Books for everyone

Books for everyone

For 2017 Archbishop Justin Welby has written his own Lent book. In Dethroning Mammon (Bloomsbury) the Archbishop examines money and materialism. Who is on the throne of our lives, Jesus Christ or mammon? This is the Archbishop’s first full-length book and it is designed for group study in the weeks leading up to Easter.   […]

Does theological conviction affect church growth?

Does theological conviction affect church growth?

Anglican Life Reform   I have lost count of the number of times I have been told that theological conviction has no implications for church growth in the Church of England. Time and again the report, From Anecdote to Evidence, has been waved in my face, when I have dared to suggest that theologically conservative […]

A different view of ‘Manchester’

A different view of ‘Manchester’

By Rev Steve Parish   Manchester By the Sea (cert. 15) is a “a film by Kenneth Lonergan”. Such an “auteur” label for the writer-director may smack of hubris, but it’s a cracking film. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck, winning the Golden Globe best actor award) is a janitor in Boston, seemingly impervious to the charms […]

Scarred Lebanon city becomes refugee sanctuary

Scarred Lebanon city becomes refugee sanctuary

Once besieged by the Syrian army, a Lebanon town has become a place of welcome for Syrians fleeing terror. Dave Mann of SAT-7 Middle East Christian television visited Zahlé recently, where he met Syrian refugees and those ministering to them… It should be easy to write a tourist brochure for Zahlé. The city lies high […]

Testimony to the ‘hidden Christians’

Testimony to the ‘hidden Christians’

By the Rev Steve Parish   Silence (cert. 15), after its private showing in the Vatican, may be some redemption for director Martin Scorsese for the controversy over The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). The trailer promises an adventure, something in the style of The Mission (1986) about Jesuits in the New World opposing slavery, […]

The book to read about the Reformation(s)

The book to read about the Reformation(s)

Reformations Carlos MN Eire Yale, hb, £25.00   Don’t be put off by the size of this book (nearly 900 pages). It makes for fascinating reading. The author, a Cuban-born professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale, is a gifted writer who particularly excels at the ability to expound theological ideas. If you read […]

The trials of Greece continue

The trials of Greece continue

By the Rev’ Canon Malcolm Bradshaw MBE, Senior Anglican Chaplain, Athens   2016 has proved to be a momentous year for the Chaplaincy in Athens. In September a Greek Court granted recognition to the Anglican Church in Greece the status of being an official religion of the country. This provides a firm base upon which […]

Bad Politics: Good Faith

Bad Politics: Good Faith

  Maurice Sinclair   However else it is remembered, 2016 will certainly stand out as a year of political turbulence. A divisive referendum in the UK has been followed by a divisive presidential election in the US. Justified or not, public disillusion with politicians is widespread. The overall political trends are unmistakable: populism, nationalism, and […]

A year in review: A historic year in the life of the Church and nation

A year in review: A historic year in the life of the Church and nation

The year began with a focus on the growing relationship between the Church of England and the Church of Scotland with the announcement of the Columba Declaration, though the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Most Rev Dr David Chillingworth, called for a delay in the Declaration to avoid damaging the relationships between the […]