by Douglas Holt
from Signs of the Times No. 66 - Jul 2017

Have you ever had a session with your chiropractor, after a few weeks/months of ignoring him/her? It isn’t easy!

You want to be there - no question, and you don’t want to be there. That’s almost good enough to be a theological conundrum!

by Colin Brady
from Signs of the Times No. 66 - Jul 2017

With the centenary of the birth of Oscar Romero approaching in August, and expectations that he will be canonized fairly soon, it is no great surprise that there are publishers looking for original material on the martyred archbishop. What could be better than new material from Romero’s letters?

Work towards Romero’s canonisation grinds on, and provides the first and most obvious of many peculiarities about this unfortunate and ill-fated little book.

by Peter Varney
from Signs of the Times No. 66 - Jul 2017

The GAFCON website tells us that it is:
‘a Bible-based movement which submits to the authority of Scripture’.

Many Baptists would align themselves with that claim and this book shows how one Baptist uses biblical authority to urge active involvement in work against contemporary expressions of slavery.

by Edward James
from Signs of the Times No. 66 - Jul 2017

Joel Marcus, a Jew by birth and additionally a Christian theologian by later choice first wrote this book as a result of an invitation from St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow for him to provide seven short homilies during the three-hour service on Good Friday 1995.

St Mary's Cathedral, clearly liberal, has recently been in the news again because of the amount of hate mail received when a Muslim student read from the Koran in Arabic on the importance of Jesus in the Muslim world at a service. Readers of Signs will appreciate how unwelcome this would be to those complaining traditionalists who like to keep church and politics apart.

by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 66 - Jul 2017

It has been suggested that members (and others) might find it helpful to have some indication of the subject matter of future Annual Conferences.

2018: This conference will focus on Ritual, worship and culture. It is unlikely to be a traditional liturgiologist’s paradise (though there will be insights from history and tradition), but very relevant to all those who ask how changing values in church and society are, or could be, ritually embodied and celebrated. The Chair was to be Bishop Michael Perham, who sadly died during the planning of the programme. Taking his place will be Canon Jo Spreadbury, Precentor at Portsmouth Cathedral and current Chair of Praxis. Further details available here.