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Posted by Ros Clarke, 23 May 2018

How can the gospel continue to flourish in the Church of England today? Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidstone, examined the opportunities and obstacles ahead

The second session of the 2018 Church Society Conference focussed on the contemporary situation in the Church of England. Our newly-elected President, Rt Revd Rod Thomas, explored two biblical metaphors for growth: the tree and the body. He then identified five key aspects about the Church of England, showing how they are both reasons for hope and causes for concern.


Listen to Rod’s talk here.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 23 May 2018

In Isaiah 6, with its potentially Trinitarian "Holy, Holy, Holy", we see the gloriously holy God commissioning a sinful but forgiven prophet to pronounce judgment upon and to harden his sinful people.

Lee Gatiss expounds the lectionary readings for Whit Sunday or Pentecost (Year B), which are Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, and John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15.

You can also follow along with these video expositions on the Lee on the Lectionary Facebook page. We also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am for those who like to begin the week with a morning exposition of the word. Follow us @churchsociety.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 22 May 2018

How did the early church flourish through centuries of hostility and persecution? Lee Gatiss examines what it means to flourish in a hostile world.

The first session of the 2018 Church Society Conference took us back to the early centuries of the church’s life and growth. Our Director, Revd Dr Lee Gatiss, showed how the church flourished despite persecution and political opposition, and drew out several important challenges to consider for the contemporary church.

Listen to the talk and download a pdf of Lee’s presentation here.

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