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October 2017

Martin Luther Sml

500th Birthday of Protestantism

500th Anniversary of The Reformation On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sent a letter to Albrecht (‘Albert’), Archbishop of Mainz and also Archbishop of Magdeburg. There are people (like Andreas Malessa) who think that the story that Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg is “probably nonsense”. I think

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Halloween – All Saints – All Souls

It is time to put the ‘Hallow’ back into ‘Halloween’. Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls forms a triduum (three days of liturgical observance). ‘Halloween’ is a contraction of ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ (the ‘eve’, the day before All Hallows – All Saints). This triduum can be a celebration of past, present, and future Eternal Life

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Sex Obsessed

Theologians talk about the ‘marks’ of the Church. The ‘mark’ of the Anglican Church is… an obsession with sex. Same-sex to be clear and precise. We have been debating this decade upon decade upon decade. The Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper recently blogged about the obsession in a post Obsessed about sex?. Do read the

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Filioque Boulbon Altarpiece 1450 Sml

Come Out Of and Proceeding

Yes – sometimes people actually disagree. But, often people “talk past each other” – they believe the same thing(s) but express them differently… Or, they may sound like they are answering the same question – appear to be doing so – but they are actually answering different questions. And that is especially the case when

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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

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