Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Two young gay men who featured on Hillary Clinton’s documentary announcing her candidacy for the White House have invited her to their wedding. Until recently Clinton favoured a state-by-state decision on same-sex weddings. Obama did not come out in favour before his 2008 election bid. It’s safe to say this is an issue on which […]

Going back to love

Going back to love

By Edward Hobbs,  New Wine At the start of this year as a church, we went back to basics. We asked the questions: why are we here? What are we for? It’s so easy for big, old, traditional organisations, like the church, to just exist because they exist. Through history, and over time, we lose […]

Doing God in America

Doing God in America

David Cameron may be the only political leader in Britain who is ready to call himself a Christian but the American presidential contest will see a number of believers campaigning for the White House. Hillary Clinton is a life-long Methodist who stayed in touch with Rev Don Jones, the youth pastor who influenced her in […]

Stories that should have been overlooked

Stories that should have been overlooked

I’ve often complained about the increasing problem of oversensitive offence-taking and the modern-day enthusiasm for playing the victim. These characteristics are displayed on social media ad nauseam, and it is one of the main reasons why I can’t bear to spend too much time on either Facebook or Twitter. But last Wednesday when I checked […]

The decline of Christianity

The decline of Christianity

In five decades, I must start with a correction. Religion is in terminal decline all across Europe and particularly in Britain according to a new report. Ten years ago, only three per cent of British people described themselves as having no religion; now the proportion is 50 per cent and among the under-25s it is […]

Cultural vandalism on a shocking scale

Cultural vandalism on a shocking scale

The destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by ISIS has shocked the world in a way that the mere massacre of innocents never could. It is shocking that this fanatical group is engaging in acts of ignorant cultural vandalism. Though these acts are reminiscent of periods of early modern European iconoclasm or the […]

Questions of integrity

Questions of integrity

By the Rev Dr Angus Ritchie The image of two bishops embracing – one the first woman to be ordained bishop in the Church of England, the other a man who opposes the ordination of women to the priesthood – was emblematic of a very Anglican approach to disagreement. Contrary to the stereotype, the Church […]

Growing in faith and commitment

Growing in faith and commitment

With Easter celebrations over and done with, people are looking at what they can do to continue or improve their dedication to God. On Good Friday, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, released a reflection discussing the renewal and revival of an individual’s faith. Speaking about the small beginnings of the Early Church, Sentamu outlined […]

The Jesus Way and the Election

The Jesus Way and the Election

The forthcoming General Election in May seems to the ordinary voter quite chaotic. The new factor is the rise of the smaller parties as credible and worth voting for because it very likely that another coalition will be the outcome. Neither of the two big parties is trusted enough and their poll ratings are stuck […]

Can a broken Communion be fixed?

Can a broken Communion be fixed?

Justin Welby is to be admired for his great efforts to meet all of the Anglican Communion’s primates in his frenetic first two years in the job. The fractious and fragmenting Anglican Communion has afforded him no honeymoon at all in his massive job. Since 2003 and the consecration of Gene Robinson the Anglican Communion […]

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