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 […]

How to be a bad Christian… and a better human being

You’ll be familiar with books such as ‘How to Train your Dragon’, ‘How to be a Woman’ and ‘How to win friends and influence people’ but the hottest seller on the believers block is ‘How to be a bad Christian’ (and a better human being)’ by the Rev Dave Tomlinson and it has its own […]

Linvoy is spreading the faith

Linvoy is spreading the faith

The media is flooded with sport, particularly in this Olympic year; with perhaps the most popular of these reports involving football. But the Beautiful Game is not the only cause for these sportsmen to feature in our papers. Affairs, super-injunctions and extortionate salaries have cast a shadow over football. But is this starting to change? […]

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