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Posted by Ros Clarke, 18 Feb 2019

Ros chats to John Simmons, vicar of Christ Church, Chadderton in Oldham.

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Pictures of W. H. Griffith Thomas, J. C. Ryle, and John Jewel.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 14 Feb 2019

Jonathan Fletcher was the minister of Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon until his retirement in 2012.

Although nominally I was a cradle Anglican my Christian beginnings – conversion and nurture – came through Scripture Union house-parties, and what was then the Inter-Varsity Fellowship. My debt to both is incalculable. I had to become an Anglican by conviction, and I owe this to the influence of three great men – amongst many others.

W. H. Griffith Thomas (1861-1924)
He was Principal of Wycliffe Hall between 1905 and 1910 and then emigrated to Canada. When I was Confirmed at the age of fifteen my brother gave me Griffith Thomas’s The Catholic Faith: A Manual of Instruction for Members of the Church of England. (Is this typical of Confirmation presents given today?) Later I read his magisterial The Principles of Theology. My generation (students and ordinands in the 1960s) were not taught systematic theology as such, and to a certain extent we didn’t need to be, as we had learnt our systematics from The Book of Common Prayer. Griffith Thomas demonstrated that the Church of England taught theology through liturgy. This inspired a love for the Prayer Book – not so much for its language, although this is matchless, as for its doctrine, not least for its theology of the Lord’s Supper. Again and again as I read the B.C.P. – whether it is the Collects, the Visitation of the Sick – and then go on to the Ordinal, I marvel afresh at the genius and wisdom of Cranmer and the Reformers, and want to stand shoulder to shoulder with them.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 13 Feb 2019

This week's reading from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 tells us that if Jesus was not physically raised from the dead, then everything is pointless.

The readings for Proper 2 (Year C) are Jeremiah 17:5-10, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, and Luke 6:17-26.

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