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Book Reviews: Baptism & Confirmation & Patterns for Baptism

Book Reviews Baptism and Confirmation Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123522, 468pp, £40) Patterns for Baptism Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123492, 392pp, £25) These handsome volumes are the latest additions to Common Worship, the Church of...

The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ: Gospel-Driven Anglicanism

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ  The American Theologian and Pastor, Jonathan Edwards (1703 -1758), once preached a sermon entitled “The Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies in Jesus Christ”. The...

The Cancelling of the Creator

The Cancelling of the Creator The headline from a national newspaper popped up on my phone: “Daniel Radcliffe is surely the world’s most ungrateful man”. It’s not a title many would be scrambling to win for themselves, but the opinion-piece made the case. Daniel...

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen officially opened on Monday 7th November after years of prayer, planning and organisation. We give thanks to the Lord that we have been able to reach this significant milestone;...

Barnabas Report: At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique

Barnabas Report At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique During October At least 21 Christians have been killed by Islamist extremists in violent attacks throughout October in northern Mozambique. Jihadists set fire to a church building and several houses in the...

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource  Sanctuary Foundation has been aiding those trying to offer assistance for those fleeing the war in Ukraine through its, “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.  The charity has been serving as a liaison by resourcing hosts and...

Annual Clive West Memorial Lecture Set for Belfast

Annual Clive West Trust Lecture Set for Belfast The 2022 Clive West Trust Lecture will take place on Thursday, 22 November at St Nicholas’ Church on the Lisburn Road in Belfast at 19:30. This year’s featured speaker is the Revd Dr Tim Ward.  Ward earned his PhD from...

Church of England Council Rejects Croft’s Position

Church of England Evangelical Council Rejects Croft’s Position In a press statement following the pronouncements of Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, the Church of England Evangelical Council repudiated the departure of biblical teaching advocated by Croft. It said,...

On Transubstantiation: Reformation Anglicanism

Reformation Anglicanism On Transubstantiation By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Transubstantiation became the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church at the Fourth Lateran Council that began, November 11, 1215. The Council of Trent in 1551 went on to confirm the...

Oxford Good Stewards Trust Announced in Response to Bishop of Oxford’s Revisionism

St Paul’s Banbury, Oxford Answers Bishop and Announces  The Oxford Good Stewards Trust The Revd Dan McGowan, Vicar of St Paul’s, Banbury in Oxford Diocese has answered Bishop Croft’s revisionist declarations about same-sex matters and announced the formation of The...

CEEC Urges Church of England to “Learn from Their Mistakes”

CEEC Urges Church of England to “Learn from Their Mistakes” Over Same-Sex Blessings

Releases “Learning from Elsewhere” Film

The Church of England Evangelical Council has just released a second film in its “God’s Beautiful Story” series.  The new film, “Learning from Elsewhere” offers contributions from around the world regarding how other provinces dealt with same-sex blessings and marriage.

The official CEEC statement about the effort featured the Revd David McCarthy from Edinburgh.  Speaking of the difficulties in the Scottish Episcopal Church he said, “ It was one of the most difficult and painful experiences of my life. I had given 30 years, more than half of my life, to this church and it felt like the church was abandoning the gospel, and abandoning the Bible, and abandoning me. And that hurt.” 

The CEEC says that the “Living in Love and Faith Consultation has exposed the deeply held and incompatible views on human sexuality within the Church of England.”

A group designated as the Next Steps Group by the College of Bishops has been given responsibility for reviewing submissions from the LLF consultation.  The College of Bishops will meet in October and December to deliberate how the “direction of travel” to the General Synod when it next meets in February 2023.

The Director of Strategy and Operations for the Church of England Evangelical Council, John Dunnett said, “We know there are deeply held and completely incompatible convictions within the C of E and that surface level solutions simply won’t work. We’ve seen elsewhere in the Anglican Communion that, where liturgical support has been suggested as a compromise, neither side has been satisfied and long, bitter and divisive battles have ensued. For the sake of the gospel, we need to find a better way ahead – a settlement without theological compromise that is best for all.” 

“According to Russ Ayres, Former President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, “There are examples of where both sides have worked together, despite their incompatible theology, and where settlement has been achieved.”  

Ayres had worked with Revd Canon Jonathan Millard who negotiated with him on behalf of departing congregations in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Millard said, “At the end of it we came out with an agreement and there were compromises but they weren’t theological.”

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