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Letter to the Editor: Response to the Last Editorial

Letter to the Editor Response to Last Edition’s Editorial Dear Editor, Thank you very much for your Christian charity and spirited editorial, Friday 8th October 2021, ( E.C. No.8090).  Also thanks are due to you for reprinting so much excellent reformed evangelical...

Letter to the Editor: The Murder of Sir David Amess

Murder of Sir David Amess Dear Editor, I grieve at the loss of a friend and former Party colleague Sir David Amess, MP who was murdered in an increasingly dangerous world. In the 70s I worked with David in the Young Conservatives before he became an MP and he was...

Reformation Sunday Advert

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:                        15 October 2021. My ‘Advert’ titled “Reformation Sunday 31 October” said, “The Church of England should still celebrate this 500th year since Martin Luther declared at the ‘Diet of Worms’ in 1521, “Here I stand. God help...

Leicester Diocese Illogical

Letter to the Editor Leicester Diocese Illogical   Sir, Leicester Diocese’s decision on 9 October to replace its traditional Parishes with ‘Minsters' is both spiritually and financially illogical.  The Church of England’s own growth report ‘From Anecdote to...

Barnabas Fund Reports: Turkey Escalates Airstrikes Against Christians in Syria & Iraq

Barnabas Fund Reports Turkey Escalating Airstrikes Against Christians and other Minorities in Syria and Iraq Turkey has escalated a supposedly anti-terrorist military campaign in Syria and Iraq which appears to be targeting Christians and other minorities. A spate of...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Part 4

Should I Stay or Should I Go? By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles Part 4 Gedaliah is appointed governor and we read that Jeremiah purposely chooses to live amongst “those of the poorest of the land who had not been taken into exile in Babylon” (40:7). Things have taken a turn...

466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley

466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley Saturday, 16 October marked the 466th anniversary of the martyrdoms of Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley.   They were burned at the stake after being found guilty of heresy due to their refusal to...

Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture: John Yates III to Speak

Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture  Revd Dr John Yates III to Speak The annual Clive West Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, 11 November at 19:30 at St Nicholas’ Church, Lisburn Road in Belfast.  This year’s speaker is the Revd Dr John Yates III, Rector of Holy...

Book Review: Bleeding for Jesus

Bleeding for Jesus John Smyth and the cult of the Iwerne Camps Andrew Graystone Darton, Longman and Todd, 2021 (ISBN: 9781913657123, 250pp, £12.99) This book is the latest instalment of a long-running tragedy. It comes six years after the author was first made aware...

School Pupils Across the Country Memorise Passages from BCP for £1,000 Prize

School Pupils Across the Country  Memorise Book of Common Prayer Passages  £1,000 Prize for Winner By Tim Stanley Hundreds of school pupils across the country are busy this term studying prayers and readings from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in a bid to win a prize...
Sir David Amess Assassinated

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...

Westminster Conference 2021 Dates Set

Westminster Conference 2021 Dates Set

Westminster Conference 2021 Dates Set The Westminster Conference for Theological and Historical Study is scheduled for 6-7 December  (Monday and Tuesday) in London at Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) on Oxford Street. The Conference Secretary asks people to book...

Heidi Crowter: I Feel Discriminated Against

Heidi Crowter: I Feel Discriminated Against

Heidi Crowter “I Feel Discriminated Against” Twenty-six year old Heidi Crowter lost her bid to stop abortions for babies with Down’s Syndrome in a court ruling on 23 September.  Ms Crowter, who has Down’s Syndrome, launched the legal bid to stop the practice earlier...

Banner of Truth Conference Dates Set

Banner of Truth Conference Dates Set

Banner of Truth Conference Dates Set The next Banner of Truth Conference will be held on 6 and 7 November at the Church of Scotland Chapel in Carlisle. The theme of the two day event is, The Glorious Body of Christ.  Speakers to address the gathering are:  Spencer...

Lord Carey Joins in Support of Assisted Dying

Lord Carey Joins in Support of Assisted Dying

Lord Carey Joins with others in Support of Assisted Dying Lord Carey has joined with former Archbishop of South Africa, Desmond Tutu, Canon Rosie Harper in support of assisted dying.  He seems to have taken the position that it is justified because of a shift in...

BMA Adopts Neutral Stance on Assisted Dying

  British Medical Association Adopts Neutral Stance on Assisted Dying The British Medical Association has adopted a neutral stance on assisted dying.  The change was made in an announcement to the media and is found on the www.bma.org.uk website. Two former...

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...

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,...

Tentmaker Publications to Close

Tentmaker Publications to Close

Tentmaker Publications to Close The closure has been announced of the book printer and publisher, Tentmaker Publications. Founded in the late 1980s when Phil and Joy Roberts were church planting in the Republic of Ireland, it became a pioneer in the field of desktop...

Upcoming AGMs and Conferences

Upcoming AGMs and Conferences

Upcoming AGMs and Conferences   31 August—Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference (JAEC) Northampton, King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton   1 September—Church Society AGM, King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton   9 September—Intercontinental...

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...

Trinitarian Bible Society Announces 2021 AGM Info

Trinitarian Bible Society Announces 2021 AGM Info God willing, the 190th Annual General Meeting of the Trinitarian Bible Society has been scheduled to be held Saturday, 18 September 2021 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London. The Business Meeting starts at 11:00 and...

