The lasting contribution of Francis Schaeffer

Jun 16, 2021 by

by J John, Christian Today: In my early days as a Christian one of the most influential figures around was the theologian, philosopher, pastor and preacher Francis Schaeffer. I have always valued his books and regret that I didn’t spend time with him at L’Abri. Born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1912, Schaeffer was the only child of working-class parents with no Christian faith. In his youth he became fascinated by the great questions of philosophy and, finding answers in the Bible,...

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Bishop Michael, a voice in the wilderness

Jun 13, 2021 by

by Peter Mullen, The Conservative Woman: Jesus said, Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost . Michael Nazir Ali, former Bishop of Rochester, has criticised the church for its reluctance to preach the Gospel to people of other faiths. As you would expect, there has been an outcry from the so-called liberals expressing their strongest disapproval of a bishop for suggesting that we should follow Christ’s command to...

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C of E webinar hears of barriers to missionary discipleship

May 28, 2021 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times: Theological training doesn’t prepare you, says participant. BUILDINGS, fear, “dabbling” in different spiritualities, and the scandal of inappropriate training are among the barriers to creating a Church of missionary disciples, participants in a Church House webinar heard this week. One of the three “strategic priorities” for the Church of England in the 2020s — first set out for the General Synod last November (News, 4 December 2020) — a Church of missionary...

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Three New Anglican Movements Challenge Church of England’s Hegemony

Feb 26, 2021 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: In recent weeks, three new bodies have emerged within the Anglican Communion. Two of the movements are orthodox, one is progressive and, taken together, they could undermine the Church of England’s hegemony, even as demographics, declining church attendance and COVID tear the Mother Church apart. ANGLICAN CONVOCATION IN EUROPE Recently, a new Anglican convocation in Europe was commissioned under GAFCON Bishop Andy Lines. It is called the Anglican...

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Bible translation progress report 2020/21

Feb 9, 2021 by

From Wycliffe Bible Translators: […] The past year has been a difficult year throughout the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen so many plans changed and lives disrupted. Yet God continues to be at work through your generosity and your prayers. At Wycliffe we have seen this first hand as the urgent and vital work of getting the Bible into people’s languages has progressed – despite the pandemic…  … More people have the Bible in their language – now 704 languages. Like the speakers of the...

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A family without borders

Jan 28, 2021 by

by Revd Jem Hovil, Latimer Trust: After a year of restrictions, why is it more important than ever to connect with God’s worldwide church (not only for the good of God’s global mission but also for our own sake and sanity)? The usual arguments apply, but our current crisis reinforces them and can deepen the connections across Christ’s seamless body. God’s church has already made a paradigm shift: from viewing global mission as an optional extra – a subject for special interest groups – to...

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