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Church Officials Prevent Bishop Bruno from Selling Property * South American Anglicans Throw off Colonial Past * Diocese of Guatemala gets Pro-Gay Bishop * CofE Bishop Sex Abuse Scandal has Unintended Consequences * Diocese of Huron on Brink of Collapse

We've beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union. We've weathered my breast cancer and melanoma. We've survived the mental illness and suicide of our son Matthew. And now we know. We know we are the best thing that has ever happened to each other. -- Kay Warren, wife of saddleback preacher Rick Warren

Redemptive suffering is when you go through a problem or a pain for the benefit of others. --- Rick Warren

Archbishop Welby asks Lord Carey to consider his position as assistant bishop over Ball abuse case

At a press conference with Dame Moira launching the independent report today, Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the lead bishop on safeguarding in the Church, confirmed that Archbishop Welby had 'written directly' to Lord Carey asking him 'carefully' to consider his position.

Bishop Hancock said that 'this is now a matter for Lord Carey and the Bishop of Oxford' who have been having conversations on the telephone and are set to meet in the next two days.

Evangelism, Iranian Style

As recent US foreign policy decisions about Iran made news headlines, I caught up with Shariat by email to hear his thoughts about this year's travel bans, Iran's next generation of Christian leaders, and the work of Iran Alive.

The Iranian church is seeing explosive growth, despite every effort to silence it. How is this?

Hymn writer Keith Getty: Nominal, shallow Christianity has no future, we must proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord

'But even more than that -- that it points ultimately to Christ -- that even the rocks and the hills could cry out that Jesus is Lord,' he says.

Every new song or production or company or idea is aimed at drawing people towards Christ.

JUBA: South Sudan Anglican church wants to mediate between political rivals

"We as ECS [the Episcopal Church of Sudan] think that the national al dialogue is an opportunity to talk to all the parties and the church has resulted to be going between the parties to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict," said Deng.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir launched the national dialogue steering committee last month and immediately announced a unilateral ceasefire in the country. The committee comprises of church and Islamic council leaders, among other officials.

Loose Canons? Andy Lines and the Canons of Nicaea

What was most intriguing, however, was what the Archbishop went on to say next:

Guatemala elects LGBT-friendly Episcopal Bishop

Fr. Romero is a native Guatemalan. In 1996, he received his diaconal ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, but travelled to the Central American Diocese of Belize for his priestly ordination. He was ordained by Bishop Sylvester Romero Palma (XIII Belize). Belize is within the jurisdiction of the Anglican Province of the West Indies.

Learning from the parable of Tim Farron

He denied that being gay is a sin, and tried to turn the conversation away from his theological views; when pressed more specifically on whether gay sex and abortion is sinful he finally was forced to say "no".

Whether he lied about his real convictions for the sake of his career, or whether he had genuinely changed his mind, it has not been enough; we learned a week after the election that he had stood down as leader of his Party. The reason he gave was that it was not possible to be faithful to Christ and hold that particular public office.

What Does it Mean to be a Mature Christian Disciple?

John 15:1-10 describes the process in terms of the true vine and its branches. If we want to bear fruit we have to remain connected to the vine. "No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." Jesus is the true, the authentic, vine which is cultivated by God as his people. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

Britain Fears a Culture War. But Evangelicals Aren't Going to Fight

With her loss of 13 seats, Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May was sent scrambling to form a coalition government in what is now a hung Parliament. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is in negotiations to be the likely partner.

LIMA, Peru: New Anglican Bishop Affirms the Mercy of God

"We are in Peru, which is strongly Roman Catholic and many say we look like the Roman Catholic Church and others say we are not. We have the best of both worlds. As an Anglican Church, we profess the mercy of God. In our human experience here, we have not experienced a very merciful Church (or God) and maybe this has confused people. Mercy is so big that anything can be forgiven. If there is something that the Anglican Church excels in, it is mercy. I love that about Anglicanism."

Lambeth Palace Under Siege * Boundary Crossing Critiqued by Welby * Nigerian Primate Challenges Welby over History of Consecration * U.K. Churches Pass No confidence in Welby * Bishop Sauls & TEC told to seek Mediation

Two men can't enter the state of holy matrimony any more than two screwdrivers can. --- Daniel Oliver, The Washington Times

The very first priority. The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are 'under' people (as their servants) rather than 'over' them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power. --- John R.W. Stott

DALLAS: Bishop Ray Sutton installed as new Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church

This is a man, like many of you, that I have come to deeply respect, love, and honor as a father in the Lord.

His compassion, his scholarship, his vision, and his desire for unity in the Body of Jesus Christ makes him the ideal person to servant-lead the Reformed Episcopal Church in this next season.

He has been a blessing to our Province serving as the Dean of the Province and also as the Dean of Ecumenical Affairs.

Rebuild the Church

Meanwhile, the Middle East was coming to pieces, with a resurgent Islam driving Christians from areas where they had lived for generations. It had become so dire that other global powers were now prepared to send troops to the trouble spots.

