Ash Wednesday - the faith race

17/02/10 | Posted by ellen | Permalink | (0) Comments

Today is Ash Wednesday and many Christians across the world will be attending services and having ash placed on their foreheads as they say sorry to God. As the ashes are placed on each person’s forehead these words might be said: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return". More ...

Irish Republican Jesus

13/02/10 | Posted by MattPage | Permalink | (0) Comments

Gerry Adams might not be someone you would expect to find talking about Jesus. Indeed the last Conservative government found him so despicable that they banned his voice from being broadcast. But next Sunday, Adams will be doing just that as part of Channel 4’s series, The Bible: A History. More ...

Jesus on Toast

01/02/10 | Posted by ellen | Permalink | (2) Comments

Artist Adam Sheldon from Carlisle has created a remarkable crucifixion scene made entirely of 153 pieces of toast. The artwork is currently on display at the Anglican Church of St Peter, Great Limber, much to the delight of the Rev Felicity Couch. More ...

Happy New Year

20/01/10 | Posted by ellen | Permalink | (0) Comments

I know New Year was a while ago, but because of the snow I have been a bit slow of the mark with my resolutions this year. But, here it is at last…my new year resolution is (wait for it) to be HAPPY…there that’s easy - isn’t it? More ...

Film Review: The Book of Eli

17/01/10 | Posted by MattPage | Permalink | (2) Comments

Ever wondered what would happen to the Bible in a post-apocalyptic age? Denzel Washington clearly has, not only starring in The Book of Eli, but putting up much of the funding as well.

The story is set thirty plus in the future, but we’re never told when or what, exactly happened. There was a war, a flash, and now all that remains is a tiny fraction of the population and a landscape strewn with human and mechanical wreckage. Travelling through what remains of the world is Eli (Washington) who, unbeknownst to anyone, is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible.    More ...

Why does God Allow Earthquakes?

14/01/10 | Posted by Poppy | Permalink | (10) Comments

The earthquake in Haiti this week has injured, made homeless or killed up to three million people according to early news reports. How can God allow this to happen? More ...

Here’s to you Mrs Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know.

14/01/10 | Posted by MattPage | Permalink | (2) Comments

The gospels only tell us of one occasion when Jesus encountered a woman caught in adultery (John 8). She is dragged before him in front of an unforgiving crowd, baying for blood. They all know the law: she should be stoned to death. More ...

Snow difference?

13/01/10 | Posted by Poppy | Permalink | (1) Comments

For the last ten days I've been struggling to get to work through the snow and although it has been hard at times there have been some real benefits as people remember what it is like to be a community and help each other out. But when the thaw comes will it change how we behave? More ...

Christmas Hope

24/12/09 | Posted by ellen | Permalink | (0) Comments

I don't know about you but this year has at times been quite hard for me - ill health, a few disappointments and a lot of changes. But as Christmas gets closer I am reminded that Jesus brought with him a lot of hope. Hope for a world in desperate need. More ...

The Nativity and Contemporary Art

17/12/09 | Posted by MattPage | Permalink | (1) Comments

The birth of Jesus has always been a popular subject for art going right back to wall paintings in the Roman catacombs. Since then there have been thousands of paintings and sculptures made about the first Christmas, by many of the greatest names in art history.

So it’s no surprise that many contemporary artists have also attempted to depict the nativity. Interestingly as modern art has developed on the one hand, and Christianity’s privileged position in western society has slipped, Christmas-related works of art have become less straightforward and more complex and challenging More ...

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