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Relational Mission: A church for a broken world

In the fifth chapter Mike calls for the church to be fully engaged in the world around it. This is not a new or unique call, by any means, but it always bears repeating. The world is broken and this brokenness affects every area of life and in every area there is possibility for the redeemed people of God to bring the light of the Gospel to bear and make a significant difference. Although it doesn’t use the same language it is a call for churches to embrace serving their…

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Doug Wilson, the apostle Paul and bad economics

He’s done it again, with a sharp pen and elbow, Doug Wilson has wound me up. Fortunately for me, I’m right and he’s wrong. I think. In this post (HT: Andrew Wilson) Wilson poses a thought experiment where you can double the incomes and welfare of the least but in doing do increase the wealth of the richest tenfold at the push of a button. He ends with this, “This is your ethical “dilemma,” and part of your test is whether or not you even think of it as a dilemma.…

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Chrysostom: On giving to the poor

Sometimes when I read the early church fathers I find their writings impenetrable. This might be because the translation is hard work or because the debates and concerns just don’t connect. Other times I am stunned by the power of prose and the immediacy with which it speaks to us today in different cultures, 1800+  years later. This quote is in the second category. Watch how Chrysostom demolishes our arguments for not giving to the poor. “Immediately accusations are brought against the applicant. For why does he not work, you…

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Consumerism, social justice and money

A few bloggers have been blogging on similar themes and as I’ve already done a round up I thought I’d slip in an extra one, There’s some interesting things here Jeremy wonders whether we can carry on consuming while Colin Beavan argues that Treating anxiety and depression could save the planet while Matt Hosier points out some of consumerism’s more silly statements when buying a shirt. Gareth reminds us that TV is not all it’s cracked up to be. Here are 10 theses on social action and the kingdom of…

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Square Mile

A new resource is being launched for UK churches tomorrow. Here’s the blurb from the EA. EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE LAUNCHES NEW MISSION INITIATIVE Thursday 5 March 10:00 AM – 4:15 PM. Westminster Chapel, Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6BS “Would anyone in your community notice if your church ceased to exist?” the Evangelical Alliance is asking at the launch of its new initiative Square Mile. Square Mile will be launched at the Alliance’s Council meeting on 5 March, with a keynote talk by Tearfund’s Integral Mission Director David Westlake, and worship led…

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Do good works…

At the end of May I’m involved in our local and utterly brilliant Soul Purpose weekend. Here’s what I posted on that blog…. I don’t believe you get to heaven by doing good works, but I also don’t believe we can know how to live on earth without them. God saves us by His grace and then calls us to work for His kingdom. Soul Purpose is a brilliant, God given opportunity to put our faith into action. This afternoon I was out assessing some of the core projects and…

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How to lead a mercy filled life in a difficult world

The title of this post was the title I was given at last weekend’s social action conference. I was the first half of the main afternoon seminar hosted by Mick Taylor of Kings Church Catford. The second half was by Andy Clasper of Micah Challenge. I think it went OK, no sign of the audio yet but I’ll chase it up if I can. For those interested here’s my presentation and talk notes, although I did improvise a little bit here and there. The whole conference was excellent. The day…

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