Troublemaker (Proverbs 6)

 “I am a high ranking government official in [select country of choice] I have access to $5 million of funds that don’t really belong to anyone and our government does not deserve.  I want to get the money out of the county.  I just need a secure bank account to transfer the money into.  IfContinue reading “Troublemaker (Proverbs 6)”

How Theological College helped prepare me for Gospel ministry

I’m republishing some articles I wrote a little while back about training for urban ministry. I want to share a few thoughts here about the positives of formal theological education and why I recommend it.[1]  There’s a temptation to see training as primarily academic and therefore irrelevant to the day to day life of ministry. Continue reading “How Theological College helped prepare me for Gospel ministry”

Reforming Theological Training

This is an article from my previous blog that I wanted to reschedule to keep focus on this priority People who know me well will know that I have a particular concern for encouraging good quality theologically training, especially when it comes to potential pastors and planters in urban contexts. To be clear, my ownContinue reading “Reforming Theological Training”

Food from around the worldwide web (26/06/20)

4 ways not to be a jerk online – From the Gospel coalition. How we behave online matters What does the Bible say about leadership? – Specifically the NT. Ed Stetzer picks up on some themes for leaders in the Gospels, Romans and Titus. Bring Back Isaac Watts biggest hit I grew up in aContinue reading “Food from around the worldwide web (26/06/20)”

Unasked and unanswered questions

A person asks the question on a forum “Is God telling me to divorce my husband?”  They explain that they struggle with anxiety, that they had used pornography but that they had repented, their husband had forgiven them and their relationship was on the mend. However, they wondered if God was still telling them toContinue reading “Unasked and unanswered questions”

Food from around the worldwide web (19/06/2020)

Grieving Well My Story practical advice on how to live through the immediate aftermath of bereavement. George Floyd and Me Hip hop artist Shai Linne writes movingly about how the death of George Floyd affected him. The problem of NRPF Free School Meals hit the headline this week through Marcus Radford’s campaign. Here is anContinue reading “Food from around the worldwide web (19/06/2020)”

Leaders set the tone

Here’s another article dug up from the old Faithroots sight which I think is particularly poignant for now. I’ve seen memes about the many pressures on pastors at the moment and they are true. Church leaders have faced their own personal battle stories in coronavirus. Then there are the challenges of responding to the eventsContinue reading “Leaders set the tone”

Kings and nations tremble at his voice

I’m reposting this article from 2016.  It offers reflection on how we respond to geo-political turmoil. The opening paragraph refers to the Brexit referendum, to David Cameron, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump’s election as US President.  It seems pertinent today as we reflect back both on 4 years of turmoil. Brexit eventually happenedContinue reading “Kings and nations tremble at his voice”

Food from around the Worldwide Web (12th June 2020)

The Gospel Demands that we grow multi-ethnic churches that overcome ethnic division “It is of vital importance that we allow the gospel to have it’s full intended effect of growing multi-racial communities of love and acceptance.” But why do black lives matter? Chipo Muwowo writes movingly of his own experience of racism and shows howContinue reading “Food from around the Worldwide Web (12th June 2020)”