Ethics & Christian living

Confidence in the difference faith makes

I read this in the Christmas Eve edition of The Times' newspaper earlier this week - written by a journalist who is not a regular church-goer: 'Come with me...to the schools, hospices and care homes where thousands of Christians do good work every day. Seek out the grittiest, grimiest edges of British life and they are… Continue reading Confidence in the difference faith makes

Ethics & Christian living, Recommended books

‘Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace’ by Justin Welby – a review by Gordon Kuhrt

Mammon is money or possessions when they are enthroned. The author says there is nothing wrong with money in itself, but when it exercises supreme power (is enthroned) it becomes mammon: evil, destructive and dangerous. A Foreword commending the book is from Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche movement which now has nearly 150 communities worldwide.… Continue reading ‘Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace’ by Justin Welby – a review by Gordon Kuhrt

Theology & Church

This could Welby ‘the best decision anyone can ever make’

Last week I went to a lecture given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace.  Since becoming the C of E’s top man, Welby has caught the public’s imagination and headlines through his attacks on pay day lenders, his concern for food poverty and his willingness to challenge the government. Few could… Continue reading This could Welby ‘the best decision anyone can ever make’

Ethics & Christian living

Low pay or Living Wage: does the Church practice what it preaches?

Some Christians might be delighted that today’s front page headline in Britain’s most popular newspaper is a direct quote from Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  But the article titled ‘Wages of Sin’ highlights the Church of England’s inconsistency in simultaneously calling for the Living Wage but not paying this to all of its staff. True… Continue reading Low pay or Living Wage: does the Church practice what it preaches?

Social commentary

A Facebook Fast: an advent of virtual liberation

Last Lent I took a break from facebook, twitter and blogging.  It did me good. I like to think that I am not addicted to social media but there is no doubt that checking updates, posting comments and engaging in discussions takes up time and mental space.  My son’s comment to me a few months ago… Continue reading A Facebook Fast: an advent of virtual liberation

Social commentary

Power, corruption and lies

This week has seen two public institutions facing serious accusations of corruption. Firstly there were the claims by former undercover Police Officer Peter Francis that he was ordered to dig up ‘dirt’ on the family of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.  The allegations that Police were deployed secretly in an attempt to smear the victims… Continue reading Power, corruption and lies

Theology & Church

Why the Church of England must say YES 2 Women Bishops – by Stephen Kuhrt

These are exciting times for the Church of England. The appointment of Justin Welby to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury has been met with considerable enthusiasm across the Church.  There is a desire to reflect his optimistic vision for the relevance of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Before then, we face… Continue reading Why the Church of England must say YES 2 Women Bishops – by Stephen Kuhrt