Uniting rugby and Christianity

Uniting rugby and Christianity

Ben Leathes and Andy Bryce were playing at Stewart’s Melville Rugby Club in Edinburgh when they came up with an idea. Their vision was to create a weekend where you could play rugby, watch the European Cup Final and find out about Christian faith. Since the first gathering in Cardiff in 2006, hundreds of players […]

Archbishop in plea for living wage for cocoa farmers

Archbishop in plea for living wage for cocoa farmers

THE ARCHBISHOP of York has called for more to be done to provide living incomes for cocoa farmers. The Fairtrade Foundation’s new campaign calls on the UK Government and companies to ensure cocoa farmers earn living incomes by 2030 in line with the UN’s Global Goals to end poverty. Cocoa farmers working in tough conditions […]

Our bid to reach out to ‘Tipton Tim’

Our bid to reach out to ‘Tipton Tim’

Parish Profile: St John the Evangelist, Tipton By Simon Sayer The parish of St John’s, Tipton, is certainly ‘on the margins’. Sandwiched between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, we’re in the Diocese of Lichfield – but only just, as the diocesan boundary runs down the middle of the High Street! St John’s serves the estate communities of […]

Grantchester mystery revealed

Grantchester mystery revealed

By Colin Blakely The Rev Sidney Chambers has proved to be one of the best-loved priests in the country. So much so that the books and TV series based on his priestly detective skills have captivated the whole nation. Of course his faith is central to his life, but in the latest literary addition, Sidney’s […]

St Patrick’s story

St Patrick’s story

Saint Patrick Retold Roy Flechner Princeton, hb, £22.00   St Patrick’s Day is a big event all around the English-speaking world, encouraged by the Irish diaspora with many others joining in the celebration. Myths, like the claim Patrick rid Ireland of snakes, abound and Patrick is an important national symbol to Irish people. But even […]

Why we should work in prisons

Why we should work in prisons

Why have all the pleasures of slowness disappeared? Where have they gone, the amblers of yesteryear, dreamers, idlers and wonderers? I am currently on a train in India looking up at God’s windows. I am spending time away before starting my next job as Chaplain at Rochester Prison. When I return my first concern will […]

They’re loving angels instead

They’re loving angels instead

By Colin Blakely Angels are all around us. They feature in songs, art and in churches. They are also there in the Bible, from the beginning to the end. But for some they are regular encounters in everyday life. For the acclaimed author Peter Stanford the idea of angels was not new. Growing up in […]

Training for a new generation

Training for a new generation

Theological Colleges are taking on the challenges of the national church. Wycliffe Hall’s recent launch of Mixed Mode training within the Hall is a perfect example. It was launched as part of its commitment to the Church of England’s Reform and Renewal agenda with the view of training the next generation of Christian leaders ‘for […]

Enlightening reading

Enlightening reading

The Birth of the Modern Ethan H Shagan Princeton, hb, £27.00   In this stimulating and intellectually wide-ranging book, Ethan H Shagen, Professor of History at Berkeley, traces the history of belief in Western Christianity down to the Enlightenment with a final chapter that sheds light on the present situation. The author covers an enormous […]

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