Worship and evangelism in new ‘dark ages’ mission

Sep 10, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. A recent piece in the Church of England Newspaper (23rd August, £) reflected on the church’s task in contemporary society. Worship, which is the attitude and activity of glorifying God by believers, should not be confused with evangelism, the explaining of the Christian message to unbelievers and invitation to repentance and faith so they can become part of the worshipping community. Rather, “When we worship, our [the Christian disciple’s] attention is on...

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Let your light shine before men

Aug 24, 2019 by

by Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council: […] Darkness is the place where God’s light does not shine. As Paul notes, when people no longer glorify God or thank Him, he has the power to withdraw his presence and allow the flood of darkness to come in. The result of darkened hearts and minds is described with a list which begins with “sexual impurity for the degrading of our bodies” (1:24). Think of ‘Bad Guy’, the number 1 hit today. Or how about the headline from Tuesday about how...

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Is the Church an Instrument?

Aug 22, 2019 by

By Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition: In several articles (see the most recent here), I’ve been interacting with Mark Galli’s series “The Elusive Presence,” which makes the point that in our zeal for doing good things for God, our love and passion for God Himself has been eclipsed. I resonate with this diagnosis of the malaise within evangelicalism. At our best, evangelicals constitute a renewal movement within our denominations and churches. Losing “the love we had at first”—the problem for...

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Bishop John Ellison, 1940-2019

Aug 20, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. John Ellison, Bishop of Paraguay 1988-2007, returned to England after his retirement and settled near Basingstoke with his wife Judie. He remained active in ministry as an honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester, and Chair of the Anglican Mission in England Panel of Bishops. After battling illness for some months, he died at home on 5th August, and a service of thanksgiving was held on 20th August. Those present gave praise to God for a...

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It’s time for a holistic apologetic

Apr 7, 2019 by

By Elliot Clark, The Gospel Coalition. […] a new crop of Christian apologists are seeking to equip the church within the discipline[apologetics], providing an approach that extends beyond the issue of reasonableness. One of those voices is Paul Gould, teacher of philosophy and apologetics at Oklahoma Baptist University. He has written a helpful resource titled Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World.Gould’s endeavor could be...

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Christian anthropology vs identity politics

Apr 6, 2019 by

by Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism. Last weekend I attended the Missio Alliance annual convo. It’s a network of mostly left-of-center but not necessarily liberal Evangelicals…the Missio Alliance event, amid its many biblical appeals full of hope, often seemed to lack a strong sense of Christian anthropology and ecclesiology. The institutional church was often condemned for its failure to confront social inequities. But the Body of Christ as an ongoing teaching authority was frequently minimized...

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