New Evangelical Archbishop of Canterbury – Justin Welby

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Today they have finally confirmed that the current Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican church worldwide. My Church of England Evangelical friends are no doubt very pleased, but we must not underestimate the challenge Welby has ahead of him.The phrase "Bishop of Durham" still sends a chill down the spine of older evangelicals in the UK like me. One of the previous incumbents was infamous, and was so liberal he would not have been a … [Read more...]

Rick Warren appeals for civility

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With the American Election just tomorrow now, I think that Warrens words, quoted in a helpful post from Frank Viola entitled, "20 Reasons Why the Christian Right & the Christian Left Won’t Adopt Me" are well worth reading and considering carefully (along with the rest of Viola's interesting post).This notion of "disagreeing agreeably" lies behind my post on inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue. Whether we are talking doctrine or politics we must learn to be polite to each other at all t … [Read more...]

Ten reasons why every Christian should vote

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I cannot vote in the American elections because I am not American. But if I could, I would. I will not offer a reason to vote for any specific candidate in this post, but  felt I needed to urge those who can vote to do so!  This was prompted by hearing of some who think Christians shouldn't vote at all  and even worse a strange movement exists which has somehow persuaded 1.4 million to pledge to spoil ballot papers by adding Jesus as a write-in candidate.  So why should we all vote (and by vote I … [Read more...]

US Presidential Elections: A nation divided

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I was asked this week what issues in the American Elections concern my constituency of readers, many of whom are American. I think a number will agree with an issue that is not often expressed. For me, as a British observer, one big concern I have is for the unity of your great nation. It seems that with every passing election cycle the divisions grow deeper. Some Republicans dismiss Obama as out to destroy what makes America great, while some Democrats demonize Romney.It might surprise you … [Read more...]

The Christian Persecution Complex?

Over on Twitter I had a very interesting discussion yesterday with another blogger who has just moved over to Patheos. No doubt Jame's original question was probably prompted from a tweet that came from my introductory post here on Patheos. His blog is coming from a very different perspective to mine and is called Future Temple.  Here is what we said, oldest posts at the bottom, and as is often the case in these discussions some of our replies to each other get a bit jumbled, but I think you can … [Read more...]

Evangelicals should support a Mormon’s right to be President

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Be careful what you wish for. Many American Evangelicals are no doubt approaching the forthcoming elections with a sense of apprehension. And well they should, but for different reasons than perhaps they realise. I appreciate that I comment as an outsider on goings on in the USA at what I perceive as a time of national madness that comes round every four years (although with midterms, perhaps it never stops!). But, I think that very separation helps me to see things differently, and after all I … [Read more...]

Did Germany just ban being a Jew or Muslim?

A German court has taken aggressive secularism and it's attempts to establish an atheocracy a step further, and we should all be concerned. What happens in a single European country often spreads elsewhere in Europe and even to the USA.  In a case involving a Muslim family who had opted to follow their religion and have their son circumcised, the court ruled that circumcision, " . . even when done properly by a doctor with the permission of the parents, should be considered as bodily harm if it … [Read more...]

The growing divide in British Society over Homosexual Marriage

In the UK today we are increasingly struggling to understand how to accommodate different views on religious beliefs, and sexual practices. There are two quite distinct fault lines that this difficulty shows itself most clearly. The first is over what beliefs should be allowed in a modern society, and whether we should persecute, or in any way devalue someone who disagrees with us. The second is over how much we can allow people’s private beliefs to affect the wider society, and whether one g … [Read more...]

UK Councils win back the right to pray as minister Eric Pickles enacts new law early

Interesting new step in the current war over religious freedom in the UK.  Eric Pickles said. "By effectively reversing that illiberal ruling, we are striking a blow for localism over central interference, for freedom to worship over intolerant secularism, for Parliamentary sovereignty over judicial activism, and for long-standing British liberties over modern-day political correctness."He added that the Bideford council case should be "a wake-up call"."For too long, the public sector has … [Read more...]

British Muslim cabinet minister speaks out against militant secularists' attempt to implement an Atheocracy in the UK

From the BBC:British society is under threat from the rising tide of “militant secularisation” reminiscent of “totalitarian regimes”, a Cabinet minister will warn on Tuesday.In an historic visit to the Vatican, Baroness Warsi will express her “fear” about the marginalisation of religion throughout Britain and Europe, saying that faith needs “a seat at the table in public life”.Read more here. … [Read more...]


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