Five books from 2020: prophetic messages for 2021

Jan 5, 2021 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: In one sense, 2021 will be no different to any other year. Going right back to the time when Christ ascended, the task of Christians has been the same: to worship God and live in relationship with him, to participate in and support the church’s outreach and ministry of word and sacrament, to humbly serve in a needy world. In one sense, while kingdoms and empires and fashions come and go; while the church experiences periods of success and failure, power...

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Anglican Mission in England celebrates new status and opportunities

Dec 18, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) is not a new organisation. Its origin was in the early 2000’s, when new congregations started to appear in England which identified as Anglican, but were outside the Church of England. In some cases they left because they were no longer able to accept the authority of, and fellowship with a liberal Bishop. In other cases the C of E Bishop initially granted a “mission order” to plant a new church, only to rescind it...

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Love and faith, Advent, and the two Johns

Dec 8, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Last week, sitting on the sofa and surfing through the channels, I came across a documentary on the Beatles. It was a serious analysis, linking the development of the band and their art with the cultural history of 1960’s Britain, and Western society more generally. The clean, jangly guitars, the simple, catchy pop tunes, vocal harmonies and lyrics about innocent boy and girl relationships of 1962-64 morphed into something different as the decade...

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The Church of England’s guide to hearing God’s voice through the bible, according to LLF

Nov 24, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: “The bible is crystal clear” on the subject of same sex relationships, says a participant in ‘The Beautiful Story’, the video commending the orthodox Christian view of sex and marriage, produced by CEEC. But is it? According to the Living in Love and Faith textbook (LLF), there are many possible, and perhaps equally valid interpretations of what the bible says on this subject. Not only this – making such a statement about the clarity of Scripture in...

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Living in Love and Faith: early thoughts

Nov 11, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: I have skim-read the main 480+ page document and am now ploughing through the text line by line. I’ve also watched a couple of videos and have been part of a couple of Zoom seminar discussions. The Living in Love and Faith project depends on certain assumptions: Church teaching and practice can never be static or set in stone; they need to move with the times. This is evidenced by a number of sections in the LLF book devoted to explaining the history of...

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“Live not by lies”: a summary in twelve quotes

Nov 9, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: I have just finished reading Rod Dreher’s ‘Live not by Lies’, which has been mentioned a number of times on this site over the past couple of months (eg here, here and here). Dreher’s main thesis, taken from a 1974 essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, is that just as some aspects of enforced secularism in the West today mirror the 20th century Marxist totalitarianism of the East, so the models for preservation of our Christian culture can be found in the...

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