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Welby in Danger of Losing primus inter pares Role over Same-Sex Blessings

CHURCH OF ENGLAND ‘BLESSING’ GAY UNIONS WOULD VIOLATE BIBLICAL TEACHING & JEOPARDISE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY’S CONTINUING ROLE IN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION  by Paul Eddy The Most Reverend Justin Badi, Primate of South Sudan, and Chairman of the GSFA responded,...

Letter: Bingo’s Ordination?

Letter Bingo’s Ordination? Dear Sir, The Church of England has been ordaining men for centuries, and since the 1990s has had legal authority to ordain women to the priesthood also. According to your recent report, the Revd Bingo Allison declared, "I’m not a man and...

Barnabas Aid Appeal for Democratic Republic of Congo

Barnabas Aid Appeal A bomb explosion ripped through the congregation at a baptismal service last Sunday evening (15 January 2023). Just after the baptisms had been performed, and while a blind pastor was expounding some Bible verses, the improvised explosive device...

Archbishops Differ on Practice if Not on Principle

Archbishops Differ on Practice if not on Principle Archbishop Justin Welby has revealed that he will not bless same-sex relationships, while Archbishop Stephen Cotterell has indicated his intention to do so. Explaining his decision, the Archbishop of Canterbury...

Pilgrim’s Process: Tone, Voice, & Speech

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon Many today are concerned about not just the content of what people say in the public arena, but also the way that whatever is spoken, is said. People can get offended as much by tone or manner, as content. The complex and...

Keene’s Review: Confirm, O Lord by Martin Davie

Defend, O Lord Confirmation according to the Book of Common Prayer Martin Davie Latimer Trust, 2022 (ISBN: 9781906327743, 116pp, £6.50) Confirmation is a vital spiritual coming-of-age rite in churches which practice paedobaptism, giving those for whom promises were...

Orthodox Anglican Provinces Invited to Covenant Members of the Fellowship

Orthodox Anglican Provinces Invited to Covenant Members of the Fellowship Global South May Provide Alternative Episcopal Oversight By Paul Eddy The GSFA has recently invited orthodox provinces across the Communion to formally sign up as full Covenant Members of the...

Diocese of Oxford’s “Bloated Bureaucracy” Under Fire

Diocese of Oxford's "Bloated Bureaucracy" Under Fire by Julian Mann The Diocese of Oxford, one of the best endowed in the Church of England, has come under fire for its alleged ‘bloated bureaucracy’ in a letter from a frontline parish treasurer in London’s Daily...

Gist of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter Regarding Same-Sex Blessings

Gist of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter  New Prayers of Love and Faith We value and want to celebrate faithfulness in relationships. That is why we have drafted and asked the House of Bishops to further refine and commend a new resource to be used in churches, called Prayers...
New Bishop of Liverpool

New Bishop of Liverpool

New Bishop of Liverpool Downing Street has announced that the Ninth Bishop of Liverpool is to be the Right Reverend Doctor John Perumbalath. Bishop John is currently in the the Diocese of Chelmsford, where he has served as Bishop of Bradwell since 2018. He follows...

Bingo: A View from the Pew

Bingo: A View from the Pew

A VIEW FROM THE PEWDubious Reading and Special Pleading – Bingo and the Bible The Revd Bingo Allison was the invited speaker in a neighbouring Merseyside parish in September 2021. A video of the talk is available on YouTube. In it, the cleric peppered the biblical...

The Calling of Bingo

The Calling of Bingo

The Calling of Bingo The Revd Benjamin John Allison was ordained deacon at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 26th June 2016. The cleric was hailed on the Derby Diocese website as ‘an award-winning performance poet.’ The Revd Ben, aged 29 and married with three young children,...

In Case You Missed a Real Story

In Case You Missed a Real Story

In Case You Missed a Real Story Newspapers in the UK have lately been filled with stories regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  The Duke’s book has been launched on the foot of the Netflix documentary about the two and one lurid story has followed another—but...

