The Communique from the Primates of the Anglican Communion

1. We gathered as Anglican Primates to pray and consider how we may preserve our unity in Christ given the ongoing deep differences that exist among us concerning our understanding of marriage.

2. Recent developments in The Episcopal Church with respect to a change in their Canon on marriage represent a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our Provinces on the doctrine of marriage. Possible developments in other Provinces could further exacerbate this situation.

From the Staff - A Story of Encouragement at God's marvellous Provision!

This story was shared recently and comes to us in NZ all the way from Bishop Given of the Diocese of Kondoa in Africa, shared with us at AFFIRM by Rev Captn David Pearce.

A miracle is described in this letter below, which attests to our Lord's marvellous provision which we are excited to share with you.

"I am writing to testify the miracle that we saw today! Last December I organized all our programs for htis year, there were seminars,outreach,spiritual meetings, church planting program,leadership training and pastor retreats! While organizing these program I never knew there will be a long drought that will cause great famine in Kondoa. By the middle of February 2017 we have received no rain! I called a meeting with all the area Deans to pray and make any decision. During the meeting we decided to correspond with all the programs from January to May, because we knew that we cannot afford calling meetings or outreach while people are suffering for hunger! 


AFFIRM Parish Feature: St Elizabeth's of Clendon

It is always exciting to be able to share in the journey of the 26 AFFIRM Parishes across the country...

This month the Team at AFFIRM are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Rev Glenn Paddison, Vicar of St Elizabeth's Anglican Parish of Clendon, in recently gaining a Master's in Theology!

Capping Photo to follow...


Congratulations also to three new AFFIRM Associate Members:


Younger Practicing Christians and Same-Sex Marriage

It is often stated that younger practicing Christians are more in favour of same-sex marriage than older practicing Christians. While this is true, recent research carried out by Barna Research shows that, on this issue, younger practicing Christians are more closely aligned with older practicing Christians than they are with members of their own age group. In fact the gap between them and people of their own age on this issue is wider than the gap between older practicing Christians and those of this older age group.

Outliers and Iconoclasts

May 8, 2015 by  

I have been writing about mainstream and fringe scholarship, and defending the sometimes unpopular idea of mainstream orthodoxy, or the scholarly consensus.

Blogging on any religious topic invites wacky comments and responses. As one example of many, I had a commenter not long ago who asserted that most of what Christians believed about their origins was utterly wrong.

What a Difference a Leader Makes

[From Barna Update, February 18, 2015]

You've probably heard it said that people don't quit jobs, they quit bosses. It's a common leadership maxim—often issued as a word of warning to those stepping into leadership: a bad boss can ruin even the best of jobs. But is the opposite also true? Can a good boss lead to less turnover? And what are the qualities that employees think make for a good leader—or a bad one?