I saw these words on a wall of a centre for homeless people I visited this week. I think they display a realism and wisdom which is helpful for everyone seeking to help people in need. The centre helps people with some of the most complex issues imaginable. But I was struck by the perseverance and… Continue reading ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you’: re-thinking kindness #1
I have lived in Streatham, South London for 17 years. Its where all my three children have been raised and go to school. Its where we go to church, where my wife works and where countless friends live. We are proud to say that Streatham is our community. Yesterday, a young man attacked members of… Continue reading Streatham: twisted religion cannot destroy loving faith in community
by Gavin Howard I live in Cambridge, one of the most prosperous parts of the country. However it is also a city with startling income inequality. Yes, there are a few entrepreneurs selling their tech companies for silly money. But there are also a huge number of households living below the poverty line and in… Continue reading ‘Heart-led, not salary-driven’ – the difference volunteering makes
A friend of mine was staying in a Somerset village last year over the weekend of Palm Sunday. He wanted to go to a service so looked up the website of the local church. It told him the service that Sunday started at 10.30am. Except that the website was wrong. The service did not start… Continue reading If the Church has GOOD news to share, why are our websites so BAD?
David Sheppard scored more runs in a single season, and more centuries as a student, than anyone else in the history of Cambridge University cricket. Such was his talent that he was selected for England’s 1950/51 Ashes tour of Australia at the end of his first year as a student. But, at the same time… Continue reading ‘David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor’ – by Andrew Bradstock [review]
All of us have many things that they can worry about – whether its money, work, family or tricky relationships. For some, fears grow into serious conditions which seriously impair their lives. When I became a parent it hugely expanded the scope and range of things I could be worried about. Anxiety easily becomes the… Continue reading Not being afraid in a time of festive anxiety
I have reached the stage in life where I seem to be going to an awful lot of funerals. Many close friends of my husband Gordon and I have died in recent years. Some have seemed to be in good health until suddenly they are not around anymore. Some, like Gordon’s brother, have died after… Continue reading Finishing the race – by Olive Kuhrt
I recently visited a Salvation Army church centre in one of the poorest parts of London. It was a midweek day and the building was buzzing with various community activities. I met fantastic people doing great work in their neighbourhood: inclusive, deeply committed and fired by a passionate faith in Jesus. Earlier, I had noticed these… Continue reading Words every church should have above their exit…