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First a nativity, now the full immersion

First a nativity, now the full immersion

Olly Grant quizzes Tony Jordan about his new biblical epic The Ark - and what he thinks about Russell Crowe

The advocacy and the ecstasy

The advocacy and the ecstasy

St Teresa, born in Avila 500 years ago this weekend, is often depicted in a religious fervour. But there was much more to her than that, writes Laurie Vere

Interview: Vincent Strudwick, historical theologian

Interview: Vincent Strudwick, historical theologian

'We've got to change. We've absolutely got to change'

Caption competition

Caption competition

Have a go at this week's caption competition, and win chocolate from Divinechocolate.com. Also: a selection of the best entries from the last one

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

27 March 2015: Ron's weekly cartoon

Looks like a dalmatic, probably a tunicle

Out of the question: It is the custom in most C of E cathedrals and some larger parishes for the lay crucifer to wear a dalmatic. As the dalmatic is normally a vestment of an ordained deacon, where did this tradition originate, and is it appropriate?

Robert Mackley

Diary: Seasoned churchgoers will know the perils of Mothering Sunday. All too often, it descends into an unchristian sentimental mush of family worship (by which I fear I mean worship of the family)

Praise for Prunus

Gardening: "Blossom" is such a loaded word: it says so much more than "flower". It speaks of abundance. It describes a culmination in itself, but also hints at further gifts in the future

Crossword 1309

Crossword 1309

by The Revd Robert D. Carter

Disciples spread the net wider

Disciples spread the net wider

In Norfolk, parish churches are turning into WiFi hubs for both their congregations and communities. Tim Wyatt reports

Sing a song of anger

Sing a song of anger

The Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn recalls a life-changing trip to Mexico which provoked him to write probably his best-known, and fiercest, song: 'If I had a rocket launcher'

Interview: Anita Katherine Dennis, author

Interview: Anita Katherine Dennis, author

'Ben was a hereditary chief, I was seen as the chief's wife'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's weekly cartoon

Out of the Question

Out of the question: In Choral Evensong on Radio 3 on 31 December, the officiant said the General Thanksgiving from the Prayer Book. This was probably the first time I had heard that prayer for more than 40 years. Is it still used regularly anywhere?

Diary: Sister Rosemary

Sister Rosemary: The community to which I belong has a long history. At the time I entered, more years ago than I can quite believe, living memory went back much further, and included some fascinating glimpses of a vanished world

Adam, Eve, and the app

App guide: There is now a wide range of apps that allow you to take not only a Bible, but a whole library of different versions with you - as well as concordances, reading notes, study guides, and commentaries

If your face doesn’t fit . . .

If your face doesn’t fit . . .

Joanna Jepson was unhappy with her face, her Church, and God; so she decided to make some changes. She talks to Madeleine Davies

Ordinands in ordinary places

Ordinands in ordinary places

As mixed-mode or context-based training courses for ordination continue to increase, Huw Spanner asks whether context over residential training better equips for ministry

Time to ask ‘Are you called?’

Time to ask ‘Are you called?’

Moves are in hand to make the Church more proactive about vocations. Pat Ashworth reports

Interview: Linda Mary Montano, performance artist

Interview: Linda Mary Montano, performance artist

'Performance art is prayer. It takes confidence to do this without a priest or a church'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's latest cartoon

Amber communion wine?

Out of the question: Where does the practice of using amber wine for communion come from, and why is it done? Do we not lose the symbolism of red wine?

Diary: Jonathan Boardman

Jonathan Boardman: Far from the brooding silence, the contained gesture, I cannot shut up, always racing on to fill gaps, cover silences, and disallow the emergence of space for breathing, thinking, praying, being

Lenten substitute

Simon Walsh cooks Smoked haddock tartiflette, followed by Salted caramel meringue pie

Crossword 1307

Crossword 1307

By Claire Lobel

The message is ‘Less is more,’ more or less

The message is ‘Less is more,’ more or less

James Wallman's new book argues that having more does not make us happy. Cole Moreton tackles his assumptions

From sisterhood to motherhood

From sisterhood to motherhood

Eleanor Stewart exchanged her convent vows for a secular life in the Swinging Sixties, followed by marriage and family. She talks candidly to Jemima Thackray

Interview: Anders Litzell Prior, Community of St Anselm, Lambeth Palace

Interview: Anders Litzell Prior, Community of St Anselm, Lambeth Palace

'The community will establish a shared life at the heart of Lambeth Palace'

J S Joust

Die Gute Fabrik PS3, PS4, Mac, Linux PEGI 3+ Common thinking is that video-games are played by juvenile boys on their own in darkened bedrooms into the wee hours of the night. J S Joust c...  Read More

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Lessons from history can teach us how to live

The long shadow of the past can not only illuminate the present but also point to a more hopeful future, writes David Monteith  Subscribe to read more

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