Category: Article

April 1, 2013
A Working Class Manual on how to Reach the Middle Classes with the Gospel of Jesus

Congratulations. You have been saved from a housing scheme background and you have taken the step to enter into cross-cultural ministry. Ministering to the middle class is fraught with many pitfalls and dangers, and is therefore not to be entered into lightly. Please take time to read the following. As a people group, they are […]

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March 29, 2013
How Do You Minister to a Child Whose Father Has Abandoned the Family?

One of these partners has been with an American Pastor, Brian Croft, from Kentucky who is also the founder of Practical Shepherding Ministries. As regular readers and subscribers are aware, this is a blog largely aimed at men and women currently working in, or hoping to work in, areas of urban deprivation in the UK. I […]

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March 28, 2013
Why the Divine Incarnation of Jesus is a Bad Model for Mission

I have been involved in Christian ministry for 14 years now in a variety of cross-cultural contexts. In that time, I have read dozens of books and hundreds of papers/essays on missions and church-planting theologies and methodologies. Buzzwords come and go, methodologies come and go, and fads come and go. Trendy ideas fall out of […]

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March 27, 2013
How NOT to Engage Your Community With the Gospel

There are lots of little articles flying around the ‘blogosphere’ on how to be more ‘missional’ etc. Some of them are helpful and some of them are breathtakingly hilarious. Here are some of my tips of how not to engage ‘evangelistically’ on a housing scheme. Remember, it’s just for fun! 1. Sit in the front […]

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March 22, 2013
6 Key Principles for Church Planting in Urban Areas

Although this is a website dedicated to housing scheme ministry in Scotland, I want to highlight a video from America today. Here is a short video from Dhati Lewis, from the Rebuild Network, interviewing some Christian brothers about urban church planting in their context. Obviously, our situation is completely different in Scotland, but there are […]

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March 20, 2013
If You Don't Read then You Shouldn't Lead

Any planter worth his salt will always have a book on the go. We must never stop thinking. We must never stop learning. We must never stop seeking to grow in our understanding of God’s Word and how to apply it to our specific cultural contexts. Tim keller calls it “agile learning”. It’s cheesy but […]

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March 18, 2013
The Importance of Gospel Partnerships for Scotland's Poorest

Paul Rees is the lead pastor of Charlotte Chapel, a large independent Baptist Church in the centre of Edinburgh. This was the church that invited me to take over the revitalisation of Niddrie Community Church in 2007, and they have played a large part in growing a thriving gospel ministry. We are also immensely thankful […]

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March 11, 2013
Sexual Sin: It Could Happen to You

I was deeply saddened late last year to hear of an extremely close pastor friend of mine who had succumbed to temptation and committed adultery. He has not been married for very long, he was pastoring a growing church, and he was also the vice president of a Bible College. I have yet to ascertain […]

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March 8, 2013
Encouraging Every Member in Word Ministry

When we look at the NT, and the book of Acts in particular, we see that the gospel spread and the church grew through the proclamation and teaching of the ‘Word of God’ (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 19:20). That, surely, must be the basis for any and all ministry in our congregations—we must be ‘Word based’. […]

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March 7, 2013
Can You Preach Expositional Sermons in Poor, Uneducated Areas of the World?

This is the title of an article I wrote a year or so ago and then adapted for my friend Brian Croft at Practical Shepherding Ministries. Click on the link here to read the article in full. Practical Shepherding is a Gospel-driven resource center for pastors and church leaders to equip them in the practical […]

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