The problem with prejudice from another perspective (part 1)

A few articles back we mentioned the something called “implicit bias” that Duncan Forbes has been blogging about. This is where people have a bias/prejudice against a specific group within society that is not explicit and indeed may not even be conscious but does substantially affect how they view others.

Duncan’s concerns resonated with quite a few people on social media, especially those from and working in working class/estate contexts. There is a concern, as one person put it, that “the church has a class problem.” Continue reading

Advocacy – Another example of acting for justice

One of the ways in which we have tried to support justice is by seeking to stand alongside people seeking justice through our immigration system – particularly asylum seekers. The immigration system is exactly one of those examples of justice been distant and difficult to access. Continue reading

What if … imagining a just and fair society

So, I’d better start with a big disclaimer. The thoughts below are my own personal musings and have not been run past anyone else. They are therefore not necessarily the views of Bearwood Chapel. However, as I mentioned in my last article, one of the ways in which we can work for justice is to try to imagine and describe what a just and fair society might look like. Continue reading

Why do we seek justice in the world around us?

In one of our earlier articles we talked about barriers to justice. This means that for a number of reasons, some of the most vulnerable and needy people are unable to get justice in this world. So what is our responsibility and role here? Continue reading

Justice, The Church and Repentance

My dad tells the story of an occasion when he went to preach at another church. He rode out on his motorbike and arrived at the front door in his leathers with his helmet under his arm. A lady greeted him at the door with the immortal line:

“I don’t think we want your sort here.”

When he explained that he was the visiting preacher, she became extremely flustered. Continue reading

Justice in the Church


One of the fascinating things we see in the New Testament is Paul’s confidence in the local church as a place where justice can be done.

“When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So, you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? But instead, one believer[b] sues another—right in front of unbelievers!”[1]

This is fascinating. The first place where people should start to receive and experience justice is in the church.  This happens first of all because as we have seen entry to the church is through the Gospel, membership of this new community comes through faith in Christ. This means Continue reading