The secular, postmodern re-shaping of church and society

Dec 11, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. A detailed and helpful article on Wikipedia begins by describing propaganda as “information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or...

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Advent reflections: God’s intervention

Dec 4, 2018 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Over the next four weeks I’m going to post reflections on key themes for Advent and Christmas. They’ll be based mostly on past sermons, so they’ll be evangelistic and/or devotional rather than scholarly or journalistic. The first one is too late for the First...

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Sex and the new generation: education and the gospel in a secular society

Nov 27, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. There is evidence that British schoolchildren are falling behind their international counterparts, in terms of, for example, mastering basic language and maths skills. Despite this, many schools seem determined to spend more time and energy instilling...

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A pastoral fantasy – or could it happen?

Nov 22, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes,  Church of England Newspaper. “So pleased you can be here at last after all the difficulty of arranging a meeting”, said John as he ushered the young couple into his book-lined study. He followed them carrying the tea tray.  “Now, how do you like it? Milk? Sugar?” After a few sips...

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Brexit – what now?

Nov 20, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. It’s the most important thing happening in our country at the moment, if the news headlines are to be believed. The UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, and ever since then there has been a deepening crisis as our governing party and the wider...

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Diocese of Oxford: a case study in radical inclusion

Nov 13, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In 2003 Jeffrey John was put forward by the Crown Nominations Commission as Bishop of Reading in the Diocese of Oxford. John[1] had for some time been publicly arguing for the church to accept and bless same sex relationships. His good friends the then...

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