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Posted by Kirsty Birkett, 16 Apr 2015

Just what is Anglican ecclesiology? Is the Church of England actually a church, in biblical terms? Just what do we mean, as Reformed Anglicans, by terms such as church, congregation, visible, invisible, or universal? It is not just a matter of terminology – the status we give the denomination also impinges upon what we think of bishops and their authority, and who is thereby entitled to be a bishop, as well as the process by which official doctrine should be determined, not to mention what should happen with our money.

Melvin Tinker discusses Anglican ecclesiology in his article ‘Refining the Reformers’. This article is in response to a previous one (‘The Anglican Understanding of Church’, Churchman 115/3, 2001), and should probably be read in conjunction with it. Both articles are written conscious of the context of Australian discussions of what church is, since the ‘Knox-Robinson’ thesis was developed, bringing to prominence the biblical usage of ekklesia as primarily a local gathering.

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Posted by Sophia Akouo , 15 Apr 2015

Mike Smith from the Church Society parish in Hartford, Cheshire, addresses a very topical issue.

Unless you have been asleep for the last little while, you cannot fail to have noticed that there is a General Election campaign on.

Which way should we as Christians vote in the Election on May 7th?

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Posted by Sophia Akouo, 15 Apr 2015

Mike Smith from the Church Society parish in Hartford, Cheshire, addresses a very topical issue.

Unless you have been asleep for the last little while, you cannot fail to have noticed that there is a General Election campaign on.

Which way should we as Christians vote in the Election on May 7th?

Read more