Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 9 December 2017

Archdruid Eileen The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley The Seven Deadly Sins of Church Committees

Martin Sewell Archbishop Cranmer Iwerne Trust abuse: leading public school gives victims immediate help, while the Church of England leaves them hanging

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love Liturgy Coming to Life

Madeleine Davies Church Times Shenfield, place of trophy houses and Alpha families
Last week, Madeleine Davies visited Blackpool, the most deprived parish in the country. This week she goes to Shenfield, in Essex, one of the least deprived

Neil Patterson Church Times ‘Our’ God? No, God is everybody’s
Neil Patterson has misgivings about the theology in some popular modern praise songs

David Walker ViaMedia.News Power, Abuse and the Sense of Entitlement

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A good article by Neil Patterson on the dangers of trying to appropriate God which, as he warns, can almost be a kind of domestication and containing of the Holy within our own boundaries and limitations. I have appreciated and been blessed by the opportunity to worship and pray and share at East London Mosque. I could not help but sense that ‘our’ God is also the God they love, and worship, and turn to for help. I just don’t believe we can ‘contain’ a God who fundamentally wants to touch, to share, to comfort, to dwell among us. God… Read more »

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The comments on that Cranmer piece are a cesspit. I get why TA links to the articles by Martin Sewell, which are humane and well argued, but the comments aren’t a place for those of a sensitive disposition.

James Byron
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I’ve expressed my views about Cranmer’s commentariat before, but since we’re all aware of what goes on below the line, I hope that the worthwhile articles can continue to be linked.

Ian H
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Ian H

Neil Patterson’s article rang some bells but I think it overstates (reads in?) what’s going on with people when they sing ‘my’ or ‘our’. I think it’s just an identifying with Gods possession of us, the reality of the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. It’s certainly there in older hymns though the emotional content is not always as marked, Are there not plenty of older hymns with ‘our’ in terms of God or his attributes or actions? The same with scripture… ‘Our Father in heaven…’ ‘The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… Is ”The Lord is my shepherd’… Read more »

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Janet Fife

Martin Sewell’s piece was very good, as usual. Why on earth have the Archbishops not taken him up on his offer of help with safeguarding issues…?

The comments on Archbishop Cranmer do include a link to Anne Atkins’ piece on her experience of Iwerne, which is worth reading.

Whe I was at Wycliffe in the mid 80s a number of the men there were Iwerne products. They all wore navy Guernsey sweaters and brown brogues and carried identical Filofaxes, and we used to laugh (gently) at that. Now I think of them and hope they weren’t victims too.