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Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi told 400 African Anglicans bishops in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and Uganda’s Prime Minister that there is a hunger for the Word of God in England where he recently spoke to 17,000 people. “I called back home to send missionaries to America and Europe to take back the gospel from these sending nations. It is an ailing church in need of guidance.” Full article here

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Is the Church of England, or your denomination,  an apostate sinking ship or part of the  bruised and battered beautiful bride of Christ?

When the ark of the covenant had been taken by the uncircumcised Philistines, the widowed wife of the priest Phineas  gave birth to a son, and she named him Icabod, saying: ‘The glory is departed from Israel’ (1 Sam 4:21). the question may well be asked whether today the glory has not departed from the Church. It would seem that Ichabod had better be chiseled over its gates. And yet, unbelievable as it may seem, applicable to the church of all ages, also of this age, is the exultation of the Psalmist: ‘The lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God (Psalm 87:2-3)’            —-   Kuiper, 1966, The Glorious Body of Christ

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Here are a couple of videos which seek to explain some parallels between the gospel of Mark and Isaiah.

It is a little but rough and ready. The readings discussed are

Isaiah 40/Mark 1:1-3

Isaiah 48:20-49:11/ Mark 8:1-9,27-38

Isaiah 42:18-26/Mark 11:1-19

Isaiah 52:13-53:12/Mark 15:16-41

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

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It has been an interesting week over at synod for those conerned about  the state and direction of the Church of England. There are perhaps 200 vicars who are in civil partnerships (If anyone has a better estimate then please let me know) but they are required  to remain celibate.   Synod have recently voted on the motion  that the pension rights of those clergy in a civil partnership will be the same as those who are married.  This saddens me as it seems to suggest that civil partnerships are to be viewed on the same level as marriage.  If this is the case then the  Church of England is becoming more liberal and is rapidly moving away from biblical, historic and global orthodoxy.  Are we a church which is committed to the word of God or one that is blown around by the spirit of the age. May God have mercy upon us!

Looking at the votes we see that  11.8% of eligible bishops voted against the motion, 17.7% of clergy and  40.1% of laity voted against the bill.

Here are the details  from the Church of England website,

PRIVATE MEMBER’S MOTION: PARITY OF PENSION PROVISION FOR SURVIVING CIVIL PARTNERS (GS 1770A and GS 1770B)

Following debate, the Revd Mark Bratton moved the following motion, which was carried by the Synod after a Division by Houses:

IN FAVOUR      AGAINST ABSTENTIONS

Bishops          12                        2                    3

Clergy             97                       23                  10

Laity                78                       59                  9

‘That this Synod request the Archbishops’ Council and the Church of England Pensions Board to bring forward changes to the rules governing the clergy pension scheme in order to go beyond the requirements of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and provide for pension benefits to be paid to the surviving civil partners of deceased clergy on the same basis as they are currently paid to surviving spouses.’

Audio of session

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