Illuminating insights

Illuminating insights

The Keys and the Kingdom Catherine Pepinster T and T Clark, pb, £16.99   Anglicans should not make the mistake of thinking this account of the British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis is of interest only to Roman Catholics. Catherine Pepinster, former editor of The Tablet, has written a fascinating book […]

Church leaders pay tribute to the life and ministry of Billy Graham

Church leaders pay tribute to the life and ministry of Billy Graham

CHRISTIAN leaders have been paying tribute to evangelist Billy Graham, who has died at the age of 99. The Church of England Newspaper remembers the vital contribution of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the close of its publication The Christian . Our company, with funding from Mr Graham,launched an inter-denominational evangelical paper in its […]

Billy Graham: a godly man

Billy Graham: a godly man

By J John   It is not easy to come to terms with the death of Billy Graham. It was not that his death was unexpected, far from it; Billy, aged 99, had suffered several ailments for many years. Indeed, in his last book, Nearing Home, he talked confidently and movingly about his impending death. […]

The testing of faith

The testing of faith

Is there a Cure for Tragedy? Kate Bowler SPCK, hb, £14.99   Kate Bowler has been living with Stage IV colon cancer for two-and-a-half years, receiving CT treatment every 90 days. A professor of American Church History at Duke Divinity School she has written about the Prosperity Gospel and the promise mega church pastors offer […]

New opportunities offer gap years for all ages

New opportunities offer gap years for all ages

If you thought gap years were for students taking a year out before university, you might be surprised to hear about a number of opportunities available for church groups. According to Crosslinks, their church teams placement scheme enables you to share this experience alongside members of your own church family. Lasting between two weeks and […]

Spiritual Abuse

Spiritual Abuse

Anglican Life Church Society   “Spiritual abuse” seems suddenly to be a thing. Up until very recently there have been four recognised types of abuse: sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect – and those four are still the officially recognised categories of abuse. Emotional abuse has traditionally been understood to include any type […]

Gender and religion now

Gender and religion now

Sex and Secularism Joan Wallach Scott Princeton, hb, £22.95   In Britain we have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of votes for women. Other parts of the world lag far behind. Women in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to vote in local elections but not national ones since 2015. Later this year they are to […]

The cover is washed out, but the music shines brightly

The cover is washed out, but the music shines brightly

Yvonne Lyon Metanoia (Yvonnelyonmusic.com)   It’s a real shame that the cover of this disc is so washed out (intentionally retro?), because the music inside is a lot brighter. It starts off with the vibrant, mandolin-driven “Where the Poor Find Gold,” and while she doesn’t explicitly point to where that is, those who know of […]

The search for a ‘safe celestial place’

The search for a ‘safe celestial place’

Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, cert. 15) recreates the atmosphere of a 1950s haute couture salon in London, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. He plays Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer dedicated to his craft to the point of obsession, and making a muse and model of Alma (Vicky Krieps), a waitress at a hotel near his […]