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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 9 Dec 2016

Lee Gatiss takes a look at the same-sex marriage debate in the Church of England, and considers some of the ways forward as the bishops meet to discuss it on Monday 12th December.

So, we have completed more than two years of ‘facilitated’ or ‘shared conversations’ about sexuality issues in the Church of England. This was encouraged by the Pilling Report a few years ago, as the way forward on this issue. But what happens now that the conversations have ended? And what, if anything, should be done?

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Lee on the Lectionary: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year A). from Church Society on Vimeo.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 7 Dec 2016

Lee Gatiss expounds the lectionary readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, which are Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, and Matthew 11:2-11.

Our readings this week teach us that when the Lord comes, there will be joy for those who have waited patiently.

You can also follow along with these video expositions at

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Posted by Sophia Akouo, 5 Dec 2016

At the recent JAEC conference, Lee Gatiss showed us from 2 Timothy 2 about gospel succession, and how we need be strong, ensuring that we are training up reliable people who can train others.

Revd Dr Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, explained that these must be faithful people, trustworthy, with a firm grasp of the gospel, as well as able to teach others. Moreover, we were challenged to suffer and persevere in ministry for the sake of the kingdom, not giving up, because God is faithful and his word unstoppable.

Lee’s talk is a useful reminder about the importance of training up others to be teachers of the word.

Sophia Akouo is an ordinary Anglican churchgoer who enjoys listening to good talks.

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