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We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia: Northern Churchman

We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia? The Northern Churchman There is a familiar feel to this time of year. The Christmas advertising on television, the darker evenings, the Carol Services – and the inevitable scoffers who call the Christmas story a myth. Not ‘Once in Royal...

Mark Pickles: The Story of Two Trampolines

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Story of the Two Trampolines:  A passage that is frequently referred to during times of great revival is Isaiah 64:1-3:  “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your...

Ten Thousand Bibles for London’s Children

TBS Auxiliary Meets Ten Thousand Bibles For London’s Children The Greater London Auxiliary of the Trinitarian Bible Society was delighted to report at its Annual Meeting held on 15 November that over 10,000 Bibles have been distributed to London schools since the...

Good News for Egypt’s Christians

Barnabas Fund Reports Good News for Egypt’s Christians The government of Egypt licensed 125 churches and church-affiliated buildings on 14 November. It is the 24th batch of approvals made since the government committee overseeing the licensing process started work in...

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw In the aftermath of Desmond Tutu’s daughter being refused permission to preside at a funeral in a Church of England parish, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw told The Guardian that the “C of E must move swiftly to welcome lesbian...

Collins: Who’s Your Righteousness?

Who’s Your Righteousness? By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Who’s your righteousness? "The Lord our Righteousness" was the sermon preached March 20, 1757 at St. Mary's Church in Oxford. It offended nearly everyone that day and William Romaine was invited to never preach...

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963 Persons Against Whom Proceedings May be Instituted. Proceedings under this Measure may be instituted against an archbishop, any diocesan bishop or any suffragan bishop commissioned by a diocesan bishop or any other bishop or a...

Editorial: Joy to the World Cup

Editorial Joy to the World Cup The result of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is already in. And it appears the Church of England has lost. The latest advice from the Church of England’s Support Hub is for parishes to consider the timing of Christmas Carol Services to avoid...

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership By Chris Sugden Andrew Symes is to stand down as Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream on January 1, 2023, after nearly ten years in post. Rev Symes, 56, who had earlier served with Crosslinks in South...

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension By George Conger The former Bishop of Ramsbury has been suspended for life from the ordained ministry after he admitted to having sexually abused two women. The Daily Mail reported the Rt Rev. Peter Hullah had been the subject of...

Letter to the Editor – Ban on conversion therapy

Dear Sir,

The Government is to launch a consultation ahead of a ban on conversion therapy. The Queen’s Speech on 11th May announced that measures would be taken to ban the practices in its legislative programme. It is fair to ban abusive and harmful practices without Christian love, but voluntary help being outlawed would be a draconian step, and must be protected as there are agencies opposed to this vociferously, feeding off apathy. The continuing use of prayer is sacrosanct!

Christian groups need to be circumspect in their deliberations during the consultative process, applying pressure to prevent ambiguity and an absence of scope for misinterpretations, given a previous track record of other legislative disputes going through the courts at great financial expense. Time is of the  essence for groups to do their homework as a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated, “The consultation must be prompt and short”. The danger is that adverse clauses through unawareness assisted by time constraints can slip through under the radar with a mainly politically disengaged public, so it is incumbent for Christians to lead from the front whatever the discouragements.

My local MP for SW Norfolk Elizabeth Truss and Minister for Women and Equalities gave an insight into Westminster thinking by saying, “As a global leader on LGBT rights this Government has always been committed to ‘stamping’ out the practice of conversion therapy”. The use of the word stamp as opposed to negotiating is a Freudian slip! Will it be a listening consultation with openness and transparency”? The Rt Hon Lady furthermore stated, We will make new funding to ensure victims have better access to the support they need”. The source of the support needs to be ascertained and if it will become another extension of political correctness. There are core issues which need to be central to our prayers for a Godless Government!

YOURS IN CHRIST
DAVID FLEMING
FLAT 3 PARADISE COURT
DOWNHAM MARKET
PE38 9HS

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