Reform calls for boycott of shared conversations

THE CONSERVATIVE evangelical group Reform this week called on its members to boycott the shared conversations on human sexuality, claiming that traditionalists have been sidelined. The group said that the objectives of the exercise had been ‘significantly narrowed’ and now lacked credibility. The chairman of Reform, Preb Rod Thomas, said: “It is difficult to see […]

Anglicans interact with respected biblical scholar 

Andrew Symes Anglican Mainstream   Professor Robert Gagnon is well known across the world for his comprehensive and incisive explanation of biblical teaching on same-sex relationships. The New Testament scholar, who teaches at Pittsburg Theological Seminary, is best known for his work [i] The Bible and Homosexual Practice (2001). He has since developed a ministry […]

Syrian Christians: the forgotten casualties of war

Syrian Christians: the forgotten casualties of war

Jeremy Moodey As I write this column, the news is all about the small but strategic Syrian city of al-Qusayr, close to the Lebanese border, which has just been re-taken by Syrian government forces supported by Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon. Held by Syrian rebels for a year, a city that was once a bustling community […]

Spreading the Word

Spreading the Word

By Chris Sugden CEN has a long history dating back to the founding of The Record in 1828. Certainly from the 1920s it had become a bastion of conservative evangelicalism; it reported strongly (up to four pages) on the Islington Clerical Conference (the main annual rallying point until the advent of NEAC and Eclectics in […]

Church is last refuge for victims of Congo violence

Church is last refuge for victims of Congo violence

Two weeks ago Ban Ki-Moon, UN secretary general, landed in the city of Goma, to announce 3,000 more troops for eastern DR Congo in the wake of yet another flare-up of violence. Here, Philip Mounstephen, executive leader of the Church Mission Society, reflects on his meeting with one Goma priest who is heroically serving his […]

Would Paul of Tarsus make a cheerful vicar?

By Graham Archer   Every congregation wants a vicar who is happy and fulfilled, and so do those who are their nearest and dearest. Most vicars have developed faces, voices and demeanours that reassure everyone that they are happy and fulfilled, so unless the mask slips, all is well. However, beneath the surface, the picture […]

The Christian message for today’s society

Mark Burkill Apparently there is a village in Cornwall with 864 road signs. That means one road sign for every three inhabitants. However the council has agreed there are too many and plans to remove 200 of them. One can readily imagine the dazzling bombardment of information that such excess signage produces. In some ways […]

Shaping disciples in fresh expressions

Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops’ Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team, looks at discipleship… The ultimate test of any local church’s ministry, whether in ‘inherited’ mode or a fresh expression, is ‘what sorts of disciples are being made?’ To what extent is that expression of church shaping people to be like Jesus? How effectively […]

An adventure with God

Church Army’s Xplore gap year programme for 18- to 25-year-olds offers young people the chance to do mission in Romania, Ireland and the United Kingdom. This year’s Xplorers tell Hannah Gray about their experiences and what God has been teaching them Aimee Jess, 22, from Lisburn in Northern Ireland “My gap year with Xplore started […]

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