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New directions for the Church 3: explain how it can help

This is the third in my series of posts looking for changes of approach in church leadership, away from the post-1970s version of Evangelicalism that currently dominates its thinking and policies. Here I address the need for an outward-looking focus. … Continue reading

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New directions for the church 1: whose kingdom come?

You may or may not have noticed, but we are now in the middle of a ‘global wave of prayer’ initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, under the name ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. This is the first of a … Continue reading

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You will be free to do what we tell you

The Church of England’s General Synod is due to meet on 15th February, and some bizarre preparations are being made. This post is about a long document, Setting God’s People Free , written by the Archbishops’ Council. On behalf of … Continue reading

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Here we go again

‘My primary feeling on reading the document was “here we go again”‘, Miranda Threlfall-Holmes remarks on her excellent response to the latest report from the Church of England’s House of Bishops on the apparently never-ending issue of same-sex relationships. The … Continue reading

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Memories of David Jenkins

‘Best known for expressing doubts about the virgin birth and the physical resurrection of Christ’ – The Guardian . ‘“Unbelieving bishop” Jenkins famed for his sceptical views… He shocked believers by expressing doubts about the virgin birth and the resurrection … Continue reading

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Church reform and its hierarchy

‘Reform and renewal’ is the term used for the Church of England ‘s wide-ranging programmes of change. This post is about its proposal to rapidly increase the number of lay ministers : the unpaid to 17,500 (a 48% increase) and … Continue reading

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Almighty God, shift your arse off that sofa

What the new Church of England booklet Talking Jesus actually says is that a group of Christian leaders, meeting in March, shared a ‘collective longing for God to move in this nation’. For those who do not speak fluent Evangelicalese … Continue reading

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Good disagreement

In the continuing debate over gay marriage the Church Times has published an article by Andrew Atherstone and Andrew Goddard, ‘If we can’t make up, can we still kiss?’ This is a response. Their conservative evangelical approach is the cause … Continue reading

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Churches and death: can others do it better?

Here’s confirmation of one of the points Professor Linda Woodhead made in the talk she gave at St Brides Liverpool on Monday. The talk was entitled ‘What’s wrong with the Church of England? And can anything be done?’

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What’s wrong with the Church of England?

– and can anything be done? At last night’s lively talk at St Brides’ Liverpool, and the equally lively discussion afterwards, Linda Woodhead presented an alternative vision of the Church of England.

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