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The first Christian assembly?

The first Christian assembly?

Perhaps Christmas, not Pentecost, is the sign of the birth of the Church, says James Jones

Most highly favoured lady

Most highly favoured lady

Images of the Blessed Virgin Mary are still the cause of controversy, but her status is part of a consistent Anglican tradition, says Serenhedd James

Diving into the deep end

Diving into the deep end

John Donne's poem 'Nativity', provides theology, emotion, and spritual insight, says David Bryant

From horse to sheep, via angel

From horse to sheep, via angel

Michael Morpurgo's children's book On Angel Wings has been animated for the small screen this Christmas. He talks to Olly Grant

The day the war stood still

The day the war stood still

The Christmas truces of 1914 were not planned or officially approved and were started by the Germans, say Andii Bowsher and Nick Megoran

Biblical epics make a comeback

Biblical epics make a comeback

With the Boxing Day release of Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and KingsOlly Grant asks why the Bible has become big box-office

The pilgrim healers of Palestine

The pilgrim healers of Palestine

St John Eye Hospital is an ancient institution providing up-to-date health care for Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Gaza. Jemima Thackray tells the story

When a child is born. . .

When a child is born. . .

Kenya is one of the world's most dangerous places to give birth. Madeleine Davies reports from two Maasai villages where the Church is improving access to life-saving health care

Those glorious songs of old

Those glorious songs of old

What are carols, where do they come from, and what are the correct words? Andrew Gant investigates

All the bells on earth shall ring

All the bells on earth shall ring

With the prospect of glad bells pealing at Christmas, Pat Ashworth visited the largest bell foundry in the world

Stuck inside for Christmas

Stuck inside for Christmas

Tim Wyatt finds out what it's like for prisoners and chaplains to spend Christmas in prison

Santa, or Jesus, or maybe both?

Santa, or Jesus, or maybe both?

Pat Ashworth talks to faithful families about their Santa dilemmas

I was there when the tsunami struck

I was there when the tsunami struck

Ten years ago, Maxwell Hutchinson and his wife were on holiday in Sri Lanka when it was torn apart by the tsunami. He tells how they survived

Moving on after the deluge

Moving on after the deluge

2014 was the year of the floods. Rebecca Paveley gathers the memories of some of the people who lived through them

The 12 films of Christmas

The 12 films of Christmas

Our film critic Stephen Brown hand-picks some screen gems to provide a different kind of Christmas cheer this year

Christmas at Hartfield revisited

Christmas at Hartfield revisited

Pamela Tudor-Craig fills in the gaps for Jane Austen's heroine Emma, and an artist whose work her creator appreciated

Interview: Debbie Thrower

Interview: Debbie Thrower

'Society's emphasis on being youthful, beautiful, useful, and productive makes it incredibly difficult to enter the more passive stages of our lives'

Diary: John Wall

SCHOOL visits are a hoot. I had one recently, to about 50 hugely excited six-year-olds. They ran round, lit candles, baptised teddy bears, drew pictures, and generally had a really fun time

Don’t bring us figgy pudding

Don’t bring us figgy pudding

Terence Handley MacMath makes Lemon, honey, and whisky cake, roulade and lemon fruit tarts

’Tis the season for Champagne

’Tis the season for Champagne

Wine: For most of us Champagne is a luxury item to be saved for special occasions. Christmas can be one of those occasions

Bow the head at the holy Name?

Out of the question: How does the practice of bowing at the mention of our Lord Jesus Christ during, for example, the Creed match the belief in the equal status of the three Persons of the Trinity? 

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's Christmas cartoon

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

Carol singing game

Caption competition

Caption competition

Have a go at our next caption-competition picture - Divine has once again provided a prize of Fairtrade chocolate. Also, the best entries to the last one

Christmas prize crossword 1296

Christmas prize crossword 1296

by the Revd Michael Callaghan

Putting church life in the picture

Putting church life in the picture

Paul Handley celebrates the beauty, warmth, and accomplishment of our competition entries

Open the box! Take the prophecies!

Open the box! Take the prophecies!

When Joanna Southcott died, 200 years ago this month, she believed that she was the virgin mother of the new Messiah. Peter Street  tells her story

Noel Robinson worship singer and composer

Noel Robinson worship singer and composer

"Because I'm black, people assume I'm going to dance and clap hands, and I do; but that's not all I do"

Diary

Diary: A GREAT centenary year for military historians is drawing to its close; but in Essex and "London over the Border", local church history has quietly enjoyed its own bonanza, thanks to another momentous event of 1914

Fens and their ship

Sue Dobson visits the Fenland

Collared after retirement?

Out of the question: Why do retired clergy still wear their clerical collars?

Passage

Jason Rohrer PC Passage is a game that has been around since 2007 but didn't enter my gaming habits until this year. Its unusual retro graphics, autobiographical intent and easily accessibl...  Read More

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There is no divine right of managers

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