Ghost in the machine?

Ghost in the machine?

The Ghost (dir. Roman Polanski, cert. 15) is adapted by Robert Harris from his own novel, written in 2007 after Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister. It stars Pierce Brosnan as Adam Lang, a retired Prime Minister, and Ewan McGregor as the ghost-writer for his memoirs. He’s been shortlisted for the lucrative job on the […]

Making the Church a welcoming place for all

Making the Church a welcoming place for all

It is very sad when a priest, who this year will be celebrating 50 years in the Priesthood, writes that he loves the Church of England dearly, but which at the present time does not seem to love him very much or want to find space for him to continue as a faithful, traditional believing […]

Churches take lead in hustings

Churches take lead in hustings

As the General Election draws inexorably closer, with all the twists and turns of the campaign being played out in the media, it is useful to look at how the Churches are helping people in our communities reach their decision on how to use their vote. Christians have always used their faith to guide them […]

The Gospel message drives our policies

By Gordon Brown As the son of a Church of Scotland minister of more than four decades, I was fortunate to have imbibed the scriptures from an early age. The lessons they taught me, that a life of joy and fulfilment could be lived in the service of others; and that to be tested by […]

Sunday Readings for 2 May 2010

Easter 5 – Year C Baruch 3.9-15, 32-36; 4.1-4              Acts 11.1-18             John 13.31-35 How often must preachers reiterate what Baruch has to say to Israel: that if only mankind would walk in the way of God, how much happier and better human society would be! Knowledge of wisdom is not confined to God himself, for […]

Icon or Image?

Icon or Image?

Tourism in Turin has clearly been high on the agenda this week.  The city has been  geared up for millions of visitors as the Turin Shroud goes on public display. Viewers will be restricted to three or four minutes before the bullet-proof, climate-controlled case containing the Shroud, but with free admission, over a million reservations […]

This week’s recipe: Plaice with brown shrimp butter

This week’s recipe: Plaice with brown shrimp butter

Recipe: Plaice with brown shrimp butter 4 skinless plaice fillets, about 175g each 75g unsalted butter 2 small shallots , peeled and finely chopped 250g brown shrimps , peeled a small bunch flat-leaf parsley , chopped lemon 200g spinach 4 skinless plaice fillets, about 175g each75g unsalted butter2 small shallots , peeled and finely chopped250g […]

Film of the Week: Italian passions

Film of the Week: Italian passions

Film of the Week: I am Love I am Love (Io sono l’amore, Italian and a bit of Russian, English subtitles, cert. 15) takes long periods of telling story and building character then, to a stirring soundtrack, crashes into sudden crisis moments and a final climax that leaves everyone, on screen and in the audience, […]

A breath of fresh air for Christian music

A  breath of fresh air for Christian music

If there is one thing that Christian music needs right now, it is freshness. The old formulas have virtually been done to death. So it is to a huge welcome that Rend Collective Experiment, a band from Northern Ireland, has arrived to offer a completely up-to-date sound and a set of songs that are as […]