Queen’s former chaplain leads rebel Anglican group threatening to split Church over sexuality issues

Queen’s former chaplain leads rebel Anglican group threatening to split Church over sexuality issues

Gavin Ashenden is leading a group of rebel conservative clergy threatening to break away from the Church of England over sexuality issues.ashenden.org The Queen’s former chaplain, Gavin Ashenden, is leading a group of rebel conservative clergy which is threatening to break away from the Church of England over sexuality issues. In a letter published in today’s Daily Telegraph, the group of 23 warns of the prospect of a ‘declaration of independence’ from vicars who feel that those with traditional views are being ‘marginalised’ by the Church’s leadership. They claim that decisions by the General Synod – the Church of England’s equivalent to a parliament – have caused ‘great concern’ among Anglicans. They write: ‘There are times, particularly in the face of social disintegration, when it is the duty of...Read more
Radical Muslim embraces Jesus after Christians show him kindness in ISIS-torn Syria

Radical Muslim embraces Jesus after Christians show him kindness in ISIS-torn Syria

Reuters A persecution watchdog group has shared the story of a Muslim extremist who upon witnessing a church service led by Christians in war-torn Syria decided to abandon his radical lifestyle and turn to Jesus Christ. Open Doors USA’s Emily Fuentes shared in an article for Mission Network News on Monday the story of a pastor in Syria who witnessed the conversion. “One of the pastors who chose to stay there talked about how he was hosting a church event, feeding the community who was remaining in this city, and they would feed the community and have a sermon where they shared the Gospel message,” Fuentes said. “And as he’s preparing to do it, he and the other pastor saw a Muslim extremist man with a beard without a mustache, which is an indication of a more fundamental, extremist Muslim, so they were concerned,” she added. “They prayed...Read more
Frontman of heavy metal band Of Mice & Men says he loses followers every time he talks about Jesus

Frontman of heavy metal band Of Mice & Men says he loses followers every time he talks about Jesus

Former Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile isn’t ashamed to talk about his Christian faith(Photo: Instagram/AustinCarlile) Austin Carlile, the singer who was formerly with heavy metal band Of Mice & Men, says he lost fans when he began talking about God. Carlile, 29, was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that sidelined him from touring with the group. While he deals with rigorous treatments, he does so glorifying God and leaning on his faith. However, a recent tweet revealed that everyone is not always accepting of Carlile being vocal about his faith walk. “I LOSE followers any time I speak about God or His son Jesus, ppl don’t wanna hear it. What I GAIN from knowing Him though… irreplaceable,” Carlile tweeted Monday. “It may not be ‘cool’ to believe, it may not be popular, but the GOD of the...Read more
Snoop Dogg shares preview clip of new Christian music project, ‘Bible of Love’, featuring gospel singer Fred Hammond

Snoop Dogg shares preview clip of new Christian music project, ‘Bible of Love’, featuring gospel singer Fred Hammond

Hip hop veteran Snoop Dogg(Photo: Reuters) Snoop Dogg is giving the world a glimpse of his gospel music album, which already features a famous voice in gospel music, Fred Hammond. The rap mogul, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., took to Instagram to preview his gospel project Bible of Love for fans. In the preview video clip, Hammond’s signature voice can be heard praising God. “He did it for me he’ll do it for you, same God,” Hammond croons in the audio track that Snoop can be seen lip syncing to. The 45-year-old hip hop veteran announced that he would create a gospel album earlier in an interview with Beats 1 Radio. “I’m working on a gospel album. It’s always been on my heart,” he said. “I just never got around to it because I always be doing gangsta business and doing this and doing that. But I just feel...Read more
Dawkins no-platformed for ‘abusive speech’, protests: ‘Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?’

Dawkins no-platformed for ‘abusive speech’, protests: ‘Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?’

Richard Dawkins has been ‘no-platformed’ by a US radio station who dropped him after discovering his ‘abusive speech’ against Islam. Dawkins protested that he was not abusive, but made no apology for criticising the ‘oppressive cruelties of Islamism’. Reuters Richard Dawkins protested being dropped by a radio station for ‘abusive speech’ against Islam. Dawkins, renowned evolutionary biologist and vocal critic of religion, was due to speak about his latest bookScience in the Soul: Collected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist, at an event for the Berkeley, CA based radio station KPFA on August 9. However, KFPA cancelled the talk last Thursday, according to The Independent. The station explained in an email: ‘We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science when we didn’t know he had offended and...Read more
What did Jesus mean when he condemned those who make children ‘stumble’?

