Sunday Service

3rd Sunday before Lent (Proper 2) — Sunday 17th February 2019   Jeremiah 17:5-10 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Luke 6:17-26   This week’s reading from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 tells us that if Jesus was not physically raised from the dead, then everything is pointless. Article 4 of the Thirty-nine Articles emphasises that “Christ did truly rise […]

The Spiritual Director

We didn’t have a huge number of books at home, but reading was highly regarded as both life-enhancing and enjoyable. My mother made regular trips to the local library all her life and when she could no longer get out, others were dispatched to bring a pile of books to her to satisfy her appetite. […]

The other Cromwell

The other Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell Diarmaid MacCulloch Allen Lane, hb, £25.00   For history students in the 1960s there were two great controversies in Tudor history they were required to study and discuss in essays. One was Lawrence Stone’s claims about the rise of the gentry and the other was GR Elton’s argument for a ‘Tudor revolution in […]

Lessons for Lent

Lessons for Lent

By Rachel Mann When my publisher asked me to consider writing a Lent book based on The Greatest Showman, a musical film about Phineas T Barnum’s Circus, my instinct was to give a flat ‘No!’ As someone who keeps an eye on reviews of new film releases, I was aware that none of the film’s […]

The choice of the new books to make the most of Lent

The choice of the new books to make the most of Lent

Pilgrim Journeys: The Beatitudes is one of two booklets in a Lent series written by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev Steven Croft. Each day provides you with a short reflection on a Bible reading, an invitation to pray and a prompt to act on a theme of the Beatitudes. The second part of […]

Jeremy Hunt’s search for serious answers

Jeremy Hunt’s persecuted Christians initiative at the Foreign Office is to be welcomed. By asking the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen to engage the question of how the Foreign Office can assist persecuted Christians he avoids jumping to easy answers. I draw most hope by the thing he has been criticised for – ruling out […]

The CEEC sets out their view on a biblical approach to sexuality

The CEEC sets out their view on a biblical approach to sexuality

Another excellent resource from Anglican evangelical theologian Martin Davie has been published, this time in collaboration with colleagues associated with the Church of England Evangelical Council. ‘Glorify God in your Body: Human identity and flourishing in marriage, singleness and friendship’ at well over 200 pages is intended as a major submission from a conservative perspective to the […]

Rethinking prophecy and Brexit

Rethinking prophecy and Brexit

Sometimes our biblical understanding gets lost in the glory and depth of God’s revelation. We sacralise this great text and take it away from ordinary life. The Bible is by far the most important book in the world but also the book of ordinary people. The prophets are put on the Sistine Chapel ceiling with […]

This week’s edition

This week’s edition

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 […]

Mrs May and her strategy in European discussions

While there is a strong perception that Christianity in Britain, and indeed western Europe, is being treated unfavourably by government at every level it is finally bundled into the closet and out of the public forum. This seems evident in contrast to the apparently positive approach given to so called ‘minority’ faiths in the public […]