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St Margaret’s, Bodelwyddan - Font Just off the A55 on the north Wales coast, you pass that triumph of mid-Victorian Gothic known as the Marble Church. St Margaret’s was built by Lady Willoughby de Broke in memory of her husband [...]


Aaron’s Rod The power and authority of the preached word of God Patrick Henry Reardon, senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity Inasmuch as holy Scripture ascribes to the staff of Aaron such diverse wonders, it is hardly [...]


Mater Christi Mother St Paul The Law of God is clear. ‘On the eighth day, the infant shall be circumcised.’ The rite of Circumcision was to the Jew a sign of the Covenant which God had made with his nation [...]

Ghostly Counsel

Sleep Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House If you are still looking for a New Year’s resolution, you might set yourself the task of getting the right amount of sleep. Sleep is a favourite subject for many [...]

Stress factors

George Austin reflects on clergy stress and considers the trials and tribulations of other faith communities Stress can be the reward – or maybe the penalty – for faithfulness in religious belief and service, and those whose service is in [...]

from elsewhere

United Nations Showdown with religion Buoyed by growing political acceptance of homosexuals worldwide, a United Nations group promoting gay and lesbian rights met in New York to sharpen a multi-pronged strategy that includes a ‘showdown with religion.’ The meeting was [...]

An elephant in the crib

Fr Anonymous on time-worn rural ways and the accumulation of forgotten years The Epiphany will come and go in this rural backwater without disturbing the general post-Christmas somnolence overmuch. Encouraged by higher authority, we have given in and transferred the [...]

This spooky secular world

Alan Edwards on how to cope with the new paganism After years of church leaders agreeing with the British Humanist Association that Britain has become a secular society, some have recently broken ranks and pointed to the obvious fact that [...]

The enemies of friendship

In the second of two articles, Digby Anderson looks at the people and ideas responsible for the contemporary neglect of Christian friendship ne loyal friend is worth 10,000 relatives’, said Euripides. Aristotle thought friendship the best thing in the world. [...]

Dr Eric Kemp

Roger Greenacre remembers the late Bishop of Chichester Whoever accepts the challenging task of writing Bishop Eric Kemp's biography will also need to address the history of the Church of England over a period of more than 50 years. Eric [...]

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