In the know … a follow up to “The urban forgotten”

I have a friend, they were invited by the local vicar along to church some years back and quickly got very involved. More than that, it is oh so clear that they have had a wonderful encounter with the Gospel. They love Scripture and set aside time each day to read it and pray. There’s only one problem, I don’t think they would really have much awareness about labels like Evangelical, let alone being “Reformed.” Continue reading


The Urban Forgotten

A few days back I wrote about the fragmentation of the working classes. I want to pick up on that and focus on one group because I think it has important implications for how we approach urban mission. 

Urban Mission is a broad church. The City to City initiative considers itself urban. There is  a lot of attention in reaching millennial sceptics, students, graduates and city centre workers. That’s brilliant, however, it’s not primarily what we have in mind when we talk about urban church. Rather, we are thinking about our inner cities (un-gentrified) and council estates. Now, I think the temptation is to have one aspect of this in view and it distorts our vision. We recognise ( though admittedly not enough) that there is a group of people that have been left behind, those devastated by gang and drug culture, those suffering from intense levels of deprivation. We then imagine a particular type of worker who can reach such people, one or two of them exist, they are often robust and charismatic, they need to be. We make that the image of our ideal urban worker, we assume most people don’t fit that mould ( they don’t) and we think that by giving them an occasional platform that we are doing our bit. Continue reading

Urban Idolatry

It used to be said that pet owners begin to look like their animals. I don’t know if that is really true, however, it has also been said that we (as individuals and as a society) begin to look like and behave like our idols. Continue reading

The problem with prejudice – another perspective (part 2)

Last week, Sarah Champion was forced to resign from the Shadow Cabinet. What did she do wrong? Well she wrote an article for the Sun in which she said

“Britain has a problem with Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”[1] Continue reading

Do we talk about Justice?

On Sunday, we opened up the theme of justice as we looked at Proverbs 21.  I’d like to follow up on that with a few articles on exploring the question “What is justice and what is our responsibility as Christians in promoting it?”

With that in mind, I was fascinated to find a little appendix at the back of a new book, “Coming Home”[1]  It’s the transcript of a panel discussion with some notable heavyweights of the Reformed Evangelical world[2] and they are looking at “Biblical Foundations for Seeking God’s justice in a sinful world.” Continue reading