EC Interviews Arlene Foster, MLA

EC Interviews Arlene Foster, MLA

EC Interviews Arlene Foster The Rt Hon Arlene Foster is one of those rare people in public life that in her home patch is known by one name.  In Northern Ireland, her first name suffices.  There are other women with the same name but there’s only one, Arlene.  She has...

Judge Julia Newton Rules “No Case to Answer”

Judge Julia Newton Rules “No Case to Answer”

Christian Concern Judge Julia Newton Rules “No Case to Answer”   On 9 August, Christian Concern announced the news of a verdict in a major free speech case before UK courts.  District Judge Julia Newton was the presiding judge. “The first Christian woman to face...

Questions Out of LFF, Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, I read the first article from Anglican Futures, regarding the document, Living In Love and Faith, [LLF] EC 8083. I found the article helpful, well presented and gives a clear overview of the document.  However, I found myself seriously disquieted and I raise...

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...

PBS To Maximise Digital Platforms

PBS To Maximise Digital Platforms

PLANS TO MAXIMISE USE OF NEW DIGITAL PLATFORMS ARE UNVEILED BY THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY The continuity and longevity of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer – originally compiled by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and still used by churches across the country – is assured, thanks...

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Minister Resigns

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Minister Resigns

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Clergyman Resigns  Does Not Agree with Denomination’s Stance on Same-Sex Relationships The Revd Ian Carton, of Whitehead Presbyterian Church (PCI) in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland has announced his resignation.  It is thought to be that he...

Life Beyond Covid:  A Renewed Hope

Life Beyond Covid: A Renewed Hope

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Goes Local  “Life Beyond Covid:  A Renewed Hope” Churches are using this year’s National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast (NPPB) as a chance to host constituency breakfasts with their MPs across the country Friday, 25 June. Once...

Sex Matters Wins on Appeal

Sex Matters Wins on Appeal

Sex Matters Wins on Appeal Gender-Critical Beliefs are Worthy of Respect in a Democratic Society In a landmark judgment handed down at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London at 10:30 am, Mr Justice Choudhury overturned an earlier judgment of the Employment Tribunal,...

PSNI Investigating Four Alleged Hate Crimes

PSNI Investigating Four Alleged Hate Crimes

Four street preachers were reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for alleged hate crimes.   Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor told the Belfast News Letter:  “We have received four reports in relation to street preachers in the Banbridge area, which...

Former Presbyterian Elder Files Police Complaint

A long simmering dispute in the Presbyterian Church of Ireland has resulted in a former Ruling Elder filing an official complaint with the Gardai over having been removed from office after he entered a same-sex marriage.  Mr Stephen Smyrl was a Ruling Elder at Christ...

EC Interviews Bishop Josep Rossello

For a number of years, Anglican Christians in the UK and abroad have often heard of The Rt Revd Josep Rossello.  Before moving to the UK, he was a successful church planting, missionary bishop in Brazil and Venezuela.  Lately, he has been in the spotlight as he, his...

“Conversion Therapy Ban”

“Conversion Therapy Ban”

“Conversion Therapy Ban” Dear Sir,   The Conservative government is about to 'blunder', big time. There seems to be a lack of understanding of the meaning of the word 'conversion' as it applies to the experience of millions of Christians across the world, including...

Marriage Registration Changes

Marriage Registration Changes

Marriage Registration Changes The Church of England issued the following statement regarding the changes made to marriage registration law. “It will also correct a historic anomaly to allow for the names of both parents of the couple to be included in the marriage...

Corrections & Clarifications

Corrections & Clarifications

Corrections & Clarifications Two corrections and clarifications from recent editions of the English Churchman: 1.) The Global Anglican Journal was referred to as a magazine. Alas and alack, it is a journal and not a magazine. 2.) On page 3 of EC8079, Mr George Rae’s...

FCE Primus Accused of Blackmail & Racism

FCE Primus Accused of Blackmail & Racism

Free Church of England Bishop Primus, The Rt Revd John Fenwick has been accused of attempted blackmail and racism in a growing public dispute within the denomination. The FCE left the Church of England in 1844 and linked with the Reformed Episcopal Church in the US...

Skrine Instituted as Rector of All Souls’

Skrine Instituted as Rector of All Souls’

The Revd Charles Walter Douglas Skrine was instituted as Rector of All Souls’, Langham Place on Wednesday, 28 April. His predecessor was The Revd Hugh Palmer. Palmer had been rector of the parish since 2005 and Chaplain to HM The Queen since 2012. Skrine had been the...

Anglican Futures Asks the Question

Anglican Futures Asks the Question

Quantity or Quality? The question has been asked in the Anglican Futures blog dated 04/02/2021, ‘How many churches does the Church of England actually need (and where)?’ I want to argue the issue in the Church of England is less the number of churches and more the...

Prudence Dailey Commentary

Prudence Dailey Commentary

The General Synod of the Church of England, at its most recent meeting (held via Zoom), debated among other things a motion on international religious freedom, affirming the importance of freedom of religion and belief, and recognising the duty of Christians to defend...