NEW

Letter to the Editor: Welcome the Afghani Refugees but Know the Problems

Welcome the Afghani Refugees But Know the Problems   Dear Sir, There is widespread sympathy for resettling Afghans into Britain fleeing from tyranny and persecution and I am supportive of it. Many of them are Muslims and will have every facility to follow their...

Letter to the Editor: Irrational Optimism

  Irrational Optimism Dear Sir, I read the latest [anon.] article from Anglican Futures, EC8087. It is helpful and clear but, for me, there is a deep undercurrent of a seemingly determined [irrational?] optimism. The article outlines the overall workings of...

Letter to the Editor: Covid Restrictions

  Covid Restrictions Dear Sir,  I refer to the letter in Issue 8084 entitled ‘Power belongeth unto Christ’ which Scripturally outlines where all power belongs and exposes the inconsistencies of our Government and their COVID restrictions on the public worship of...

Free Presbyterians Protest COP26 Visit of Pope Francis

Free Presbyterians Protest COP26 visit of Pope Francis  The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has sent a protest to the First Minister urging her to resist political and diplomatic ties with the Pope, ahead of the COP26 summit of world leaders in Glasgow in...

Episcopal Church Pays $4,500,000 to Diocese of Ft Worth

Episcopal Church Pays $4,500,000 to Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas By Suzanne Gill With encouragement from the 141st District Court, the Diocese entered into mediation with The Episcopal Church (TEC) in early June to settle claims of the Diocese for attorneys’ fees and...

Report from Anglican Ink on Episcopal Church Legal Spending

Report from Anglican Ink on Episcopal Church Legal Spending By Jeff Walton This report follows on the announcement that the Diocese of Fort Worth received $4,500,000 from the Episcopal Church to cover the expenses incurred by the Diocese after it left the Episcopal...

Pilgrim’s Process: Common Grace by Peter Sanlon

Pilgrim’s Process  By Peter Sanlon Common Grace Loving God is so important for satisfaction and joy in life, that it is easy to mistakenly think only spiritual concerns are important in life. There are many ways for this error to arise: We can think the only truly...

Church in Wales Embraces the Zeitgeist

The Church in Wales Embraces the Zeitgeist Meeting on Monday 6 September, the Governing Body of the Church in Wales, voted to approve same-sex blessings but stopped short of approving marriage. The change does not allow for same-sex marriages in a Church in Wales...

The History of Christianity in Britain and Ireland

The History of Christianity in Britain and Ireland From the first century to the twenty-first Gerald Bray Apollos, 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-78974-120-9, 693pp) Throughout his long academic career Bray has ably straddled both doctrine and ecclesiastical history, so it is no...

Anglican Futures: Knitted Together In Love

Anglican Futures "Knitted together in love" - Should Christian Communities be 'Thicker'? The terms 'thick' and 'thin' have been used by sociologists and political scientists to describe cultures  for decades.  Thick cultures are socio-centric; they tend to be...

Church in Wales Embraces the Zeitgeist

The Church in Wales Embraces the Zeitgeist Meeting on Monday 6 September, the Governing Body of the Church in Wales, voted to approve same-sex blessings but stopped short of approving marriage. The change does not allow for same-sex marriages in a Church in Wales...
Sixteen Year Old Pakistani Christian Girl Kidnapped

Sixteen Year Old Pakistani Christian Girl Kidnapped

Sixteen Year old Pakistani Christian Girl Kidnapped By British Pakistani Christian Association A sixteen year old Christian girl being kidnapped from her family home.  The incident is said to have happened on 9 August 2021. “The Christian girl was forcibly abducted...

FEATURED

Proof that There is No New Thing Under the Sun

Proof that There is No New Thing Under the Sun

Few readers of the English Churchman would doubt the truthfulness of the biblical proverb from Ecclesiastes 1:9, “there is no new thing under the sun”.  What follows is a personal insight offered to the publication from the author of the following letter, The Revd Dr...

Interview with Tim Farron

Interview with Tim Farron

EDITOR’s NOTE: Over the next few editions of the English Churchman, we will feature interviews with a number of people in public life who are professing and practicing Christians.  You will read views with which you disagree.  Likewise, you will read views with which...

Raffel Consecrated Archbishop of Sydney

On Friday 28 May, The Very Revd Kanishka Da Silva Raffel, Dean of Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral, was consecrated as Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney and Metropolitan of New South Wales of the Anglican Church of Australia. Archbishop Raffel’s consecration took...

The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

The Pelagian Captivity of the Church By Chuck Collins The church is in Pelagian captivity! Pelagianism is the favourite heresy of evangelicals, from the moralism of the do-more and try-harder religion, to the Lordship Salvation movement (you need obedience to prop up...

NATIONAL

Free Presbyterians Protest COP26 Visit of Pope Francis

Free Presbyterians Protest COP26 visit of Pope Francis  The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has sent a protest to the First Minister urging her to resist political and diplomatic ties with the Pope, ahead of the COP26 summit of world leaders in Glasgow in...

Pilgrim’s Process: Common Grace by Peter Sanlon

Pilgrim’s Process: Common Grace by Peter Sanlon

Pilgrim’s Process  By Peter Sanlon Common Grace Loving God is so important for satisfaction and joy in life, that it is easy to mistakenly think only spiritual concerns are important in life. There are many ways for this error to arise: We can think the only truly...

Former Bouncer Becomes Boys’ Brigade President

Former Bouncer Becomes Boys’ Brigade President

Former Bouncer Becomes Bew Boys’ Brigade President  The Boys’ Brigade UK and RoI has elected Rev Dez Johnston to the role of President.  The uniformed youth organisation provides opportunities for children and young people to learn, grow and discover in a safe, fun...

INTERNATIONAL

Anglican Futures: Knitted Together In Love

Anglican Futures: Knitted Together In Love

Anglican Futures "Knitted together in love" - Should Christian Communities be 'Thicker'? The terms 'thick' and 'thin' have been used by sociologists and political scientists to describe cultures  for decades.  Thick cultures are socio-centric; they tend to be...

Formularies for What? Center for Reformation Anglicanism

Formularies for What? Part 1 By Chuck Collins I eavesdropped on a conversation once in which a very nice lady said, “I love being Episcopalian; you can believe anything and still be one!” She would agree with William James who famously said, “Anglicanism remains obese...

Former Chief Judge & Diocesan Chancellor Kidnapped in Nigeria

Former Chief Judge & Diocesan Chancellor Kidnapped in Nigeria

Former Chief Judge & Diocesan Chancellor Kidnapped in Nigeria Nigerian news outlet, PM News, reports from that Nnenna Oti, former Chief Judge of Abia State and now Chancellor of the Diocese of Ohaji-Egbema was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday, 6 September.  Speaking...

REVIEWS

When a nation prays

When a nation prays

Pastor Peter Simpson Minister of Penn Free Methodist Church www.realchristianity.org or jacqui.langston@btinternet.com 2021 156 (including references) pbk £6:75 or £18:25 for 3 copies (both prices include p&p)   World War Two has been examined from almost...

Bibliophiles Rejoice for Choice

Bibliophiles Rejoice for Choice

Bibliophiles, lovers of books and particularly those who prefer well-bound leather bibles can rejoice for the choices they have at the moment. If you do not own one and think to do so is an occasion for sin…look the other way. There are three companies currently...

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International

Book Review The 1662 Book of Common Prayer International Edition Given that the vast majority of 110 million Anglican Christians around belong to provinces that identify the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as their standard liturgy, it is no surprise that a publisher has...

read more
What does the Bible teach about LUST?

What does the Bible teach about LUST?

What does the Bible teach about LUST? Owen Strachan & Gavin Peacock Christian Focus Hardback ISBN: 9781527104761 Available from Evangelical Bookshop, Belfast    There are 4 chapters which follow a simple outline: People are Struggling (1); Lust is sinful (2);...

CHURCH OF ENGLAND

Editorial:  The Departure of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet

Editorial: The Departure of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet

The Departure of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet The Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall has decided to leave the Church of England and become a member of the Roman Catholic Church. For eight years he has been the Provincial Episcopal Visitor for the Province of...

Should I Stay or Should I Go?  Gospel-Driven Anglicanism

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gospel-Driven Anglicanism

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Should I Stay or Should I Go? Part 1 By Revd Dr Mark Pickles One of the most vital and pressing question for those in a doctrinally mixed denomination is, “At what point, if any ought we to leave the denomination”?  Is there a non-negotiable,...

Save the Parish Campaign Update

Save the Parish Campaign Update

Save the Parish Campaign Update The Save the Parish Campaign is still hoping to find members of the laity and clergy to stand for General Synod. They are looking to find laity candidates for the Dioceses of Bristol, Canterbury, Carlisle, Durham, Exeter, Hereford,...

DEVOTIONALS

Pilgrim’s Process by Peter Sanlon

Pilgrim’s Process by Peter Sanlon

Pilgrim’s Process   By Peter Sanlon   Shame Some cultures are shaped by what sociologists call a 'shame' culture. People are managed by fear of shame that is heaped on them for transgressing behavioural norms. Shame can be used in families to compel children...

JC Ryle on Sickness

JC Ryle on Sickness

Bishop JC Ryle on Sickness Lord, he whom You love is sick!" John 11:3 The chapter from which this text is taken, is well known to all Bible readers. In life-like description, in touching interest, in sublime simplicity — there is no writing in existence that will bear...

Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism

Lord’s Day 4 Q & A 9 Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to do? A. No, God created human beings with the ability to keep the law.1 They, however, provoked by the devil,2 in willful disobedience,3 robbed themselves and all...

DOCTRINE

Apostolic Succession Re-Invented by Chuck Collins

Apostolic Succession Re-Invented by Chuck Collins

Apostolic Succession Re-invented By Chuck Collins Protestants are the "Lutheran rebellion whose evil virus goes wandering about in almost all nations," wrote Pope Leo XIII in his August 1, 1897 encyclical "Militantis Ecclesiae.”  Leo was one of the longest reigning...

