Social action

For God’s Sake Make a Difference

It cannot be disputed that Churches are very good at establishing social action projects. Recent years have seen a huge growth in projects such as Foodbanks, Night Shelters and a wide range of other initiatives. The big challenge is how these projects maintain their Christian ethos and integrate this alongside their high quality practical service. I know… Continue reading For God’s Sake Make a Difference

Social action

Isolation and loneliness destroys lives…but we can do something about it – by Jeremy Sharpe

The film Castaway focuses on one man, Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) who has been marooned alone on an uninhabited island.  As well as his frantic efforts to find enough food, warmth and shelter to survive, the film also depicts his mental struggle with extreme isolation and loneliness. One of the key factors in Chuck's survival is… Continue reading Isolation and loneliness destroys lives…but we can do something about it – by Jeremy Sharpe

Social action

Endurance inspired by hope: why churches remain at the heart of tackling poverty

A while ago an atheist friend of mine who also works with homeless people said to me: ‘My motives are purer than yours.  I do this work simply to help people, you do it so you can get into heaven.’ I did my best to explain that while I am motivated by my faith, I have never seen… Continue reading Endurance inspired by hope: why churches remain at the heart of tackling poverty

Social action

Alan Henning: a ripple of hope in a world of injustice

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls… Continue reading Alan Henning: a ripple of hope in a world of injustice

Social action

The dis-integration of Christian social action

In the last 15 years there has been huge growth in social action projects established by churches. The rise of Food Banks has probably been the most high profile example but there has also been a massive increase in Church-run Night Shelters and debt advice services. These newer initiatives have joined well-established projects which have… Continue reading The dis-integration of Christian social action

Social action

From the DRC to London: helping Theodore realise his hope of education – by Rachel Henry

Theodore*, 18, comes from the North East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was brought up in a region where there are regular attacks on civilians by armed groups.  When he was a child, his family fled an attack on their village and settled in a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts… Continue reading From the DRC to London: helping Theodore realise his hope of education – by Rachel Henry

Social action

When the church leaves the building (for real this time)

My last post shared a great clip from a Hollywood film which featured a powerful example of the church sharing its message beyond the doors of its building. But at the end of the day, it is a film clip.  It's not actually real. So, its great to share another video of a real example of the church getting out of… Continue reading When the church leaves the building (for real this time)

Social action

‘Good news to those who need it most’: evangelical social action

The term ‘evangelical’ is a tricky one to use.  Similarly to the word ‘liberal’, people can mean very different things when they use it. The actual word ‘evangelical’ has its etymological roots in the Greek word for "gospel" or "good news" so it can rightly be used as a description of anything which embodies and carries the… Continue reading ‘Good news to those who need it most’: evangelical social action

Homelessness, Social action

‘Hope in Challenging Times’

I love working for the West London Mission.  We have just published our Annual Report which summarises what we have achieved in the past year.  Its a great opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the transformation we have seen in the lives of homeless and vulnerable people. This is what I wrote in my introduction: A… Continue reading ‘Hope in Challenging Times’

Social action, Theology & Church

The Amos Course: God’s Word to a World of Injustice (a bit of R&R for your home group)

Are you part of a home group at your church?  Looking for some resources to help explore what the Bible says about poverty and injustice? Amos: God’s Word to a World of Injustice R&R has produced a 6 session course on the book of Amos. No biblical book has a clearer and sharper message about… Continue reading The Amos Course: God’s Word to a World of Injustice (a bit of R&R for your home group)