Politicians ‘need our prayers, ‘says Bishop

Politicians ‘need our prayers, ‘says Bishop

By Toby Cohen POLITICIANS NEED our prayers, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Rt Rev Nigel Stock, told his Diocesan Synod, as he sought to remind them that not all politicians were as bad as the former Cabinet ministers who disgraced themselves this week. Bishop Stock said: “It is easy to criticise politicians, […]

Petitioners plea over Civil Partnerships bill

Petitioners plea over Civil Partnerships bill

MORE THAN 6,000 Christians called on the government this week asking it to drop a clause in the Equality Bill allowing churches to carry out Civil Partnerships in places of worship. The amendment was presented by the openly homosexual Peer, Lord Alli, earlier this month. But some church leaders feel cheated by it, claiming that […]

Stephen Cottrell named as Bishop of Chelmsford

Stephen Cottrell named as Bishop of Chelmsford

THE NEW Bishop of Chelmsford has been announced as the Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, the current Bishop of Reading. The Queen’s nomination of Bishop Cottrell as the tenth Bishop of Chelmsford was announced on Monday. Although the date of his translation is yet to be decided, he is expected to take up his new duties […]

Worrying developments for all the Christian Churches

The Church of Rome has come into the news for all the wrong reasons recently with the extent of priestly abuse of children now emerging into the full glare of public scrutiny. It is not only the ghastly crimes against little children by clergy who claim stand in the shoes of Jesus, but the cover-up […]

Bishops reject Labour plans to reform Lords

Bishops reject Labour plans to reform Lords

BISHOPS HAVE hit out against Labour’s sweeping proposals to make the House of Lords a fully elected second chamber. The Church of England has also criticised the government for using the constitution, in relation to House of Lords reform, as a ‘political football’ in the forthcoming election campaign. Justice Secretary Jack Straw is due to […]

Sunday Readings for March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday – Year C Luke 19:28-40 Isaiah 50:4-9a Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 22:14 – 23:56 Triumphal processions are a time for rejoicing as the victorious king returns to his city, demonstrating the power which has brought him glory. Jerusalem had longed for many years for its liberator to appear, but when Jesus finally appeared his […]

Riding Lights travels on the Narrow Road in its new Passion Play

Riding Lights travels on the Narrow Road in its new Passion Play

RIDING LIGHTS, the famous Christian theatre company, is performing at Manchester Cathedral this Sunday. With its version of Paul Birch’s play, Narrow Road, the team is unveiling a new way to communicate the story of the gospel. Starting off on a dusty road in ancient Palestine, the play walks though the narrow road that Jesus […]

Sunday Readings for March 21, 2010

Lent 5 – Passion Sunday – Year C Isaiah 43:16-21 Philippians 3:4b – 14 John 12:1-8 There could be no more effective sign of the power of almighty God than to demonstrate his authority over the forces of nature, by comparison with which all our human efforts are less than puny. Even in our highly […]

Why Believe

Why Believe

John Cottingham Continuum, hb, £14.99 Getting the tone right in apologetics is not easy. Many apologists are too concerned to score debating points at the expense of the likes of Richard Dawkins (admittedly a tempting target). Others claim too much for their argument and come across as overconfident and lacking in subtlety. It is not […]

God’s Big Picture

God’s Big Picture

Vaughan Roberts IVP, pb, £5.99 Roberts, the vicar of St Ebbe’s in Oxford, has produced a book that will fill in the blanks for those who struggle with Bible reading. The concept behind the book is that the Bible is really a library of 66 books, with 40 authors and written in many different genres. […]