The appointment system needs reform (again)

The appointment system needs reform (again)

Every now and then there are periods when the furniture in the House of Bishops is moved around and given a spring-clean and we are currently in one of these periods with a number of Episcopal retirements in recent months and more to come. The news that the Crown Nominations Commission has failed to appoint […]

Christian faith and failure

Christian faith and failure

The fall out from the General Election has been almost as dramatic as its shock result. Ed Miliband resigned immediately, taking full responsibility on himself for Labour’s defeat. Likewise Mr Clegg has resigned as Lib Dem leader after an even worse result. Now we hear that Jim Murphy has resigned as leader of Scottish Labour […]

‘The first response to truth is hatred’

‘The first response  to truth is hatred’

  By Peter Mullen   I have long found encouragement in the words of the great early Christian champion Tertullian (155-240). It was he who said: “The more you mow us down, the more we breed. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Perhaps those who are so keen to bridle […]

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

An honest election result Sir, It is, perhaps, never wise for a writer to write in haste and in anger and frustration. Alan Storkey’s article is a party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party, and of left wing political views in general, coated with apparent biblical support for his political views, and not […]

The language of joy

The language of joy

By Bob Mayo Joy is the language of heaven and it is everywhere in the parish. I find myself quietly delighting in the stillness that comes in the few moments’ silence immediately after I have prayed with another. I enjoy the exuberance of a school class acting out the story of Daniel and the Lion. […]

Changing trends in hymn singing?

Changing trends in hymn singing?

By Heather Bamber, Royal School of Church Music One only needs to look at the classified adverts in publications such as this one to see how many churches have a stack of used hymn books looking for a new home. Is this because the church has invested in a newer edition of a favourite hymn […]

The Dishonest Election

The Dishonest Election

By Alan Storkey   The Election we have just seen has been a travesty of democracy, marked especially by the sin of bearing false witness. False witness is not difficult to understand, and as one of the Ten Commandments, it is telling us something fundamental about how we should live, namely that we should not […]

The vision behind Christian Aid

The vision behind Christian Aid

By Loretta Minghella In May 1945 the leaders of all the main churches in Britain asked that on the Sunday after VE Day, Christians should donate what they could to help rebuild a shattered Europe. More than £3 million in today’s money was raised that weekend. It was used to buy bicycles and boats so […]

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