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April 22 2015 By virtueonline Church growth: Bishop Broadbent rounds on the critics of Reform and Renewal

A ROBUST defence of the Archbishops' programme Reform and Renewal was delivered at a gathering of Evangelicals last week, addressing critics who have questioned everything from its theology to its methodology.

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April 18 2015 By virtueonline Bishops back Church of England breakaway congregations

They likened the emergence of the new grouping to the ministry of John Wesley in the 18th Century which led to the creation of a separate Methodist Church.

They also condemned the recent use of a Church of England church in London for a Muslim prayer service as a betrayal of Christianity and a blow to Christians experiencing persecution in many parts of the world.

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April 14 2015 By rturner Sporting bishop will help get C of E churches match fit for evangelism

The Bishop of Sherwood, Rt Rev Tony Porter, who once played hockey for England Schoolboys and went on to win an Oxford blue, will work to strengthen links between the Church of England and sport at all levels. Many football and other sports clubs already have Anglican chaplains and there is also a chaplain to the racing industry.

Bishop Tony will be coming at it from the other end of the pitch.

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April 09 2015 By dvirtue 'Britain in danger of being outflanked by growing Islamic population' says church leader

Writing on the Christian Today website, he said that politicians are either ignorant of the nature of Islam, or frightened of being labelled racist for speaking out about it. He said: "Christianity is the bedrock and foundation of our secular society. Islam is different. Islam has no doctrine of separation of the spiritual from the political. Islam is, and has always been, a political movement.

"There can be no such thing as secular Islam.

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April 09 2015 By dvirtue UK: Women in ministry: can we have evangelical unity?

The 'Affirmation of Evangelical Unity over the Theology of Women and Men' is the brainchild of two Anglican ministers, Revs Fiona Gibson and Pete Myers, who aimed to identify common ground for 'complementarians' -- who believe that women and men have different roles and that women should not preach to or lead men -- and 'egalitarians', who believe that they may equally be called to any Church role.

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March 30 2015 By dvirtue Is Not Trendy Talk About 'Flourishing' For Tulips Rather Than Christians?

But is it biblically Christian to harbour the aspiration and indeed expectation that, in this fallen world, I am entitled to 'flourish'?

Certainly the New Testament commends Christian growth. The Apostle Peter at the end of his second letter commands his Christian readers to 'grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ' (2 Peter 3v18 - RSV).

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March 28 2015 By dvirtue House of Lords to get its first EVER female bishop when Parliament returns after the election

She was raised in Hertfordshire, studied linguistics at Reading University and worked as a speech and language therapist before entering the church.

The 52-year-old -- who is married to a priest-in-charge of two parishes in the City of London -- then attended Oxford University's evangelical theological college Wycliffe Hall and was ordained in 1994.

The Venerable Treweek today revealed she was 'surprised' at her appointment but said it was 'an immense joy and privilege'.

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March 26 2015 By dvirtue I know just the vicar for my parish church. Pity he's fictional

The Diocese of Oxford, plainly feeling the Cross to be insufficient, illustrated its job ads with a multicoloured baby-bricks corporate logo saying 'Living Faith'. The subtext might as well be, 'Don't come here if you are looking for grown-up worship.' Oxford was looking for a rural mission dean -- 'an effective communicator who understands the complexities of envisioning traditional structures'. After reading that several times I still haven't a clue what it means.

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March 25 2015 By dvirtue LONDON: Church of England to have first bishop couple

"You may have noticed that I am married to a bishop. This may seem excessive! You would think that one in a family is more than enough.

"Believe me, this has crossed our minds."

Her husband, Frank White, is a deputy bishop in Newcastle in northern England although in effect he has the same status as a bishop.

The Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who made the announcement, said it was "a joyous day".

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March 21 2015 By dvirtue Church of England defends sale of assets for recruitment plan

Professor Linda Woodhead, of Lancaster University, who specialises in the sociology of religion, told Christian Today that she believed the "proven growth forumla" cited by the Church in an article in the Financial Times was a "nonsense" that "needs exposing". She added: "If they have a worked business case, why can't we see or debate it?"

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