Author: Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church and director of 20Schemes. Mez is the author of numerous books, including The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse (Christian Focus) and Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope (Christian Focus). He’s married to Miriam and has two daughters. You can follow him on Twitter.
April 4, 2020
The New Urban Crisis: When Nothing is Trickling Down

Gentrification assumes a top-down approach to housing and social policy. The reality often doesn’t match the assumption.

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March 28, 2020
The New Urban Crisis: Jesus, the City, and the Poor

How can we make sense of the increasing inequality in some of the world’s largest cities?

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March 25, 2020
Living a Fearless Life in Troubling Times

The safest place to be is not in self-isolation. Nor is it a hospital bed. The safest place to be—in the entire world—is in Christ.

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March 16, 2020
What to do When Your Ministry Seems to be Making Little Difference

Why do some people grow quickly and move on in the Christian life while others drift away or always seem stuck in neutral?

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March 9, 2020
‘My Ministry is Harder than Yours’ and Other Lies We Tell

There seems to be some sort of (urban?) myth that working with the poor is especially ‘hard’. As if somehow in the pantheon of Christian ministry, ours stands alone as the really difficult one.

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March 7, 2020
Understanding Britain’s Underclass (Part 3)

The conversation about poverty is usually dominated by people with very little experience of being poor.

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February 29, 2020
Understanding Britain’s Underclass (Part 2)

According to Darren McGarvey, gentrification is basically “the practice of getting rid of any evidence that the community is working class.”

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February 22, 2020
Understanding Britain’s Underclass (Part 1)

This is the book I would have written had it not been for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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February 17, 2020
Why We Need Character Over Charisma in Our Christian Leaders

If you want to be successful in long-term ministry, there’s one thing you must not lack.

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February 10, 2020
How Substitutionary Atonement Affects Ministry to the Poor

There’s no special dispensation for those of us who have had a crap life.

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