We lead this week with a bid in the House of Lords to remove the protection that clergy in the Church of England have as part of the legislation on same-sex marriages. Peers wanted to remove this exemption for the Church, and you can read about the parliamentary tussles on the front page.
We also report on the appointment of the new leader of CMS, the death of a heavyweight Synod figure and the launch of an appeal to save an important therapeutic retreat centre.
Inside we report on calls for more action by social media companies to protect their users, a Clergy Discipline Measure action is launched against the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Chichester and the Church Commissioners win support for their action putting pressure on BP in favour of climate change protections.
We also have a report on the agenda at this month’s General Synod, where evangelism will be high on the agenda. But other issues will also be discussed, not least the motion brought by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York about the state of the nation, and a call by the Bishop of St Albans for action on gambling.
We also report on the launch of an inquiry into the persecution of Christians around the world, which is being staged by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Andrew Carey reflects on the new initiative.
On our comment pages we look at Mrs May’s strategy in the Brexit negotiations while Alan Storkey wonders if we need a new prophetic vision in the Brexit discussions.
Our main feature this week looks at the book available for Lent, and Rachel Mann explains why she wrote a book based on the hit movie The Greatest Showman.
Andrew Symes writes about the new CEEC statement on sexuality and Paul Richardson reviews the new book by Diarmaid MacCulloch on Thomas Cromwell.