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They ain’t heavy, they’re my brothers…

People's faith commitments can never be completely separated from their experience of family life. Our character, perspectives and world-view are hugely affected by the beliefs which surround us as we grow up. For some, the experience moulds them and provides an enduring framework to understand the meaning and purpose of life. For others, it creates… Continue reading They ain’t heavy, they’re my brothers…

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What 10 years of blogging has taught me…

Yes, that’s right, this blog is 10 years old.  In April 2011, I wanted to create a space where I could think aloud and reflect on issues of faith, social justice and transformation. Since then, I have published 512 articles, so roughly one a week. The process of writing publicly in this way has taught… Continue reading What 10 years of blogging has taught me…

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My friend Stuart Ryland, 1969-2020

Today was the funeral of my friend Stuart Ryland.  Stu was a great friend and Christian brother and his passing has devastated me. Stuart’s younger brother Andrew has been one of my best friends since I was 7, so for many years I saw him mainly as ‘my mate’s big brother’.  Stuart was always nice… Continue reading My friend Stuart Ryland, 1969-2020

Homelessness, Personal

My cousin and the bitter cost of drug addiction

This weekend, I was on the BBC1 programme Sunday Morning Live discussing homelessness and begging. I was on the programme because I disagree with the view of journalist Matt Broomfield who believes people should give 'directly and unconditionally' to people who are begging. Experience  My views on this issue have been shaped by 20 years of working… Continue reading My cousin and the bitter cost of drug addiction