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The True Vine

George Westhaver on Edward Bouverie Pusey’s battle to defend the truth of the Incarnation ‘I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me [...]

Under wraps

Julian Mann offers a reasoned Jewish response to ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ It can be right for a local church to engage in controversy in the cause of Christ. But it would appear that Jewish objectors to the decision by St James’s [...]

The January sales

M&S showed me a down escalator, Whereon I embarked, arising to new depths. Certainly, there was a Fall Involving ladies’ underwear (Sparse as it was) How then might I rise? Not by Marx or Spencer Or any sales in town: [...]

Three Madonnas

Margaret Laird on Rogier van der Weyden’s depiction of the Virgin and Child through the eyes of St Luke The day trippers, the beer drinkers, the chocolate and endless souvenir shops do not dampen my enthusiasm for the beautiful city [...]

Mary our Mother

Aidan Mayoss CR on the Venetian statue of the Madonna dell’Orto and the motherhood of Mary When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph but before they lived together she was found to be with child’. Joseph is a [...]

The tears of Christ

Crispin Harrison CR on Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem We are told that the last sound the Word Incarnate made on the cross was a loud cry, not of pain but of triumph at the fulfilment of our salvation. Tears, lamentation, [...]

The silly season

Ian McCormack on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent remarks about the link between clergy competence and church growth Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. It had been going so well. The Archbishop had taken on Wonga and – despite the [...]

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