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October 21 2016 By dvirtue The Ordinal gets it right - the Vicar is not Timothy

The ReNew warning was timely because shortly after the conference the 9:38 Network, which runs conferences for people considering church leadership, circulated a booklet called Mind the Gap: Raising up the Next Generation of Gospel Workers.

This booklet directly applied 2 Timothy 2v2 to local church leaders: 'What you (Timothy) have heard from me (the Apostle Paul) entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also' (RSV).

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October 20 2016 By dvirtue Methodist exhibition 'demonises' Israel, says former Archbishop George Carey

It includes a replica checkpoint and features photographs by Peter Morgan, along with accounts of Palestinians' experiences. It was organised by Katherine Fox, who has recently returned from monitoring human rights in Bethlehem with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, which is supported by the Methodist Church.

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October 19 2016 By dvirtue ENGLAND: The wicked witch of the York silences bells with 'Elf and Safety' spell

"Here's the castle with the bells, a world of merriment their melody foretells!" visitors to the happy land would sing as their carriages crossed the River Ouse and entered the gates of Eboracum. "How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, while the stars that oversprinkle, all the heavens, seem to twinkle," lovers in the happy land would croon while they nestled amid the gardens of Eboracum.

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October 13 2016 By dvirtue Open letter from 88 leaders in the Church of England to the College of Bishops

The Church of England is at a crossroads in her calling to bring hope and transformation to our nation. The presenting issue is that of human sexuality, in particular whether or not the Church is able to affirm sexual relationships beyond opposite sex marriage.

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October 10 2016 By dvirtue CAIRO: English Bishops describe Church of England as "slow turning oil tanker" on Sexuality

"Thank you enormously for the invitation to us as evangelical bishops in the Church of England where we are wrestling with some critical issues," said Dakin, spokesman for the group.

"Please keep praying for the Church of England at [this] critical time. The Church of England is like an oil tanker which is slow and hard to turn; it does not make decisions in a hurry and sometimes that is a good thing."

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October 04 2016 By dvirtue Wilson Carlile -- spiritual exile in the present day Church Army?

His memorial plaque at the top of the main staircase of the Church Army's headquarters in Sheffield, the Wilson Carlile Centre, shows the evangelical measure of the man: 'He loved all men, especially the most lost, a true knight-errant of the gospel. He brought its light into a world darkened by sin, ignorance and want.'

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September 26 2016 By dvirtue Smaller churches are ones to spearhead a conservative Anglican breakaway

With the leadership of the Church of England now seemingly unwilling to defend the biblical teaching that the only right context for the expression of sexual love is heterosexual marriage, are English conservative Anglicans capable of forming their own equivalent of the break-out Anglican Church in North America if faithfulness to the gospel so requires?

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September 25 2016 By dvirtue Victorian family values are a myth, Archbishop Welby tells Mothers' Union

In his address he singled out the MU's formal aim of "supporting family life" at a time of rapid social change with attitudes to marriage and sex almost unrecognisable within little more than a generation. But he said that the "myth" of stable Victorian values was "just that -- mythology".

"Family life in Victorian times was under great pressure, especially in the poorest parts of the country," he said.

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September 20 2016 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Why are young evangelicals seeking out traditional worship?

They sketched out a classic 'churchy' looking building. There were spires and old stone structures, surrounded by graveyards - generally places that looked like churches. I sketched out a 1960s concrete and glass structure. At the time, the church we attended was meeting in a Further Education College so that was the building I drew. I was secretly feeling pretty pleased with myself.

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue Church of England sets up new body on sexuality

A statement from the College of Bishops said: "Following the conclusion of the shared conversations process the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited some bishops to take forward work on sexuality to assist the episcopal discernment process. The Bishops' Reflection Group on Sexuality will be chaired by Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich."

The full membership of the group and its terms of reference have yet to be published.

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