Evangelical Alliance leader Joel Edwards is seeking to rehabilitate the word 'evangelical' and restore its links with the sense of good news (gospel) in which it has its roots. He is touring a new book called Agenda for Change.
As Cubans absorbed the news that communist leader Fidel Castro had stepped down, Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque, prepared to welcome Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, as he visits the country.
As the furore over Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' remarks about religious and civil law subsides into a more considered debate beyond the headlines, the Anglican leader is receiving backing from some unexpected quarters.
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Samuel Kobia, a Methodist monister from Kenya, has announced that he will not seek a second term at the head of the world's biggest Christian grouping.
The Economist magazine, a highly influential English-language international weekly, has come out in favour of the disestablishment of the Church of England and a clearer distinction between religion and governance.
Representatives on the governing body of the 349 member World Council of Churches, which brings together Orthodox, Protestant and Anglican Christians and cooperates with the Roman Catholic Church, have been exploring a wider grouping.
The natural presumption of Establishment insulates the Church of England, says Simon Barrow. Even worse, it takes the opposite direction to Jesus, who rejected worldly power in the Temptation that Christians recall during Lent.