Topic: Worldview

May 20, 2013
The UK Church and the Poor: Why Have We Fallen So Far and What Can Be Done About It? (1)

Since the mid-1990s, the demographic of the UK has shifted from the 1950s/60s pyramid, with the bottom layer being the working poor, to a diamond. The thickest middle layer includes the aspirant middle-class that has grown from the manual labouring working class; there is a narrower layer of labouring working class; and then a growing […]

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April 22, 2013
Why We Must Support Church Planting Among the Poor in the Welsh Valleys

As regular readers of this blog know, this site is dedicated to issues largely relating to church planting within the housing schemes of Scotland. However, there are thousands of places similar to ours up and down the UK. Wales is an example of a country that was once swept up in gospel revival but is […]

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April 10, 2013
Why We Should Stop Trying to Fix the Poor

When you try your best, but you don’t succeedWhen you get what you want, but not what you needWhen you feel so tired, but you can’t sleepStuck in reverse And the tears come streaming down your faceWhen you lose something you can’t replaceWhen you love someone, but it goes to wasteCould it be worse? Lights […]

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April 9, 2013
Is Our Helping Really Hurting?

This is an extremely provocative book and I absolutely loved it. Although written for a North American cultural mindset, it is certainly applicable across much of Europe. The byline is, ‘How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself’. We live in a culture where the concept of a ‘missions trip’ […]

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April 2, 2013
The Rise and Fall of Housing Estates

This is quite a lengthy book (245 pages) given that it only contains 6 chapters. Is written by a lady who was born in a large housing estate in Birmingham, UK and latterly lived in the East End of London. She writes with a tangible sense of injustice at the way those of us who […]

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March 14, 2013
Recapturing the Church's Vision for Scotland's Poorest
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March 9, 2013
Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel

Let me start by saying that at 170+ pages long, this book by Tim Chester is a short, sharp read on what is often quite an involved topic. For those of us who have read anything written by Ron Sider particularly, it is not going to add anything new to our armoury, but it is […]

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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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February 22, 2013
How Will We Reach the Lost in Deprived Areas?

I often get asked how and why we have so many contacts and have so many unchurched people attending our services throughout the week. The answer is quite simple: 1. We pray for people. Are you really praying for people in your area, consistently, specifically, and intelligently? When I first came to Niddrie, I started […]

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January 12, 2013
Walking With the Poor

I bought this book with no little excitement given the list of theological luminaries that have recently been recommending it as a must read. Ron Sider, for instance, calls it: “probably the best book on how to do holistic community development.” There is no doubt that it is comprehensive in its treatment of the issues, […]

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