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Leader: A work of the Spirit

Leader: A work of the Spirit

Church numbers are only one indicator of health, and not always a reliable one. If Christians are faithful to Christ, all else will follow.

Leader: International law

IT APPEARS that Tony Blair's tendency to exclude history from his decisions has been adopted by David Cameron

Leader: Not in good hands

THE content of Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, Laudio Si, released yesterday, was not really the point

An inspector called

THERE are many things that are admirable about the UK justice system. Not the least of these is the monitoring regime organised by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons. Immigration Removal Centres, like ordinary prisons, are inspected on average every three to four years, usually...

Leader: God unmanned

The passage of time means that it is possible to talk of God as mother without the self-consciousness that plagued earlier attempts; and there is a better understanding of why many people, men as well as women, find the association of God with fathers problematic

Leader: A reality check

The continued withholding of the Church's blessing from certain couples will increasingly undermine the Church, if not marriage itself

Leader: A church definition

PENTECOST is traditionally regarded as the Church's birthday. Perhaps this year our gift to the Holy Spirit might be an end to the distinction made between the church as a building and as a people. The lament is heard too often that this or that church is a burden to its congregation,...

Leader: The professionals

A party in its second term of office tends to become more tribal and self-interested. Mr Cameron will need to work hard to gain the people's trust.

Leader: Sharing and caring

Whether the shared conversations lead to unity remains to be seen, but the relationships they engender must be welcomed by all, even Evangelicals.

Leader: Losses and gains

Should coalition politics be welcomed?

A pain pathway

THERE are two responses to pain. One is to ignore it in the hope that it will go away, taking measures only when it becomes serious and persistent

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Numbers have always mattered

Numbers have always mattered

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Leader: A work of the Spirit

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