The heart of GAFCON and the future of the Anglican Church

May 12, 2019 by

from The Pastor’s Heart: A special edition featuring GAFCON’s new leaders Archbishops Foley Beach and Benjamin Kwashi. The most significant movement within the Anglican Church globally is GAFCON, representing 50 million of the world’s 70 million Anglicans. GAFCON aims to remain faithful to Jesus and the scriptures, and not follow the cultural winds. The GAFCON Primates Council resolved last week in Sydney to hold a global conference of bishops just six weeks before the Archbishop of...

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Richard Bewes, former rector of All Souls, dies aged 84

May 11, 2019 by

by Justin Brierley, Premier: Rev Richard Bewes OBE, the former rector of All Souls church Langham Place in London, has died aged 84. Richard Bewes was an influential Christian leader in the UK throughout his life. He was the rector of All Souls from 1983 until his retirement in 2004. Rev Bewes also served on the Church of England Evangelical Council in the 1990s and was on the British Board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for much of his life. Church leaders have paid tribute to...

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What really happened at the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC 17)?

May 9, 2019 by

by Andrew Atherstone, Psephizo: It has been a great privilege, and in many ways a joy, to attend the seventeenth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-17) in Hong Kong, as part of the Church of England’s delegation. We spent eight days enjoying the abundant hospitality of our hosts and discovering the impressive ministry of Hong Kong Anglicanism, especially its serious investment in programmes for social transformation like schools and hospitals. In our business sessions, we were...

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Asia Bibi begins new life in Canada – but her ordeal may not be over

May 9, 2019 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: Islamic extremists vow to pursue Christian acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan. Asia Bibi has arrived in Canada hoping to start a new life after her years on death row. But although there is huge relief among campaigners for religious freedom that she is out of Pakistan, her ordeal may not be over. Islamic extremists have pledged to pursue the Christian woman and kill her for the act of blasphemy of which she was accused and later acquitted. Bibi may spend the...

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No Outsiders : Queering the Primary Classroom

May 9, 2019 by

from Transgender Trend: […] For those concerned about the teaching of gender ideology in schools and particularly in primary schools these comments from mothers raise alarm bells. It’s clear that something beyond the reaction of a conservative parent body is being expressed. The actual content of the teaching programme needs closer scrutiny. Most commentators have accepted at face value what Andrew Moffat says about the No Outsiders programme: that it is both about teaching children that...

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Hated without a Reason: The Remarkable story of Christian persecution over the centuries

May 8, 2019 by

Patrick Sookhdeo, Isaac Publications, April 2019. 272pp £10.00. Reviewed by Chris Sugden: In his interim report on the persecution of Christians, commissioned by the Foreign Office (CEN report February 8th) and published on May 3rd, the Bishop of Truro likened the current persecution of Christians to genocide, as 245 million Christians are persecuted worldwide in 50 countries, an annual rise of 30 million. The Truro report is a current snapshot.  In “Hated without a reason” Dr Patrick Sookhdeo...

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