by Alan Jeans
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

This is the second book by Roger Payne, a Reader in the Church of England.

His first, A different way: A human approach to the Divine, explored the use of language and the meaning of words. From that book, he believed the word ‘authority’ needed reassessment, particularly when applied to ‘religious authority’. The authority of service and love seeks to show that our understanding of authority must change if we are to be true to the message of Jesus.

by Rosemary Walters
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

The keywords in this book’s title, ‘justice’, ‘poetry’ and ‘passion’, reveal the author’s conviction that in discerning the priority of establishing justice in a radically changing world, the biblical prophets can be read from the imaginative perspective of the sensitivity and passion of poetry.

As he explains in the preface, these poetic impulses include longing, lamenting and celebrating – this sets the tone for a fascinating, accessible and stimulating journey through the identity, context and mission of the prophets.

by Lorraine Cavanagh
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

At a time when Anglicanism is in danger of disintegration, this collection of short essays reminding us of the joys of being Anglican could not be more welcome.

In these fractious and difficult times, we badly need to be reminded of the subtle joys which Anglicanism has always brought to the practice of the Christian faith. Joy is not only of God, but is constituent of Anglican freedom, the essential freedom of belonging together in Christ. Each of the contributors celebrates the freedom which comes to us in the hospitality of God, and in the loving engagement of God’s purposes for world and community, focusing it on the iconic presence of the church in any given context.

by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

The Editor is assured that a document including the following passage was genuinely found amongst the effects of a deceased member from the days when we were the Modern Churchpeople’s Union (and perhaps a little different from now in some of our theological and liturgical approaches - or not? And perhaps General Synod has changed even less?)

How many [Modern Church] members does it take to change a lightbulb?