The evolution of thinking

The evolution of thinking

Oxford Handbook of 19th Century Christian Thought Joel DS Rasmussen, Judith Wolfe, Johannes Zachhuber (eds) OUP, hb, £110.00   As the editors state in their preface, Owen Chadwick’s description of the ‘secularisation of the European mind in the 19th century’ has long been the way in which the history of Christianity in this period has […]

Faith behind bars

Faith behind bars

Behind the imposing walls and barbed wire of HMP Eastwood Park,lie hidden many sad stories of mental illness, sexual abuse, mothers separated from their children and women who self-harm. Michelle Pellegrino talks to the chaplain of the women’s prison in Gloucestershire, Church Army evangelist, Tony Williams,to find out more   How long have you been […]

Faith in the future

Faith in the future

In this extract from a new book published by Evangelical Press, Christians in the Community of the Dome, author Julian Mann imagines himself as a retired vicar under a Christian revival in Britain in 2050:   To contradict TS Eliot’s 1920 poem, Gerontion, I am ‘not an old man in a dry month waiting for rain.’ […]

Answering the atheists

Answering the atheists

Who Needs the New Testament Katharine Dell SPCK, pb, £9.99   The Divine Imprint: Finding God in the Human Mind Russell Stannard SPCK, pb, £9.99   For all the attention they have gained I can’t help but think the New Atheists have been a plus for the Christian Church. Compared to the logical positivists of […]

Why churches shouldn’t do charity

Why churches shouldn’t do charity

Rev Bob Mayo   My church doesn’t do charity. We have relationships with people in difficult circumstances. This means being with people rather than doing things for them. One such relationship was with Michael. For my first five years in the parish he came every evening to the vicarage for a cheese sandwich and a […]

Church of South India supporting girls’ rights

Church of South India supporting girls’ rights

USPG Programme Co-ordinator Anne Bonger reports on a programme set up by the Church of South India to promote equal rights for girls and protect girls from harassment and violence     Sitting in a small church in India, I was watching a group of 10 teenage girls performing a dance at a rally for […]

Standing up for children today

Standing up for children today

By Colin Blakely   For Ross Hendry his faith propels his interest in the wellbeing of the nation’s children and after a leading position at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner he now finds himself leading the way at the charity Spurgeons Childrens’ Charity. When I met him recently I asked him if Britain is […]

The still, small voice speaks on

The still, small voice speaks on

By Colin Blakely   Graham Turner set himself on a mission. After years as a journalist, there was one questionto which he was determined to find an answer. And that was: how can we hear the voice of God? It was an unusual question for a reporter who was best known for his work in […]

Christmas gifts with a difference

Christmas gifts with a difference

There’s never been a better time to give, with the recent announcement that the UK Government will double donations to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal. For every pound the public gives to support people living in poverty, the UK Government will also give a pound. Earlier this year, famine was declared in parts of South […]