On Praying in ‘Interesting Times’

On Praying in ‘Interesting Times’

  One of the most repeated scenarios in cinema is one where the hero makes a daring but calculated jump from some high vantage point onto a speeding vehicle as it races past far below. It’s an image that comes to mind when, in the first week of 2019, I’m asked to write an article […]

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

  There hasn’t been very much good news emerging from the government of late. So two rather unexpected cheers for the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who surprised everyone on 26 December by announcing – in an article in the [i] Telegraph – a review into the persecution of Christians worldwide. It doesn’t get much more […]

New ways of sharing the Gospel

New ways of sharing the Gospel

A Chat With… Terence Ascott   By Colin Blakely Christians in the West have completely the wrong idea about Christians in the Middle East. That is the view of Terence Ascott, and as someone who has led Christian witness in the region for 40 years, he should know what he is talking about. “It’s unbelievable […]

Exploring the writers who were Haunted by Christ

Exploring the writers who were Haunted by Christ

Lord Harries’ new book examines literature greats from a Christian perspective   A Chat With Lord Harries One of the best-known bishops in England is undoubtedly Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford and now Lord Harries of Pentregarth. He is one of the few bishops, apart from Archbishops, to be honoured with a life peerage. […]

The benefits of the sound of silence

The benefits of the sound of silence

Terry Waite’s new book explores the benefits of solitude By Colin Blakely Terry Waite endured the hardest type of solitude during the five years he was held in captivity in Lebanon. In his new book he recounts his conversations with people who have also encountered solitude, either willingly or otherwise, to find out more about […]

Celebrating the man who shaped our language

Celebrating the man who shaped our language

By Paul Richardson   At first sight it might seem surprising that a successful novelist and broadcaster should be enthusiastic about a Bible translator who died in 1536 but look more closely at the careers of Melvyn Bragg and William Tyndale and it is possible to see they have much in common. Tyndale famously wanted […]

On the trail of the Seven Deadly Sins

On the trail of the Seven Deadly Sins

A Chat With Kenneth Baker   It may be more than 20 years since he stood down as an MP, but Kenneth Baker has not been resting on his laurels. He has already published a series of books and his latest is one whose subject has captured his attention since his time as an MP. […]

The Presence project

The Presence project

A Chat With Andy Hunter   Some new releases get launched with a huge media blast, while some just seep out slowly. One that surely deserves a blast, but has quietly evolved in stages, is Andy Hunter’s Presence project, its vision to inspire people’s reflections and experience God’s presence in their everyday lives. As a […]

Preaching the message of God’s love

Preaching the message of God’s love

A Chat With Jayne Ozanne It was one of her first professional challenges. Working for Proctor & Gamble, the marketing expert was assigned to the launch of Lenor Ultra, a revamped version of Lenor Concentrate. However, it was to prove a failure. “One of the secrets of fabric softener is that evidently homemakers love pouring […]

Finding hope in the darkness

Finding hope in the darkness

One Christian leader’s battles with mental health issues is focus of his new book. A Chat With Mark Meynell By Colin Blakely Churches should be kind. That’s the message from Mark Meynell who has just published a deeply personal account of his struggles with mental health issues. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder […]