An engaging new outing for Star Wars

An engaging new outing for Star Wars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (dir. Rian Johnson, cert. 12A) is episode VIII of the trilogy of trilogies originally envisioned by George Lucas. There’s a fourth trilogy in mind, perhaps 10 years away, but there are always new ideas; this time it’s the light speed tracker system. The latest blockbuster – apart from children’s animation […]

Lloyd Webber’s Woman in White gets reborn

Lloyd Webber’s Woman in White gets reborn

Woman in White By Peter May Andrew Lloyd Webber has returned to a gothic theme whilst resurrecting this old Victorian love story for a second outing.  Thirteen years have passed since it made its less than smooth debut over at the Palace Theatre where a troublesome fat suit proved too much for Michael Crawford and stage projections caused motion […]

Light in the darkness

Light in the darkness

By J John   For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere this is the darkest part of the year and many of us feel the lack of light badly. We often leave home for work before sunrise and arrive back after sunset. Indeed many people, whose jobs involve staring at computer screens […]

A Christian statesman

A Christian statesman

Billy Graham Andrew Finstuen, Anne Blue Wills, Grant Wacker Oxford, hb, £22.99   Summing up Billy Graham’s achievement one contributor in this volume of essays quotes a church historian who said Graham ‘allowed America to become comfortable with evangelicalism’. This is no longer the case. Graham’s efforts have been in vain. Thanks to evangelical support […]

A unique Carol service

A unique Carol service

Organisers hope that tomorrow’s accessible Carol service in Newcastle Cathedral will be replicated around the country in future years   For several years David Lucas and Bill Braviner, two of the founders of Disability and Jesus, ran a carol service for the Guide Dog family in the north east, including guide dog owners, puppy walkers, […]

The quest for peace in the Middle East

The quest for peace in the Middle East

Sami Awad, a Palestinian evangelical Christian, writes about President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel   By Sami Awad   Donald Trump’s action did not personally surprise me. Sadly, US policy towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has for the most part been one-sided towards Israel. Previous US presidents did not take such […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Books on the Reformation are continuing to appear. Mark D Thompson, Colin Bale and Edward Loane have edited a collection of essays Celebrating the Reformation (IVP) that looks at its continuing relevance. Craig Harline has written a very readable account of the Reformation in A World Ablaze (OUP) that is based on a good knowledge […]

The Challenge of Growth

The Challenge of Growth

By Peter Brierley   The 2018 Edition of UK Church Statisticshas just been published and gives a detailed overview of British Christianity at this moment in the 21st century. It reflects what we already know: that the big institutional churches (the Church of England, Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Churches) are all continuing to […]

Creation is waiting

Creation is waiting

Anglican Life Church Mission Society   Dave Bookless is a mission partner with Church Mission Society, and director of theology at A Rocha International, a leading international Christian conservation charity. The team at CMS caught up with him to talk about mission, mindsets and his hopes for the world.   How would you complete the […]

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The Snowman By Peter May Like the Coca Cola advert and Mariah Carey’s infamous Christmas jingle, there are many pop culture institutions that sum up the festive period. The Snowman will surely resonate with most, even if it is simply the original cartoon on which this stage show is based upon. Twenty years have passed since it was first […]

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