Retelling the dramatic story of Dunkirk

Retelling the dramatic story of Dunkirk

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Dunkirk (cert. 12A) is a mix of points of view about the evacuation of the British Army from France in 1940. There are stirring tales of heroism, and some sneaky attempts to jump the queue for a boat, but frankly Atonement captured better the sometimes surreal events on […]

The man who dared the impossible

The man who dared the impossible

By Colin Blakely   Ben Cooley has a challenge to Christians everywhere. He wants people to dare to try the impossible. And he has good reason – he has achieved the near-impossible himself. His story begins at a church event in Manchester. The speaker was Marion White, well-known to those who attend events like Spring […]

Writing ‘A Monk’s Tale’

Writing ‘A Monk’s Tale’

By James Cary   My kids love Horrible Histories. In fact, let’s be honest: I love Horrible Histories. Who doesn’t? The sketches are funny, the songs are superb and the comedy actors they pull in to perform are truly first class – and I’ve been very lucky to work with some of them in my […]

Faith at the Edinburgh Festival anniversary

Faith at the Edinburgh Festival anniversary

A disturbingly dystopian vision of Britain’s future, grand opera from Turin, a major Caravaggio exhibition, fresh dramatic takes on Jesus, Mary and Judas, and an intimate presentation on refugees’ experience, rank high among the multitude of cultural offerings at 2017 Edinburgh Festival and Fringe (4-28 August), with much of special Christian interest. International Festival stages […]

Atheism examined

Atheism examined

Religion and Atheism Anthony Carroll and Richard Norman Routledge, pb, £24.99   Several times in the course of his premiership David Cameron affirmed that Britain is a Christian country. This claim has generated a good deal of disquiet with humanists like Andrew Copstone (a contributor to this volume) complaining about a ‘Christian sense of entitlement’. […]

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

(157 Records) Listening to this album, you might think that Bryden had just gone through a painful split (“I’m taking it back, everything you stole from me”) but, recently married and pregnant, she is actually drawing on past emotions and other people’s stories. So when she sings, “In the morning, I’m going to wake up […]

Intimations of mortality in Versailles

Intimations of mortality in Versailles

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   In The Death of Louis XIV (French, with English subtitles, dir. Albert Serra, cert. 12A), Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the dying king. Now 73, Léaud is one of the iconic faces of 20th century cinema, the 14-year-old gamin Antoine Doinel in Truffaut’s Les Quartre Centres Coups. It’s 1715, the king […]

Giving prisoners a chance in life

Giving prisoners a chance in life

  By Rebecca Mulhearn   Imagine that you’ve just been released from prison. You struggle to read and you don’t have any qualifications. You’ve been out for a week and have spent that time trying to find a job. But no one is interested: not only do you have a criminal record but you can’t […]

The Art of Hokusai – riding the Great Wave

The Art of Hokusai – riding the Great Wave

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave British Museum   Rising from the deep like a towering blue and white sea monster, a huge tsunami-style wave threatens to engulf three boats whose sailors struggle to avoid perishing. An image of nature’s awesome force and possible imminent disaster, it is yet balanced by the distant vision of the […]

The Good Fight

The Good Fight

The Scottish Borders Centre of Mission, led by Church Army evangelist Paul Smith, helps men battling addictions, physical illness, low self-esteem and difficult life circumstances through outdoor activities such as walking football, hill-walking and cycling. We hear from three men being helped by Church Army   “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold […]