Music Played16 items
Michael Jackson Black Or White
(CD Single), Epic
Billy Joel My Life
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS
Bonnie Tyler Believe In Me
(CD Single), ZYX Music, 2
Four Tops Walk Away Renee
The Four Tops - The Singles Collectio, Polygram Tv
a-ha Take On Me
Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia, 1
Elsie Your Loving Arms
(CD Single), Big Print Music, 1
Nilsson Everybody's Talkin'
Million Sellers Vol.10 - The Sixties, Disky
Dido End Of Night
(CD Single), RCA, 1
Billy Idol White Wedding
Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI
Madonna Express Yourself
The Wailers and Bob Marley & The Wailers Three Little Birds
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island
Rod Stewart It's Over
(CD Single), Capitol Records, 1
Busted - She Said No
fun. All Alone
Some Nights, Fueled By Ramen, 1
Perry Como Magic Moments
50's Number Ones Vol 1, Old Gold
Dave Tomlinson, writer and Vicar of St Luke’s Holloway in London
Everyone’s very nice in church. You don’t often get hecklers!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Churches aren’t exactly temples of free speech – you’re expected to sit quietly and listen, even when you do think the minister’s talking rubbish.
Which is why, for ten years, I ran a different sort of a church in a pub in south London. We called it ‘Holy Joes’ – just to make sure we didn’t take ourselves too seriously. It was a bolthole for the disillusioned – church drop-outs, regular churchgoers who felt like dropping-out, and others who’d never dream of going to church but fancied chewing the fat over a pint or two.
Some of our punters were pushy and hard to shut up, others were content to sit and listen; some wanted heady discussion, others needed somewhere to vent their spleen. What Holy Joes offered was a ‘no holds barred’ opportunity to discuss, debate and argue about whatever it was with the church and Christianity that got their goat. No one passed judgement on what was heard or seen. There were no ‘right’ answers imposed at the end of the evening. It was grown-up religion where you could listen, then put your oar in, and finally make up your own mind.
Surely it’s wrong to treat people as godless heathens because they disagree or have doubts; because they’re angry or hurt; because they find church boring, or because they sometimes feel like throwing a hymnbook at the preacher. At least if people argue back I’d know they were awake and wanted to engage with what I’m saying.
Nowadays, when people yawn at the sight of a preacher…or a politician… when apathy lulls us into silence in front of the TV, I reckon churches need to lead the way – give a home to decent, vigorous debate.