The Cost of Living Crisis – what should the church be doing?

I started writing this little series about the Cost-of-Living Crisis back in February and I began by observing that this is something that will affect the church so it isn’t something we can just ignore. Since then, we’ve talked about the political and economic challenges of responding to the crisis. We’ve also seen what the… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis – what should the church be doing?

Make it a real Jubilee – cancel the debt

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Here’s some information about debt in the UK. The average debt in the UK was over £1.7 billion at the end of November 2021. The average total debt per household in 2021 was £63,112. Unsecured debt from personal loans was estimated at £208 billion in 2019. As stated in UK personal debt statistics, 63% of UK… Continue reading Make it a real Jubilee – cancel the debt

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

The Gleaning Project -an idea to help tackle the Cost of Living Crisis

This week, as predicted, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in effect a windfall tax. He didn’t use the actual term but I suspect his efforts to get a different term used will be as successful as Margaret Thatcher’s attempts to get people talking about The Community Charge instead of The Poll Tax. I’ve written… Continue reading The Gleaning Project -an idea to help tackle the Cost of Living Crisis

The cost of living crisis and the cost of sin

I’ve been writing a little about the cost of living crisis and how Christians and churches should respond. We often feel reluctant to talk about such things for two reasons. First, we are wary of leaping into party politics – I think there is good sense to that. Secondly, because we are not quite sure… Continue reading The cost of living crisis and the cost of sin

The cost of living crisis: helping or hurting?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing on and off about the implications of the current cost of living crisis for the church.  In these last few articles, I want to think a little bit more about how we approach the challenge Biblically and practically. In this article I want to talk about some… Continue reading The cost of living crisis: helping or hurting?

The Cost of Living: Comfort and contentment

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This is not the whole answer to the Cost of Living crisis because what I’m about to say does not apply to many Christians at the moment and will not apply over the next few years. There are many Christians for whom the cost of living crisis will exacerbate existing hardship and poverty or draw… Continue reading The Cost of Living: Comfort and contentment

Cost of living crisis: A Biblical Theology of economics and poverty

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I’ve been writing a few articles to get us thinking about the cost of living crisis and how we respond as Christians.  Today I want to step back and look at the big picture of how the Bible approaches questions concerning economics and poverty.  Our starting point is this diagram from Christopher Wright which picks… Continue reading Cost of living crisis: A Biblical Theology of economics and poverty

The Cost of Living and Poverty

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I’ve written a couple of articles about the Cost of Living Crisis and why we should care about it recently.  The other day, I saw this comment on twitter retweeting a list of actions that are required if we are to tackle poverty. Well, there is one small problem with the suggestion and that is… Continue reading The Cost of Living and Poverty

The cost of living crisis and the church

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There was an old curse to the effect of “may you live in interesting times.” Well, we’ve certainly been living through interesting times! This is perhaps a shock to the system for millennials.  We lived through a period of unparalleled peace, security and prosperity from the 1990ss. Yes, there were terror events including 911 and… Continue reading The cost of living crisis and the church