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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...

Where to Begin?

Everything has a beginning and so I shall start…  

It is a distinct honour to start this chapter of my life as editor of the English Churchman.  It is a heavy responsibility to be given charge of the oldest publication in the life of the C of E and thus of the Anglican world.  This paper can trace its existence back to 1761 as the St James’s Chronicle.  After a series of mergers in the 19th century it finally merged into its present title in 1884.

In 1761, George III was King, and the Book of Common Prayer in its present form was just shy of a century in use.  George Whitefield was the most famous Briton and by far the most listened to clergyman.  John Wesley’s theological magazine, The Arminian Magazine was still seventeen years in the future and George Washington was still a Virginia planter, frontier soldier, loyal Englishman, and budding politician who had married well 2 years before.  

Two hundred and sixty years is a long time for almost anything but particularly so for a newspaper, let alone a publication focussing on the Church.  The Church of England newspaper started in 1828 as The Record before merging with the Church Family Newspaper, and Church Times came along in 1863…one hundred and one years after the St James’s Chronicle.

All is to say that this publication and its predecessors have been at the job for more than a passing moment.  We pray by God’s grace that it will continue until our Lord Jesus’ return.

Our readers might rightly wish to know the convictions of this new editor.  Let me say that I am a Christian who is Anglican by conviction and remain part of an official Anglican province by the same.  I am as robustly reformed and Protestant as the Formularies of the Church of England teach in Canon A5 and as the Church of Ireland states in her Constitution and Declaration of Principles. The Trustees of the English Churchman Trust, which owns the paper, will ensure that the editorial output of this publication remains faithful to that standard.

Christopher Pierce, the Rev’d

Editor

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