The challenges to clergy in modern funeral services

The challenges to clergy in modern funeral services

By Andrew Dow   Back in 1971, the vast majority of funeral services in this country, be they cremations or burials, with or without a service in church, were conducted by Church of England clergy, usually the deceased’s local parish priest, regardless of any church attendance.  That has all changed. Many of the nation’s funerals […]

Celebrity deaths in 2016: A time to mourn?

Celebrity deaths in 2016: A time to mourn?

  Ros Clarke wonders how we should mourn the death of celebrities   David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Ronnie Corbett. Victoria Wood. Prince. The grim reaper’s star-studded roll call shows no sign of letting up in 2016. According to the BBC’s More or Less programme, this is likely to continue, as the first generations of mass […]

The Jewish roots of the Christian faith

The Jewish roots of the Christian faith

Neither Jew Nor Greek, James DG Dunn Eerdmans, hb, £40.00   In the third volume of his ‘Christianity in the Making’ series Professor James Dunn looks at what happened to Christianity between 70 and 185 CE. It is a crucial period that saw the start of the parting of the ways between Christianity and Judaism […]

Celebrating the links between sport and Christianity

Celebrating the links between sport and Christianity

  By Andrew Parker   Over the past 30-40 years there has been increasing interest in the connections between sport and religion. A variety of issues have been explored including the specific relationship between sport and Christianity. One of the things that stands out in the more recent sport-Christianity literature is the way in which […]

Examining faith and globalisation

Examining faith and globalisation

Flourishing Miroslav Volf Yale, hb, £18.99   From 2008 to 2011 Miroslav Volf taught a seminar on Faith and Globalisation at Yale. His co-teacher was Tony Blair and the roots of this book lie in that seminar. Volf sets out to show that globalisation and religion are important factors shaping our lives; that contrary to […]

Hymns of God’s free grace to us all

Hymns of God’s free grace to us all

By Revd John Hartley Baptismal Integrity   When Josephine Public rings the vicar and tries to book the christening there and then, most vicars instinctively know that she is not looking to sign up to the lifetime contract of “bringing up her child as a follower of Jesus within the family of the local church”. […]

MOW archives are catalogued

MOW archives are catalogued

THE ARCHIVES of the Movement for the Ordination of Women has been catalogued for the first time. The collection, held by the LSE Library, is part of their larger Women’s Library @ LSE, and a talk is being planned to mark the completion of the project. MOW, which operated between 1979 and 1994, was headquartered […]

The man who wants us to be Nomads

The man who wants us to be Nomads

  By Colin Blakely   Grace, love, hope and forgiveness are the key messages in the new book from Brandan Robertson. The leader of Church Army, Mark Russell, has welcomed the new book, pointing out that the young American author “gently challenges us to create more space for discovery and mystery in our church life.” […]

Counting the world’s evangelicals

Counting the world’s evangelicals

A new book, Evangelicals Around The World, has recently been published, edited by Dr Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, Dr Todd Johnson, editor of the World Christian Database (WCD) and others. It is a heavy book (weighs over a kilo!) and is in two parts.   The first part gives 30 […]

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