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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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DIOCESE OF CHESTER RECTOR for the Parish of Heswall, Wirral Is God calling you to lead our large, lively, outward looking local parish? We value Biblical teaching highly, focus on mission in th...  Read More

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The message is ‘Less is more,’ more or less

The message is ‘Less is more,’ more or less

James Wallman's new book argues that having more does not make us happy. Cole Moreton tackles his assumptions  Subscribe to read more

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Teenagers are surprisingly interested in God, but they have an unerring instinct for authenticity, suggests Tess Kuin Lawton  Read More

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A ZAMBIAN church leader has called on British Christians to join her fight against tax avoidance by mining companies http://t.co/kgHAthMeO5