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Consecration?

Consecration?

I had a fascinating discussion recently with someone I deeply respect who kept pressing me to deeper clarification about what actually happens at baptism. What difference does it actually make? I have this conversation in mind with the news of the consecration of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral. What actually happens when a church building… Continue Reading

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Evangelism

Evangelism

A very thorough survey in Great Britain this year (weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults) has come up with a conclusion that may surprise many: Two-thirds of Christians become Christians between the ages of 0 and 4 years old. So what is the church’s focus on this pre-school age? Are we facilitating… Continue Reading

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Resources for Pentecost

Resources for Pentecost

Let us pray (in silence) [that we rejoice in the Spirit guiding our lives] pause O God, on this day you taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of your Holy Spirit, may we, by the same Spirit, be truly wise and ever rejoice in your consolation; through Jesus Christ who is alive… Continue Reading

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Three Popes and a Patriarch

Three Popes and a Patriarch

The image above, of three popes and a patriarch (no it’s not the beginning of a joke), may be unique in Christian history. The Copts have been separate from majority Christianity since the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451, the fourth ecumenical council. Pope Francis (for the Roman Catholic Church) and Pope Tawadros II (for… Continue Reading

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How To Baptise?

How To Baptise?

This post is part 3 of a series which began with Baptised in Paul’s Name (Part 1) and Baptised in Paul’s Name (Part 2) I feel like I need to restate each time – this study is not advocating for a change from our ecumenically-agreed practice of baptising with a verbal, formulaic proclamation “…in the… Continue Reading

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Baptised in Paul’s Name (Part 2)

Baptised in Paul’s Name (Part 2)

My contention, in the first post of two, is that our current, ecumenically-agreed practice of baptising with a verbal, formulaic proclamation “…in the Name of the Father, and of the Son,…” is not the way that baptism occurred in the New Testament period. In no way do I want us to abandon our ecumenical agreement,… Continue Reading

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Most People Are OVER Church

Most People Are OVER Church

Over twelve thousand people engaged with the post Millennials Are OVER Church. [Incidentally, far more did so on facebook than on the blog – which is itself worth further reflection]. The number one reaction to the post was: it is not just millennials who are over church. [The carping versions of that point would have… Continue Reading

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