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Is this a mouchette which I see before me?

Serenhedd James welcomes a new book, which illuminates the ins, outs, and finer details of church architecture - just the distraction needed for a dull sermon

YOU know it is going to be one of those homilies when the prebendary, on his annual cathedral outing, climbs into the pulpit, cracks a joke that is not funny, misquotes the day's Gospel reading, and reminisces about an occasion that he clearly did not attend.

Do you see the lay clerks' heads disappearing, one by one, under the music desks? That is because they are checking the cricket score on their iPhones, updating their Facebook statuses, or grabbing a few minutes' kip in an ...

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Lecturer in Biblical Studies

New Zealand

THE COLLEGE OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST LECTURER IN BIBLICAL STUDIES (known as 'The Sir Paul Reeves' Lecturer') St John's Theological College (An Anglican Seminary of the Province of Aotearoa, New ...  Read More

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I was there when the tsunami struck

I was there when the tsunami struck

Ten years ago, Maxwell Hutchinson and his wife were on holiday in Sri Lanka when it was torn apart by the tsunami. He tells how they survived  Subscribe to read more

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Should sanctions be imposed on clergy who marry a same-sex partner?

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There is no divine right of managers

Business should be learning from the Church rather than the other way round, argues Justin Lewis-Anthony  Subscribe to read more

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