Love and Faith ‘is building the bridge as we cross it’ published in the Church Times on 19 June 2021 David Runcorn declares that Living in Love and Faith (LLF) says to: …. those in leadership — national, local, and all expressions between. Your task is not to take front stage, guarding received understandings, or ‘telling’ people what the truth is. It is to stand in the midst, to enable others to think, to be...

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The Future of the Church Lies in the Past

Jun 17, 2021 by

by Deacon J H Toner, Crisis Magazine: Nuisance callers want the person called to talk, so they will often ask, “Can you hear me all right?” or “How are you today?” Television shows have “teasers” at the beginning of the show, trying to enlist the interest of viewers so they will stay with that show. Speakers often begin their talks in a familiar and even jocular way, attempting to engage their audience in the topics ahead. Even the Bible suggests the initial advantage of milk before meat (1...

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Contending for the Faith in a Confused Culture

Jun 1, 2021 by

by Justin Dillehay, The Gospel Coalition: We live in a time of great theological confusion. According to Ligonier Ministry’s latest State of Theology survey, 30 percent of professing evangelicals reject the deity of Christ, 46 percent believe people are good by nature, and 22 percent think gender identity is “a matter of personal choice.” Perhaps if surveys could’ve been taken in centuries past, we would find it has always been so. But our culture has definitely injected a strong dose of...

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