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My favourite book in the whole Bible has to be The Acts of the Apostles – so I am delighted that this issue features three articles on Acts. David Gill brings his knowledge of the ancient world to help us understand what life might have been like for the early Christians, Diana Barsham searches for the women, and John Griffiths focuses on one particular episode – Paul’s shipwreck on Malta – to draw deeper lessons for us as preachers.
If you are a digital subscriber and would like to complement your reading of these three articles by praying through Acts, you can find links on our website to the relevant sections of the virtual prayer room set up during lockdown by Rhona Knight. The theme of this issue is ‘Acts and Epistles’ so you will also find an article by Steve Moyise on Hebrews. In addition, two of us on the editorial team share our enthusiasm for the letters of James and Jude.
Elsewhere in the magazine George Dow writes about the work of Green Christian, Jane Taylor challenges us to consider how welcoming we really are in our churches, and Judith Ayers demonstrates how a restoration project in a rural church can become a means of reconnecting church and community. Then Martyn Whittock looks at the ways in which apocalyptic imagery and the Book of Revelation have been viewed and politicised throughout the centuries. Richard Sewell invites us to walk in the landscape Jesus knew.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is almost upon us. If your celebrations are not yet fully planned, you will find Catherine Butcher’s article very useful. And together with the usual wealth of reviews, our book feature includes an interview with poet Malcolm Guite along with an extract from his latest book The Word within the words.
The remaining two issues of the year will focus on Chaplaincy and how to be an inclusive and welcoming Church. And we will start 2023 by taking the opportunity to look deeper – at our own faith as well as how we minister.
On page 36, you will be asked to ‘save the date’ for our next annual gathering which is planned for Saturday 12th November. We hope to see many of you there, either in person or on Zoom.
May I wish you all joy this Easter season,
Editorial – RICHENDA MILTON-DAWS
THEME – ACTS AND EPISTLES
The Acts of the Apostles in their Greco-Roman settings – DAVID GILL
The role of women in the Acts of the Apostles – DIANA BARSHAM
Acts 27: rescuing preachers from shipwreck – JOHN GRIFFITHS
Preaching on the Letter to the Hebrews – STEVE MOYISE
The Letter of James: a message for today? – RICHENDA MILTON-DAWS
A neglected gem: the Epistle of Jude – PETER CLOUGH
View from the edge – celebrating forty years of Green Christian – GEORGE DOW
You are welcome? – JANE TAYLOR
Restoration meets mission in a country church – JUDITH AYERS
The End Times – again? – MARTYN WHITTOCK
Pilgrimage in the Holy Land: an invitation to walk in the way of Jesus – RICHARD SEWELL
Joyful faith – anointed to serve – CATHERINE BUTCHER
Book extract:The Word within the words – MALCOLM GUITE
Meet the author of The Word within the words – MALCOLM GUITE
Introducing Andrew Carr
News and notices
Letters from Readers
Postscript – ALAN MITCHELL