Talking about dying

Talking about dying

By Martin Down   Our Victorian ancestors talked a lot about dying, but the subject of sex was taboo. In our generation we talk a lot about sex, the taboo is talking about death. Why do we find it so difficult in our society to talk about dying? We have trapped ourselves in a vicious […]

The book I had to write

The book I had to write

By George Lings   For 25 years I have been trying to respond to two things that came unbidden.In 1984, as a curate, I casually picked up the first English book on church planting and it planted a seed of abiding interest lasting over 30 years. As a young vicar, I had my first sabbatical […]

Baghdad presents its challenges

Baghdad presents its challenges

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Letters from Baghdad (dir. Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum, cert. PG) is a documentary based on Gertrude Bell’s correspondence from the Middle East in the first quarter of the last century. Born in 1868, Bell was “right hand man” for British officials trying to tidy up (or carve up) […]

Where are the women?

Where are the women?

Anglican Life Watch   By Judy Stowell   I wonder if you are like me, and realise at about 8.00pm one evening that you are due to take an assembly in the local primary school at 9.00am the next morning, and then discover thatthe theme for the week is a one word “value” or qualitylike […]

Revisiting the Reformation

Revisiting the Reformation

Reformation Divided Eamon Duffy Bloomsbury, hb, £30.00   Eamon Duffy is one of a group of contemporary theologians who have changed our understanding of the Reformation in England. In The Stripping of Altars and a number of other important works he has shown that Catholicism was much stronger in this country on the brink of […]

Books for everyone

Books for everyone

Sydney Diocese has a reputation for conservative theology but probably few Anglicans outside Australia know much about its history. In Phenomenal Sydney (Wipf and Stock), Marcia Cameron looks at the history of the diocese from 1945 to 2013. She is sympathetic but not uncritical. She is open about the scandal that brought down Archbishop Gough […]

Biblical lessons from the Marathon

Biblical lessons from the Marathon

By Rev Bob Mayo   My Easter spills straight over into the London marathon. If Jesus was resurrected from the dead then anything is possible. There is no reason why I should not manage 26 miles [42 km] — how hard can it be? Running is a primal emotion and thus the perfect Easter activity. […]

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