Healthy giving … healthy receiving

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The other day a friend asked a question on social media about financial support for Christian projects.  They asked whether or not it was okay for doners to attach theological strings to their donations.  They then gave two examples of how this might come into play. I was interested by the responses given by people… Continue reading Healthy giving … healthy receiving

Who has more to give?

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In the days following Jesus’ cleansing of the temple, the different religious and political groupings have attempted to take him on and bring him down. His actions in the temple courts amounted to a direct challenge of their authority and so, they attempted to undermine his. Jesus however has defeated all comers. He has demonstrated… Continue reading Who has more to give?

“Come over and help us” – can you give?

Today I wanted to say a little bit more about the second part of partnership for urban church planting in the West Midlands. Giving.  We’re British so we aren’t comfortable about talking about money and I promise that this won’t become a habit on Faithroot.com.  However, giving is a way of developing partnership as you… Continue reading “Come over and help us” – can you give?

Recycling and making it hard for people to do what we expect of them

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Apparently, Birmingham has the dubious honour of being ranked at the bottom of the recycling table with only 22.5% of waste being recycled.  Having lived here for a month, I’m not surprised.  Our recycling centre (what we used to call the Tip) is closed currently and our recycling is collected fortnightly.  At least we know… Continue reading Recycling and making it hard for people to do what we expect of them

Ministry Nuts and Bolts – managing the church finances

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Yesterday I shared some thoughts on the need for leaders to be trained and equipped beyond their responsibilities to offer pastoral care, preach or teach and do the work of the evangelist. Today I want to share some thoughts on the specific issue that Steve Kneale’s original blogpost raised, the question of church finances. If… Continue reading Ministry Nuts and Bolts – managing the church finances

The cost of living crisis and the New Testament Church

As I’m writing this article, it’s just been announced that inflation in Britain has hit 9%, the highest it has been in many years.  Meanwhile there are dire warnings that inflation could soon be accompanied by recession which will lead to high unemployment and with it house repossessions. Over the past few months, I’ve been… Continue reading The cost of living crisis and the New Testament Church

What can we do for Ukraine?

As we watch on the situation in Ukraine, no doubt like me you feel completely helpless. There seems to be nothing we can do.  We can use hashtags to say that we #StandWithUkraine and we can change our profile pictures to incorporate the Ukrainian flag on our social media but what good does that do? … Continue reading What can we do for Ukraine?

The end of the Department For International Aid (DFID) should encourage a bigger conversation about governments, aid and charity

The merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) into the Foreign Office was one of those worst kept secrets, a case of when not if.  In effect it’s a bit of restricting, a bit of musical chairs. Of greater importance than what departments exist in government, is the effectiveness of their objectives. This means… Continue reading The end of the Department For International Aid (DFID) should encourage a bigger conversation about governments, aid and charity

What does the Bible say about giving?

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The Prosperity Gospel deal is that if you give the right amount of money to the right pastor and he gives it the right blessing then you will be blessed in your personal finances.  In other words you should tithe. I think that well-meaning Evangelicals come unstuck on the question of tithing. Or to go… Continue reading What does the Bible say about giving?

So should we talk about money in church?

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There are all sorts of reasons why, as a pastor of a church in urban Britain I feel uncomfortable talking about money and particularly about giving. These include It’s just not the done thing in polite circles! To an English man, talking about money is like talking about politics and religion.   I can’t avoid one… Continue reading So should we talk about money in church?