Neruda: a tale of poetry and prison

Neruda: a tale of poetry and prison

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Neruda (cert. 15) is an atmospheric story of Chilean poet and politician Pablo Nerudafrom Chile’s best known director Pablo Larraín (known best now here for the recent Jackie). It’s a cat and mouse story as Neruda (Luis Gnecco) tries to escape arrest and imprisonment, and possible death, under […]

Tackling the critics

Tackling the critics

Damming Words DG Hart Eerdmans, hb, £18.99   Before the New Atheists came along there was HL Mencken. But the Sage of Baltimore was a much wittier assailant of Christianity than Richard Dawkins or even Christopher Hitchens. “Throw an egg out of Pullman carriage anywhere in America,” he wrote, “and you are bound to hit […]

Multiplying churches

Multiplying churches

Is ‘thinking outside the box’ the key to church growth? By Peter Brierley   In the 1970s, the Rev David Wasdell undertook some fascinating statistical work looking at the constraints of congregational growth and, in particular, the penetration of churches into the life of their local parish. He found that an individual church could sensibly […]

Wartime troubles in Jersey revisited

Wartime troubles in Jersey revisited

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Another Mother’s Son (dir. Christopher Menaul, cert. 12A) tells the true story of a brave, or reckless, woman in the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands,harbouring an escaped Russian prisoner of war. It’s written by Jersey-born Jenny Lecoat, a stand-up comic who’s writtenfor several TV series including EastEnders. There’s a personal interest, […]

Evangelism matters

Evangelism matters

The New Evangelization, Paul Grogan and Kirsteen Kim T and T Clark, pb, £29   First issued in hardback last year, this collection of papers given at a conference in Leeds in 2012 has now been issued in paperback. Although almost all the contributors are Roman Catholic and the focus is very much on the […]

Stepping into eternity

Stepping into eternity

Anglican Life RSCM I was first introduced to Celtic spirituality through the writings and beautiful prayers of David Adam. This led me to the writings of Alexander Carmichael, who for 60 years pursued his life-long passion for pilgrimages to the Outer Hebrides. The fruit of these travels was his famous book  Carmina Gadelica. The writings […]

Celebrating Luther

Celebrating Luther

Anglican Life The Latimer Trust By Martin Davie   This year sees the celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation and at the heart of what is being celebrated is the life and work of the German theologian Martin Luther, who launched the Reformation by posting the Ninety Five Theses in Wittenberg in […]

Why do we find it so hard to accept difference?

Why do we find it so hard to accept difference?

by David G. Kibble   With the triggering of Article 50 we’re now on the way to independence from Europe. The referendum showed us that we are a divided nation: for and against Brexit, north and south and younger and older. Similar divisions were revealed in the American presidential election. That different people think differently, […]

Make Easter a mission moment, says Roy Crowne

Make Easter a mission moment, says Roy Crowne

Roy Crowne, HOPE’s national director is challenging churches to think differently about Easter. “Yes, it’s a time to reflect and to celebrate, but let’s not preach only to the converted,” he says. “Easter is a major mission moment.” HOPE is working with churches across the spectrum of denominations to make Jesus known with words and […]