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Chik Kaw Tan explains three ways in which the gospel is an antidote to the sin of racism endemic to our society and our churches.
Because of human sin, there is latent racial and cultural prejudice in every society and every person. It is a worldwide problem, not limited to white Anglo-Saxon people. It is a heart problem, born out of our sin, even though it is often exacerbated by political, historical and socioeconomic factors. Undeniably, there is racism in Britain at every level of society. In Britain, however, there is at least a welcome, and widespread, disapproval of racism. There are necessary laws against racial discrimination. But, of course, racism is far more complex than the easy labels bandied about and ingrained racial bias does not disappear simply because we are told not to do it.
How, then, can we combat racism? We need to recognise these unwanted and unwelcome emotions as they arise, and act against them. No Christian should ever let such ungodly attitudes lodge and thrive in their thinking. We must acknowledge them, confess them, pray for forgiveness, and ask the Holy Spirit to change us. We humbly acknowledge that we are as much a problem to others as we perceive they are to us. The way of Christ is to love others, as Christ loves the world. It is the gospel of Christ which transforms our hearts and our societies.
Bishop Keith Sinclair has been announced as the new National Director of the Church of England Evangelical Council.
We are delighted to share the news that CEEC has announced the appointment of the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, currently Bishop of Birkenhead in the Diocese of Chester, as its National Director.
Bishop Keith’s retirement from the See of Birkenhead in March 2021 was announced earlier this month. He will assume this new role on 27 April 2021, the 100th anniversary of the birth of CEEC’s founder, the late Revd Dr John Stott CBE. Bishop Keith is a Church Society member and spoke at the 2019 Church Society conference, Redeeming Love and Faith. Church Society is a member organisation of CEEC and our Director, Lee Gatiss, is on the CEEC Council.
The appointment of a National Director for CEEC represents a significant development in the level of their activities in terms of CEEC’s ability to engage with the issues facing the Church of England from the perspective of evangelical Anglicans who subscribe to the Authority of Scripture and the historic formularies of the Church.
The second of Jason Ward's Bible readings from the 2020 FWS Conference.
In this second of three Bible readings on sermons in the book of Acts from the 2020 Fellowship of Word and Spirit Conference, Jason Ward examines Stephen’s sermon before his execution. Watch here or listen to the audio version here.
The first in this series, on Peter’s sermon from Acts 2, can be found here.
For more information about the Fellowship of Word and Spirit Conference, and to book for 2021, please see here.