The Spiritual Director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare ‘It is a beautiful thing to notice that in the Genesis story a whole day is given over to the wild things of the sea and sky, the flying and diving creatures that inhabit elements other than ours, but who are also the work of God’s hand and the […]

Tackling the Sunday sport dilemma

Tackling the Sunday sport dilemma

More and more sport is being organised for Sunday mornings and this causes a clash with the traditional time for church. It is a problem for parents and pastors alike who find themselves torn between prioritising children’s spiritual growth whilst at the same time encouraging them in the sport they are evidently passionate about. They […]

The dawn of Eucharistic signalling

The dawn of Eucharistic signalling

You may not have heard of a Rainbow Eucharist. But the idea has been around for a while, and is celebrated in the gay press. Sometimes it might be called a Pride service, and the Lord’s table can be draped in the Pride flag. The associated rhetoric is usually of inclusivity, diversity, and equality (and […]

Bishop: Don’t refer to God as ‘he’

CHRISTIANS should avoid referring to God as ‘he’, a bishop has said after a new poll found that over 40 per cent of Christians believe that God does not have a gender at all. The YouGov poll found that  just 1 per cent of people believe that God is female, with 36 per cent holding […]

Sunday Service

18th Sunday after Trinity — Sunday 30th September 2018 (Proper 21)  Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50   In our fifth consecutive reading from the book of James, we look at the final section of his letter. It is not simply bolted on at the end, but is related to the theme of […]

Christianity and healthcare

The nation has been celebrating the NHS very appropriately over the past weeks, with the principle of freely provided health care for all who need it. There can be no question that this institution is deeply valued throughout society, and it was called a ‘secular church’ by one of its founding planners. It is true […]

Budget cuts and deficits hit the most vulnerable the hardest

Budget cuts and deficits hit the most vulnerable the hardest

Ross Hendry, Chief Executive of Spurgeons Children’s Charity, talks about the impact of funding cuts and how charities and churches can come together to bridge the gap they leave behind. This summer we saw several stories of Councils in financial trouble and having to make significant spending cuts. Just in the last six weeks, we […]

Duffy’s fascinating insights

Duffy’s fascinating insights

Royal Books and Holy Bones Eamon Duffy Bloomsbury,hb, £25.00   In 1977 when I went to a remote mission station in the highlands of New Guinea a friend asked if he could give me a present. I suggested a subscription to the New York Review of Books. Every Friday a light aircraft landed on the […]

Andy Lines commissioned for ministry with Gafcon

Andy Lines commissioned for ministry with Gafcon

SIX BISHOPS from six provinces of the Anglican Communion joined with members of General Synod for the commissioning of Bishop Andrew Lines. Bishop Lines was until recently Mission Director of Crosslinks, and prior to that a SAMS missionary with his wife Mandy, in Paraguay. He is now Missionary Bishop to Europe of the Anglican Church […]

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