All over the UK the Church is doing an incredible job. We are running food banks...mentoring teenagers at risk...counselling those in debt... befriending the elderly...sheltering the homeless...running parent-toddler groups... homework clubs...music and arts workshops...healing on the streets...sports camps... working with prisoners...community choirs... It is wonderful, but there is a danger. The church may spend the next… Continue reading Is it the Church’s job to be the nation’s paramedic? – by Andy Flannagan
Tory leaders have a habit of declaring social justice as their key aim when they come to power. Remember Margaret Thatcher quoting St Francis of Assisi 'where there is discord, may we bring harmony' on the steps of Number 10? Or John Major speaking of his vision of 'the classless society'? In her first speech as… Continue reading Elitism dressed as charity: the injustice of tax breaks for private schools
It is nice when issues of religion and politics can be kept apart. Religion is unsullied by worldly concerns. Going to church can be an inspiring escape from reality. We can focus purely on God and listening to the Holy Spirit. We can reflect on our future hope in heaven. We can think really theologically. We can… Continue reading It is nice when religion and politics are kept apart…
‘Just watched and listened to President Trump speaking at the USA National Prayer Breakfast - has he become a Christian? Very God centred. Impressive. While some have been ranting - maybe others have fulfilled what is required of Christians - to pray for those in authority?’ Gerald Coates Thus the charismatic church leader Gerald Coates… Continue reading The political naivety of evangelical Christians – by Matthew Rhodes
Post-truth was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016. It's a word which has sprung into prominence mainly due to Donald Trump's election win. I heard a good example the other day on the radio when a US political commentator was talking about Trump’s promise to build a wall on the US/Mexico border. His… Continue reading It’s up to each of us to resist the cynicism of ‘post-truth’ culture
This post is based on a sermon preached by Stephen Kuhrt at Christ Church New Malden on Sunday 20th November 2016. The bible reading was Matthew 7:13-20. What is a Christian response to the election of Donald Trump? Like the Brexit vote in the UK, Donald Trump's win is a massive wake-up call for the… Continue reading Love Trumps Hate: responding to the US election – by Stephen Kuhrt
This week I was invited to an event at Parliament to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous film Cathy Come Home in the company of MPs and its director Ken Loach. In 1966, it was watched by over 12 million people and had a massive impact on people's views about homelessness. It led to the creation… Continue reading Wallowing in nostalgia or facing up to the challenges of today?