Church 

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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Articles 

How times have changed

I recently saw a photo essay for World Refugee Day which highlights the plight of the 10.5 million refugees. The whole collection is striking and worth looking at but it was this photo that stood out to me. It’s an Afghan refugee village outside Islamabad in Pakistan during a sandstorm. But it could almost have been taken at any point in the last few centuries, has nothing changed? What do you see? Or perhaps more importantly what don’t you see? I see open drains and sewers. By contrast my first…

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Articles 

The nightshelter

I’ve recently begun volunteering at a local nightshelter for the homeless and so far I’ve really enjoyed it for all sorts of reasons. It’s been a long time since I regularly worked with those without a fixed abode but I’ve always found the experience hugely beneficial. I’m an activist by personality, I like doing as well as thinking, getting involved as well as reading and writing. However I often found that I got the balance wrong in the past, being forced into more activities that drained me and left me…

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Christian Living 

Kids won't want to know about giving if you don't teach them

A while ago I saw this infographic about parents and kids views on money. Take a look at the question ‘what do your kids want to know about money?’ and the responses. Conspicuous by its absence is giving. So either it wasn’t an option that the survey offered (shame on them) or it wasn’t an answer given by the respondents (shame on them). If we want to our children to know how to give, we must talk about it with them and share the adventure of giving with them. If we…

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Book Review: Generous Justice

I’m rapidly becoming a big fan of everything Tim Keller writes (I previously reviewed Counterfeit Gods) because, well, he just seems to make so much sense. In Generous Justice: How God’s grace makes us just Keller explores how the motivation for acts of compassion and justice are rooted in the grace of God to us in Christ. It’s this connection that makes this book stand out from many of the other books on social justice. Keller has four main groups in his sights as he writes; those keen on social justice…

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Introducing Jubilee+

I wanted to highlight and bring to your attention a new website recently launched by Newfrontiers, Jubilee+. It brings back to the centre of our attention care and compassion for the needy and the vulnerable and I hope it will be a significant resource for our churches. Here’s the introduction from my friend and leader of the social justice team, Martin Charlesworth. “What we are aiming to do is to provide you with the help you need to encourage and support you and your church in your social action agenda.…

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Water

Last Friday was Blog Action Day and thousands of bloggers all shared one theme to raise it’s profile. Water. To my shame I was too busy and hadn’t pre-written anything. So here are some water related facts they sent me: The problem of scarce clean water: Nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water, which causes a litany of struggles, diseases and even death. 40 Billion Hours: African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually…

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Blog Action Day: Water

Once a year there is a concerted effort by bloggers on one day to raise an issue above the line on the blogosphere. The theme is voted for and you get to write what you like on that theme. This year the theme is: water. Rich with symbolism for the Christian and essential to life this is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. So on the 15th October why not join in and put your blog to good use of raising the issue of water above the normal dross…

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