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James Langstaff, the Bishop of Rochester, has been interviewed by Marijke Cox of Kent News: Bishop of Rochester opens up about women bishops, his new prison role and dinner with The Queen.

Simon Jenkins (the one who edits Ship of Fools) writes for Reform Magazine about Between hairiness and holiness.

John Packer, who retires as Bishop of Ripon and Leeds next week, reflects on his seven years in the House of Lords.

David Runcorn, writing for Fulcrum, asks And how do I know when I am wrong? Evangelical faith and the Bible.

Andrew Brown explains on his blog Why I am not a Christian. The Church Times has published this under the title Help thou mine unbelief.

The Church Times starts a major series on the health of the Church of England this week. Much is only available to subscribers, but these three are free to all.
Leader comment Near-decimation
Linda Woodhead Time to get serious
Vicky Beeching What gets me out of bed on Sunday

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Re Andrew Brown, Why I am Not A Christian, is an insightful piece. I’d never heard of this guy until I listened to the radio piece posted in a link on this site earlier. The article explains a lot about the editorial bent of his radio program. So, I gather Brown is not a Christian largely because Christians tend not to live up to his personal expectations. Little wonder he wants the church to change its policies. I am not a George Herbert fan, but I think Brown seriously over thinks the poem. I wonder if he finds impressionists paintings… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

Everything said by Vicky Beeching – couldn’t agree more!

J Drever
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J Drever

I cannot help but compare the sanguine attitude of the bishop of Rochester with regard to falling [collapsing] attendance and the rather more urgent tone of the Church Times leader and the accompanying piece by Prof. Woodhead. This evening (a Saturday evening) I attended a eucharist for the eve of Candlemas, at St Martin’s Ruislip – having been to St Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell juxta Mare, earlier in the afternoon. I had never been to Ruislip before, and was expecting an almost empty church. However, to my delight, I found myself amongst some forty or so people, a majority of whom… Read more »

JCF
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JCF

Andrew Brown: “I’d like to believe in an Anglican afterlife where Professor Dawkins and Lord Carey share a hot tub in hell. It will be only hot, not scalding, and the vaporous burblings of their self-satisfactions will continue for eternity. No one else will hear, and they will never notice. All will be happy.”

ROFLMAO!!!!

Lawd, it may not be Christian [back on-topic to Brown] laugh such Schadenfreude-type belly-laughs, but it IS human. And as such, Imago Dei. ;-p

Father Ron Smith
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A very interesting piece by David Runcorn, on ‘Fulcrum’. Is this a sign of a loosening up on the ‘Sola Scriptura’ model, I wonder?

Savi Hensman
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Savi Hensman

I think a lot of evangelicals do not subscribe to ‘Sola Scriptura’, Ron, but their voices often get drowned out by those who do (and who in reality read their own preconceptions into their interpretation of the Bible without being aware of doing so!)

Erika Baker
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Erika Baker

And “Sola Scriptura” doesn’t even say anything about any specific beliefs. I have friends who have come to very liberal views on social issues including gay equality. It all depends on where you place your emphasis and which verses of Scripture you give priority over others.

Father Ron Smith
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Sadly, Erica, i do not know of any person claiming the title Sola Scriptura who believes that Gays are beloved of God.