Social commentary

The mental health conversation is big. Let’s start somewhere small – by Corin Pilling

‘If you were to pick one word to sum up the last 12 months, what would it be?’ I’ve asked a number of friends this question, and the responses were remarkably consistent. Usually the answer comes in one syllable and in anglo- saxon vernacular. Yet in the  conversations that followed, we began to explore the… Continue reading The mental health conversation is big. Let’s start somewhere small – by Corin Pilling

Politics

What’s the point of the Labour Party? – by Alan Bolchover

After the disaster of losing the seat of Hartlepool by a landslide, the Labour Party is doing what it does best: navel-gazing.  The day after the election both the left and right of the party came out, guns blazing...on each other.  Peter Mandelson was on Sky blaming the defeat on the continuing negative impact of… Continue reading What’s the point of the Labour Party? – by Alan Bolchover

Theology & Church

The grace and truth of John Stott – by Paul Blackham

This week marks a 100 years since the birth of John Stott (27 April 1921 – 27 July 2011) the eminent Church of England minister and theologian. In 2005, Time magazine ranked Stott among the 100 most influential people in the world. The three things that mean the most to me about John Stott are: 1. His… Continue reading The grace and truth of John Stott – by Paul Blackham

Poetry

Saturday (2021) – by Cathy Westby

And here we standAnd here we liveStillShell shocked, heart bruised, exhaustedBy the losses we have witnessedAnd the pain we have felt. We hold tight,White-knuckledTo the promise of tomorrow.We declareThrough gritted teethThe faithfulness we know to be true And tomorrow will comeWith its bright new freedomsAnd hope for aheadWe will sing, and laughAnd dance together again.Even… Continue reading Saturday (2021) – by Cathy Westby

Social commentary

No one deserves to battle alone – by Hannah Ryland

Hi, my name is Hannah. I’m 16, and recently, I lost my dad, suddenly, to suicide. He suffered with his mental health, from what we’ve discerned it was undiagnosed bipolar disorder, for 35 years, and not once did he receive any proper support for it.  He always said that he had too much to live… Continue reading No one deserves to battle alone – by Hannah Ryland

Ethics & Christian living

The Well-Known Soldier – by Olive Kuhrt

Among the graves of the great and famous in Westminster Abbey lies buried an ordinary, anonymous soldier who lost his life in the Great War.  It is known as the tomb of the Unknown Soldier: a symbol to remember of the sacrifice and courage of ordinary men and women. In some ways Captain Sir Tom… Continue reading The Well-Known Soldier – by Olive Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

In Honour of Mary’s Song – by Dave Andrews

At my church this week, I am speaking about Mary's Song from Luke 1. The German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, wrote: 'This is not the gentle, tender, dreamy Mary whom we sometimes see in paintings… This song has none of the sweet, nostalgic, or even playful tones of some of our Christmas carols. The… Continue reading In Honour of Mary’s Song – by Dave Andrews

Ethics & Christian living, Politics

‘Here Are Your Gods!’ by Christopher Wright [Review] – Greg Smith

This is a short and easily readable book, aimed at a student or educated lay Christian audience. The author is an established Old Testament scholar and missiologist, working for the Langham Partnership.  It offers a clear, conservative exposition of key biblical texts about idolatry, with a radical, practical and political application in today’s world. Political idolatry The… Continue reading ‘Here Are Your Gods!’ by Christopher Wright [Review] – Greg Smith

Social commentary

Finding Light in Deepest Dark – by Corin Pilling

After a challenging year, we're all adjusting to new expectations of Christmas. The year has taken its toll and even as we rally for the celebrations, many of us are exhausted.  The run up to the end of 2020 has been incredibly hard, impacting our emotional and mental wellbeing as we struggle to respond to… Continue reading Finding Light in Deepest Dark – by Corin Pilling