Politics

Faith in Politics Simplified

My 16 year old son Danny is really into politics. He and some friends have started a youtube channel Politics Simplified which aims to explain political processes and ideas to young people. Here is one of their videos about the First Past the Post voting system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNc_o5P38rk&t=62s Recently, they also went to Parliament to interview… Continue reading Faith in Politics Simplified

Ethics & Christian living

Faith and courage in response to a deadly virus

In 1665, the people in the remote Derbyshire village of Eyam realised that their village had become infected with the bubonic plague. Fleas infected with the disease had been brought to the village in a bundle of damp cloth from London. The tailor who unpacked the cloth and hung it to dry in front of… Continue reading Faith and courage in response to a deadly virus

Social action

A problem of resources, relationships or identity? Knife crime & the Church

Knife crime and youth violence are urgent and pressing issues in my south London community. As a parent of three secondary school-age children, it’s never far from my thoughts.  Like so many families, our children have been affected by muggings and threats. This week in my youth group we held a raw and honest session looking… Continue reading A problem of resources, relationships or identity? Knife crime & the Church

Ethics & Christian living

Why churches manage people badly (and what can be done about it)

In recent years, the church frequently has to respond to the scandal and upset created by safeguarding failures and other cases of serious malpractice. As we all know, these scandals powerfully undermine the integrity of the church’s witness. One key factor in ecclesiastical failures that is frequently downplayed is the poor state of basic ‘human… Continue reading Why churches manage people badly (and what can be done about it)

Social commentary

Streatham: twisted religion cannot destroy loving faith in community

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

Theology & Church

If the Church has GOOD news to share, why are our websites so BAD?

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?

Recommended books, Sport, Theology & Church

‘David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor’ – by Andrew Bradstock [review]

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]