Is Immigration a problem?

The Northern Men’s Convention is getting into some hot water on twitter. This year’s convention is headed “Men Standing alone: Holding the Word of God in the Worst of Times.”  There are a couple of things making it unpopular. One is its description of the “Gay rights lobby…” I suspect that anything we say that shows a commitment to the Bible’s teaching on marriage” is going to cause offence.

However, this sentence has also been picked up upon.

“Add to this scenario the increasing problems associated with immigration, and Islam in particular and indeed many other things which push Christians further and further to the margin.” Continue reading


What does urban mission and ministry actually mean?

What do we mean when we talk about urban ministry?  When we talk about an “Urban area” at its simplest, we are distinguishing between urban and rural -between built up, heavily populated areas, towns, cities, conurbations and less densely populated areas, villages, hamlets etc. There is of course the “suburban” category used to identify outlying, reasonably prosperous suburbs of towns and cities. Continue reading

Multi-cultural Church – The Challenge of Racism

A Little while back I had some correspondence with @Litabny about how we plant and pastor churches in urban, multicultural areas. I posted some of the correspondence here.

In the follow up conversation, we talked about how racism can be a barrier to achieving that.  Here are some of my jotted comments: Continue reading