Table of Contents - Issue 49

Issue 49

Restorative Justice

Peter Jackson's "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Celebrating Easter as a Family

The Other Side of Christmas


Christians and the Internet

The Fellowship of the Ring
- a Theologian's Thoughts

Stephen May

Theologian Stephen May considers Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson's treatment of it. How true has Jackson been to Tolkien's intent, and to what extent is Tolkien's Christian substructure left intact?

Violence in The Lord of the Rings

Nicola Hoggard Creegan

Today there is a tendency to glorify violence and justify it if it is perpetrated by the 'righteous and Christian West'. But now more than ever, says Nicola Hoggard Creegan, we have to insist that violence is not the Christian answer.

Crime, Crucifixion
and the Forgotten Art of Lament

Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall addresses criminal justice concerns by reminding us of the criminalisation of Jesus and the forgotten art of lament.

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice: A Christian Approach to Conflict Resolution

Fred McElrea

Restorative Justice has a definite New Testament flavour - Judge Fred McElrea recommends it as a Christian approach to conflict resolution..

Inside the Prisons

Kim Workman


The Other Side of Christmas

Adrienne Thompson


A Family Celebration of Easter

Andrea Candy

Easter is less pressured than Christmas, so there is more time to dwell on the story and draw meaning from it. Andrea Candy shares some of her family's Easter customs.

Positively Negative
Diane Benge

Unwrapping the Gift
Sheila Pritchard
Stuart Lange
77 Habits of Highly
Ineffective Christians

Chris Fabry

David Crawley

The State of the BBC
Steven May

Christians and the Internet
Michael Hanson

Salt and Light
Brian Hathaway

Mike Smiler  
Book Reviews  
Music Reviews  
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