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8 reasons why the CofE’s same-sex proposals won’t work

2023-01-30T17:21:00+00:00By

Sean Doherty is a same-sex attracted Christian who has been part of the Living in Love and Faith process since the beginning. He believes the CofE needs to take more time for proper discernment over the Church’s position on gay marriage

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Can Chat GPT lead someone to Christ? We put the machine through its spiritual paces…

2023-01-30T14:58:00+00:00By

It’s the AI software everyone is talking about. It can write essays, impersonate famous people and even give you personalised poetry. But can Chat GPT offer any of its millions of users spiritual wisdom? Our editor put the machine to the test

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Workers deserve a fair wage. Let's be praying for a just resolution to strike action

2023-01-27T14:22:00+00:00By

Whatever our views on the ongoing strikes that continue to disrupt our public services, Christians should be committed to praying for peace, justice and God’s wisdom, says Tim Farron

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I escaped from North Korea. Here's why it's still the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian

2023-01-27T11:29:00+00:00By

Three decades after charity Open Doors began monitoring Christian persecution around the world, North Korea is more dangerous than ever for followers of Jesus. Timothy Cho, who escaped the regime, explains why that is, and why we should still be hopeful for change

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Bishops are departing from orthodox teaching. Evangelicals must stand firm and pray for the Church of England

2023-01-26T15:03:00+00:00By , CEO, Evangelical Alliance

In an open letter to fellow evangelicals, Gavin Calver issues a call to pray for the Church of England. Its leaders must reaffirm their commitment to traditional teaching on marriage, he says  

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‘Dear Justin…’ RT Kendall’s open letter to Archbishop of Canterbury on sexuality

2023-01-26T13:14:00+00:00By

Bible teacher RT Kendall explains why he believes the Church of England must urgently change course on last week’s decision to allow same-sex blessings

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Rev Richard Coles admits he broke church rules on sex. Why won't the CofE uphold its own doctrine?

2023-01-26T12:41:00+00:00By , Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC)

Rev Richard Coles has revealed he broke CofE rules in order to have his same-sex relationship blessed in a church. John Stevens says Coles’ actions were in direct defiance of the vows he took as a priest

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Why a ban on conversion practices poses a threat to Christian freedoms

2023-01-25T08:19:00+00:00By , Evangelical Alliance

Last week, the government announced that forthcoming proposals on banning conversion therapy would now include gender identity as well as sexual orientation. Danny Webster unpicks the twists and turns along the journey so far, and explains his concerns for the Church

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‘Only Jesus’: The Christian faith of Mykhaylo Mudryk

2023-01-23T14:07:00+00:00By

Mykhaylo Mudryk’s tattoos tell one very clear story. Chelsea’s latest signing is (literally) wearing his faith on his sleeve

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Why should parishioners receive communion from female clergy when their bishop won’t?

2023-01-20T11:42:00+00:00By

There are still many unanswered questions in the appointment of the CofE’s first diocesan bishop who does not ordain women, says Martine Oborne. What message does it send to female clergy? And how can they be expected to flourish in an environment where institutionalised discrimination still exists?

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‘We can’t bless what God curses’ and 4 other reasons why I’m opposing the CofE’s heretical same-sex blessings

2023-01-20T09:45:00+00:00By , Director, Church Society

Blessing same-sex relationships is a change in Church doctrine, says Rev Dr Lee Gatiss, no matter how hard bishops try to argue otherwise.

