Bible Colleges offer a holistic preparation for service today

Bible Colleges offer a holistic preparation for service today

By Matt Cresswell STUDYING at Bible College is not just about cramming your head with Christian apologetics and Greek declensions. Today’s students are finding that studying full-time or part-time at a respectable college has many other benefits. Spending time in a college campus with a group of people committed to learning more about God and […]

Queen Mother’s faith revealed

Queen Mother’s faith revealed

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother The Official Biography By William Shawcross Macmillan, hb, £25 This magnificent, compelling biography is based on virtually unrestricted access to the Queen Mother’s correspondence, and she was a wonderful letter-writer. William Shawcross has also researched widely: letters, diaries and memoirs of her friends and relations and contemporaries of all ranks. […]

The Invention of the Jewish Nation reviewed

The Invention of the Jewish Nation reviewed

The Invention of the Jewish Nation, Schlomo Sand Verso, hb, £20.00 In the later years of the 19th century a pseudo-science of race flourished in many parts of Europe. It upheld the idea of the nation as an ethnic identity, usually with certain special characteristics. By the end of the 20th century, nations were more […]

Hard questions on the road to building inter-faith awareness

Hard questions on the road to building inter-faith awareness

By Sergei Blair Complacency among moderate Muslims against radicals of the same faith may lead to further misunderstanding and hostility among those of different faiths, warned the Rev Nadim Nassar, a priest who’s presenting a seminar to educate Christians about tolerance. The subject sparked wide debate recently among religious leaders and government officials who criticized […]

Religious Voices in Public Places

Religious Voices in Public Places

Nigel Biggar and Linda Hogan (editors) OUP, hb, £65.00 Religion is back as a major force on the world stage. Reports of the death of God proved premature. But while this may be good news for the pastors of mega churches in the US or Pentecostals in Latin America or South Korea it poses problems […]

This week’s Recipe

This week’s Recipe

Game Pie Ingredients – Serves 6-8 40g butter 4 pheasant breasts, diced 2 duck breasts, diced 350g bacon rashers, rinded and diced 2 large onions, sliced 3 large carrots, sliced 4 celery sticks, sliced 600ml beef stock 225ml red wine 1 bay leaf 1tbsp cornflour 2tbsp port or sherry 3tbsp redcurrant jelly 225g puff pastry […]

Fourteen Days for Fair Trade

Fourteen Days for Fair Trade

By Graham Gendall Norton This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight began on Monday: its last day will be Sunday March 7. Readers in the USA may be a little bemused, as the term “fortnight” is not used there. (In America, they say “bi-weekly”). They don’t push “Fair” together with “Trade”, either, but let them stand separately. The […]

Sunday Readings for February 28, 2010

Sunday Readings for February 28, 2010

Lent 2 – Year C Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 Luke 13:31-35 God chooses whom he will bless and reward in this world, and some have found his favour in great abundance. One of the foremost is Abram, whose faith in God was very great. Abram possessed great wealth, because the Lord had […]