Understanding prayer

Understanding prayer

Prayer: A Guide For The Perplexed Ashley Cocksworth T&T Clark, £19.99, pb T and T Clark’s ‘A Guide for the Perplexed’ series scored a big hit with Simon Oliver’s brilliant volume on Creation, which has already been reviewed on these pages. Now they have another hit on their hands with Ashley Cockworth’s volume on Prayer. […]

Alternative Christmas gifts that really make a difference

Alternative Christmas gifts that really make a difference

Whether you are buying one of these alternative gifts individually or joining forces with members of your local church, there are plenty of ways to make Christmas meaningful. Embrace the Middle East is a Christian charity with over 160 years’ experience helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from poverty in the […]

Churches make historic plans as they establish new Province in West Africa

Churches make historic plans as they establish new Province in West Africa

Fran Mate, International Programmes Manager for Africa with the Anglican mission agency USPG, reports on a recent gathering to develop a strategic plan for the newly-founded Internal In terms of the Anglican Communion, something remarkable is happening in West Africa: the churches here are pulling together to plan and embed a new province. Founding a […]

Impressionists delight for wintry days

Impressionists delight for wintry days

Courtauld Impressionists from Manet to Cezanne National Gallery until 20 January 2019   If on a wintry day you yearn for sun-drenched vistas, or are keen to know the origins of modern art without arduous study, then National Gallery’s Courtauld Impressionists from Manet to Cezanne is just the exhibition for you. Its 40-plus works unite […]

The dark side of religion

The dark side of religion

By Colin Blakely Public interest in religious belief has grown in recent years, but not always for the best reasons. Last year in Britain there were a series of terror attacks, beginning on 22 March when Khalid Masood killed four pedestrians outside Parliament. Then in May 22 people were killed in the Manchester Arena as […]

Lowry and the Pre-Raphaelites

Lowry and the Pre-Raphaelites

In 1911 LS Lowry, a student at Manchester School of Art, attended an exhibition at the city art gallery about the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood. While he was developing his own style of matchstick figures in industrial settings, he maintained an interest in their work. When he retired from his work as a rent collector in the […]

Improving the (sex) lives of Christian couples

Improving the (sex) lives of Christian couples

By Colin Blakely Emma Waring has a mission: helping married Christians make the most of their sex lives, and in the process helping to revive their relationships. Her background means she is expertly qualified to write about it. “After I qualified as a nurse I went straight into cardiac nursing. This involved getting people back […]

A philosopher remembers

A philosopher remembers

Brief Encounters: Notes From A Philosopher’s Diary Anthony Kenny SPCK, hb, £20.00 Walter Lippmann famously remarked of Franklin Roosevelt that he may have a second class mind but he had a first class temperament. Roy Jenkins (a subject in this book) was seen as condescending when he applied the same quotation to Tony Blair. Jenkins, […]

Christmas books for all

Christmas books for all

Christian publishers are offering a feast of titles for readers this Christmas. The Prodigal Prophet – Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy by Timothy Keller is one of a Christmas selection from the publisher Hodder and Stoughton. One of the most popular Christian authors, Timothy Keller was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell […]