Monthly Archives: July 2012

How Achievable is Celibacy?

One of the criticisms levelled at a conservative reading of Scripture on human sexuality is that it demands of those with same-sex attraction too much when it implies that those who don’t marry someone of the opposite sex should remain

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Church Decline in England?

I wanted to add some form of contribution to recent debate over whether there is decline in numbers worshipping in the Church of England. I took some figures from the Statistics department of the Archbishops’ Council and analysed them on

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Gay Marriage in Scotland

Apparently, the apocalypse has begun in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Deputy First Minister, today confirmed she will bring forward legislation but said it will include “important protections” for clergymen, teachers and parents who oppose the move. She said she is

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Summer Speculation – Wycliffe Hall

Right folks, let’s chew the cud together. After the departure of Richard Turnbull, Wycliffe Hall will shortly advertise for a new Principal. Any sensible suggestions? I have one idea but I want to hear your suggestions first, both for what

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Call Me Maybe?

Just utter genius. Gee-knee-uz. and if you don’t get it, the original

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Daniel Potter on Gay Parenting

You wait ages for a study on gay parenting to come and then loads appear round the corner at once. Daniel Potter has published a paperin the Journal of Marriage and Family examining the issue of gay parenting from the

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Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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Aber mit der Heimat
geht man immer herum,
durch die Welt,
dort und dort
Peter Handke

No one could describe
the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,
He consented to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and image.
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