Why conservative evangelicals should be grateful for Rod Thomas

Why conservative evangelicals should be grateful for Rod Thomas

Canon A5 – Of the Doctrine of the Church of England – is very important to conservative evangelicals because of its clear affirmation of the supreme and final authority of the Bible in Christian faith and conduct. So they should prize the gift of their own flying bishop in Rod Thomas, the Bishop of Maidstone. The Book of […]

Making the most of Lent

Making the most of Lent

Designed for study in the season of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon — Making Money Serve Grace reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us; on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Works by authors well known to CEN readers head this round up of new books. Lee Gatiss has edited selections from Calvin, Luther, Bullinger and Cranmer on Genesis, Exodus, Psalms and Galatians and arranged them to be read over a 90-day period. Journalling space is provided for each day in a book handsomely produced by […]

Elders of the tribe

Elders of the tribe

By Bishop Paul Bayes   “The weak bishops.” “The lying bishops.” “The bastard bishops.” “I wouldn’t trust them as far as I can spit.” “The only way they’ll give a straight-line response is if you ask them to design a corkscrew.” A few months ago I wrote a piece on viamedianews.com that spoke of the […]

Small Screen Selection: Things to Come

(Curzon Artificial Eye) Parisian philosophy teacher Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is at a fairly stable time in her life. She loves her job and her late teenage children, and has the satisfaction of knowing that her teaching work inspires her students. But not everything is plain sailing. Her eccentric, manipulative mother is ageing and demanding; and […]

Writers tackle the problem of suffering

Writers tackle the problem of suffering

The Beauty and the Horror Richard Harries SPCK, hb, £19.99   Exploring Doubt Alex Wright DLT, pb, £12.99   As Alex Wright remarks, the God the New Atheists think they are demolishing is often religiously and philosophically impoverished. Those theologians who have made the best response to the New Atheists are those who recognise this […]

A truly inspiring true life story

A truly inspiring true life story

By Rev Steve Parish Lion (dir. Garth Davis, cert. PG, some Hindi and Bengali with English subtitles) tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy rescued from the streets of Calcutta (as we knew it then) in 1986 and adopted by an Australian couple, and his search for his real mother. It’s triple-hanky […]