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Movie Review: Noah

Movie Review: Noah

It’s the return of the Biblical epic – or rather extra-Biblical given the amount of embellishment in Noah (dir. Darren Aronofsky, cert. 12A). Russell Crowe plays Noah, but a radical…

Maria Miller as ‘Head of Values’ – for our Church?

Maria Miller as ‘Head of Values’ – for our Church?

The BBC has nobly, and uniquely, allowed its satirists to mock itself in the witty parody programme W1A, a follow on to the satire on the planning for the London…

Paying tribute to the Ugley Vicar

Paying tribute to the Ugley Vicar

I met John first through his writings, while I was a vicar in Oldham. Get into the Bible (1994) was a brilliant overview of the Bible, from first creation to…

Christians and gay marriage

Christians and gay marriage

The Archbishop of Canterbury is absolutely spot-on when he says about gay marriage that Christians have to accept that there is a change in the law and we should continue…

Imagine a female Archbishop…

Imagine a female Archbishop…

I arrived at St John’s Theological College, Nottingham in 1980, an ordinand’s naive wife, knowing very little about the Church of England, having grown up in a Jewish home, and…

Faith in the political world

Faith in the political world

Tony Benn and Eric Heffer were two of the big beasts of British politics during the 1980s. Joined at the hip against Thatcherism, they were militant in their support of…

Lent: return to Christian priorities

Lent: return to Christian priorities

The Church of England in its superstructure of establishment has many critical problems to face, but also many opportunities to grasp. Lent might be the ideal time to urge some…

Community: from Age to Age

Community: from Age to Age

My favourite time to run is at 6am on an early winter’s morning. There is never a single moment when the light changes but at the end of the run…

Lessons Cameron must still learn

Lessons Cameron must still learn

Does it matter that the government and so-called establishment is dominated by Oxbridge graduates and former public school pupils? I have changed my mind on this in recent times, having…

The fight for justice for the Lawrences

The fight for justice for the Lawrences

In their search for justice the Lawrence family would be better served by prosecutions of those responsible for allegedly corrupt police behaviour, rather than endless public inquiries. Such public inquiries…

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