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Gospel-Driven Anglicanism: Towards a Strategy 3

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Towards a Strategy Part 3 By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles iii) Think and Plan Strategically  Churches where the gospel takes root and begins to evidence growth and transformation are the most powerful advocates for gospel ministry. Paul writing...

Anglican Futures: Of Frogs & Fishes Part 3

Anglican Futures “Of Frogs & Fishes Part 3 2. We All Have a Responsibility to Perceive the Wolves, Who Produce no Fruit Jesus is very plain on this responsibility in the Sermon on the Mount; “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but...

Church of England Evangenlical Council Launches Two Initiatives

Church of England Evangelical Council Launches Two Initiatives The Church of England Evangelical Council has launched two new initiatives  to “serve evangelicals in local churches across the C of E.”  The CEEC was the brainchild of the late John Stott, then Rector of...

Book Review: How the Church Fathers Read the Bible

How the Church Fathers Read the Bible A Short Introduction Gerald Bray Lexham, 2022 (ISBN: 978-1-68359-583-0, 194pp, £19.99) The formularies of the English church make frequent reference to the Patristic writers but these sources are little known or understood today....

Happy Radbertus Day! by Chuck Collins

Happy Radbertus Day! By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Happy Radbertus Day (April 26th)! Saint Paschasius Radbertus (785-860) was the first theologian to articulate “transubstantiation.” He didn't use the term that became widely used in the latter part of the 12th...

An Unmutual Flourish

Guest Op-Ed An Unmutual Flourish? The Maidstone Commitments, Bishop Rod Thomas’ recent document, is difficult to read. Not in the sense of receiving and understand the text, but in terms of determining its purpose and timing within the life of the Church of England....

Banner of Truth Conference 2022

Banner of Truth Conference 2022 By Peter Sanlon Banner of Truth’s Ministers’ Conference gathered afresh after a two year hiatus. Over 200 ministers from not only the UK but Europe, Africa, Canada and Australia gathered in Staffordshire to enjoy four days of fellowship...

Pilgrim’s Process: Peter Sanlon, Sufficient God

Pilgrim’s Process Sufficient God By the Revd Peter Sanlon As we journey through this world one of the basic ways we are sustained is by growing a bigger vision of God. Expanding our appreciation of how wonderful and magnificent God is fosters stronger faith and more...

Maidstone Commitments Issued for Complementarian Churches

Maidstone Commitments Issued to Complementarian Churches The Rt Revd Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidstone (Provincial Episcopal Visitor for Complementarian Congregations) has issued a series of Commitments to be followed by all complementarian “Resolution” churches.  This...

Prudence Dailey’s Commentary: How a Non-Christian Tech Billionaire Became Good News for Christians

Prudence Dailey’s Commentary How a Non-Christian Tech Billionaire Became Good News for Christians Although I have a Twitter account (@PrudenceDailey -– not very original, I fear), I rarely use it. Little of what I might have to say can be communicated in 280...

Gay Vicar Retiring Because Church of England is “Excluding ” Gay Couples

Gay Vicar Retiring Because Church of England is “Excluding” Gay Couples

The Revd Richard Coles retired from his position as Vicar of St Mary the Virgin in Finedon on Easter Sunday.  In explaining his reasoning, he told The Sunday Times Magazine that he believes the Church of England is “increasingly excluding gay couples.”

Coles is best known as a member of the pop music duo, The Communards and for his BBC Radio 4 work as the presenter of the Saturday Live broadcast.

He told the magazine, “The Church of England I love is a church of liberal sympathies, of broad inclusion, beautiful worship, wise preaching, dog-friendly with Fairtrade biscuits, and when it comes to orthodoxy would rather its members were not Goneril or Regan, proclaiming their zealous devotion, but Cordelia, confessing her love.

“The churches that are viable – by that, I mean growing in numbers and income – tend to be conservative, punchy, fundamentalist in matters of scripture, rigorous in matters of doctrine, and about as likely to offer choral evensong as I am to do the 400m hurdles.

“Some of my friends, and many faithful Christians, are at home in churches like these. But if the future Church of England looks exclusively like that, I cannot see myself in it […] because they are places where gay people are not welcome, and that rules me out.”

Mr Coles’ retirement from parish ministry comes at a time when most believe the Church of England to be moving in a more liberal direction.

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