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2018 highlights

Most-read and must-read articles from the past year, chosen by Madeleine Davies and Ed Thornton of the editorial team.



Chosen by Ed Thornton, Assistant Editor

Philip North: The spreadsheet or the cross — time to choose

A radical change of mindset is needed to close the vast gap in wealth between the dioceses, argues Philip North


Eve Poole: How to loosen the grip of consumerism

The marketeers need not dominate our lives, says Eve Poole


David Munchin: Is Parkrun the new church?

Its growing popularity should provoke some searching questions, says David Munchin




Chosen by Madeleine Davies, Deputy News and Features Editor

Church and youth: A lost generation

Many congregations have fewer than five under-16s. The Church has failed to retain the children and grandchildren of its members, says David Voas


Religious communities: saying goodbye to a Sister

When his sibling entered a religious order, Philip Seal felt conflicting emotions


Forging a post-Brexit identity

What does this episode tell us about the sort of society we are, asks Stephen Green


Cheer up: climate change can be stopped

Richard Black sets out the good news in the IPCC report




Chosen by Madeleine Davies, Deputy News and Features Editor

Sarah Perry: ‘I often say I was born in about 1890’

Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent, was raised a Strict Baptist. She talks to Malcolm Doney


Vicky Beeching: ‘God was still my highest priority and my greatest love’

Vicky Beeching talks to Madeleine Davies about ‘unlearning a lifetime of shame’


John Gray: ‘A good human life can be embodied in doubt’

John Gray talks about his new book on atheists, and why he’s not interested in debating with the New variety



The Church Times Podcast

Chosen by Ed Thornton, Assistant Editor

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Malcolm Guite talks about his new book, Love, Remember

Malcolm Guite will be known to Church Times readers as the author of the weekly Poet’s Corner column.


Professor N.T. Wright on his new book, Paul: a biography

The book traces Paul's journey from his early childhood through to his tireless missionary journeys, ministry and writings.


Rebecca Stott on her book In the Days of Rain

Her Costa Biography Prize-winning book tells the story of her family’s membership of and escape from the Exclusive Brethren.


The Crossway: Guy Stagg on walking from Canterbury to Jerusalem

Guy Stagg spent 10 months walking from Canterbury to Jerusalem, following medieval pilgrim paths across 5,500 km.


Mark Meynell: Ministry in the shadow of depression

Mark Meynell discusses his latest book, which explores the shame, confusion, exhaustion and isolation of living with depression as a Christian minister.


Review of 2019

The Church Times news team take a look back at some of the more positive stories from 2019. With Paul Handley, Madeleine Davies and Adam Becket.

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