Covid Prayer Notes and the Queen

Apr 20, 2021 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: Here are this weeks prayer notes (I prepare them very week for the Christians United ‘Call to Prayer)  It strikes me that all the promises about society getting back to normal because of the vaccine are coming unstuck.  The world has just had the worst week for Covid infections, the UK is progressing but staying with some draconian restrictions, and Australia has decided to turn itself into a giant prison – apparently, the policy is that we won’t be let out...

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Why I can’t stop worrying about this Church of England prayer

Mar 27, 2021 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: Oh dear. I’m about to be criticised for being a curmudgeonly fault-finder who has nothing better to do than nit-pick over words. As it happens, I do have many better things to do – but on this occasion (miraculously) I seem to be a little ahead of schedule. And, also, sometimes there are things you feel you really have to write about. So let us ask ourselves this question: when the Church of England produces a prayer for a National Day of Reflection (as...

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Being dependent: what the Catechism teaches about prayer.

Mar 8, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: A fact which most of us fail to recognize most of the time is how dependent we are on other human beings. This is clearly true in the case of babies and young children, who are utterly dependent on their parents, or other older people, for their food, their clothing, their hygiene, their transportation, and so forth. It is also clearly true in the case of very many people in extreme old age, and of people with severe mental or physical disabilities. However, it also true for...

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LGBT activist calls for UK ban on ‘pernicious power of prayer’

Feb 25, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: An LGBT activist has called for Christians to be banned from praying for someone with unwanted same-sex attraction. Writing in The Independent, Matthew Hyndman, who co-founded the lobby group Ban Conversion Therapy, denies that anyone willingly seeks out such help. “The pernicious power of prayer must be dealt with”, he said. ‘Pernicious’ Hyndman said that as a young adult he worked as a missionary and wrestled with his attraction to men, which he knew was sinful....

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Tory MP lists prayer alongside rape in proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Feb 6, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: A Conservative MP has listed prayer alongside grotesque acts such as ‘corrective rape’ as she called on the Government to ban so-called conversion therapy. Writing for The House magazine, Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, said the “fraudulent and abhorrent practice” must be criminalised, as existing laws do not enable prosecution where no physical harm has been caused. She said any attempt to stop someone from expressing their chosen gender identity or...

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Vacuous calls to prayer and propagating a false gospel must at least give us pause, surely?

Feb 2, 2021 by

by Stephen Kneale: There was an interview on the Sunday programme on Radio 4 with the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. In it, the Archbishop was asked about his push for a day of prayer and how he interprets an article that claims a fifth of Church of England adherents are wandering off and the church is planning to make major cuts to clergy. He was also, somewhat bizarrely, asked for his views on the COVID-19 vaccine plans, which strike me as entirely outside of his purview, but there...

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