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Almsgiving Chris Collins The root of Christian giving is found in our understanding of God and a reflection of what we see in Jesus' life. The essence of our faith is that God so loved the world that he gave [...]

Ghostly Counsel

Planning ahead Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House Has Lent caught you on the hop this year? If it has, you are not alone. But what's your excuse? If you have not done anything by the way [...]

Thomas Browne

Paul Griffin draws our attention to a seventeenth-century writer whose inspired turns of phrase and outlook on life and death have given him great encouragement Just when you have given up hope for the Church of England, and concluded that [...]

A spoonful of honey

Giles Pinnock tackles the often thorny issue of (re-)ordination into the Roman Catholic Church for former clergy of the CofE and offers a far more positive perspective than is usually taken Absolutely null and utterly void' was Pope Leo XIII's [...]

Grizelda’s People

Francis Gardom continues his gentle look at sinners We have been looking at the good folk of an imaginary urban parish, St Grizelda's. We have discovered, surprisingly, that those same virtues which their fellow-worshippers greatly admire can become, unwittingly, their [...]

Mission praise

On the centenary of the death of the singer and composer, Ira D. Sankey, Alan Edwards looks at the role he played in nineteenth-century evangelism Those who recall Billy Grahams Crusades in the Fifties are sure to remember the resonant [...]

Blessed peacemakers

Hugh Bates explains that making peace involves the active breaking down of walls and barriers, and seeking to resolve arguments rather than to win them In this same interlude it doth befall That I, one Snout by name, present a [...]

Saved by hope

Fr Peter cswg looks at the contents of Pope Benedict's recent encyclical, Spe Salvi, a wide-ranging and inspiring examination of the nature of hope As with his first encyclical on Love, Pope Benedict has chosen a subject of timely importance [...]

Congregation growth

Scott Anderson argues that congregational behaviour falls into four distinct categories, and describes the impact that each type of behaviour can have on a church's trend towards growth or decline The reasons for growth and decline in a congregation can [...]

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