Pilgrim’s Process: Discerning the Times

Pilgrim’s Process: Discerning the Times

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon Discerning the Time As we approach the end of another calendar year, people will buy new diaries, make resolutions, glance ahead to plan the next year. We are time bound pilgrims, moving forwards moment by moment - and how...

Resistance vs Fidelity

Resistance vs Fidelity

Resistance & Fidelity By Julian Mann As the new conservative evangelical ‘flying’ Bishop of Ebbsfleet launches off, the Bishop of Rochester’s written answer to a question from a General Synod member shines a light on the Church of England’s direction of travel....

FIEC Pray for One Hundred

FIEC Pray for One Hundred

FIEC Marks 100 Years by Praying for One Hundred by Joel Murray The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) has collated 100 mission initiatives from churches across the country to mark its centenary year. It can be tempting to focus on looking back when...

Jesus in the Bleak Mid-Winter

Jesus in the Bleak Mid-Winter

Jesus in the Bleak Mid-winter by the Northern Churchman There is only one story in the four gospels that we can reasonably assume takes place in December – and it’s not the Christmas story! We find it in John chapter 10, when Jesus visits Jerusalem for the Feast of...

Resistance and Fidelity by Julian Mann

Resistance and Fidelity by Julian Mann

Resistance & Fidelity By Julian Mann As the new conservative evangelical ‘flying’ Bishop of Ebbsfleet launches off, the Bishop of Rochester’s written answer to a question from a General Synod member shines a light on the Church of England’s direction of travel....

Editorial: Joy to the World Cup

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...

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource

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...

Letter: Divorce

Letter: Divorce

Letter to the Editor     Dear Sir, Re: Robert Ian Williams's letter (EC8117), no genuine evangelical could possibly countenance replacing our Lord's "let not man put asunder" with "man cannot put asunder", which is a doctrine from the pit. Such putting...

The Gospel Magazine Resolution of 2022

The Gospel Magazine Resolution of 2022

THE GOSPEL MAGAZINE SPECIALRESOLUTION 2022 The Trustees of the Gospel Magazine have asked me to pass on to you their special resolution which you may wish to add to your newspaper. “We the Trustees of the Gospel Magazine are deeply saddened at the recent death of Her...

Hodder Faith Scoops Publisher of the Year Award

Hodder Faith Scoops Publisher of the Year Award

Hodder Faith Scoop Publisher of the Year award and other accolades at Christian Resources Together Awards at Christian Resources Exhibition  Books by Pete Greig, Paula Gooder, and Krish and Miriam Kandiah honoured in annual awards – and Hodder & Stoughton...

CEEC’s Basis of Faith

CEEC’s Basis of Faith

Church of England Evangelical Council’s Basis of Faith As the debate continues to accelerate within the Church of England regarding same-sex marriage and the authority of the Bible, it is helpful to see where one of the most prominent groups stand.  The Rt Revd Keith...

Pilgrim’s Process River of Death

Pilgrim’s Process River of Death

Pilgrim’s Process River of Death By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon One of the most striking features of our culture is the closeting away of death. Many people today get to adulthood never having seen a person die – something that in previous generations would have been a...

Trinitarian Bible Society AGM Report

Trinitarian Bible Society AGM Report

Trinitarian Bible Society Report of the Annual General Meeting By Joel Sayers The Society held its 191st AGM at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London on Saturday 17th September 2022. Over 200 members, supporters, volunteers, and staff gathered to give thanks to...

Ozanne to Take Sabbatical Strange to Substitute

Ozanne to Take Sabbatical Strange to Substitute

Ozanne to take Sabbatical Strange to Substitute Ms Jayne Ozanne, founder and Director of the LGBT activist organisation the Ozanne Foundation, has announced that she is to take a sabbatical.  Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Mark Strange, will take over her...

