How science can boost your spiritual life

How science can boost your spiritual life

By Colin Blakely Can science help us in our spiritual disciplines? Rupert Sheldrake certainly believes so, and in his new book he draws together years of research as a biologist to examine the science behind the spiritual reality. The London-based author studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College. […]

Inter-faith call for prayers as Yemen faces disaster

Inter-faith call for prayers as Yemen faces disaster

TEARFUND and Christian Aid are among leaders of faith-based international development agencies calling on churches and mosques to pray for the desperate humanitarian situation in Yemen this week. More than 14 million people are facing starvation and 85,000 children may have already died from extreme hunger since 2015, following nearly four years of war. Amanda Mukwashi, […]

James Carry on the box

James Carry on the box

By Colin Blakely James Cary is adamant: “The idea that God doesn’t have a view on comedy is obviously idiotic.” If his name is not familiar, his work will certainly be. His best-known work is probably Miranda, the long-running sitcom starring Miranda Hart. But he came to fame with Bluestone 42 on BBC Three and […]

Sport plus the Gospel: a winning combination

Sport plus the Gospel: a winning combination

Anglican Life Christians in Sport   Last week bookings opened for Sports Plus, Christian in Sport’s residential sports camps run across the British Isles each summer. They have been running for nearly 25 years and have grown from one camp of just 30 young people to nearly 700 young people attending six events in the […]

Rediscovering the roots of ecclesiology

Rediscovering the roots of ecclesiology

The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology Paul Avis OUP, hb, £95.00   As a number of contributors to this volume observe, recognition of ‘ecclesiology’ as a distinct area of theological study is a recent development. Theologians in the early church certainly discussed theological issues relating to the church, as Mark Edwards shows in his contribution, but […]

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 […]

Why human dignity is a Gospel issue

Why human dignity is a Gospel issue

By Bishop Joseph D’Souza   I am always amazed when I read the story of Jesus healing a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhagic condition for 12 years. You probably remember the story because, well, Jesus healed her by accident: believing that if she touched him she would be healed, the woman crept behind […]

A book with huge importance today

A book with huge importance today

Religion Hurts Why religions do harm as well as good John Bowker SPCK, hb, £9.99   John Bowker has been compared by Rowan Williams to Austin Farrer, high praise coming from someone who greatly admires Farrer. Like Farrer, Williams suggests, Bowker writes with great erudition and ranges widely over many subjects. Also like Farrer, Bowker […]

Perfect retreats

Perfect retreats

After a hectic Christmas and New Year it could be time to explore the idea of a retreat. The first on our list is ‘Consider the Lilies, An Artistic Antidote to Worrying,’which is being run in association with CARM led by Sue Ives (Friday 16 March). The aim of CARM – the Creative Arts Retreat […]

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 […]