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Whatever your views on gender and sexuality, Christians must listen to one another

2023-01-19T17:43:00+00:00By

Taking sides without properly listening to the arguments that don’t match our own may be the undoing of us, says George Pitcher. Stop your ears at your peril

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Christians can support striking workers in good conscience

2023-01-18T15:25:00+00:00By

With new legislation on it’s way that would limit the rights of some workers to strike, Tony Wilson says Christians should oppose the government’s plans to crack down on industrial action

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Why Bishop North’s appointment is good news

2023-01-17T12:55:00+00:00By , Bishop of Lancaster

The appointment of Rt Rev Philip North as Bishop of Blackburn was not universally welcomed last week, with some expressing concern that Bishop North doesn’t ordain female priests. But Rt Rev Jill Duff, who oversaw the consultation on his appointment, explains why, as a woman, she’s excited to work with him

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The CofE’s £100m fund is a step in the right direction in making reparations for slavery

2023-01-13T13:35:00+00:00By , General Secretary, Churches Together in England

The Church of England has announced a £100m fund to compensate communities for the Church’s historical benefit from the transatlantic slave trade. It’s progress, says Mike Royal

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Why the biblical story of Jacob and Esau offers hope for William and Harry

2023-01-13T10:44:00+00:00By

If we’re looking for hope of a royal reconciliation, it’s Jacob and Esau we must look to, not Cain and Abel, says George Pitcher

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Demi Lovato’s album cover is offensive to Christians. I’m pleased the advert has been banned

2023-01-12T16:18:00+00:00By , Affinity

The singer’s blasphemy is a simply a symptom of society’s disregard for God, and the saviour he sent to give his life for ours, says Graham Nicholls

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4 tech trends that will impact your life and faith in 2023

2023-01-12T10:12:00+00:00By

Christians have nothing to fear and everything to gain from the latest tech, says Chris Goswami. He explores the four biggest trends and explains what they may mean for society and the Church in the year ahead

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Prince Harry is hurting. Christians need to show compassion

2023-01-12T08:53:00+00:00By

Prince Harry has been vilified for his tell-all memoir, but Rev Canon Yvonne Richmond Tulloch says Christians should show compassion for a man processing unresolved grief

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There are no spares in the Kingdom of God, just heirs

2023-01-11T10:55:00+00:00By

There is a special inheritance locked up in heaven that cannot fade, spoil or perish. It’s guaranteed for everyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ, and it's far better than anything the royal family has to offer, says James Mildred

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The 4 biggest issues facing the Church in 2023

2023-01-10T11:29:00+00:00By

Contested cultural moments can provide great opportunities for a Church that bears a message of good news, says Peter Lynas

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5 ways to manage your mental health in 2023

2023-01-09T13:58:00+00:00By

2022 was a tough year for many, says Sharon Hastings. As a Christian who lives with schizoaffective disorder, here’s her top tips for managing mental health well this new year

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Don’t focus on self-improvement this new year, just resolve to love God more

2023-01-09T09:56:00+00:00By

Whether looking back at fond Christmas memories, or forward to new year’s resolutions, Annette Clowes reminds us that focussing on Jesus will always bring out the best in us

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Conflict within a family is hard for everyone – William and Harry are no exception

2023-01-06T11:04:00+00:00By

As the publication of Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir Spare continues to generate headlines, the Royal Family have thus far not spoken out. But behind the scenes, relationships must be strained. Emma Fowle offers some advice 

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The true meaning of Epiphany is Christ’s call to give him everything

2023-01-06T10:52:00+00:00By

As Christmastide draws to an end, George Pitcher reminds us of the latent hope celebrated in the Christian festival of Epiphany, and challenges us all to bring something to the party

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Pelé (1940-2022): ‘God gave me the gift of knowing how to play football’

2023-01-05T16:32:00+00:00By

Earlier this week, thousands of Brazilians lined the streets for the funeral of footballing legend, Pelé. His traditional Catholic send-off reflected a life of faith in God, if not a life lived perfectly, says Emma Fowle

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Andrew Tate’s behaviour is abhorrent. But when I prayed for him, God did something surprising

2023-01-05T16:22:00+00:00By

When Tony Wilson first read about Andrew Tate in the newspaper, he thought he was a monster. But when he prayed about the situation, God broke his heart in surprising ways and challenged him about his own lifestyle

