Recommended books

The Fifty Shades of Christian Fiction: ‘Cross Roads’ by Wm Paul Young [review]

What has Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, got in common with EL James, author of record breaking series Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, for a start they have both sold millions of books. But also, both writers have catapulted a relatively marginal genre of literature, namely erotica and Christian fiction, into the global… Continue reading The Fifty Shades of Christian Fiction: ‘Cross Roads’ by Wm Paul Young [review]

Theology & Church

An atheist’s encounter with Rob Bell – by Ronnie Stockton

I have considered myself an atheist all my adult life.  But earlier this year I accepted an invitation to an event hosted by Greenbelt at Westminster Central Methodist Hall where the US pastor Rob Bell was speaking. Before going to hear him, I researched a little bit on Google and Youtube. I found his style… Continue reading An atheist’s encounter with Rob Bell – by Ronnie Stockton

Homelessness

Cash for prayers: how Morris Cerullo profits from the poor

Yesterday a homeless man that I have got to know through my work showed me a letter that he had just received from Morris Cerullo, the infamous TV evangelist.  It was entitled 8 Weeks - 8 Blessings of Superabundance To Meet 8 Specific Needs in Your Life.  In the 6-page letter, Cerullo asks the recipients to complete an… Continue reading Cash for prayers: how Morris Cerullo profits from the poor

Theology & Church

When Two Tribes Go To War

Over the last 10 years, through both my work with homeless people and in community development, I have worked with a wide range of different churches and with Christians who hold very different theological perspectives. Despite some encouraging signs around Christian unity, there remains a significant tribalism at work in the Church between conservative and liberal emphases.  We… Continue reading When Two Tribes Go To War