This week’s edition

This week’s edition

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 […]

Sunday Service

2nd Sunday before Lent — Sunday 24th February 2019   Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-25 Revelation 4 Luke 8:22-25   This week’s readings teach us that the one whose word made and sustains the orderly creation for our benefit is worthy of all our praise. The reading from Genesis 2 focuses in on the creation of man […]

The Spiritual director

  I am one of the minority who stuck with the TV production of Les Miserables to the finish and didn’t mind the absence of songs (there aren’t any in the original book). I was struck again and again at the Christian themes present in the story and the characters. Victor Hugo was not a conventional […]

Faith in the philosophical perspective

Faith in the philosophical perspective

Philosophy and the Christian Faith Ben Pugh SCM, pb, £22.99   Although it is a long time since I taught in a theological college I still enjoy reading textbooks and asking myself whether I would recommend them to students. Ben Pugh’s new book would have my enthusiastic endorsement. For once the cover does not mislead […]

A Fond Farewell to a Good Man

A Fond Farewell to a Good Man

By J.John The rich and extraordinarily fruitful earthly life of my friend Michael Green came to a close this week. Michael led a life that was so innovative, varied and dynamic that it’s hard to summarise what he did. He was – often at the same time – vicar, evangelist, writer and theologian. Michael served […]

The Rev Dr Michael Green 1930-2019

The Rev Dr Michael Green 1930-2019

Michael Green died peacefully on 6 February in Oxford after a short period of hospitalisation at the age of 88. In many ways Oxford was Michael’s city. He studied at Exeter College where he was President of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, and married Rosemary, the female vice-president. They went on to have four children. […]

Anglicanism’s smiling prophet

Anglicanism’s smiling prophet

by Colin Buchanan    Michael Green died on 6 February, full of years (he was soon to be 89), but still full of gospel energy, apparently in his last conscious moments witnessing to Jesus Christ to his consultant and to the Italian hospital porter who was taking him to his final operation. That was Michael […]

Ofsted urged to rebuff calls to soften inspection of faith schools

Ofsted should be a ‘lightning rod’, according to Chair of the Accord Coalition, the Rev Stephen Terry. His comments came as the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education claimed that members of the House of Commons Education Select Committee urged Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, ‘that Ofsted should soften its inspection of faith schools’. Accord cited […]

New Missional Youth Network is launched

A NEW Missional Youth Church Network (MYCN) beginning in the North of England has been launched in joint partnership with Church Army and the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Church Army Evangelist, Andy Milne, has been appointed by the Archbishop of York to lead the initiative, which is set to establish at least 30 missional […]

New pressure over Church trans guidance stance

Over 500 church representatives, including the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the Bishop of Buckingham, have signed a letter in support of the guidance provided by the House of Bishops for gender transition services. They argue that ‘criticism that the Guidance does not present a fully worked out theological anthropology misses the mark’. “Although […]

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