The Lazy Atheist

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

Maybe it's just me, but it seems that people politely avoid the vicar when they can. Being a priest is fine in a church, obviously. People expect a person in a dog collar and, as a general rule, respect them. But in the outside world -- and particularly on the comedy circuit -- a vicar is the spectre at the feast; an alien, deluded simpleton who belongs to the Dark Ages.

The Rainbow Clerical Shirt

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

The adventure of the rainbow clerical shirt began with a child's painting displayed in the window of John Lewis in Exeter. I was walking past and my eye caught a six-year-old's picture that appeared to be of a vicar in a multi-coloured, vertically striped shirt. "What a great idea," I thought. And then, "But I bet no one's making them."

Memo From The Pope: The Body Of Christ CANNOT Be Gluten Free

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK

The Vatican has ruled that bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Roman Catholic Mass must not be gluten free. In a memo sent at the behest of P...

The Collar Of Anubis

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

The first time my mother met my bishop, he was wearing his pyjamas and having a fag in the garden. I should emphasise here for my American friends tha...

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Holy Week 2017 (Which Is Now By The Way)

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK

Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday. At Easter time, Christians commemorate Jesus’ execution and resurrection. Holy Week practices var...

Materialism Has Taken Us Hostage This Christmas Warns Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK

Pope Francis has called for the faithful to not get caught up in the commercialisation of Christmas - “when we are concerned for gifts but cold towa...

Benefits Of A Secular Christmas

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.

On Being A Vicar With Chronic Pain And Depression. And A Man

Dave Meldrum | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Meldrum

bmm banner.jpg I'm a man in a fairly patriarchal culture, in a stream of the Christian church that has often overtly pushed the idea of 'strong' masculinity; where male Christians are routinely referred to as 'warriors' and the 'head of the family'; where a mega-church pastor once spoke of not wanting to worship a Jesus that he could beat up.

The Sermon in the Park

Julian Bond | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Julian Bond

What if Jesus turned up today and delivered his material in London instead of Jerusalem? What if he came and preached in Regent's Park, what would he say to us today?

How Renovating The 'Tomb Of Jesus' Has Finally United Three Rival Faiths

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

The tomb believed to have belonged to Jesus is undergoing the first restoration work for 200 years after different denominations managed to put their ...

Jesus Christ the Humanist

Julian Bond | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Julian Bond

"Render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." (Jesus Christ) Jesus wasn't about religion, in fact he reserved his anger for organised...

Tax Advice From Jesus Christ?

Julian Bond | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK
Julian Bond

'Next, they wheeled out a mixed group of the ultra-religious and politicians to trick Jesus with his own words. They said to him, slyly, 'Rabbi, you a...

Was Jesus For Real, and Is He Returning?

Tony Lobl | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK
Tony Lobl

Humanity needs the Christ too much for humble hearts to give up on God and sacrifice the hope of genuine, Christian healing.

When Muslims Play God...

Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi

What's my offence - am I neglecting my prayers, or not eating halal meat? Allow me to first tell you how I came into my faith and practice it today, and then judge for yourself.

I Gave Up Facebook for Lent - And I Liked It

Sophie Deal | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Tech
Sophie Deal

I was pretty sure I'd find the challenge difficult, but I had no idea whether it would have significant impact on my everyday life. Would I miss out on things, would it be a massive inconvenience, would I get weird withdrawal symptoms?

Not Good Enough Friday

Julian Bond | Posted 26.03.2017 | UK
Julian Bond

The Passion narratives in the Gospels are very familiar at this time of year, read in church and featuring in the Passion oratorios of JS Bach. A key ...

Judas Iscariot, the Severus Snape of the Gospels.

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

I don't know the truth about Judas and no one ever will. But I believe it's our task to look at him with Jesus' eyes -- and before any Christian ever again says a word against Judaism, it would be wise to remember that we follow a guy who also was a Jew.

St. Paul and the Women

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

I was never fond of St. Paul. His teachings on on women were always a challenge and I always wondered how he got the ascendency over the disciples who actually knew Jesus and managed to kick-start Christianity virtually single-handed.

NASA Employees Accuse It Of Banning Jesus

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Tech

NASA is being accused of banning the word Jesus by an internal Christian group at the Johnson Space Center. Some members of the Nasa JSC Praise an...

The Archbishop Of Canterbury Reminds Us That Jesus Was A Refugee

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has used his New Year's Day message to encourage British Christians to stand against xenophobia, reminding t...

All I Want for Christmas? To Feel God's Love!

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK
Tony Lobl

At the heart of Christmas is the Bethlehem babe, who later went on to preach that we are to love our neighbours as ourselves. Not instead of ourselves or despite ourselves but as ourselves. The all-inclusive love Jesus was teaching, therefore, includes the call to each of us to look after "number one", too.

A 21st Century Nativity

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

It was a beautiful night with a New Moon in South Tawton, Devon, England. And the world was about to change forever... Okay, so it wasn't a star, but...

The 'Real' Face Of Jesus Is Nothing Like What You're Shown In Church

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK

Jesus's face has often been depicted in religious pieces of art as white with narrow features, framed by long, flowing hair, but a new discovery by sc...

A Christmas Miracle From ISIS

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

This year's Christmas card from the family is one that Isis made herself. It says 'Merry Christmas! Isis 2015. And it arrived on the very morning I did that Pause for Thought. I didn't stop laughing for nearly half an hour. I'd say that was pretty spectacular coincidence no.2. Actually, I'd call it a Christmas miracle.

Loving Your Enemies

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 03.12.2016 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

our elected representatives want and that's how democracy works. We are already bombing. Maybe it's the 'right' thing to do; I don't know. But I do know that if you support this, then you can't call yourself a Christian. It's as simple as that.