The church and its mission: visible and invisible

Sep 6, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. What is the church for? In chapter three of his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul reveals his understanding of the purpose of the Church. He doesn’t look at this in sociological terms, from a human perspective, but from a supernatural, spiritual viewpoint. The primary purpose of the church is to be like a ‘broadcasting tower’, a means of making known to invisible spiritual powers the wisdom of God – wisdom which is described in most familiar...

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Oxford Faith Debate: Tragic Drama at St Mary’s

Nov 22, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes   The title for the debate on 20 November at St Mary’s Church, part of a series of five, was “Diversity: what kind of unity is appropriate…; how can diversity become a strength?”   A brief look at the panel shows some diversity: a revisionist Bishop, Archbishop Justin’s right hand man, a woman theologian and an African Bishop,  joined by a spokesman from a conservative grouping. But in practice the idea of diversity was undermined by bias: taken together with the...

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