General Synod Debate on Sexuality Dear Friends The turmoil of the General Synod debate last Wednesday has left many evangelicals asking what we should now do. The purpose of this letter is to answer that question by saying: ‘stand firm and keep steady.’ Where has the debate left us? As you know I was part
Rod Thomas visited Carlisle Diocese last weekend. While there he took a baptism and confirmation service for Burton and Holme churches and met with their PCCs. On Sunday evening he spoke and answered questions at a meeting at Houghton and Kingsmoor Churches. The following day Rod spoke at a meeting of the Carlisle Diocese Renew
Rod visited St Luke’s Wolverhampton to take a Confirmation on 10th February. He is pictured here with Revd Richard Espin-Bradley and the confirmation candidates
Churches and individuals are being invited to join in with this global wave of prayer via www.thykingdomcome.global, and Pledge to Pray individually, as a family, as a church or to run an event. Over 10 days (25th May-4th June), people around the world will be coming together to discover new ways of praying that their friends, family
Statement by the Bishop of Maidstone on the House of Bishops’ Report: ‘Marriage and Same-Sex Relations after the Shared Conversations.’
I warmly welcome the commitment of the House of Bishops to the Biblical definition of marriage, which provides a clear context for our future work. The report recognises that the Church is wrestling with how best to uphold and promote this good gift from God, while showing real pastoral care for all in our communities,
It was with great sadness that I heard of the sudden death of Mike Ovey this weekend. Mike leaves a big hole which it will be difficult to fill. Not only has he been an outstanding Principal at Oak Hill, but he has given himself unstintingly to the evangelical cause within the Church of England
Rod’s new newsletter for Christmas 2016 can be accessed by clicking on the Newsletter link on the home page.
A new research report shows that conservative theological beliefs are linked to church growth – comment from the Bishop of Maidstone
The Guardian has published an article today, reporting on a study carried out by Canadian social scientists, which shows a clear link between conservative religious doctrine and church growth. The article can be found here. The Bishop of Maidstone has released an opinion piece commenting on the findings of the study and drawing further conclusions
Rod was licensed as Assistant Bishop in Rochester Diocese on Saturday 5 November at a service held in Rochester Cathedral. Pictured here is Rod with Bishop James, Angus MacLeay and Mike Warren – clergy in Rochester Diocese.
Rod preached at Christ Church Dusseldorf, Germany on Reformation Sunday, at an event coinciding with Founders Day for Christ Church. His text was Romans 5: 1-11 and he focussed on the three great gifts of the gospel: Peace with God, Access to God, and the Hope of Glory.