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‘Father, into your hands we commend Pope Benedict’s spirit’ - Read Pope Francis’s funeral homily

2023-01-05T11:02:00+00:00By

Pope Francis paid tribute to the life and service of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Read the text in full here

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11 ways to develop a healthy Bible reading habit in 2023

2023-01-04T16:55:00+00:00By

Are you yearning to make your Bible a priority this year? Here’s how you can succeed

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Bill Latham (1938-2022): The gifted communicator who brought Cliff Richard to faith

2023-01-04T16:38:00+00:00By

Best known as Cliff Richard’s right hand man, Bill Latham was a phenomenal Christian communicator who brought many into God’s kingdom says Gill Snow

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Most Christians don’t feel comfortable wearing a cross at work. That needs to change

2023-01-04T09:40:00+00:00By , Christian Concern

Despite Christianity being the largest religion in the UK, a recent study shows that many Christians still face discrimination in the workplace. It’s time for the Church to stand up, says Andrea Williams

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More than a scholar, Pope Benedict XVI was a kind man who shaped my life

2022-12-31T18:22:00+00:00By , Archbishop of Westminster

Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95. The leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, pays tribute to him

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What can Christians expect from King Charles’ first Christmas broadcast?

2022-12-20T12:42:00+00:00By , The Woolf Institute, Cambridge

Queen Elizabeth II clearly communicated her faith in her annual Christmas speech. But will King Charles? And will it give us any further insight into how he sees his role as Defender of the Faith?

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Joseph's silent submission to Mary's God-given calling is real biblical manhood

2022-12-20T11:30:00+00:00By

Not a word in scripture is attributed to Jesus’ adoptive father. Yet in quietly caring for Mary despite the scandal that surrounded her pregnancy, he sets an example for men everywhere, says Michael Frost

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Want more joy this Christmas? Follow Jesus example of service

2022-12-20T09:43:00+00:00By

At Christmas, we remember our Servant King, who gave up the status and privilege of heaven to take on human form. But Jesus also commands us to follow his example and serve others rather than ourselves, says Billy Hill

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'It was God who made me play like this' - the Christian faith of Lionel Messi

2022-12-20T09:02:00+00:00By

In the days since Argentina lifted the World Cup trophy, much has been made of the spirit of Maradona guiding Messi to victory. But what of the Spirit of God, and his own personal faith? asks Tim Bechervaise

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Simeon’s joy can be yours too this Christmas

2022-12-19T17:12:00+00:00By

When Simeon looked at the baby Jesus, he realised how significant his birth – and death – would be. It brought deep joy and peace to his heart, and it can to ours, too, says Bob Lepine

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As another Christmas arrives, Hindu extremists are again targeting Indian Christians

2022-12-19T14:49:00+00:00By , Good Shepherd Church of India

World Vision India is just one of many charities to have its license to receive foreign funds suspended by the Hindu-led government. It’s another clear sign of Christian persecution, says Bishop Joseph D’Souza. What happened to peace on earth and goodwill to all people?

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Are you a ‘Christmas-only Christian’? Here’s 4 ways to go deeper in your faith

2022-12-19T14:43:00+00:00By , , Eastern European Mission

Going to church once or twice a year can’t earn us our salvation. Nor will it give us the life of abundant joy that a relationship with Jesus can

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In an absurd move, Brighton Uni is banning the word ‘Christmas’. It won’t stop me talking about Jesus

2022-12-19T10:38:00+00:00By

A university issuing guidance to avoid the word Christmas would have once provoked outrage in James Mildred. But nowadays, he’s learning to shrug his shoulders and focus on something far more important 

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Only half of Christians think evangelism is important. We must equip one another to share the good news

2022-12-16T12:29:00+00:00By , Evangelical Alliance

According to a new survey, 43 per cent of UK Christians know nothing about Jesus’ Great Commission and only half think it is important to share their faith. That’s a huge missed opportunity for the Church, says Phil Knox

