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Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of Troubles

Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of the Troubles During the Prime Minister’s Question time on 15 July, PM Johnson announced that the government would be bringing forth a statute of limitations in regard to occurencess committed before the Good Friday...

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals   Input has been requested on the proposals to change the current legislation regarding parishes within the Church of England.  The review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure...

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia Gafcon Australia has outlined its plan to support Anglicans who leave the Anglican Church of Australia over doctrinal revision which overturns the plain teaching of Scripture. At an...

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bp of Liverpool

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bishop of Liverpool The Church of England Evangelical Council has responded to a widely criticised public address and subsequent apology made last month by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of...

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...

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid: Parental Deaths Due to HIV

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid Parental Deaths Due to HIV  The Rt Revd John Orina Omangi, Bishop of the Kisii Missionary District in Eastern Kenya is appealing for assistance in caring for 100 children orphaned by the widespread HIV problem in the area.  Kisii...

Christianity & Craft Freemasonry, A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers

Christianity and Craft Freemasonry A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers Gerard Moate Latimer Trust, 2021 (ISBN: 9781906327705, 70pp) By 1964 a national commission of enquiry estimated the existence of 50,000 books and pamphlets on freemasonry. This literature has,...

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale

Forgotten Reformer: Miles Coverdale Geoffrey Main Self-published, 2021 (ISBN: 9781916873704, 228pp) Episcopal biographies are always an enjoyable read, not least those of bishops who are better known for their non-episcopal work. Coverdale is of course best known for...

And Just When You Thought You’d Heard Everything, Bats Communications Officer

Whilst considering reducing the number of clergy nationwide, the Church of England is advertising for someone to be employed as its, “Bats in Churches Communications Officer”.  The post, which is located in London, pays between £31,857 and £34,255 (pro rata).  The...

Pilgrim’s Proces: Baptism Depths of Meaning by Peter Sanlon

In my last column we looked at the Lord’s Supper.  Today, we take a look at the other sign our Lord Jesus instituted among us.  These signs, or sacraments, which God gives his people are both simple and profound. In their simplicity, God's grace is powerfully...

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 the RAF, he returned to Bangor in the early 1960s, where his abilities were perceived, and he was appointed to the extension committee of the then ‘Bangor Baptist Church’, who were planting a second congregation in the town.

In 1967 he was called to the pastorate of Grange Baptist Church in County Antrim, where he remained for 3 years. Comparatively early in his Christian life, he came to a reformed conviction, a rare thing for a Baptist pastor in Ireland in the seventies and eighties. In those days, many Baptists in Ireland would have considered this to be bordering on the heretical. In 1980, with a mortgage to pay and a family to keep, he took on the job of being one of the governors of the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. ‘The Troubles’ were at their height, but his pastoral skills, developed many years earlier, came to the fore.

A studious man, his first degree level qualification in Theology was in the early seventies. In 1984 he received his first doctorate; more were to follow. By the nineties he had developed strong connections in both America and Hungary. At the University of Miskolc in Hungary, he founded the department of Christian Studies in 1993, remaining as head of department until 1998.

His writings and studies have appeared in journals such as the Evangelical Quarterly, the Journal of the Irish Baptist Historical Society, the Evangelical Voice, and the Gospel Magazine, among others. A popular visiting speaker in different countries, he continued preaching until a few years ago. He ascended to glory on the 11th January 2021, leaving one son and two grandchildren.

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