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  • The Church of England is today set to back a call to lower the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to as little as £2.

    In a co-ordinated campaign against the machines known as gambling’s "crack cocaine", the London Diocese will move that members of the General Synod lobby the government to cut the maximum stake on the betting terminals "very substantially".

    The Most Rev Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, will further propose an amendment to the motion to reduce the maximum stake to £2.

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  • The failure to help children of hard-drinking parents is putting lives in danger, MPs will say on Wednesday.

    The warning comes as a cross-party alliance launches its manifesto to help the 2.6million children being brought up by alcoholic parents.

    The blueprint calls for a national strategy for children of alcoholics, action to curtail the promotion of booze, better funding and more education about the dangers of heavy drinking.

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  • On Wednesday 15 February the Church of England General Synod will decide whether or not to "take note" of the House of Bishops' report on marriage and same-sex relationships.

    Within the Church, it is now very clear that the two main positions held are irreconcilable.

    On the one hand are the "conservatives", represented by the Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics, who hold to the biblical and traditional position of monogamous heterosexual marriage. 

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  • Plans to cut the size of the House of Lords risk being seen as "stitch up", campaigners have warned.

    Slashing the number of peers rather than scrapping cronies' appointments will be seen as a "shut off valve" to stifle further reform, according to the Electoral Reform Society.

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  • I can already hear the shocked gasps from some as they read this title. "Oh, can't we have a nicer tone in this debate?", some are thinking, as they cover their ears, desperately thinking happy thoughts and hoping the whole nasty issue will go away.

    It has been said to me that just as Jesus was silent before his accusers, so that should be our example. Well, he was silent at key moments in his trial, but in his ministry there were plenty of times when he confronted and exposed the falsehood and hypocrisy of his opponents. And he did it publicly, not quietly in a corner. Peter and John courageously looked their accusers in the eye and told them that Jesus, whom they crucified, was risen, and was the only Saviour and Lord. Later, the apostle Paul was not afraid to confront those in Galatia who were following a false Gospel, and told of how "when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face". This year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther who called out the corruption and heresy in the church leadership and teaching of his day.

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  • GAFCON UK welcomes the publication of the OneBodyOneFaith statement "A time to build".

    The statement is admirably clear in its wholesale abandonment of any pretence that OneBodyOneFaith has any respect for Biblical authority or any interest in the wellbeing of global Anglicanism.

    While "A time to build" suggests that it seeks "theological diversity" it in fact requires that the whole Church worldwide submit to a view that God has not spoken clearly in his Word about the nature of humanity and human sexuality.

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  • How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. (1 Kings 18:21)

    It is logically impossible to tolerate differences of opinion when it comes to the acceptable boundaries of tolerance.

    Tomorrow, the General Synod of the Church of England will debate whether to take note of report GS2055, snappily titled "Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations".

    It is the next step in a long process, as the Church of England has held structured conversations on human sexuality, which had the tautolagous title of "shared conversations".

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  • The disentangling of the UK from the European Union will inevitably, over time, put us more and more out of sync with the rest of Europe. Yet in some matters, we are already starkly out of sync, and not in a good way for the UK.

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  • Universities and colleges in the United States need to be safe places where students of all backgrounds and beliefs can live and study, free from intimidation by other students, faculty, and administrators.

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  • We hear many voices in the church of those identifying as gay or same sex attracted, but the voices of those who want to change and have changed have fallen silent. This is the first in a series of stories of how people have, in various ways, moved away from same sex orientation and relationships. Each story is different and genuine; they are not intended to be prescriptive in terms of saying what should happen, but simply to allow personal experiences to be heard. Our first story is told by Luke from London. Do share it with friends and your church.

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