Understanding life after death

Understanding life after death

Is This All There Is? Gerhard Lohfink Liturgical Press, Collegeville,pb, £18.99   Dying and the Virtues Matthew Levering Eerdmans,hb, £37.99   Gerhad Lohfink is a German Catholic theologian who deserves to be better known in the UK than he is. A former professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen he is a […]

Faith and social justice

Faith and social justice

Theology Reforming Society Stephen Spencer (ed) SCM, pb, £35.00   Empirical Foundations of the Common God Daniel K Finn OUP, hb, £64.00   Stephen Spencer and his fellow contributors tell the story of Anglican Social Teaching (AST) from FD Maurice down to the present. It is a fascinating narrative that raises issues of contemporary relevance. […]

Training a new generation of Pioneers

Training a new generation of Pioneers

What is a Pioneer? Why the church needs pioneer ministers, and how Trinity College Bristol hopes to help prepare them. After the birth of her daughter, Sonya Newton decided it was time for a fresh start in her life, for a return to church. After several painful and tumultuous years away, she walked into a […]

Pick of the new Christian books

Pick of the new Christian books

Trigger Press are publishing what they call their ‘inspirational series’ in which people talk openly about their experience of mental illness. In Life After Care Anglican priest Mark Edwards tells his own truly inspirational story. Placed as a young boy in a children’s home, Mark tried to take his own life and was sectioned and sent […]

Sidestepping the scandal of Christ

Sidestepping the scandal of Christ

By Savitri Hensman   Two thousand years ago, God’s grace erupted into the world in a way that caused offence to the devout and scorn among the worldly-wise. Even today we struggle to grasp fully the startling nature of what the Cross reveals about the Divine and human life – and this applies to Christians […]

Gadfly, catalyst or agent for change?

Gadfly, catalyst or agent for change?

As Reform marks its 25th anniversary, David Banting reflects on the impact of the movement on the Church of England Anglican Life Reform By David Banting   Reform is 25 years old this year. Such an anniversary calls for a celebration and review. If the C of E is properly the Reformed Catholic Church of […]

Billy Graham: ‘his works will follow him’

Billy Graham: ‘his works will follow him’

By Richard Bewes   The hearts of millions of us turned over when we heard the news that Billy Graham had left this life and been called into the presence of the living Christ during the night of 20 February, 2018. Born in a farmhouse on 7 November, 1918, William Franklin Graham was the oldest […]

Billy Graham. Just as he was.

Billy Graham. Just as he was.

BILLY GRAHAM, one of the most influential Christians of the 20th Century, passed away last week just months before his 100th birthday. Tributes flooded in from all around the world, and from Christian and non-Christian leaders. His crusades were held in cities as diverse as New York, London, Beijing and even in North Korea. However, […]