Lord’s Prayer in new translation plea

THE POPE has questioned the translation of a line in the Lord’s Prayer. The Pope’s comments came in a television interview where he explained that the line “lead us not into temptation” was “not a good translation” from the original text. Elaborating on the line of the prayer “Do not let us fall into temptation,” […]

Government challenged over organ donation changes

THE GOVERNMENT has launched a consultation to evaluate a new organ donation system in the UK. Under current law, organ donors are required to opt-in, but the government is hoping to make it easier for people to donate their organs by introducing ‘opt-out’ consent. However, CARE’s Chief Executive, Nola Leach, has spoken out against the […]

Andy Lines ordains his first clergy

THE ANGLICAN Mission in England (AMiE) held its first ordination service led by the newly consecrated Missionary Bishop, Andy Lines, last Thursday (7 December). The AMiE group of churches, which is connected to the conservative-Anglican group, GAFCON, has so far been led by clergy from the Church of England. During the service at the East London […]

Sunday Service

3rd Sunday of Advent — Sunday 17th December 2017 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28   In the reading this week from Isaiah 61 we hear the call to rejoice in the transforming, restoring gospel proclaimed by the Anointed Preacher.The transformation is in verses 1-4. The restoration of Israel to a place […]

The spiritual director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us?’ And I said ‘Here am I; send me.’ Isaiah 6:8   Advent draws us into the journey towards the coming of salvation, a day that the prophets looked forward to […]

Arabic Christian children’s channel celebrates 10 years on air

A Christian TV channel watched by at least 4.6 million Arabic speaking children in the Middle East and North Africa is putting up the bunting, banners and balloons for when it celebrates its 10th birthday on 10 December. “We would need the largest cake ever made if we could invite all our precious viewers over […]

A hurtful suggestion from the Provost

It goes without saying that to comment on the sexual orientation of a child is wrong and is bound to create a prurient interest in the child in question. This kind of interest is invariably harmful, offensive and hurtful. No clergyman should speculate about the sexual orientation of a child in order to make a […]

Christmas encouragement from Meghan Markle

How should the churches best use the Christmas season as an evangelistic opportunity?It is true that for most people in the UK Christmas is primarily a festival of present-giving and bingeing on too much food and drink. Christians do not want to pour cold water on the jollity and fun of the secular reality of […]

Things Fall Apart

Alan Storkey Many people see no point to the Old Testament histories of Israel and the surrounding nations and empires. It is just padding around a few quotes from the prophets and the coming of Jesus. But, of course, it is not. Rather, it shows the history of nations falling apart, being overrun, empires falling […]

Church growth ‘is not an evangelical phenomenon,’ report says

A NEW report highlights growth in Anglo-Catholic churches and says that it is not true that church growth is an ‘evangelical phenomenon’. ‘A Time to Sow’, a report from the Centre for Theology and Community, analyses Anglo-Catholic church growth in London based on seven high churches that have been growing in the last five years. […]