Not such a bitter pill to swallow

Not such a bitter pill to swallow

‘Broccoli breakthrough in fight to treat arthritis’ was the headline across the papers last week. Sulforaphane, found in broccoli, is known to block inflammation and damage to the cartilage but because it’s thought people would have to eat several pounds daily to derive significant benefit, a drug company has developed a synthetic version of the […]

Faith-based Election

Faith-based Election

Nicola Sturgeon has been the star of the election. Her admirers even include the leaders of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Professor Tom Gallagher has attacked Archbishop Tartaglia of Glasgow for referring to Sturgeon’s ‘outstanding career’ in politics despite her lack of sympathy for Catholic employees in the NHS who are unwilling to take part […]

Religious or Christian?

Religious or Christian?

By Julian Henderson ,Bishop of Blackburn I find myself in a totally unexpected place. For these past 18 months I have been the Bishop of Blackburn, serving the Church of England in most of Lancashire and with oversight of over 200 Christian communities, ranging from the rural to the urban, from the wealthy to the […]

CD Choice: The Choir – Shadow Weaver (Galaxy 21)

Always good for intelligent, observant, honest and well grounded lyrics, The Choir have had a resurgence in recent years. Their last couple of discs have been very strong and this one continues the thread of songs tackling the breadth of human life, lit by the divine. Drummer Steve Hindalong writes about saying ‘Goodbye;’ experiencing suffering; […]

Britain’s place in the world

Britain’s place in the world

During the long and illustrious lifetime of The Church of England Newspaper, the world has seen the rise and fall of the British Empire and the passing of Britain’s pre-eminent role in world affairs. Whatever it was that once made people push back their chairs and stand to attention when the British walked into town […]

Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Two young gay men who featured on Hillary Clinton’s documentary announcing her candidacy for the White House have invited her to their wedding. Until recently Clinton favoured a state-by-state decision on same-sex weddings. Obama did not come out in favour before his 2008 election bid. It’s safe to say this is an issue on which […]

Going back to love

Going back to love

By Edward Hobbs,  New Wine At the start of this year as a church, we went back to basics. We asked the questions: why are we here? What are we for? It’s so easy for big, old, traditional organisations, like the church, to just exist because they exist. Through history, and over time, we lose […]

Doing God in America

Doing God in America

David Cameron may be the only political leader in Britain who is ready to call himself a Christian but the American presidential contest will see a number of believers campaigning for the White House. Hillary Clinton is a life-long Methodist who stayed in touch with Rev Don Jones, the youth pastor who influenced her in […]

Stories that should have been overlooked

Stories that should have been overlooked

I’ve often complained about the increasing problem of oversensitive offence-taking and the modern-day enthusiasm for playing the victim. These characteristics are displayed on social media ad nauseam, and it is one of the main reasons why I can’t bear to spend too much time on either Facebook or Twitter. But last Wednesday when I checked […]

The decline of Christianity

The decline of Christianity

In five decades, I must start with a correction. Religion is in terminal decline all across Europe and particularly in Britain according to a new report. Ten years ago, only three per cent of British people described themselves as having no religion; now the proportion is 50 per cent and among the under-25s it is […]

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