Stille Nacht

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft; einsam wacht Nur das traute hochheilige Paar. Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Hirten erst kundgemacht Durch der Engel Halleluja, Tönt es laut von fern und nah: Christ, der Retter ist da! Christ, der Retter ist da! Stille […]

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Archbishop of Sydney’s Christmas Message – Truth overcomes in a post-truth world

From SydneyAnglicans.net The Oxford English Dictionary has named ‘post-truth’ the international word of the year. This is not surprising given that the Brexit vote and US election were enmeshed in what is being called post-truth politics. Let’s face it – there is so much ‘post-truth’ around. The rise of social media has been fuelled by people who […]

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God’s Got Skills (Creation Skills)

Sinfest has to be one of my favourite online comics. Always clever, often stimulating, sometimes awkward! This from 10 years ago is well worth an airing: Psa. 19:1    The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal […]

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No More Thomases

Today is the feast day of Thomas, patron saint of all doubters, apparently. I want to gently disagree. Actually, who are we kidding? I want to disagree strongly. Thomas is the patron saint of the end of doubt. Here’s the Anglican collect for today: ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who for the more confirmation of the faith […]

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The Content of Carols

A fun but thought-provoking video from the always-excellent Lutheran Satire to kick us off. I have a lot of sympathy for this. As some of you will know I consider Away in a Manger verboten for precisely these reasons, plus it infanticises the nativity (do you see what I did there?). I’m all for children […]

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New Assistant Bishop of Brisbane is “happy to abandon the Creed”

The Archbishop of Brisbane and former Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Phillip Aspinall, has today announced in an ad clerum that he has appointed Archdeacon Jeremy Greaves as an assistant bishop in the Diocese.   Greaves’ appointment will be viewed by many as controversial and even provocative. He gained notoriety for himself when Dean of […]

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GAFCON UK: The Church of England and Lambeth 1:10 – The Embarrassing Rainbow Elephant in the Room

One of the things I’m appreciating about GAFCON UK is their willingness to call it like it is. There’s an increasing move amongst “conservative” leadership in the Church of England to insist that really everything is ok. Yes, there are  the odd clergy here or there doing the wrong thing but basically the ship is still […]

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