Scripture or the Three-Legged Stool? by Mark Pickles

Scripture or the Three-Legged Stool? by Mark Pickles

The question of ultimate authority is crucial for any church or denomination but is of particular significance within Anglicanism. The Thirty-nine Articles are unequivocal the Scripture is to be the Church’s final and ultimate authority.   Article VI states that “Holy...

Anglican Futures on LLF Document

Anglican Futures takes a look at the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) document.  For a fuller treatment on the subject see their blog at:  www.anglicanfutures.org.  Anglican Futures works with churches and clergy both in and outside the official Church of England...

Murcott: 12 Infallible Proofs

Murcott: 12 Infallible Proofs

Murcott Twelve Infallible Proofs Ever since Christ’s Resurrection, the most unlikely tales and feeblest of fables have been propagated in an attempt to fracture the Christian faith. Yet, Acts 1:3 says that Christ showed Himself alive “by many infallible proofs”, being...

COLUMNIST

Transubstantiation: A Doctrine Worth Martyrdom?

Transubstantiation: A Doctrine Worth Martyrdom?

Transubstantiation, a Doctrine Worth Martyrdom? by Chuck Collins   It was on 16 July 1546 that Anne Askew was burned at the stake for denying transubstantiation. Director of the Center for Reformation Anglicanism, The Revd Canon Chuck Collins writes about, “Anne...

EDITORIALS

Three of Two Hundred Thirteen

Three of Two Hundred Thirteen

Three of Two Hundred Thirteen In Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel, Through the Looking Glass, his character, Humpty Dumpty is having a conversation with Alice from Carroll’s earlier novel, Alice in Wonderland. "I don't know what you mean by 'glory,' " Alice said.  Humpty...

The Political Hypocrite and the Mancunian Episcopate

The Political Hypocrite and the Mancunian Episcopate

  The collective societal gasp at CCTV images of the Health Secretary and his paramour was quite understandable.  There for all the world to see, was Matt Hancock engaged in behaviour that he had criminalised for the rest of the country.  Hands, Face, Space? His...

Editorial:  Church Matters Worthy of Further Notation

Editorial: Church Matters Worthy of Further Notation

Church Matters Worthy of Further Notation Try as we might, we inevitably find ourselves not able to print all the stories that really are worthy of publication.  Such a matter is merely the by-product of limitation of space.  The ink is willing but the paper is weak. ...

Atheists Seeking Secretary

Atheists Seeking Secretary

If you missed the story of Mr Seth Mahiga, you missed an encouraging bit of information.  Mr Mahiga hails from Kenya and, was until very recently, an atheist.  In fact, he was so committed to atheism that he was Secretary for the group, Atheists in Kenya Society.  It...

LETTERS

Letter to the Editor:  Irrational Optimism

Letter to the Editor: Irrational Optimism

  Irrational Optimism Dear Sir, I read the latest [anon.] article from Anglican Futures, EC8087. It is helpful and clear but, for me, there is a deep undercurrent of a seemingly determined [irrational?] optimism. The article outlines the overall workings of...

Letter to the Editor: Covid Restrictions

Letter to the Editor: Covid Restrictions

  Covid Restrictions Dear Sir,  I refer to the letter in Issue 8084 entitled ‘Power belongeth unto Christ’ which Scripturally outlines where all power belongs and exposes the inconsistencies of our Government and their COVID restrictions on the public worship of...

Separation May be the Only Answer

Separation May be the Only Answer

Sir, Thank you very much for the fine Editorial (Issue No. 8086). It is always good to be reminded of the true position of the Church of England, as received from the English Reformers. It was also refreshing to read Rev. John Dunn's excellent letter and analysis of...

Silence on Pro-Life Issues, Letters

Silence on Pro-Life Issues, Letters

Silence on Pro-Life Issues Dear Sir, What is blatantly obvious in twenty- first century worship is that most churches are silent on pro-life issues to the point it is a taboo subject for a variety of puerile excuses. Many Christians prefer to avoid the subject as a...

MORE NEWS

Church in Wales Embraces the Zeitgeist

Church in Wales Embraces the Zeitgeist

The Church in Wales Embraces the Zeitgeist Meeting on Monday 6 September, the Governing Body of the Church in Wales, voted to approve same-sex blessings but stopped short of approving marriage. The change does not allow for same-sex marriages in a Church in Wales...

Former Bouncer Becomes Boys’ Brigade President

Former Bouncer Becomes Boys’ Brigade President

Former Bouncer Becomes Bew Boys’ Brigade President  The Boys’ Brigade UK and RoI has elected Rev Dez Johnston to the role of President.  The uniformed youth organisation provides opportunities for children and young people to learn, grow and discover in a safe, fun...

TRENDING

Letter to the Editor:  Irrational Optimism

Letter to the Editor: Irrational Optimism

  Irrational Optimism Dear Sir, I read the latest [anon.] article from Anglican Futures, EC8087. It is helpful and clear but, for me, there is a deep undercurrent of a seemingly determined [irrational?] optimism. The article outlines the overall workings of...