The benefits of lavender

The benefits of lavender

It was good to see the headline in the Mail on Sunday recently: ‘Lavender boost for the memory.’ It comes as no surprise that lavender has therapeutic properties and now it seems that it can be a boost for the memory too. In days of old of course anyone feeling faint would be offered a […]

A polished performance from the Oysterband

A polished performance from the Oysterband

Oysterband This House Will Stand (Navigator)   Oysterband’s Ragged Kingdom collaboration with June Tabor got them last into these pages and one track from that remarkable disc makes it to this 2-CD compilation: their stripped back cover of Joy Division’s “Love will Tear us Apart.” I always think of Oysterband as a folk outfit, but […]

Bridget Jones returns (with baby)

Bridget Jones returns (with baby)

Bridget Jones’s Baby (dir. Sharon Maguire, cert. 15) might easily have been a mistake, and there’s plenty of old ground, but it’s still going to be an audience-pleaser after Bridget’s 12-year absence. In terms of modern sexual mores, it’s got a lot of innuendo – and plenty of outuendo too. In Mama Mia, there was […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Jean-Luc Marion is one of the most important philosophers of religion writing today. Givenness and Revelation (OUP) gives the substance of his Gifford Lectures in a small book of 137 pages. Marion begins with an examination of the origins and evolution of the concept of Revelation and ends with a phenomenological account of the Trinity. […]

Summer reading for bishops (and all clergy)!

Summer reading for bishops (and all clergy)!

Summer Reading for Bishops (and all clergy)!   By Wallace Benn   What has been your summer reading this year? I was happily sent a copy of Iain H Murray’s excellent new biography of JC Ryle — “Prepared to stand alone’. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written it is the definitive biography, so far, of the […]

A pioneering ministry to the country’s Creatives

A pioneering ministry to the country’s Creatives

By Colin Blakely   HE IS known as the ‘Red Carpet Curate’, but the ministry of the Rev Peterson Feital is far more significant than the tabloid nickname would suggest. Last year he was appointed the first Missioner to the Creative Industries by the Diocese of London. It was just the latest of innovative new […]

The Rev Dr Ian Paul looks at ‘good disagreement’

The Rev Dr Ian Paul looks at ‘good disagreement’

The Church of England Evangelical Council The account of the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 has been drawn on in a range of situations where Christians have argued for a radical change in our understanding of the church and salvation. It comes up frequently in the current debate on sexuality, but was cited by […]

Tracing the roots of Wesley’s Methodists

Tracing the roots of Wesley’s Methodists

Wesley and the Anglicans Ryan Nicholas Danker IVP, pb, £20.14   Why did Methodists end up leaving the Church of England and why did John Wesley disagree with fellow evangelicals who were Anglicans? Lord Macaulay suggested that if Wesley had been a Roman Catholic he would have followed the example of Francis of Assisi and […]

There is hope for the world

There is hope for the world

By Bishop Nicholas Holtam   The Lord “says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and he shall carry out my purpose’… I have aroused Cyrus in righteousness, and I will make all his paths straight,” (Isa 44:28, 45:13). These verses sprang to mind with the recent news that China and the United States had announced […]

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