Church Leaders and Parliamentarians Pay Tribute

Church Leaders and Parliamentarians Pay Tribute

Church Leaders and Parliamentarians Pay Tribute In a statement given shortly after the announcement of the Queen’s death, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: “As we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose...

New Wine Conference Draws 14,000

New Wine Conference Draws 14,000

New Wine Conference 2022 Draws 14,000 Organisers of the theologically charismatic, New Wine 2022 Conference report that 14,000 people attended the gathering in Peterborough between 23 July and 7 August.  Another event called Sixty One, aimed at young adults in...

Plural Truth: The Prize of Infinite Value

Plural Truth: The Prize of Infinite Value

Anglican Futures Plural Truth Part 2: The Prize of Infinite Value? This is the second in a series of three blog posts, examining the concept of 'Plural Truth' in the light of what we have observed at the Lambeth Conference.  This first looked at how 'Plural Truth' has...

170 Bishops Affirm “Holiness” of Same-Sex Love

170 Bishops Affirm “Holiness” of Same-Sex Love

170 Bishops Affirm “Holiness” of Same-Sex Love 170 bishops from within the Anglican Communion signed a document supporting same-sex marriage and other issues promulgated by the LGBT community.  This means 480 of those bishops in attendance did not sign.  Over three...

Letter: The Abolition of Female Bishops?

Letter: The Abolition of Female Bishops?

Letter to the Editor The Abolition of Female Bishops? Dear Sir, Following the revelation at General Synod that there is no official definition of a woman, surely a Synod member could ask a further question, namely, ‘How many women bishops have served in the Church of...

London PRIDE Parade: What One Pastor Witnessed

London PRIDE Parade: What One Pastor Witnessed

London Pride Parade What One Pastor Witnessed Pastor Peter Simpson of the Penn Free Methodist Church attended the London PRIDE parade on 2 July.  What follows are his remarks on the parade and what was witnessed. On Saturday July 2nd the 50th annual Pride parade in...

Pilgrim’s Process: For Life

Pilgrim’s Process: For Life

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon For Life With a quarter of all pregnancies in the UK ending in abortion, the reversal of Roe v Wade by America’s supreme court ought to give all in our country pause for thought. Considerable support for abortion has been...

Judge Rules Against Archie Batersbee

Judge Rules Against Archie Batersbee

In a ruling on 13 June, handing down judgment in the Family Division of the High Court, Mrs Justice Arbuthnot, ruled that “on the balance of probabilities” Archie had died. On that basis, she authorised:   “Medical professionals at the Royal London Hospital (1)...

Robinson to be Ordained in Free Church of England

Robinson to be Ordained in Free Church of England

Robinson to Be Ordained in Free Church of England  Public Invited to Service Calvin Robinson, former ordinand in the Diocese of London of the Church of England, will be ordained Deacon by The Rt Revd Paul Hunt of the Free Church of England.  Hunt is the Bishop of the...

Justification: Rome & Protestants

Justification: Rome & Protestants

JUSTIFICATION: ROME AND PROTESTANTS Clearing Up Michael Nazir-Ali’s Confusion Many today insist that the old Reformation divide between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants (Lutherans, Anglicans, Reformed, and evangelical free Churches) over justification is...

“Unbiblical” Archbishops?

“Unbiblical” Archbishops?

Editorial “Unbiblical” Archbishops? The Most Revd and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury does not have an easy job.  He is the Primus inter pares of the Anglican Communion.  We are now told that means 85,000,000 people look to him as the first...

Her Majesty’s Coronation Oath

Her Majesty’s Coronation Oath

  Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath? And the Queen answering, I am willing, The Archbishop shall minister these questions; and the Queen, having a book in her hands, shall answer each question severally as follows: Archbishop: Will you solemnly...

Archbishop of Canterbury Tests Positive for Covid

Archbishop of Canterbury Tests Positive for Covid

Archbishop of Canterbury Tests Positive for Covid Will Miss Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving at St Paul’s The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury has tested positive for Covid and will miss the Platinum Jubilee service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral....