Michael Curry & the Royal Wedding. A star-turn offers the world ‘Christianity-lite’.

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The world is rightly talking about Michael Curry’s wedding sermon. It was a ‘tour-de-force’. He is very good at preaching. But it also offers us all an insight into the dramatic difference between the two kinds of Christianity that are at odds with each other in the Anglican Communion.

We will call them for the moment, ‘Christianity-max’, and ‘Christianity-lite’. Continue reading “Michael Curry & the Royal Wedding. A star-turn offers the world ‘Christianity-lite’.”

Supporting This Work…An Appeal-

To my dear readers: – If you are willing to offer a small amount of financial support for this work, it would be enormously helpful.

Travel costs, website maintenance, computing and internet equipment are all beyond the reach of my pension.

If you feel that is something you are able and willing to do, then please go to the menu at the top of the page ‘Donate via Patreon.’ If patreon is off putting, and would be willing to use electronic transfer – then please email me at gavin@ashenden.org, & I will happily give you the necessary details.

Alternatively, if you use ‘paypal’- then you can send a donation via this link.

paypal.me/GavinAshenden.

Continue reading “Supporting This Work…An Appeal-“

‘Secularism & the Church of England: The Future For Orthodox Anglicans Committed to the Gospel and the Catholicity of the Church’. Gavin’s paper at the Oxford Anglican Patrimony conference:-

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A Conference On Anglican Patrimony

On The 50th Anniversary of The Publication of  Archbishop Michael Ramsey’s ‘Gospel And The Catholic Church.

 

Secularism & the Church of England:

The Future For Orthodox Anglicans Committed to the Gospel and the Catholicity of the Church.

‘The Gospel and Catholic Church’.

 

This conference has rightly set out to look both backwards and forwards. Back to the inspiration of Ramsey’s interpretations of the symbiotic mutuality of Gospel and Catholicity, and forward to discern how Gospel and Catholicity can be faithfully expressed in a culture that has begun to turn aggressively on both Gospel and tradition.

 

My own experience of both began when I grew up in the Cathedral precincts of Canterbury when Michael Ramsey was Archbishop. It was he who confirmed us in the mother Church of the Cathedral, and he who prowled around the precincts among us, not unlike an ancient benign Patriarch, blessing shyly whatever or whoever he came across. Continue reading “‘Secularism & the Church of England: The Future For Orthodox Anglicans Committed to the Gospel and the Catholicity of the Church’. Gavin’s paper at the Oxford Anglican Patrimony conference:-“

The personal story behind the consecration of Gavin Ashenden as missionary bishop; Published by ‘Christian Today.’

The article published by Christian Today

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Dr Gavin Ashenden, who was a chaplain to the Queen from 2008 until he resigned earlier this year, was consecrated a bishop in 2013 while he was still a chaplain to the Queen, Christian Today can reveal. Continue reading “The personal story behind the consecration of Gavin Ashenden as missionary bishop; Published by ‘Christian Today.’”

Resignation from the Office of Chaplain to the Queen

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January 21st . 2017  The Feast of St Agnes – martyr in Rome (304 AD.)

 

I think it quite likely that on Sunday 22nd of January, BBC Radio 4 will announce on the Sunday programme, that I have resigned my position as a chaplain to the Queen.

In an interview with them recorded for the programme, I said that I didn’t want to discuss the matter on air, because I didn’t want the important discussion about the mistaken syncretism in St Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow on the Feast of the Epiphany, to be obscured by events in my life.

But since it is likely to be reported in, in some way or another, I am going to offer some clarification here on my website. Continue reading “Resignation from the Office of Chaplain to the Queen”

Choosing between Jesus and Mohammed.

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I need to put the record straight. It’s all too easy for clergy to suffer from pomposity.

I’m often describe as the Queen’s chaplain, whereas in fact there are droves of us; 36 in total. The Royal ecclesiastical household is a busy place. But the mistake, usually a press mistake is good for headlines. “THE Queen’s chaplain has said”..sounds hugely important in a headline, and it is very misleading.img_3143

And it happened again this week. THE Queen’s chaplain condemns reading of the Koran in cathedral. It was ‘a’ chaplain. I am in fact very much in favour of people reading the Koran. There are some beautiful and moving passages about loving God and being generous; and blood curdling ones about punishing and killing people who misbehave. But there is a time and a place. Continue reading “Choosing between Jesus and Mohammed.”

Qur’an in the Eucharist? The Provost of Glasgow Cathedral subverts Christian revelation

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(Aleppo Cathedral – open for worship again- Christmas 2016- after being vandalised by the Muslim occupiers.)

I have just returned from Paris where I was invited to be part of a conversation with three imams sponsored by Lebanese TV.

I thought they were kind, impressive and delightful people. It was a privilege to meet them and talk to them. We had many things in common, but most of all a deep attraction to God who made us, whose intentions towards us, we know, are love and mercy.

The strength of the encounter was the friendship and mutual admiration it produced. The weakness was that we did not speak at all about ‘the problem’. Continue reading “Qur’an in the Eucharist? The Provost of Glasgow Cathedral subverts Christian revelation”

In Defence of Freedom of Speech. ©Gavin Ashenden.

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TIMES are changing. Two of my great heroes have recently been banned from speaking on university campuses. Twenty years ago they were firebrand radicals, alarming the establishment with their fervour and campaigning. No one silenced them then. Now they have been silenced. Not by the establishment, but by the new cultural bullies.

They are Germaine Greer and Peter Tatchell.  Continue reading “In Defence of Freedom of Speech. ©Gavin Ashenden.”

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