Another Inconvenient reminder

Another Inconvenient reminder

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Ten years on from An Inconvenient Truth, mostly a film of Al Gore’s lecture on global warming, Gore revisits the issue in An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power (cert. PG). The Paris Agreement is a highlight, and even Trump’s official withdrawal of the USA from its goals […]

Sunday Service

11th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 16) — Sunday 27th August 2017   Isaiah 51:1-6 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20   This week’s readings rest upon a rock. The Old Testament reading instils hope. The Gospel inculcates faith. And the epistle inspires love. Isaiah urges the people to “look to the rock from which you were hewn!” […]

The Church can be the eyes and ears that spot

By Philippa Rowen   A new report from the National Crime Agency says modern slavery is now “prevalent” across the UK, affecting “every large town and city in the country”. The more they look, the more they find according to William Kerr, NCA Director of Vulnerabilities. He says: “We need those communities to be our […]

Trump has failed the leadership test

In the post-normal world of Donald Trump it is extremely unwise to speculate about whether his latest outrageous utterance or diplomatic disaster may finally end his presidency. I must admit that I laughed when he said about his opponent John McCain: “He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.” […]

A theological inquiry is needed after Newcastle

It was the turn for Newcastle to reveal its own grisly, deep and wide sex ring as nearly 20 men were convicted of abusing young blue-collar girls, many in ‘care’. Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, Bury, Banbury, the list gets longer and the public gets more and more cynical about the failure of the authorities to root […]

Interfaith dialogue versus collaboration

Interfaith dialogue versus collaboration

Bob Mayo   In the parish my interactions with Islamare shaped largely by identity and citizenship rather than doctrine and belief. I don’t comment on the Qur’an just as the Imam doesn’t comment on the Bible but we join together under the notion of what makes for good citizenship. Interfaith dialogue is replaced by interfaith […]

Reformation Fun Time

Reformation Fun Time

Brian Cooper reviews some of the offerings at this year’s Edinburgh Festival   A Monk’s Tale: Relics, Revolt and Reformation by Zadok Media Limited Gilded Balloon Teviot Theatre, Bristo Square, Edinburgh 11.30am daily until 23 August   A song-and-dance comedy about the Reformation? Don’t make me laugh! Those years from 1517 to Westphalia’s 1648 Peace […]

Understanding evangelism today

Understanding evangelism today

Warfare and Waves Peter Herriot Lutterworth, pb, £20.00 (PDF £16.50).   Evangelicals in the Church of England are usually divided into three categories: conservative evangelicals, Charismatics and open evangelicals. Peter Herriot, a social psychologist who was Professor at the City University and at Birkbeck College, London, is concerned with the first two of these categories […]

Time to adopt plain speaking in our prayers

Time to adopt plain speaking in our prayers

By Rev Steve Morris   We’ve been really enjoying Morning Prayer at church this week. A merry little band get together at St Cuthbert’s each morning at 8am. We start by being thankful, which is a good way to start any day. We pray for the world and the also for the parish and anything […]

Evangelicals predict split over same-sex relations

‘A DIVISION of the Church of England would be required’ if the Church declares that ‘permanent, faithful same-sex relationships are a legitimate form of Christian discipleship’, warns the ‘realistic’ Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC). A letter from CEEC President, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, its Chair, the Rev Hugh Palmer, Treasurer, the Rev George […]

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