New Testament writers quote the scriptures with
commendable accuracy. Given that they had no text in front of them,
and heard the scriptures read only on the sabbath, how did they
In the time of Jesus, all boys went to the synagogue regularly
to be taught the Old Testament, and learnt many passages by heart.
This is still true in many parts of the world where Bibles are
scarce. Many Muslim children go to Saturday school, where they
learn the Qur'an by heart.
(The Revd Dr) Sally Brush
Are there any continuing branches, structures, or
offices of the former church organisations AYPA (Anglican Young
People's Association), CEMS (Church of England Men's Society), and
the William Temple Association, or are they all long gone and
The Bournemouth Branch of the William Temple Association has
just completed its 53rd season. The speakers for the whole of the
54th season have already been arranged. We are an active branch
with members from all around the Bournemouth, Poole, and
Christchurch conurbation, and we meet usually on the first Monday
of each month from October to May. Some members enjoy an excellent
evening meal first, but others come along just for the talk.
Non-members are also most welcome. There are normally about 50
people at each meeting.
We have a variety of speakers who are helping us understand more
about our faith and also its application to contemporary issues.
Our joint presidents are the Bishops of Winchester and Salisbury,
both of whom have spoken to us in the past couple of seasons.
If anyone is interested in either becoming a member or coming
along to any of our meetings, please contact me on 01202 761749 or
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our webpage is
There appear also to be branches in York and Newcastle dioceses,
but we have not heard directly from them, or from continuing
branches of the other organisations. Other provinces of the
Anglican Communion appear to have their own AYPAs.
Where can I get a copy - CD or tape or even vinyl - of
the radio play by Dorothy Sayers of the life of
The play you are asking about is called The Man Born to be
King by Dorothy L. Sayers. It is actually a cycle of 12 plays,
not only one. Unfortunately, the BBC have never released the
recordings on any media, but do occasionally repeat it. It might
prove useful for your correspondent to address the BBC directly
with the question, to encourage them to release it.
Dorothy L. Sayers Society
Can anyone tell me of a supplier of Bible-reading notes
who provides the notes in large-print form? . . .
The BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)provide a de luxe edition of
their New Daylight notes with slightly larger print. They
also provide their notes in various electronic forms. See their
The notes are also put into Braille by the St John's Trust,
while the Torch Trust publishes notes called The Upper
Room in what is called Giant Print. The contact details for
these are on the BRF's website; or you can phone them on 01865
(Miss) J. Kirkland
Stretton, Nr Burton-on-Trent
Your questioner may find that the best route for the young
parishioner is to use an e-reader such as Kindle. The print size is
adjustable up to very large sizes, and legibility of the e-paper
versions is very good, even in bright light.
Andy Rooney (Reader)
At an Ascension Day service there was no confession and
no absolution. When I questioned the priest, saying that I did not
think the service was valid, he simply said "Oh." I then said:
"Does that not concern you?" and he replied "No." Am I correct in
I understand that burying ashes after cremation makes
the ground sterile; so some municipal graveyards periodically dig
out their ashes areas and deposit the ashes and the sterile soil in
landfill. This seems undignified and wasteful. Is it not possible
to bury with the ashes something that will react chemically with
them, so that they break down?
I have been invited to an induction and institution that
is to be taken wholly by an archdeacon. I feel that a bishop
(retired, if need be) should be present. I have been invited to
another induction, which a retired diocesan is taking. What do
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