As large farming conglomerates bought up family farms, rural areas descended into poverty, and small churches, beloved by generations of believers, fell into ruins and dotted the landscape.

Closing Time for the Episcopalians

But now one of Washington's two Anglo-Catholic parishes has gone over to the dark side. St. Paul's-K Street has decided to bless homosexual marriages. A notice in a recent bulletin read: "Flowers on the High Altar this Sunday are given by Samuel Smith and Michael 'Tricks" Molte (names changed) to the greater glory of Almighty God and in thanksgiving for the Blessing of their Civil Marriage which will be celebrated in this parish to which all members of the parish are invited."

ROME, Italy: Pro-Abort Anglican Philosopher Appointed to Pontifical Academy for Life

During an interview in 2011 Nigel, an Anglican minister and Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the U.K.'s University of Oxford, stated, "I would be inclined to draw the line for abortion at 18 weeks after conception, which is roughly about the earliest time when there is some evidence of brain activity and therefore of consciousness."

The title of that 2011 interview was "Putting a Value on Human and Animal Life." During the interview, Biggar professed his belief that babies in the womb for some period of time after conception aren't really human:

GAFCON Chairman Clashes with Archbishop Welby over Boundary Crossing

Welby wrote to the GAFCON Archbishops saying he did not consider the appointment of a "Missionary Bishop" in the person of Andy Lines to be necessary and berated the Primates for "cross-border intervention", arguing that it was not a Church of England appointment and therefore carried no weight in the Church of England.

Conservative parishes declare 'no confidence' in Archbishop of Canterbury

Given 'the failure to teach sound doctrine and the refusal to refute, publicly, false teaching and practice, each congregation was asked to consider the current leadership in light of the biblical requirement for bishops', the two vicars said.

The two congregations also declared 'no confidence' in their own Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, who has called for official thanksgiving services for gay couples.

Good Disagreement, Generous Orthodoxy, the Nomenclature of Anglican Fudge

Probably the smartest of Anglican fudgists (my word) was Rowan Williams, who literally made words mean what he wanted them to mean and, by doing so, made sure that no one really understood what the blazes he was talking about. This meant, of course, that he was brilliant and full of wisdom. Allegedly. But he didn't fool the likes of Nigerian Primate Nicholas Okoh, who saw through Williams' multiplicity of words and called him on it, just as Rowan was told politely to leave Lambeth Palace and high tail it to academe, where he can now fudge his students for the rest of his life and theirs.

Christian Lesbian Rock Star Vicky Beeching Given Award by Archbishop of Canterbury

The rock star has been posting throughout the week about her experiences of being presented with the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, last week.

"Still amazed this happened last Friday. Never thought, after coming out as gay, that I would receive an award like this. Means so much," she tweeted on Monday, and shared a link of the official document praising her for her contributions to contemporary worship music.

She also shared several pictures of her mother and father at Lambeth Palace, where the awards ceremony took place.

Strangers in a Strange Land: Christianity and Contemporary Culture

One famous assessment of the options was the very influential 1951 volume by the Protestant theologian and ethicist H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture. In it he examined five major ways believers over the centuries have interacted with culture. These include "Christ against Culture" and "Christ the Transformer of Culture".

One evangelical reappraisal of that work is D. A. Carson's Christ and Culture Revisited (Eerdmans, 2008). See my review of this book here: billmuehlenberg.com/2008/07/26/a-review-of-christ-and-culture-revisited-by-da-carson/

IRELAND: Bishop says Scottish church's move on gay marriage 'a way forward'

However, clergy who do not agree can opt out of conducting same-sex weddings.

Dublin-born Bishop David Chillingworth is primus of the Scottish Church. He was ordained in Belfast and served in Northern Ireland until 2005 when he was consecrated Bishop of the diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane in Scotland.

Addressing the Cork diocesan synod in Douglas, Bishop Colton quoted Bishop Chillingworth who said "the new canon itself affirms that there are differing views of marriage in our church.

Welby to GAFCON Archbishops, "I do not consider the appointment of a "Missionary Bishop" to be necessary"

"I would like to remind you of the 1988 Lambeth Conference resolution number 72 on episcopal responsibilities and diocesan boundaries. This resolution reaffirms the historical position of respect for diocesan boundaries and the authority of bishops within these boundaries. It also affirms that it is deemed inappropriate behavior for any bishops or priest of this communion to exercise episcopal or pastoral ministry within another diocese without first obtaining the permission and invitation of the ecclesial authority thereof.

Christian violence is a figment of Welby's imagination

Instead of defending Christianity, Welby used his faith as a human shield to cover up violent Islam and then went on to gun down Christianity as collateral damage in a burst of random gunfire from the only automatic weapon he possesses--his big mouth.

Welby did get something right when he pointed to the 'lack of religious literacy' among people tackling the terrorist threat. 'They often don't understand the very basic doctrines of the faith they're dealing with,' he said. Yes, Justin. Is that why you thought you could fool all the people all the time in your Radio 4 interview?

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