Our prayers will be for our first woman bishop, that God will bless and empower her for this calling and give her the wisdom she will need; and for the Church of England that we will be filled with grace and love to receive her ministry.
The time has come for the coherent Christian message of peace to flow round the world.
An address delivered on 3rd November 2014 in Hooker’s Church, St Andrew’s Boscombe, Wiltshire where Hooker served 1591-95.
TED is a phenomenon. There are now thousands of short talks by world experts available on the TED website, and because so many of them are captivating and memorable, people are asking ‘How can I speak as persuasively as a TED speaker’? And ‘How can I preach like a TED speaker?’
The lasting gift of this book to me is the remembrance of beholding, of simply being present before God.
There’s an important place for pre-evangelism in mission: a place to dip your toe in the water, a place to come at faith sideways, and a place to find out that your spiritual urges and explorations make sense.
Most (but not all) evangelicals however have not been convinced that Scripture witnesses to same-sex relationships being something the church can affirm and bless, perhaps as a form of marriage. This new book by James V. Brownson, is the most thorough challenge yet to that view. Does he succeed?
Sir Fred Catherwood’s was a life well-loved and a life well-lived. He epitomised the best of the Protestant work ethic and belonged to that generation of Christians who saw no distinction between a call to responsible citizenship and a call to the Kingdom of God.
A review of a book of daily readings for Advent by John Piper, free to download.
Anglicans in Asia are a fragile and numerically insignificant community in such a mission context…The vision of being part of a holy catholic people speaks powerfully to peoples whose social identity is violated, forgotten or dismissed amid constant volatility. To incarnate the presence of the holy catholic society therefore goes into the heart of being Anglican. If this recalling of the spiritual journey of being Anglican makes our hearts and minds more alert to this gift of God for the Anglican family of churches worldwide, perhaps then we can see each other beyond geopolitical blocs and binaries, and become freed to strike new paths with fresh graces of the Spirit for the present day.
The idea of a personal relationship with Jesus that lacks the experience of grace as command is just plain silly. Like sex without committed fellowship under God, it ain’t the real thing.
So what does an evangelical Anglican make of spending two weeks at an Extraordinary Synod of the Church of Rome?
Amidst the horror of recent news stories, one Sunday newspaper’s headline came as a welcome relief. The story was good news. But more than just being good news, it was a story about the success of a campaign which churches have played a vital role in. “Pay rise for 60,000 workers after surge in firms […]