What did Jesus mean when he condemned those who make children ‘stumble’?

Jesus was fond of children. He said in Matthew 19:14 to the disciples who wanted to stop them bothering him, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’ Jesus says we will be judged on our care for children.Pixabay But in Matthew 18:6 and Luke 17:2 he goes further, saying it would be ‘better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble’. We often assume these verses have something to do with causing children harm – we are much, much more sensitive today about how fragile children are, physically and emotionally, than previous generations, and so we ought to be. We do not tolerate the ill-treatment of children, and when it surfaces, in families or institutions, we are horrified. But that’s...Read more
Lean in to your shadow side: ten new Christian phrases you need to know

Lean in to your shadow side: ten new Christian phrases you need to know

‘Lean into your shadow side’Tyson Dudley/Unsplash Every subculture has its own special vocabulary. Whether you’re a sci-fi geek or a football fan, a sailor or a social justice campaigner, your specific area of interest will have its own lexicon of words which don’t make much sense to the uninitiated. No-one however, quite does this to the degree of awesomeness demonstrated by the evangelical wing of the Christian church, which not only has its own set of extraordinary jargon, but regularly adds to it. So while you might have mastered some of the familiar basics of what we call ‘Christianese’, the language is constantly evolving to keep you on your toes. You might be aware of what it means to ‘move into a time of worship’, or even why it’s important to have a ‘hedge of protection’, but do you know about the centrality of...Read more
Is the sidelining of religion a root cause of our mental health crisis?

Is the sidelining of religion a root cause of our mental health crisis?

Jeremy Perkins/Unsplash Religious magazines and newspapers are a way to reach people suffering with mental health problems and give them a message of hope. There is often stigma surrounding this topic that causes additional and needless pain to both the sufferer and those around them. This can go on for years and through generations. I see a nationwide mental health problem that is getting neither the understanding nor the help it deserves. It is no exaggeration to claim that Britain is in the grip of a mental health crisis. Millions admit to having suffered, or are currently suffering, with anxiety and despair which medical statistics can confirm in grim detail. In a Unicef report commissioned by the Department for Education, a culture of ‘compulsive consumerism’ was cited as a major contributing factor to the onset of mental illness and breakdown of the family structure....Read more
Steve Chalke – I beg you to reconsider and side with what the Creator said about gay ***

Steve Chalke – I beg you to reconsider and side with what the Creator said about gay ***

One of the less graphic images excavated from ancient Pompeii.Wikimedia Commons In recent news, Steve Chalke, who would describe himself as evangelical but who has shifted on many different issues, has released material claiming that ancient Roman scenes of gay debaucherous *** depicted in excavations from ancient Pompei should be reason to revise our view of Romans 1. These arguments from the revisionist camp, however, simply make no sense of the research. Biblical scholar E P Sanders clearly dismisses the notion that homosexual loving and romantic relationships didn’t exist, and appeals to the fact there were often Roman equivalents to same-*** unions accepted in various eras of Roman life. Similarly many gay relationships were known, accepted and even celebrated among the nobility and in the lives of Emperors. Throughout the ancient world it is a gross simplification of...Read more
What does ‘home’ mean to you? Are you like the Son of Man, with nowhere to lay your head?

What does ‘home’ mean to you? Are you like the Son of Man, with nowhere to lay your head?

Jo Swinney with her book Home in the Christian Today office.Ruth Gledhill What does home mean to you? Author Jo Swinney has just published a book all about this. Married to an American gangster-turned-vicar, Shawn Swinney, they now live in the ultimate English suburb, Surbiton, and have two young daughters. Jo came in to Christian Today to talk with editor Ruth Gledhill about the quest to belong. She spoke about how her daugher Alexa, aged 10, recently became suddenly ill with asthma and was hospitalised. Had Jo waited another hour before taking her to the doctor, she might not have made it. Returning from hospital after that made her appreciate yet again the importance of home. She described how she moved many times as a child with her family, including three times before she was five, lived in Portugal and was then sent also to boarding school. She said it is very rare now to meet...Read more

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