Repenting of privilege, signalling virtue, following the crowd

Jun 16, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: We are in very challenging times, when ‘the madness of crowds’ threatens to sweep us all along in its wake. We’re hoping for leadership from the spiritual elders of our institutional church, who can guide us through our cultural crisis with wise guidance from the word of God. Instead we continue to get capitulation to the secular zeitgeist. Just yesterday: on the prominent Thought for the Day slot on the Radio 4 Today programme, a Church of England...

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(How) should Christians engage in politics?

Jun 14, 2020 by

By Michael Jensen, Psephizo: […] We are not utopians. The kingdom belongs to Jesus. Salvation is found in no-one else. The business of human politics in the midst of history is about holding back as best we can the sweeping tide of human evil. Government is a practical, even pragmatic, art—often the art of deciding between the lesser of many evils, with incomplete or inaccurate knowledge. Human rulers are as sinful as those they govern. Often, we will reel in horror as we realise the...

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Quickie divorce bill backed by MPs

Jun 10, 2020 by

from Coalition for Marriage: I’m sorry to say that MPs overwhelmingly backed the principle of the Government’s reckless no-fault divorce Bill by 231 to 16 last night. The debate showcased that many MPs fail to understand what makes a marriage and what is at stake when we undermine it. The legal mechanisms for creating and ending a marriage are crucial. It beggars belief that Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: “I do not believe that issues of reform of the process of divorce are germane to...

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More than 600 Nigerian Christians killed in 2020, new report says

Jun 7, 2020 by

from CNA: Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report has said. In a report issued on 15 May, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) said that 620 Nigerian Christians have been killed since the beginning of the year, and mapped a campaign of destruction and arson carried out against churches in the African nation. The society, a non-profit founded in 2008 in Nigeria, works...

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Calls to ban LGBT ‘conversion therapy’ in UK

Jun 6, 2020 by

from BBC News: More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for “conversion therapy” – aimed at changing a person’s sexuality – to be made illegal. It will now be considered for a debate in Parliament, having gained the required support, two years after the government pledged to ban the practice. And the charity Stonewall has urged the government to “urgently” publish its plans to “end these harmful practices”. The...

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Sunday trading laws may be suspended for a year in Downing Street legislation

Jun 6, 2020 by

by Kate Dennett and William Cole, Mailonline: Shops could stay open all day on a Sunday and pubs may be fast-tracked to serve in beer gardens, under new Government plans to stimulate the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday trading laws could be suspended for a year and cafes and pubs could be given fast-track approval to serve food and drink outside. Downing Street is drawing up legislation to enable larger supermarkets to open for more than six hours on Sundays, according to The...

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