Social action

A problem of resources, relationships or identity? Knife crime & the Church

Knife crime and youth violence are urgent and pressing issues in my south London community. As a parent of three secondary school-age children, it’s never far from my thoughts.  Like so many families, our children have been affected by muggings and threats. This week in my youth group we held a raw and honest session looking… Continue reading A problem of resources, relationships or identity? Knife crime & the Church

Ethics & Christian living

Why churches manage people badly (and what can be done about it)

In recent years, the church frequently has to respond to the scandal and upset created by safeguarding failures and other cases of serious malpractice. As we all know, these scandals powerfully undermine the integrity of the church’s witness. One key factor in ecclesiastical failures that is frequently downplayed is the poor state of basic ‘human… Continue reading Why churches manage people badly (and what can be done about it)

Social commentary

Streatham: twisted religion cannot destroy loving faith in community

I have lived in Streatham, South London for 17 years. Its where all my three children have been raised and go to school. Its where we go to church, where my wife works and where countless friends live.  We are proud to say that Streatham is our community. Yesterday, a young man attacked members of… Continue reading Streatham: twisted religion cannot destroy loving faith in community

Social action

‘Heart-led, not salary-driven’ – the difference volunteering makes

by Gavin Howard I live in Cambridge, one of the most prosperous parts of the country.  However it is also a city with startling income inequality. Yes, there are a few entrepreneurs selling their tech companies for silly money. But there are also a huge number of households living below the poverty line and in… Continue reading ‘Heart-led, not salary-driven’ – the difference volunteering makes

Theology & Church

If the Church has GOOD news to share, why are our websites so BAD?

A friend of mine was staying in a Somerset village last year over the weekend of Palm Sunday. He wanted to go to a service so looked up the website of the local church. It told him the service that Sunday started at 10.30am. Except that the website was wrong.  The service did not start… Continue reading If the Church has GOOD news to share, why are our websites so BAD?

Recommended books, Sport, Theology & Church

‘David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor’ – by Andrew Bradstock [review]

David Sheppard scored more runs in a single season, and more centuries as a student, than anyone else in the history of Cambridge University cricket.  Such was his talent that he was selected for England’s 1950/51 Ashes tour of Australia at the end of his first year as a student. But, at the same time… Continue reading ‘David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor’ – by Andrew Bradstock [review]

Ethics & Christian living

Not being afraid in a time of festive anxiety

All of us have many things that they can worry about – whether its money, work, family or tricky relationships. For some, fears grow into serious conditions which seriously impair their lives.  When I became a parent it hugely expanded the scope and range of things I could be worried about. Anxiety easily becomes the… Continue reading Not being afraid in a time of festive anxiety

Ethics & Christian living

Finishing the race – by Olive Kuhrt

I have reached the stage in life where I seem to be going to an awful lot of funerals. Many close friends of my husband Gordon and I have died in recent years. Some have seemed to be in good health until suddenly they are not around anymore. Some, like Gordon’s brother, have died after… Continue reading Finishing the race – by Olive Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

Words every church should have above their exit…

I recently visited a Salvation Army church centre in one of the poorest parts of London.  It was a midweek day and the building was buzzing with various community activities. I met fantastic people doing great work in their neighbourhood: inclusive, deeply committed and fired by a passionate faith in Jesus. Earlier, I had noticed these… Continue reading Words every church should have above their exit…

Ethics & Christian living

Success comes through failing, well – by Caris Grimes

In our success-orientated society, failure has become something of a dirty word. Yet research from organisations, entrepreneurs, education and healthcare all tell a different story.  We learn more from our failures than our successes.  Success does bring benefits, such as increasing motivation, satisfaction and confidence. But it also has liabilities. These include complacency and a… Continue reading Success comes through failing, well – by Caris Grimes