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Two articles about bishops in the House of Lords
Lord Tyler at Lords of the Blog: Episcopal Eviction?
David Morris at The Commentator: This isn’t the 16th Century: it’s time to kick the Bishops out of the House of Lords

Graham Kings writes for Fulcrum about South Sudan, the promised land (also published in The Guardian).

Lauren R Stanley preached this sermon last Sunday: Step away from the lawn mower …

David L Rattigan writes for Cif belief about How Liverpool’s Frontline church ‘struggles’ with homosexuality.
“While commending the Christian ministry’s work in helping the vulnerable, we cannot ignore its troubling attitude to gay people.”

Bart D Ehrman writes for The Huffington Post about What Didn’t Make It Into The Bible?

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I dont think that is is necessary to comment on the claptrap coming from the Liverpool Frontline church, it is much as you might expect. What irritates me is the use of the use of the words ‘passed away’ when saying that someone has died. There may just be some justification when dealing with the bereaved, though it doesn’t changed the facts, but its use in a newspaper article is mealy mouthed and such vapid sensitivity is inappropriate in a factual report.

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“In parts of the church, Pilate came to be canonized as a Christian saint. A saint? Yes, and the reason is clear. The more innocent Pilate is, the more guilty the other enemies are — the Jews.” — Bart D Ehrman With no apologies, game, set, match. From my limited reading about the historical, non-Gospel Pontius Pilate, he was a tyrant, and completely ruthless. So long as he kept Judea pacified, and the taxes flowed upward, his superiors were happy. But, towards the end of his life, Pilate brutally suppressed a revolt, and even his Roman superiors were appalled —… Read more »

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From “Frontline” Fact Sheet:

“Homosexual relationships are characterised by emotional dependency. An all consuming, unhealthy attachment is made with the other person. The relationship is not based on love but on finding security in another person”

Good thing *heterosexual* relationships are NEVER like this, huh? {sarcasm/Off}

Hateful BS. Anathema!

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David Morris noted that one of the reasons for continuing the CoE influence in UK parliament is that “- They don’t just contribute to religious matters.” Don’t want discrimination in UK parliament anymore than any other country that discriminates or persecutes minorities or females. Want to end persecution, not just against women, or GLBTs. Persecution and discrimination in and of itself is bad, regardless of whether it is done by Satanists, Christians, Muslims or other. Misuse of power by any church representative is bad, don’t throw the bogey man threat of how bad discrimination is in some countries to absolve… Read more »

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I have just ordered a copy of Ehrman’s “Apocryphal Gospels,” since my old Schneemelcher English-only set seems somewhat out of date, and I assume from the Oxford U.P.’s standards that Ehrman is a first-rate editor of these manuscripts. That said, I find it a little discouraging that he continues to engage in these carnival-barker-level antics. I am neither a church professional nor an academic, but I picked up most of what he breathlessly tries to astound us with about 35 years ago in an undergraduate course at a church-sponsored college. It’s a little depressing that one who is so obviously… Read more »