A Chat with Delirious?

A Chat with Delirious?

It is ironic that although Delirious? tried for years to emulate their early UK chart success, their highest position came this Easter – more than four months after they disbanded. A joint Facebook group tried to get a Christian Easter number one single by promoting the band’s History Maker – and nearly succeeded, with the […]

A Bishop with L-Plates

A Bishop with L-Plates

Regular readers of the CEN may notice this occasional columnist has been silent for over a year. We moved back to Yorkshire in 2009. I put on a large pair of L-Plates and began to learn how to be a bishop in the north of England in the 21st Century. The city of Sheffield is […]

Actor backs Christian Aid week

Actor backs Christian Aid week

Clash of the Titans and A Single Man actor, Nicholas Hoult, is supporting this year’s Christian Aid Week (9-15 May) after visiting a water project in the Nairobi slums which provides clean water and sanitation for thousands of people. He saw for himself how Christian Aid funded projects are making a difference to the lives […]

Together we can build a Big Society here

Together we can build a Big Society here

By Caroline Spelman “An invitation to join the government of the United Kingdom” is the title of the Conservative manifesto and I hope that Churches and Christian Charities will enthusiastically accept this invitation. This is not an invitation to come to Whitehall or the local town hall although I know Christians serve faithfully there. The […]

Hitchens rages against a weak, liberal Christianity

Hitchens rages against a weak, liberal Christianity

Writing in the Conservative monthly Standpoint Michael Nazir-Ali calls Peter Hitchens’ latest book, The Rage Against God, a ‘rattling good read’. Peter and his brother Christopher may disagree on religion and politics but they share a gift for fluent polemical writing. In his latest work, Peter combines spiritual autobiography with a vigorous assault on what […]

The awakening of the religious view in politics?

The awakening of the religious view in politics?

By J John British politicians, Alistair Campbell famously informed us, ‘do not do God’. At this election time a related question ought to be asked: ‘Do the religious do politics?’ The answer, it seems, is that they do and increasingly so – something that ought to give the political parties pause for thought. Particular interest […]

Rob Bell – Ringing the Changes

Rob Bell – Ringing the Changes

Whatever the average person in the street imagines a church leader to be, Rob Bell surely smashes that image. Lean, bright, disarming and charismatic, there’s something of the Louis Theroux about him – but Bell talks a lot more. I find him refreshingly down-to-earth for a mega-church pastor, admired by a new generation of Christians. […]

Our interfaith challenge

Our interfaith challenge

Alan Richardson was a noted Anglican theologian who died while he was still Dean of York. He had intended to retire to Durham where he had once lectured and his widow set up a fellowship in his memory in the university there to allow theologians from elsewhere to visit and share in the life of […]