Homelessness, Poverty, Theology

Reflecting God’s generous justice

I want to tell you about two inspiring people I have got to know over the last few years through my work. Pastor Alex in Tottenham The first is Alex Gyesi (pictured left), Pastor of Highway to Holiness, a Pentecostal church in Tottenham, North London. Back in 2009 the church was growing but Pastor Alex,… Continue reading Reflecting God’s generous justice

Theology

The original foster care story at the heart of Christmas – by Ian Butcher

This year’s John Lewis Christmas advert shows a family preparing to welcome a teenager into their home as foster carers. The foster father’s attempts to learn to skateboard are part of his preparation for the arrival of a teenager into their home. This focus on the foster father is welcome. Approximately 40% of foster carers… Continue reading The original foster care story at the heart of Christmas – by Ian Butcher

Theology

The Marmite Apostle: Making sense of Paul – by Stephen Kuhrt

In 1902 Marmite came into existence when it was discovered that brewer’s yeast could be made into an edible form. Its richness of Vitamin B helped increased its popularity. The most fascinating aspect of Marmite, however, has been its marketing. In the mid-1990s, its distinctive flavour led to the genius decision to promote it through… Continue reading The Marmite Apostle: Making sense of Paul – by Stephen Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living, Theology

Beliefs + Action = Faith

I saw this quote shared on social media yesterday: Reading the quote provoked me go back to the Sermon on the Mount and read it right through (Matthew 5-7). By my judgement this statement is accurate. The longest continuous section of Jesus’ teaching in the Bible is indeed incredibly action-oriented. The priority of action The… Continue reading Beliefs + Action = Faith

Ethics & Christian living, Theology

Getting the most out of Halloween – by Stephen Kuhrt

Some believe the Church should have nothing to do with Halloween. They see as a rather horrible celebration of evil which is a bad influence on children. Others believe that the Church needs to chill out and realise how daft it is to put a downer on a bit of harmless fun. The ironic thing… Continue reading Getting the most out of Halloween – by Stephen Kuhrt

Social action, Theology

‘Endurance inspired by hope’: strong roots for social action

A few years ago an atheist friend of mine who worked for a homelessness charity 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… Continue reading ‘Endurance inspired by hope’: strong roots for social action

Theology

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The empowerment of Bartimaeus

In Mark’s account of Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem, two disciples, brothers James and John come to Jesus with a request. Jesus says: 'What do you want me to do for you?' It turns out their request is do with securing their own prestige and status. This then triggers a wider argument among the other… Continue reading ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The empowerment of Bartimaeus

Ethics & Christian living, Theology

The ecclesiastical donut: why the C of E is ungovernable

Last week saw yet another Church of England report into safeguarding and institutional failings in the handling of abuse allegations. Almost 400 new cases involving actions by clergy, officials and volunteers against children and vulnerable adults were uncovered. In a foreword to the report, Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell, the archbishops of Canterbury and York, wrote of… Continue reading The ecclesiastical donut: why the C of E is ungovernable

Politics, Theology

Dividing body, soul & spirit: Gnostic heresies live on – by Martin Kuhrt

When I was a student in the 1980s, one of my left-wing, feminist friends said that the Prime Minister of the time, Margaret Thatcher, ‘was not really a woman’. At the time, I laughed it off. But I thought about it again this week when the Labour MP Rupa Huq told a fringe meeting at… Continue reading Dividing body, soul & spirit: Gnostic heresies live on – by Martin Kuhrt

Homelessness, Theology

Farewell to Britain’s best public theologian

In the summer of 1997 I started a job with Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity, as manager of a new hostel for young people in the City of London. One of the things I learnt on my first day was that it was going to be formally opened by the Queen. The official opening happened… Continue reading Farewell to Britain’s best public theologian