Christmas gifts with a difference

Christmas gifts with a difference

There’s never been a better time to give, with the recent announcement that the UK Government will double donations to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal. For every pound the public gives to support people living in poverty, the UK Government will also give a pound. Earlier this year, famine was declared in parts of South […]

Understanding non-evangelicals in today’s Church

Understanding non-evangelicals in today’s Church

By Peter Brierley   The churchmanship or ethos of a church or congregation can be derived from answers given in surveys or as in response to the various English and Scottish Church Censuses that have been held.In the Censuses, nine choices are offered and respondents, usually the minister, are asked to tick up to three […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Christmas is coming and books are popular presents. Top of the list for many will be a new book by Timothy Keller. Keller founded the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and he has also written many best sellers including The Reason for God and Hidden Christmas. Hodder has now released The Way of Wisdom, a […]

An excellent guide

An excellent guide

Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed Simon Oliver Bloomsbury, pb, £16.99   Bloomsbury’s Guides for the Perplexed are meant to be ‘clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers find especially challenging’. Some books in the series fit this description better than others but I have yet to read […]

Why are there no children in church?

Why are there no children in church?

Anglican Life Church Society   Premier Christian Radio recently posted a question on Facebook (in response to the 2016 church attendance figures released in the Statistics for Mission report): “A quarter of Church of England services do not have a single child in the congregation, increasing fears of a gradual ‘extinction’. An average-sized Anglican church […]

The way forward in ministry

The way forward in ministry

New resources to help people testing their vocations   Resources are available everywhere to help you understand your Christian ministry. The Church Pastoral Aid Society, a mission agency commonly known as CPAS, have a number of helpful events on offer to help you on your way. The next on their calendar, ‘Moving On’, is a […]

Sub-Saharan African Christianity

Sub-Saharan African Christianity

The latest joint editing venture by Professors Kenneth Ross OBE and Todd Johnson is a 10-volume projected series covering every country in the world with associated statistical data, the first of which was published in 2017 (retailing at £150), by Edinburgh University Press, entitled Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Editorial matter for this volume is shared with […]

Putting our faith in the Bible

Putting our faith in the Bible

On Bible Sunday we look at new ways of rekindling a passion for reading the Bible in our everyday lives   A recent ComRes poll commissioned by the Church of England found that only four per cent of Christians surveyed read or listened to the Bible every day. Delving into the figures a little more […]

Politicians and faith

Politicians and faith

The Mighty and the Almighty Nick Spencer (ed) Biteback, hb, £18.99   One of the great ironies of the 2016 American presidential election is that white evangelicals went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, one of the least religious men to occupy the White House. Nick Spencer in this collection of essays looking at how political leaders […]

Theatre Review: The Exorcist is devilishly good fun

Theatre Review: The Exorcist is devilishly good fun

**** By Peter May   It’s one of the most respected horror films of all time and one of the most successful too. Originally released in 1973, The Exorcist has rarely been bettered in the following 44 years in terms of terror but can those thrills and chills translate to the stage? The answer is a […]