Theology & Church

The Cross: the ultimate place of grace and truth

This week I went to see a Salvation Army Officer who runs a church centre in London. As I walked in, he and a colleague were speaking with three women.  As I waited, it became obvious that the women had problems with homelessness and drug addiction and that he knew them well. He and his… Continue reading The Cross: the ultimate place of grace and truth

Recommended books, Social action

Is the Church just ‘an NGO with a pointy roof’?

Vincent Donovan was a Catholic missionary who worked among the Masai tribes-people in Tanzania in the 1960s.  He became increasingly concerned about the state of missionary work. After a 100 years of missionary activity in East Africa, the Catholic Church was very busy, running several schools, a major hospital and health outreach over a vast… Continue reading Is the Church just ‘an NGO with a pointy roof’?

Theology & Church

‘I am neither an optimist or a pessimist’ – the hope of Easter

"Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy. The news that the rejected and crucified Jesus is alive is something that cannot possibly be suppressed. It must be told. Who could be silent about such a fact? The mission of the Church in the pages of the New Testament is more like the fallout… Continue reading ‘I am neither an optimist or a pessimist’ – the hope of Easter

Theology & Church

Jesus did not write a book but formed a community

Last year I spoke at a weekend away for St Mary's Church in Islington.  When I arrived in my room at the conference centre, there was an envelope on my bed with a card welcoming me. And inside the card was a single piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The card asked me to bring the… Continue reading Jesus did not write a book but formed a community

Ethics & Christian living, Recommended books

‘Everyone can be great, because anyone can serve’

‘Long before and after Jesus, prophets and philosophers have been trying to reconcile the fullest individuality with the most just community.  Greatness of servanthood may have been as good an answer as any ever found.  The best woman or man was the one who did the most for the community.’  Stewart Burns To The Mountaintop:… Continue reading ‘Everyone can be great, because anyone can serve’