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Addressing The "Ecclesial Deficit" In The Anglican Communion

"the inability to uphold structures which can make decisions which carry force in the life of the Churches of the Communion...the questions of the limits of diversity [which] becomes acute when major differences arise in the life of the communion of the Churches which concern the faith, order or moral life of the Communion. It is then that Anglicans need a common understanding of how together, in communion, they can, guided by the Spirit, discern and decide together." (Windsor Continuation Group Report 2008 at 51, 53).

Commentary on GAFCON's "Letter to the Churches"

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, who served as Convener of the Statement Group, offers commentary on the Letter to the Churches, section by section, along with insights into how it was produced, edited, and approved joyfully by the entire Assembly.

Faint praise for GAFCON offers no solutions for the C of E or the Communion

Professor Bray sketches a theory whereby for decades at the height of British global expansion, the really committed and single-minded Christians went overseas, leaving behind the effete, the conformist, the 'rakish'. This is updated to a comparison of committed global South Anglicans of today, often ministering in dangerous and needy contexts, with the secularized and lukewarm Church of England. For Bray, the C of E is now so different from Anglicanism in the majority world, in theology, culture and style of governance, as to make rapprochement almost impossible.

Church of England Evangelical Bishops urge "no change" to Doctrine of Marriage

The ten active bishops include the bishops of Blackburn, Peterborough, Durham, Willesden, Lancaster, Ludlow, Plymouth, Carlisle, Birkenhead and Maidstone. One former bishop, Mark Rylands, Shrewsbury also signed.

According to a report in Christian Today, a British magazine, other bishops who did not sign were in general agreement with its contents.

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: WHAT IS YOUR MENTAL IMAGE OF GOD?

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us... For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God... Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, 'What comes into your mind when you think about God?' we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man." (p.9)

Fraud allegations fuel scandal at Christian Post and Christian Today

The claim is that the two companies committed fraud by securing millions of dollars in loans to purchase high end servers. The companies bought cheaper servers and the money was spent differently including $1.5 million to CMCI to make up for deficits. Both executives strenuously deny the charges.

Church of England accused over failure to quiz Amazon and Google

It has now been accused of being "disingenuous" after it emerged that its investment chiefs had attended 24 corporate annual general meetings since 2016 to question oil companies, banks, advertising companies, supermarkets and hotel groups but had not attended any held by Amazon or Google.

Frank Field, the Labour MP, said it was disappointing. He added that it was "no good for the church to keep saying it has these investments to push for reform from the inside" if it does not "live up to its rhetoric".

No, the Church is not Immune to Sexual Sin and Gender Confusion

I bet you all know the answer to this question already. Absolutely not. The Church is not immune to today's sexuality and gender issues. Why not? Because the people who make up the Church--capital "c," the global body of Jesus Christ--we are not immune to social pressures and we are absolutely not immune to sin.

What is different about sexuality and gender identity confusion, and struggles, and hostile battles happening inside the Church is that there are Christians enthusiastically supporting practicing same-sex behavior and gender reassignment as sanctioned by God.

Nigerian Jihad

Since the beginning of 2018 eight thousand Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, have been massacred by Boko Haram, a radical Muslim movement whose name means "western education forbidden." Since 2009 twenty thousand Christians have been hacked with machetes or shot with AK-47s. Two million have been displaced. Pastors and their families have been specifically targeted for death.

Guess Who's Coming to Lunch...Again

During the course of the interview, she made this astonishing confession. "Let's be clear that there is no such thing as "transgender behavior". Transgender, by definition, has nothing to do with behavior. It has to do with who one perceives oneself to be. I do not endorse any sexual behavior that does not comport with traditional Christian teaching. This includes not only homosexuality, but also adultery and fornication. They are all sin, and neither is better or worse than any other. All separate us from God.

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Searches for Elusive Episcopal Racists

So, you think talk about racism will fill churches?

It will get people thinking and that is the important thing to do.

Well, how's that working for you?

Not good I'm afraid.

What Is Your Church Trying To Accomplish?

When a church does have clarity on its specific mission then it leads to alignment of the time, treasure, and talent of the church. The culture of the congregation aligns under the agreed upon mission which leads to agreement on specific strategies to try together, which leads to clarity on roles and responsibilities. In the right roles that are fulfilling God's mission for the church, people find fulfillment and fruitfulness. The church is more likely to be healthy and grow.

