Guarding the Deposit: Apostolic Truth for an Apostolic Church

Oct 24, 2016 by

[Editor’s note: This is a discussion paper commissioned by the Officers of the Church of England Evangelical Council, distributed initially to all members of the College of Bishops and Diocesan Evangelical Fellowships, and now published on the CEEC website. The paper argues: * Blessing of same sex relationships cannot be justified biblically or theologically. * If the C of E permits such ‘blessings’, it will no longer be ‘apostolically faithful’. * If this were to happen, there...

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After “Shared Conversations” what Gospel will the Church of England share?

Aug 19, 2016 by

by Canon Phil Ashey, AAC: Summary:  On matters of human sexuality, does the Archbishop of Canterbury believe that one must sacrifice the clarity and authority of the Bible to reach lost people? If so, he should admit it clearly and let the rest of the Communion move on. For what he will have left to share is an amputated gospel:  grace without guilt, confession without conviction, response without repentance, imagination in place of revelation, and imitation without imputation. In the hopes of...

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Anglican Mainstream questions Oxford’s ‘neutrality’ in Shared Conversation process

Nov 2, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes: In September the Bishop of Oxford, now retired, issued an ad clerum reflecting on the process of shared conversations which he had undergone with other Bishops, and which he had discussed with senior Diocesan staff. The document can be viewed here. It contains ten “themes” which, it is claimed, provide background context to the discussion about sexuality in the Diocese which will apparently begin next year. It is now an appropriate time to look critically at this document and...

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Church growth – time to get serious

Feb 5, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes Next week at Synod a lunchtime fringe meeting will take place to address the Pilling Report and its aftermath. A reasonable number have booked in. At the same time another meeting will take place, with twice the number booked in, on the subject of Church Growth. Which one should evangelicals attend? The two subjects are connected of course, and this is demonstrated clearly in a substantial report into church decline and growth which began in last week’s Church Times....

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