Gleanings from this week’s news: Westminster prophets, Welby on treasure, faith schools, Anglican voting habits


It is one thing to promote enlightenment in and between world faiths, and freedom to follow whichever faith one. It is quite another to pray a prayer at Westminster Abbey describing Mohammad as the last in a line of prophets from Abraham to Jesus. The actual text used in the service and the best summary of Christian response came from the “Archbishop Cranmer” blog. Freedom to follow Islam should go along with freedom to question if he is a true “prophet” in the Biblical sense of the word, as Christians do.

I’ve noticed recently how many evangelicals from Wesley to Bonhoeffer and Welby to Keller recognise and affirm the power of Christ-centred community to be the place in which God’s kingdom comes. I love the way Welby in this talk describes God’s work in any community “rule of life” as revealing buried treasure, and bringing joy. Strategy, he says, tries to predict the future, but it is the entrance of the kingdom (the treasure) which creates it.

Finally, two interesting finds from the Theos Think Tank politics/religion group. It was good to see them recommend this excellent book by Trevor Cooling on “why church schools should do God” in response to one such school abandoning church membership as an admissions criterion simply because some parents appeared to abuse the system.

And they’ve produced some graphic evidence that among Christians, Anglican voting at elections changes with regularity of church attendance but, apparently, Catholic does not.



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Rector of Holy Trinity, Norwich, since Sept 2017, writing on pastoring, preaching, resourcing discipleship, and apologetics/philosophy.

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