Palau, Portland and the gay mayor

Palau, Portland and the gay mayor

by Patti Townley-Covert When Kevin Palau and his dad, internationally known evangelist Luis Palau, and a few evangelical pastors walked into a meeting with the newly elected gay mayor of Portland in 2008, no one knew what to expect — especially Sam Adams. Past experience and mass media portrayals of hypercritical evangelicals made Mayor Adams […]

Religious or Christian?

Religious or Christian?

By Julian Henderson ,Bishop of Blackburn I find myself in a totally unexpected place. For these past 18 months I have been the Bishop of Blackburn, serving the Church of England in most of Lancashire and with oversight of over 200 Christian communities, ranging from the rural to the urban, from the wealthy to the […]

Just How Godless is the ‘Atheist Church’?

The newly-formed Sunday Assembly – often dubbed, ‘The Atheist Church’ – has enjoyed nine months of dramatic growth. Beginning in a deconsecrated church and adopting many elements of the Christian service format, it has provoked a range of reactions from churchgoers. Some treat it like an enemy gang that is moving in on the Church’s […]

The new Bishop of Manchester

The new Bishop of Manchester

Name: David Stuart Walker Born: 30 May 1957 Early life: Brought up by his single-mother from the age of 14 in a depressed part of Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammer School, competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1975 in Cambridge. Studied at Queen’s College, Brimingham. Personal life: Married to Sue Walker, with two children […]

The hairdresser using his skills for the Gospel

The hairdresser using his skills for the Gospel

By Ben Norton Ben Norton is a pioneer minister based at St Cuthbert’s church in Marton, Teesside. A trained hairdresser, Ben volunteers his skills one day a week in a local salon, in an effort to meet more people and become a more approachable face of the church. Archbishop of York: Let’s get one thing […]

Bruce Cockburn’s real calling

Bruce Cockburn’s real calling

By Derek Walker Many communities have people whose lives encapsulate the values that they hold most dearly. The Greenbelt Festival has had a few and the most recent to visit is Canadian singer-songwriter, Bruce Cockburn. His integrity is what most endears him to the festival’s faithful, both artistically and spiritually. Driven by faith, he knows […]

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