Wit and pathos in a serious film

Wit and pathos in a serious film

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Gifted (cert. 12A) is a fine drama about a child genius being brought up by her uncle in a Massachusetts fishing town, ending in a tug-of-talent with the girl’s grandmother. Mary Alder (McKenna Grace) is seven, and her uncle Frank (Chris Evans), who services boats for a living, is […]

Learning from the parable of Tim Farron

Learning from the parable of Tim Farron

By Rev Andrew Symes   The Church often seems keen to skate over — or even deny — what it really believes, in an effort to be taken seriously. Do we have something to learn from recent political events? Tim Farron, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has been seen by most people as a […]

Resplendent threads

Resplendent threads

Sheena Tyler reflects on the life of Caroline Gilmour-White, who died in February.     The deep poverty of poor communities in Paraguay has been transformed through sewing workshops and Christian literature provision pioneered by Caroline Gilmour-White, who died in February. These projects gripped the community and led to churches springing up and connecting together […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Not to be missed is A Functional Art (OUP) in which Timothy Dudley-Smith gives his personal reflections on writing hymns, singing hymns and the place of hymns in the life of the church. The author has written around 450 hymns and has been awarded the OBE for services to hymnology. Highly recommended.   As well […]

Archbishops and Athanasius

Archbishops and Athanasius

Anglican Life Reform   By Susie Leafe   In the past weeks two archbishops have appealed to the First Council of Nicaea. As many readers will know, the Council (which took place in 325AD) was convened to resolve the disagreement between Athanasius and Arius concerning the nature of the divinity of Christ. In the providence […]

A faith based film with bite

A faith based film with bite

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   The Shack (cert. 12A) is a “faith-based” film, which usually means some morally-improving tale with a Christian family at the heart of it. Word of mouth among churches, especially in the USA, does the publicity. The trouble is that a lot of them are pretty naff, even with […]

Fury and admiration after the election result

Fury and admiration after the election result

By Rev Bob Mayo   I am caught by a combination of fury and admiration at the recent election result. Fury that we have once more been led into a period of uncertainty by our political leaders. Admiration at the democratic system that produced such a finely nuanced result that reflects so closely the voting […]

Innovations boost development work worldwide

Innovations boost development work worldwide

If you feel like you want to help but don’t know how, here’s a quick snapshot of where your money could go and how to get it there. The charity, Save the Children, is seeking funds right now for their emergency appeals. These include the following. The East Africa Food Crisis, which is affecting children […]

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