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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...

The Death of Bishop John Rodgers

Death of Bishop John Rodgers A Personal Reflection By the Very Revd Dr Paul Zahl Bishop John Rodgers died on the 23rd of November in Pittsburgh. He was 92 years of age. His wife of 61 years, Blanche, died in 2020. John was a mighty man of God.  He never wavered,...

Desmond Tutu: 1931 – 2021

Desmond Tutu 1931-2021 Desmond Tutu, former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and fierce opponent of apartheid died on Boxing Day, 2021.   He is survived by Leah, his wife of sixty-six years, and their four children: Theresa, Trevor, Mpho, and Naomi.  He...

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...

Death of LENORA HAMMOND

Lenora Hammond 1960-2021 Mrs Lenora Hammond, wife of Frontline Fellowship founder Dr Peter Hammond, died on 9 November.  She was six days short of her sixty-first birthday.  Frontline Fellowship is headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. Mrs Hammond was born into a...

Bishop John Shelby Spong Dead at 90

Bishop John Shelby Spong Dead at 90 Former bishop of the Diocese of Newark in The Episcopal Church, John Shelby Spong died on 12 September.  He was ninety years of age. Spong, known for his rude manner and ability to self publicise his heretical beliefs, had retired...

Death of Pastor Greg Haslam

Pastor Greg Haslam 1953 - 2021 Former Pastor at Westminster Chapel, Greg Haslam died on 21 August 2021 as a result of early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease. He became the minister at Westminster Chapel in 2002 and remained until he retired due to health issues in 2016. ...

John Blanchard

John BlanchardAuthor — Evangelist — Christian Apologist1932 — 2021 Well known Christian author, evangelist, and Christian apologist, John Blanchard has died. He was born in Guernsey and before the German invasion of the island was evacuated to Islay in the Hebrides....

The Revd Canon Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS

1930 - 2021 Physicist, theologian, and clergyman, John Charlton Polkinghorne died 9 March 2021. He was born on 16 October 1930. A lifelong Anglican, he was ordained deacon in 1981 and presbyter in 1982. In 2002, he received the Templeton Prize. Before returning to...

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...