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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 19 Jan 2017

Lee Gatiss expounds the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany (Year A) which unfold the power of the gospel to bring light and healing to trhose who believe.

The lectionary readings for the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany (Year A) which are Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, and Matthew 4:12-23. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds and applies those readings for us today.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 18 Jan 2017

Lee Gatiss expounds the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany (Year A), which are all about calling — the calling of God's servant, and the calling of God's saints.

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany (Year A) are Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, and John 1:29-42. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds and applies those readings for us today.

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A gathering at the CEEC meeting (2017)

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Posted by Jake Eggertson, 17 Jan 2017

Jake Eggertson speaks about his first experience of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) which met last week.

The Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) is “a networks of networks, bringing evangelicals in the Church of England together for the sake of the gospel.” It exists to “encourage and equip evangelicals in the Church of England to keep mission and evangelism a priority,” to “facilitate Biblical teaching and equipping” (by, for example, commissioning papers and other resources), to “advocate the presence and engagement of evangelicals in the structures and life of the Church of England,” and to “promote and pursue unity amongst evangelicals.” On January 11-12, the council, comprising of a number of evangelical Bishops, representatives of various Anglican evangelical groups, and other elected members gathered together for the annual residential meeting. For the first time, I was one of them.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 11 Jan 2017

Lee Gatiss expounds the lectionary readings for the first Sunday of Epiphany (Year A) which are Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, and Matthew 3:13-17.

The readings this week proclaim the glorious truth that the Spirit-anointed saviour has come, to bring God’s forgiveness to all the nations of his world.

You can also follow along with these video expositions at facebook.com/lectionarylee.

Did you know we also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am? Follow us via @churchsociety.

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Posted by Peter Ould, 10 Jan 2017

Peter Ould reviews the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book on the subject of money and materialism.

As a non-stipendiary priest working as a banking consultant across Europe and beyond, I’m often challenged by friends, parishioners and colleagues alike about the “conflict of interest” between Jesus and Mammon. It is this perceived struggle that Justin Welby writes about in his first full-length book which is offered as a source of contemplation during Lent.

Dethroning Mammon is not a typical Lent book, in that it doesn’t focus on the Passion narratives or have a clear cross-centric focus. It is however divided into 6 chapters (one a week for group study) that help us explore how the forces of Mammon, the spirituality of giving things economic worth, dominate our lives and need to be reined in and mastered.

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Feed My Sheep: the Anglican Ministry of Word and Sacrament from Church Society on Vimeo.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 10 Jan 2017

Lee Gatiss talks briefly about our new book, which is essential reading for anyone thinking about Anglican ministry.

Jesus said he is the Good Shepherd that God’s people need to lead and protect them. This short but meaty book explores the meaning of ordination and what it means to serve as under-shepherds of the flock.

The book looks at how to nourish congregations through preaching and the sacraments, and the wider context of the Anglican Communion. It is essential reading for anyone considering or involved in Anglican ministry.

Chapters include: Lee Gatiss on protecting the flock (2 Timothy 2:14-26), Mike Smith on “my sheep hear my voice” (John 9-10), Bishop Julian Henderson on “feed my sheep” (John 21), Tim Ward on Anglican preaching, Nigel Atkinson on the meaning of ordination, Andrew Atherstone on the Lord’s Supper, and Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on the Anglican Communion.

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Lee Gatiss and Mike Ovey at the Church Society conference in June 2016

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 8 Jan 2017

Lee Gatiss looks at the life and work of Mike Ovey, former Principal of Oak Hill College, who died at the weekend.

It was with great sadness that I learned of the sudden and unexpected death of Mike Ovey on Saturday evening. I was privileged to know Mike for about 20 years, and he was greatly respected as a member of the Church Society council and as Chairman of the Churchman editorial board. Personal tributes and testimonies to his impact on a generation of theological students and ministers have been springing up all over social media. He has gone to be with Christ, which is better by far, after a life spent fruitfully in his service.

Michael John Ovey was born in December 1958. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, finally graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1982 before going on to work as a parliamentary draftsman in the civil service, helping to write government legislation. In 1987 he married Heather, and shortly afterwards left the life of a lawyer to train for ministry in the Church of England at Ridley Hall in Cambridge (1988-1991). He and Heather subsequently had three children together: Charlie, Harry, and Anastasia. Our hearts and prayers go out for them as they grieve his untimely loss.

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Stand Firm and Fight On! JC Ryle and the Future for Anglican Evangelicals from Church Society on Vimeo.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 6 Jan 2017

Lee Gatiss talks briefly about our new book, "Stand Firm and Fight On: JC Ryle and The Future for Anglican Evangelicals."

Stand Firm and Fight On: JC Ryle and the Future for Anglican Evangelicals is our latest book about the life and legacy of JC Ryle and its importance for today.

The book begins with an excellent introduction to Ryle as an evangelical Anglican, by Vaughan Roberts (Rector of St Ebbe’s, Oxford and President of the Proclamation Trust). Dr Andrew Atherstone from Wycliffe Hall then examines Ryle’s evangelistic strategy and there’s also a chapter on his view of comprehensiveness in the Church of England by the late Peter Toon. Two outlines of Ryle’s life and ministry as a bishop in Liverpool (by Eric Russell, his biographer, and Oswald Clarke) are followed by Alan Munden’s fascinating explorations of Ryle as a tract-writer and as a premillennialist (something which is not often noted!).

This is a collection of chapters which have appeared over the last 150 years in our journal Churchman, and it is rounded-off with two chapters by Ryle himself, from the very first issues (which I have freshly edited with new notes).

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 5 Jan 2017

Lee Gatiss expounds the lectionary readings for Epiphany, which are Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, and Matthew 2:1-12.

This week we rejoice in the good news that Jesus is truly light for the world, including Gentiles.

You can also follow along with these video expositions at facebook.com/lectionarylee.

Did you know we also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am? Follow us via @churchsociety.

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Posted by John Percival, 29 Dec 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, many are reeling from the turbulence of the year in politics, international conflicts, and celebrity deaths, not to mention a whole host of far more personal experiences. What will 2017 hold? And does God know?

For many of us, the natural reflex answer is, “Of course he does!” On this stands our confidence in his almighty power and ability to bring about the glorious hope of Christ’s return. Our biblically-rooted assurance is that God knows what 2017 will bring, and it is part of his good and loving plan to rescue his people and glorify his name.

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