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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...
Anglican Futures:  Of Frogs & Fish Part 2

Anglican Futures: Of Frogs & Fish Part 2

Anglican Futures “Of Frogs & Fish” Part Two 1. We are not dualists  Dualism is the idea that physical things are separate from spiritual things. It has a long and ignoble pedigree.  Jesus was clear in his teaching. Physical and spiritual things are linked; “If...

Uxbridge Court Finds Pastor Sherwood Innocent

Uxbridge Court Finds Pastor Sherwood Innocent

Uxbridge Court Finds Pastor Sherwood Innocent Special Report by Roland Parsons That any police force would attempt to criminalise the Bible message on Christian Marriage should be a wake-up call to Christians in Britain. At Uxbridge, the constituency of the Prime...

Pilgrim’s Process: Peter Sanlon

Pilgrim’s Process: Peter Sanlon

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon “Dissertation Concerning the Nature of True Virtue” As we make our pilgrimage through this world we need to be alert to the ways our sense of what is good and right can be distorted by the complexity of our hearts.  The...

Memorial Service for Prince Philip

Memorial Service for Prince Philip

Memorial Service for Prince Philip The memorial service for the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was held at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, 29 March.  Approximately 1,800 people gathered for the forty-minute service.  His funeral, held during Covid restrictions...

Banner of Truth Conference Dates Set

Banner of Truth Conference Dates Set

Banner of Truth UK Conference Dates Set The Banner of Truth Conference has been scheduled for April 25 — April 28th.  The theme for this year is, “Communion with God.”   Announced speakers are; David Campbell, Minister at North Preston Evangelical Church in Preston,...

MPs Debate Gender-Specfic Religious Persecution

MPs Debate Gender-Specfic Religious Persecution

MPs Debate Gender-Specific Religious Persecution Persecution of Christian Women & Girls An Ongoing Problem MPs debated the ongoing problem of the persecution of Christian women and girls on 17 March.   Northern Ireland MP, Jim Shannon (DUP) spoke first.  He said,...

Pilgrim’s Process:  Evidence

Pilgrim’s Process: Evidence

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon Evidence There are many evidences that the claims of scripture are true and reliable. Given the many reasons we have in our pilgrimage to doubt and fear for the future— it is good we are reminded of them. We recall the...

Anglican Futures: Learning from Moses

Anglican Futures: Learning from Moses

Anglican Futures Learning from Moses There are few if any experiences that better define Christian discipleship than accepting powerlessness. Only newborns come into The Kingdom and only little children inhabit it.  Helplessness in the face of sin, foolishness in the...

Campaigner Seeks Relief after London Censure

Christian Concern Reports Campaigner Seeks Legal Relief after London Censure Christian Hacking, 31, an employee of the Centre for Bio-ethical Reform UK (CBR UK) has sought legal relief from the Administrative High Court. In October 2019, Mr Hacking, while leading a...

Boys’ Brigade Produces Ukraine Conflict Resources

Boys’ Brigade Produces Ukraine Conflict Resources

Boys’ Brigade Produces Ukraine Conflict Resources  The Boys’ Brigade has launched a special set of new programme resources to support and equip children and young people to explore the current conflict in Ukraine.  Over the last week, children and young people across...

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Scheduled

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Scheduled

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Scheduled “Serving the Common Good” The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast for 2022 has been scheduled for Tuesday, 5 July in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament.  The event will commence at 07:30 and end by 09:00....

A Little Good News from Morley

A Little Good News from Morley Morley Community Church, a member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches (EFCC) was recently given a boost when the Trustees of the Zion Independent Church in Morley transferred to it their building and cemetery.  The...

2022 AGM of the Essex, Suffolk, & Norfolk TBS

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk Auxiliary of the Trinitarian Bible Society.      By Philip Lievesley On Saturday 5th February 2022 Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church hosted the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Essex, Suffolk, and...

Westminster Conference Report by George Curry

Westminster Conference Report by George Curry

Westminster Conference Report By George Curry The Westminster Conference met in the Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London, on 6 and 7 December 2021. On day 1, Andrew Roycroft spoke in person on Charnock and Regeneration. The next two sessions were via zoom due to the...

Tutu’s Overlooked Anti-Semitism

Tutu’s Overlooked Anti-Semitism

Tutu’s Overlooked Anti-Semitism Desmond Tutu’s death on Boxing Day 2021 brought a flood of glowing tributes about his work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but few mentioned the reality of Tutu’s long-standing anti-Semitism.   Melanie...

Ashers Bakery Wins Again

Ashers Bakery Wins Again

Asher’s Bakery Wins Again European Court of Human Rights Upholds the UK Supreme Court Ruling The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the ruling of the UK Supreme Court in the Asher’s Bakery case.   In 2014, Gareth Lee sued the Belfast based family owned business...

Queen’s Address to General Synod

Queen’s Address to General Synod

Queen’s Address to General Synod “Much Remains Unchanged, Including the Gospel of Christ’ Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth addressed the opening of the Eleventh General Synod of the Church of England on 16 November.  Being medically indisposed, her message was delivered by...

Editorial: Breathing Space for Parishes

Editorial: Breathing Space for Parishes

Editorial Breathing Space for Parishes? In the order of business of General Synod, Question 83 was not reached and received a written answer only. It might not therefore have come to the full attention of members. The Question is worth noting by all who value local...

Banner Borders Conference

Banner Borders Conference

BANNER BORDERS CONFERENCE The Banner Borders Conference met on 5-6 November 2021 in Carlisle, Cumbria. The theme this year was The Glorious Body of Christ. Two of the five sessions were addressed by Spencer Cunnah from Kensit Church, London. He examined aspects of the...

Note to Our Readers

Note to Our Readers

Note to Our Readers Please forgive the shorter version of this edition of the English Churchman.  We operate with a very small staff and our Editor is currently plagued with old injuries sustained during military service.  The symptoms of these injuries do come and go...

The Revd Melvin Tinker

The Revd Melvin Tinker

The Revd Melvin Tinker 1955 - 2021 Many today are bewildered about the challenges that face faithful Anglicans. The death of the Revd Melvin Tinker, on 23 November 2021 should help us ponder our situation. For here was a minister — in the words of Kevin Vanhoozer the...

FIEC Updates Its “Values Statement”

FIEC Updates Its “Values Statement”

FIEC Updates Its “Values Statement” The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches recently updated its “Values Statement.”  It is well-worth your time to read.  There are FIEC affiliated congregations in England, Scotland, and Wales.   1. God-honouring and...

GAFCON Australia

GAFCON Australia

GAFCON Australia Expresses Grief & Sadness Regarding MNA On 27 October, the Board of GAFCON Australia released one of the clearest statements regarding the defection of MNA to the Roman Catholic Church.  It did not pretend that all is was well. “The Board of...

Sir David Amess Assassinated

  Sir David Amess Assassinated Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, Essex was assassinated by a 25 year old British man of Somali background whilst holding a constituency surgery in the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, 15 October.  A knife was used in...

Letter to the Editor: Assisted Suicide

Letter to the Editor: Assisted Suicide

Letter to the Editor Assisted Suicide Dear Sir, One of the main arguments in favour of the abolition of the death penalty fifty or sixty years ago was that occasionally an innocent person would be killed.  If parliament votes to allow assisted suicide then the only...

Sanlon’s Response to Turner’s Letter

Sanlon’s Response to Turner’s Letter

Sanlon’s Response to Turner’s Letter Dear Mr Turner, Thank you for engaging with my article on Common Grace. You are correct that neither the 39 Articles nor Westminster Confession use the phrase. When the Westminster Divines met they were aware of the term - the...