In all of these cases and many more, when the people of God are being led astray by "hollow and deceptive philosophy" (Colossians 2:8), the sad but necessary requirement is not "peace, peace, where there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14) but conflict: Ephesians 6:10-18.Read more
Since 2014, seeing events unfold... the legalisation of same sex marriage, the quadruple lock, the rise of GAFCON, the facilitated conversations, and now the publication of the House of Bishops' report on Marriage and Same Sex relationships... I have often pondered over that brief yet candid conversation.Read more
Case in point: the president's executive order suspending the refugee resettlement program and restricting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The order would close our borders to desperately vulnerable people, many of whom have already done great service to our country. It flies in the face of biblical teaching and is an affront to the example of Christ, especially because it includes an exception for religious minorities living in the seven named countries.Read more
She recounted: 'I was discreetly steered away from volunteering for a helicopter trip advertised over breakfast; told off for stopping to chat to a young man I was introduced to destined for the same Oxford college...and finally for talking to some boys who lay down near us at the swimming pool. It was the last straw: it was politely suggested I should leave, as I didn't fit in.'Read more
Despite my sympathies, I have tried to find an objective point between the hermeneutics of suspicion and the hermeneutics of hope. I've tried to read all 19 pages of GS 2055 inductively, asking what the text really says. All 19 pages are agonizing to read--rather like an essay which reads "on the one hand" and "on the other hand" with no resolution.Read more
In his introduction and survey of the material in the book, Goodhew counters the theory that the church will inevitably decline where Western secular culture is strong (citing Singapore, Sydney and London as examples of Anglican growth). The idea linking church growth to population growth in the developing world is also a myth, as Nigeria and South Africa have seen similar demographic changes but Nigerian Anglicanism has exploded while in South Africa things have remained static.Read more
We are told repeatedly that pastoral provision for same-sex couples is required, that those in committed relationships should be affirmed and that guidance should be issued for clergy to 'shape prayers' for those entering same-sex relationships. How will such prayers be different from public liturgy and how will they relate to the marriage service and the Church's teaching on marriage?Read more
One obvious question that needs to be addressed, is whether or not the Bishops' report is a situation in which being 'even-handed' acts sufficiently forensically as a tool of diagnosis?
To put matters at their simplest; both warring parties claim to, if not have seen the face of God, then at least to have been privy to His mind. Is it a matter of holding the two at equal arms' length?Read more
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