The Bible, as you’ve never heard it

The Bible, as you’ve never heard it

By Hazel Southam Comic Paul Kerensa is wearing a baseball cap back to front, having, as he says, ‘a live midlife crisis’. He’s rapping the Apostle Paul’s letters to the tune of Eminem’s Stan. The audience cheers. It’s just part of a nationwide tour in which Kerensa (also known for his work on Miranda, Not […]

Reaching people on the margins

Reaching people on the margins

Rebecca Woollgar, Volunteering Manager for the Anglican mission agency USPG, reflects on the inspirational work of Anglican churches in Brazil and Wiltshire, and concludes there is no ‘us and them’ Anglican Life USPG What is the church for? For me it’s about acknowledging we all have something to offer – there is no ‘us and […]

Former Primus explores death

Former Primus explores death

Waiting For the Last Bus Richard Holloway Canongate, hb, £14.99 Writing of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Canon Angela Tilby has complained of an ‘evangelical takeover of the Church of England’. Bishop Richard Holloway does not use the same partisan language but he will probably be in sympathy with her views. He writes of those who see […]

Churches ‘gaining confidence in mission’

Churches ‘gaining confidence in mission’

Anglican Life Church Mission Society By Jenny Muscat What might angels, cake and wrestling have in common? All three have been ways in which local churches have been connecting with their communities while engaging in the Partnership for Missional Church (PMC) process with Church Mission Society (CMS). PMC is a three-year process for churches, designed […]

Fellowship in the Gospel

Fellowship in the Gospel

We meet the man rebooting the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion A Chat With The Rev Richard Crocker By Colin Blakely   It was set up in 1961 by the Rev John Stott, but now the Rev Richard Crocker has been charged with recharging EFAC for a new generation. EFAC, or the Evangelical Fellowship […]

Understanding St Paul

Understanding St Paul

Paul: A Biography Tom Wright SPCK, hb, £19.99 Very few theological books can be described as page-turners. Probably none written in recent years but Tom Wright’s new biography of Paul is an exception. This is a work that really brings Paul to life and helps us to understand the thinking of one of history’s greatest figures. […]

Why The Episcopal Church is on the brink

Why The Episcopal Church is on the brink

Anglican Life CEEC The publication by The Episcopal Church (USA) of responses from around the Communion to its proposed changes in relation to same-sex marriage have created something of a firestorm in the Church of England. That is because they revealed that, back in November, William Nye, the Secretary General to the Archbishops’ Council of […]

Art choices for the summer

Art choices for the summer

Summer 2018 offers a rich array of art shows across UK, with Monet, Nolde, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rodin, Schiele and Spencer star attractions. Two special art experiences beckon in London: the landmark Monet and Architecture at National Gallery [to 29 July] and the Grayson Perry-co-ordinated Summer Exhibition at newly transformed Royal Academy [12 June – 19 […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

Peter Stanford is one of Britain’s leading religious journalists. He has written for national dailies as well as the church press and produced a number of well reviewed books. In What We Talk About When We Talk About Faith (Hodder) he has collected the interviews he has conducted over the past 30 years or so. […]

Bishop happy to be ‘useful idiot for Christ’

Bishop happy to be ‘useful idiot for Christ’

Bishop Michael Langrish, the former Bishop of Exeter, was part of a group who visited Syria over the period of the Allied Bombings of chemical weapon installations. The Daily Mail called the group “Useful Idiots”. He spoke of his visit with Chris Sugden. CS Given that the conflict in Syria is becoming Iran versus Israel, with […]

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