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You should spend time with a persecuted pastor this Advent

2022-12-16T12:07:00+00:00By

Hannah Nation has worked with persecuted Chinese house church leaders on a new manifesto entitled Faithful Disobedience. Their moving stories are a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, she says

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Praising Jesus with 500,000 Nigerians blew me away

2022-12-16T10:41:00+00:00By , Worship leader

After witnessing half a million Christians dancing, celebrating and worshipping in Lagos, Nigeria, Tim Hughes says the worldwide body of Christ is more glorious, diverse and far reaching than we could ever dare comprehend

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The Scottish conversion therapy ban would criminalise prayers and sermons. It must be dropped

2022-12-16T09:48:00+00:00By , The Christian Institute

The Scottish government’s proposed new law suggests that teaching the importance of marriage is akin to conversion therapy. It breaches multiple human rights and is simply not necessary, says Simon Calvert

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Allowing same-sex marriage threatens to rob Christianity of its redemptive power

2022-12-16T09:34:00+00:00By , Trinity Church York

If Church of England bishops change course on same-sex relationships, they’ll be turning their back on Christ’s redemptive power, says Matthew Roberts

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4 boys died in the frozen lake tragedy. 4 migrants died in the channel. Will Christians grieve all, or just some?

2022-12-15T16:44:00+00:00By

Christians must not let distance or disinterest prevent us from being the good Samaritan this Advent, says George Pitcher

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The hymn says: ‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’ but what does that really mean?

2022-12-14T13:42:00+00:00By

Where the comma sits in ‘God rest ye merry gentleman’ has been debated by scholars for years. Bob Lepine explains why Christians should care

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Welby won’t give his opinion on gay marriage. Perhaps Dietrich Bonhoeffer can help

2022-12-14T11:46:00+00:00By

Church of England bishops are finalising proposals in response to same-sex marriage for February’s meeting of the General Synod. Could Bonhoeffer’s seminal text on Church unity help as decisions on sexuality are made?

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Speaking up about racism is hard, the least we can do for Harry, Meghan and Ngozi Fulani is believe them

2022-12-13T12:19:00+00:00By

After watching the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix documentary and reading newspaper reports of Ngozi Fulani’s experience at Buckingham Palace, Chine McDonald challenges Christians not to turn away in discomfort from the racism that still exists in our society

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Human rights campaigners are ignoring the plight of persecuted Christians in Qatar

2022-12-12T14:40:00+00:00By

Human rights issues in Qatar have been making front page news throughout the World Cup, but you will struggle to find a secular human rights organisation speaking up for freedom of religion. While the rights of some minorities are championed, Christians are simply ignored, says Dr Martin Parsons

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3 things churches get wrong at Christmas – and how to fix them

2022-12-12T10:56:00+00:00By

Christmas is a time of great celebration, says Chris Goswami. But we must be careful not to assume that everyone finds it easy, and that we’re giving a good invitation to a year-round, life-long relationship with Jesus

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If you're free to worship God, these 3 other freedoms will follow

2022-12-09T17:02:00+00:00By

This year’s Reith Lectures are underway. And they’re a fascinating reminder that serving God is perfect freedom, says George Pitcher

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Pastors guilty of sexual abuse should never be restored to ministry

2022-12-09T15:59:00+00:00By , Professor of History

High profile US pastor Johnny Hunt was restored to ministry despite serious allegations of sexual misconduct. What happened to permanent disqualification, asks Beth Allison Barr. And what does it say to the women in their congregations?

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Nigel Farage is wrong. Immigration is not to blame for the decline of Christianity

2022-12-08T11:33:00+00:00By

The decline in Christianity and the rise in non-white populations in England and Wales have led some commentators to link the two together and urge Britain to close its borders, says Caroline Gregory. But the biblical command to "love the foreigner as yourself" is more pertinent than ever, she says