Why a trip to Bremen is the perfect fairytale setting

Why a trip to Bremen is the perfect fairytale setting

    By Peter May Located in the North of Germany, with half a million inhabitants as well as being the 10th biggest city in Germany, Bremen may not be as popular in comparison with its sibling cities Berlin and Hamburg but it more than ticks the right boxes for a long weekend break. This […]

Music (and App) Choice: Andy Hunter – Presence

From his excellent début CD Exodus onwards, Hunter’s technical prowess and musical sensitivity have set him apart from the pack. I know of no one in Britain – or even America – who can touch him  when it comes to creating excellent Christian dance music. His sound is so accessible and addictive that it appeals […]

Does humanism need to believe in God?

Does humanism need to believe in God?

Humanism After the Death of God Ronald E Osborn OUP, hb, £55.00   Can humanism, with its beliefs in human dignity and equality, survive the death of God? That is the question Osborn poses in this stimulating and well-written book. Non-believers as well as Christian philosophers and apologists have pondered the question but few have […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Lent and holy week will soon be upon us. Tom Wright has produced The Day the Revolution Began (SPCK), a stimulating work that helps us reflect on the meaning of the crucifixion. Themes from Wright’s other works appear here but the book’s accessible style makes it an excellent introduction to Wright’s overall view of Jesus, […]

Reacting to the ‘other’

Reacting to the ‘other’

By Rev Dr Bob Mayo On the buses people have paid for their seats and feel that they have proprietorial rights as a result. They can turn against people who disturb them. A boisterous group of young people leads to the bus driver turning off his engine and refusing to move. By the time I […]

Faith and Fulfilment: Which Way?

Faith and Fulfilment: Which Way?

By Maurice Sinclair   It has been around for quite a while, but now it is becoming clearer and clearer. It is as respectable as any orthodoxy. It is as hard to contradict as any dogma. So what is this global phenomenon that is given such credentials? For some reason it doesn’t have a name; […]

A modern take on the new Europe

A modern take on the new Europe

By Rev Steve Parish   Toni Erdmann (cert. 15) is a long (160 minutes) but rewarding comedy from German writer-director Maren Ade. Her idea is to imagine a career woman getting her life disrupted by a visit from her practical joking father. Ines Conradi (Sandra Hüller) works as a consultant in Romania. Her task is […]

Reassessing the impact of the Reformation

Reassessing the impact of the Reformation

Protestantism After 500 Years Thomas Albert Howard and Mark Noll (eds) OUP, pb, £22.99   Remembering the Reformation Thomas Albert Howard OUP, hb, £25.00   As Thomas Howard reminds us in the second of the books under review, remembering past events is one way in which individuals or groups sustain a sense of identity. By […]

Women Clergy – 30 years on

Women Clergy – 30 years on

Anglican Life WATCH   In the spring of 1987 women in the Church of England began to wear clerical collars. Deaconesses and Parish Workers were turned into Deacons in ordination services up and down the country and women formally entered the ranks of the clergy. Women began to look like vicars and, as they conducted […]

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