The Everyday Mystery of Answered Prayer

These questions will be considered in the light of the undeniable ability of human beings to change the course of events in the natural world.

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The Current Storm and the Evangelical Response

And, it compelled me to write on the subject in USAToday, but more on that in a moment.

Truth hurts

If we were to step back and look at the big picture, we may find some truth in the comparison Howard Dean is making. Evangelicals have, after all, aligned themselves strongly with the GOP and the current president in such a way that surprises many.

President Trump is his own storm. Whether you see him draining the swamp or blowing hot air, evangelicals have walked into the cultural storm that surrounds this president.

Gay cake: why don't CofE bishops care about freedom of religion?

"It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person's race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any of the other protected personal characteristics," the judgment said. "But that is not what happened in this case and it does the project of equal treatment no favors to seek to extend it beyond its proper scope."

NZ: 'We're not bigots', says vicar splitting from Anglicans over same-sex blessings

He doesn't know what it will be called yet, but some estimate it will have a congregation of about 1000 people.

The worshippers will mainly come from four Christchurch parishes that have split from the Anglican church, along with eight ministers who have resigned their positions.

Canterbury bishop elect Peter Carrell voted in favour of same-sex blessings and is saddened by the departure of some Anglicans.

The drastic decision to form a splinter church was made in reaction to a move by Anglicans in May to allow same-sex blessings.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT HEAVEN?

That distance is as small or great as the distance of earth from heaven, and our attitude to it determines how we feel about our communication with God.

IRELAND: Christian bakers in 'gay cake' row did not discriminate against same-sex marriage activist, Supreme Court rules

The legal action was originally brought against family-run Ashers bakery in Belfast by gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who won his case initially in the county court and then at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

Announcing the court's decision, its president, Lady Hale, said: "This conclusion is not in any way to diminish the need to protect gay people and people who support gay marriage from discrimination.

LONG ISLAND, NY: Title IV Complaint Filed against Episcopal Bishop Lawrence Provenzano

Charles Martellaro, a former member of the LI Diocesan Council, filed the complaint, saying the bishop violated a specific court order protecting St. James from his action and in doing so, he violated NYS Religious Corporation Law.

The complainant and similar-situated persons of color at St. James’ have suffered both disparate impact and disparate treatment as a result of the respondent’s decision to declare St. James’, a mission church of the Diocese and subject to his direct control.

GAFCON Chairman focuses on plight of South Sudan's Anglican Sufferers

The communique also dealt with a wide range of current concerns in Nigeria, such as the welfare of Nigerian workers, security, the state of our roads and our public health system because proclaiming Christ faithfully is motivated by love. It is not loving to obscure or twist what the Bible teaches about sex and marriage and it is not loving to pass over suffering and injustice. We demonstrate the love of God by caring for one another, especially the distressed and the vulnerable.

Beeson Divinity School's Inaugural Anglican Theology Conference Receives International Attention

"Anglicanism is at a crossroads," said Gerald R. McDermott, Anglican chair of divinity and director of the institute. "The battles between progressivism and orthodoxy in Anglicanism are largely over--at least theologically. The ground is now clearing, although residue from the battles remains. Orthodoxy is attracting the vast majority of worldwide Anglican provinces, where the center of gravity is in the Global South. Now is the time for orthodox Anglicans to figure out what is distinctive about orthodox Anglicanism."

UK: The Transgender Trend and the Pressure on Frontline Clergy to Affirm it

Unfortunately, the winds of fashion from the secular world have a habit of blowing through the established Church through some of its broken spiritual and moral windows in high places.

UK: Is the Bishops' Policy on Civil Partnerships Sustainable?

On further reflection, though, whilst this might be a good principle in many areas, in this area it is difficult to see it might work in practice. To take what might be an analogous situation: suppose an unmarried other-sex couple come to church. Should they be refused full participation in the church's life because they are not living in line with the Church's teaching? It might be argued that, if they are coming from an unchurched culture, there is no reason to expect understanding of Christian teaching.

Heather Cook, ex-bishop convicted of fatally striking bicyclist with car in Baltimore, applies for work release

If Doory agrees to Cook's full request, state prison officials said credits Cook has accrued, in accordance with state law, through participation in prison programs would be applied against her revised five-year sentence. That would make her eligible for release on Nov. 5 -- the date the judge has set for a hearing on the motion.

If Doory denies the request, Cook is set to be released on Aug. 6.

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