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HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. Please join us in prayer: O MERCIFUL God, the Father...

He Will Burn Up the Chaff with Unquenchable Fire

Bishop JC RyleHe Will Burn Up the Chaff with Unquenchable Fire In 1878, two years before he was made the first Bishop of Liverpool, The Revd JC Ryle delivered a sermon on the biblical teaching regarding the doctrine of hell. His words are as pertinent today as they...

Pilgrim’s Process

By The Revd Dr Peter Sanlon In our journey to heaven we are to be thankful for the world we pass through. One of the great prayers of the Book of Common Prayer (there are many!) is the General Thanksgiving. In it we pray, 'We bless thee for our creation, preservation...

Original Sin is the fundamental systematic cause of abuse

Original Sin is the Fundamental Systematic Cause of Abuse The Christian world has recently been shaken by revelations that two high-profile Evangelical leaders—the late Ravi Zacharias, founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; and, closer to home, the Revd...

Letters To The Editor – Graham

Dear Sir, The organisers of an evangelistic event in which Franklin Graham preached have won a legal dispute with Blackpool Council. The Lancashire Festival of Hope took place over three days at Blackpool's Winter Gardens in September 2018, which saw hundreds make...

Letter To the Editor – Government

Dear Editor, Readers may appreciate the relevance of the following comments by Bishop Ryle in his Expository Thoughts on John 18:36 (Volume 3 page 274): “No government can expect to prosper which refuses to recognise religion, which deals with its subjects as if they...

Lancashire Judge Rules in Favour of Franklin Graham

In a strong and clear rebuke of the cancel culture sweeping the UK, a court ruled that the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham was discriminated against by the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services Limited by taking down bus ads...

Spectator Cover Shows Empty Tomb for Easter Edition

Many of the readers of the English Churchman are also readers of The Spectator but the 3 April edition was a rather nice surprise. If you missed it, the cover featured an artist’s rendering of Jesus’ empty tomb. Bright morning sunlight showed the inside of a tomb,...

BCP Worship

The Second Sunday after Easter 11 April 2021 Psalm 81:1-4Ezekiel 37:1-101 John 5:4-12John 20:19-23 BCP Collect “Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice...

St George’s Church Crowhurst Promotes Wider Use of the BCP

A parish church in East Sussex – located next to the ruins of King Harold’s Saxon Manor, mentioned in the Domesday Book – has joined the Prayer Book Society in a bid to strengthen its campaign promoting wider use of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) by young people as...
Letter To the Editor – Government

Letter To the Editor – Government

Dear Editor, Readers may appreciate the relevance of the following comments by Bishop Ryle in his Expository Thoughts on John 18:36 (Volume 3 page 274): “No government can expect to prosper which refuses to recognise religion, which deals with its subjects as if they...

Christian School to Open in Aberdeen

Christian School to Open in Aberdeen

Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen was recently formed after a number of encouraging developments amongst leaders and members of Reformed and confessional churches in the city.   A series of preliminary discussions led to the establishment of Melville-Knox...

Unreserved Apology Thirtyone/8

Unreserved Apology Thirtyone/8

The Revd William Taylor, rector of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate issued an apology to his congregation and those whom he might have hurt in his comments on the Thirtyone:8 charity’s review of the Jonathan Fletcher/Emmanuel Church Wimbledon investigation. In part, he said:...

Leprosy Mission

Leprosy Mission

Leprosy Mission The Unconditional Appeal Dame Darcey Bussell is championing a new campaign which sees churches build Hubs of Hope to help rid Mozambique of leprosy. As a result, Darcey is championing The Leprosy Mission’s new effort called The Unconditional Appeal....

Interview with Peter Hitchens

Interview with Peter Hitchens

Interview with Peter Hitchens For decades, Peter Hitchens has been a very public figure.  He’s a journalist, columnist, TV commentator, former Marxist, and always clearly spoken and quotable. The English Churchman interviewed him on his public role as a Christian who...

Pilgrim’s Process

Pilgrim’s Process

Revd Dr Peter Sanlon As pilgrims trying to discern our next steps in life, we need a vantage point. From where do you hope to see clearly? Many of us think that information will enable us to work out what has to be done next. We have all scoured reams of government...

Letter to the Editor Hate Crime Law

Letter to the Editor Hate Crime Law

Letter to the Editor Regarding the new 'Hate Crime Law' proposed in Scotland, which is reported to define, "Religious phobias as hate crime";  I ask, "Is the Westminster Parliament supreme in the United Kingdom?" If the answer is, "Yes it is," then why is a lesser...

Are you a Lucky Dipper

Are you a Lucky Dipper

A Short Devotion Are You a Lucky Dipper? Do you read the bible methodically or are you a lucky dipper?  To be more explicit, do you start at the beginning of a book and work your way through, or do you merely open the bible and let your eyes alight upon the first...

BCP Worship

BCP Worship

BCP Worship Fourth Sunday in Lent 14 March 2021 Lessons Psalm 122 Exodus 16:2-7 Galatians 4:21-end John 6:1-14 Collect Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully...

Trinitarian Bible Society Bookmarks

Trinitarian Bible Society Bookmarks

Trinitarian Bible Society’s Scripture Bookmarks The Trinitarian Bible Society has released a new series of Scripture bookmarks.  Founded in 1831, the Society has long been active in promoting Scripture knowledge. These bookmarks are appropriate for giving as Sunday...

Pilgrim’s Process

Pilgrim’s Process

Pilgrim's Process Believers are pilgrims journeying to heaven. The image of a believer navigating through this world on the way to the Celestial City was immortalised in the famous English allegory - Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress.' First published in 1678 the book...

Welby, Cottrell, LGBT Month

Welby, Cottrell, LGBT Month

Welby & Cottrell celebrate LGBT+ History Month By Justin Welby February 11, 2021 A message from the Archbishop of York and me on LGBT+ History Month: Across the United Kingdom, for a number of years, February has been associated with LGBT+ History Month and many...

FIEC – 2021-02-17

FIEC – 2021-02-17

UK Federation of Independent Churches Ninety-nine Years and Counting The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches is almost a hundred years old. It was founded in 1922 to fulfil the vision of Rev E J Poole-Connor for an association of independent churches that...

General Synod Update

General Synod Update

Last November, the General Synod of the Church of England held its first formal online Group of Sessions. As anyone who can imagine spending three days on Zoom might understand, this was not an experience to be relished: it was therefore a relief to learn that the...

Prof. Robert E.L. Rodgers (1938 – 2021)

Prof. Robert E.L. Rodgers (1938 – 2021)

A native of Bangor Co. Down, ‘Bob’ Rodgers was raised by his grandmother, who gave him her own surname. He was converted at about 12 years of age through the instrumentality of an Aberdeen man, a visiting speaker at a local Brethren children’s work. After service in...

Bishop of Lincoln Reinstated

Bishop of Lincoln Reinstated

(Daily Telegraph) The first serving bishop to be suspended in modern times has been reinstated after 20 months as the Archbishop of Canterbury offered an apology for his “ordeal”. The Telegraph can reveal that Christopher Lowson, who was the Bishop of Lincoln from...