Posted 4 Jul 2014
The summer edition of Crossway has just been published, leading with a report on this year’s Church Society conference, with its unashamed focus on our commitment to the Church of England.
Newly elected Church Society Council member, Dr Andrea Ruddick, reporting on the conference, says: ‘After a day of stirring talks and news from the frontline, we went home with plenty of reasons to remain thoroughly positive about being reformed evangelicals within the Church of England.’
This new edition of Crossway also includes an interview with Dub Gannon, the new Vicar of six parishes in Essex and an article on the value and significance of biblical counselling by Sally Orwin Lee, who is on the Steering Committee of Biblical Counselling UK.
Meanwhile, John Simmons, Vicar of Christ Church Chadderton, shares the thinking behind why his church has become the latest parish to adopt Church Society as its patron, and Lee Gatiss asks, ‘What does “flourishing” actually mean?’ He says: ‘I believe there are courageous and creative solutions to the problem of our lack of representation in the college of bishops.’
A succession plan for our parish
Posted by John Simmons, 4 Jul 2014
In this article from the latest edition of Crossway, John Simmons shares some of the thinking behind why his church has become the latest parish to adopt Church Society as its patron.
Blake’s words about ‘dark, satanic mills’ were not specifically about Oldham, but they could have described the Oldham of my childhood, surrounded as we were by over 360 mills.
The damp, gloomy atmosphere of this Pennine town, together with the coal mined here, provided ideal conditions for it to be the textile processing capital of the world. The parish of Christ Church Chadderton was founded in 1870 at the height of this industry as a clearly evangelical witness.
None of the mills spin these days, although many are still there. I’m back here now as the latest in a long line of evangelical incumbents. We are a parish of 15,000 today with 30 per cent of our folk being non-white, mostly of a Pakistani or Bangladeshi heritage, almost all of whom are active Muslims. How do you maintain evangelical ministry in this kind of setting?
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Crossway… our spring edition has sprung
Posted 27 Mar 2014
The spring edition of Crossway is now out, and it has a new look, with the new Church Society identity.
In our leading article for this edition, Lee Gatiss identifies a crisis of credibility in the Church of England. Looking at three often-heard phrases which are current in the church – ‘We want you to flourish’, ‘I am an evangelical’ and ‘We are committed to the Church of England’, Lee comments, ‘There are many words, but the challenge is in following them up.’
Lee recently spoke on this theme at the Council of Affinity. Hear his talk in our new Resources section.
Meanwhile, James Paice writes on how churches which preach the biblical gospel are twinning financially with poorer churches to support them in their work. We’ve published his article online here. It gives sound practical advice as well as the reasons for partnering in this way.
How churches can support each other through financial twinning
Posted by James Paice, 27 Mar 2014
Churches which preach the biblical gospel are twinning financially so that richer churches can partner the work of poorer ones. In this article from the latest edition of Crossway, James Paice explains how and why they are doing it.
We all, I hope, believe in the biblical principle of supporting poorer churches. The principle goes as far back as the earliest days of the church. The apostle Paul took part in at least two collections where churches outside Judea made donations ‘for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem’ (Romans 15:26; Acts 11:29-30).
The difficulty comes for members of the Church of England when we are expected to support poorer churches which do not preach the biblical gospel of repentance and faith in a unique and saving Christ, but a false gospel of ‘God will bless you as you are’ (in your sin).
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