We lead this week with praise for the contribution of Church schools from the Education Secretary Damian Hinds. He also praised the importance of the teaching of RE, saying it ‘promotes the development of pupils’.
We also note on the front page the tribute from the Archbishop of Canterbury to Dr Michael Green, who has died. Inside we have three pages of tributes to this important figure in 20th century evangelicalism, including the last interview he did with this newspaper.
While we lead the front page with the comments of the Education Secretary, we report on a brewing row in Parliament over the role of Ofsted. Do they need to treat faith schools differently to others?
And the Missional Youth Network that aims to revolutionise the way churches engage with young people is being launched with the appointment of its new leader. We also have a report on the latest development in the row over the Church’s guidance for trans people.
On the news pages we report on a comment from the Archbishop of Cape Town who is calling on all bishops worldwide to attend the forthcoming Lambeth Conference. However, as we report elsewhere, and as Andrew Carey comments, traditionalists are remaining firm in their opposition, with Gafcon even calling the event an ‘obstacle’ to the Gospel.
On our feature pages Peter Brierley looks at how the figures for midweek attendance are compiled, and asks if we can trust them. Church Army reports on a new initiative to help those dealing with addictions, including eating disorders. Derek Walker reviews the latest album featuring guitar maestro Phil Keaggy, his second in a month, while Janey Lee Grace suggests a new eco-friendly gift that can help increase our well being.