Our salvation is connected to saving the planet

Our salvation is connected to saving the planet

You are not 100% human. In 2016, the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel discovered that 56% of the cells contained in a human body are not human cells. Instead, they are bacterial. Yes, at least in terms of the number of cells, you are more bacteria than human. You are teeming with other life-forms. […]

Why General Synod needs to be evangelised

Why General Synod needs to be evangelised

By Bishop Philip North A wise priest on taking up a new Parish will start by evangelising the Parochial Church Council. In other words they will shift the priorities of the PCC from maintenance to mission. Important but routine items such as gutters and finances will move down the agenda. The heart of the meeting […]

The enduring influence of Vatican II on the world wide church

The enduring influence of Vatican II on the world wide church

The Cambridge Companion to Vatican II Richard R. Gaillardetz CUP, pb, £26.99 As Richard Gaillardetz points out in his introduction to this important work, efforts to assess the impact of Vatican II have been hindered by what he terms a Catholic version of the ‘culture wars’ with conservatives claiming the Council was pastoral and brought […]

Father’s Day challenge to share your faith

Father’s Day challenge to share your faith

By Andy Frost The last 18 months has challenged church life dramatically as we’ve adjusted to new ways of doing things. One of the biggest challenges has been around children’s work. I presently still meet with a section of 3-11 year olds on zoom each Sunday morning as we wait for the gathered church to re-open again […]

Starting new conversations about science and faith

Starting new conversations about science and faith

By Dr Ruth M. Bancewicz Underneath the ground in any healthy forest is a network of fungi. These mostly hidden organisms criss-cross the ground, connecting with the tree roots and each other to form a highly connected web of interactions that is crucial to keeping the ecosystem healthy. The largest, oldest trees are often the […]

How to handle the Bible with care

How to handle the Bible with care

What Are Biblical Values? John J. Collins Yale, £1499 Richard Dawkins has claimed the Bible teaches a system of morals that any civilised modern person would find ‘obnoxious’. John J. Collins, Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Criticism at Yale, admits this argument is ‘not without foundation’. In fact when the Bible is examined carefully […]

A new history of the English church

A new history of the English church

By Patrick Whitworth Writing a history of the English Church from earliest times(200AD) until the outbreak of the pandemic last year was a project which gave pause for thought. I did it for three reasons. Firstly, it had not been done for at least forty years. As an ordinand I read a book by the […]

The gospel way: moving from lament to action

The gospel way: moving from lament to action

By Esther Prior I am writing this a day after the celebration of John Stott’s (pictured) centenary. It was a truly international event which portrayed a man who understood the global mandate of the gospel. As people of every colour, language and tongue came on the screen and talked not only about gospel partnership but […]

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