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Eugene Peterson’s Subversive Spirituality

The pastor and writer, Eugene Peterson, died this week. Tributes have poured in about the impact that this wise and humble man had on millions of people. Bono dedicated a song to him at U2's gig in London describing him  as 'a beautiful spirit who opened up the Scriptures.' Peterson is most well-known for writing The Message version… Continue reading Eugene Peterson’s Subversive Spirituality

Homelessness

Bridging the gap between churches and professionals: the complexity of compassion #3

There are now over 100 night shelter schemes in the country where groups of churches work together to provide accommodation - last year these schemes helped an estimated 6000 homeless people. Alongside this there are the many soup kitchens, drop in centres and huge amount of informal one-to-one support that many church communities provide. But… Continue reading Bridging the gap between churches and professionals: the complexity of compassion #3

Homelessness

Carrying burdens, maintaining boundaries: the complexity of compassion #2

One of the most important truths I have learnt from the last 25 years of working with people is this: we cannot change other people unless they want to change. Its important that we remember this truth because helping people with complex problems is in itself complex.  Accepting this reality helps us avoid the twin… Continue reading Carrying burdens, maintaining boundaries: the complexity of compassion #2

Homelessness

The need for grace and truth: the complexity of compassion #1

When I was in my twenties, I lived in Kings Cross and went to a local church. There, I got to know a man who was a former crack addict - we'll call him Ian. He was doing his best to put his life back together and get into work as a painter and decorator.… Continue reading The need for grace and truth: the complexity of compassion #1

Ethics & Christian living

Steve Chalke speaking at WLM’s Annual Meeting

Regular readers of R&R will know that I often post articles which relate to my work at West London Mission.  We are part of the Methodist Church and run a wide range of social and community projects for people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma. Activism and controversy One of the 'big characters' from WLM's… Continue reading Steve Chalke speaking at WLM’s Annual Meeting

Theology & Church

Royal wedding sermon: stop the internal church critique and use the opportunity

At my church on Sunday afternoons, I lead a youth group which mainly consists of children whose families don't go to church. Most of them are boys aged between 12-14 and many know me from a football club that I have run for many years. Types of love This Sunday our theme was love.  After… Continue reading Royal wedding sermon: stop the internal church critique and use the opportunity

Theology & Church

Rev. Curry’s sermon summed up why I am a Christian 

There has been an incredible reaction to Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the Royal Wedding today. Both the content and the manner of his talk broke the formality which so easily straight-jackets Anglican services and especially any religious events involving the Royalty. There was power, authority and a bold confidence in the way that Bishop… Continue reading Rev. Curry’s sermon summed up why I am a Christian