Topic: The Poor

November 29, 2018
The Beautiful Field of Housing Schemes

This is the final section of a three-part series on Theodore Dalrymple’s book Life at the Bottom, which explores the lives of the ‘underclass’ living on schemes. In the chapter ‘Choosing to Fail’, Dalrymple strikes right at the heart of the problems we face in the schemes. Commenting on the many excuses that people have […]

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November 13, 2018
The Death of Dreams and Ambition

This is the second in a three-part series on Theodore Dalrymple’s book Life at the Bottom, which explores the lives of the ‘underclass’ living on schemes and council estates in the UK. Dalrymple’s chapter ‘Goodbye, Cruel World’ is particularly helpful in catching the underlying social pressures of living on a council estate. He talks of […]

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October 17, 2018
Why Playing the Victim Leads to Death and Taking Responsibility Leads to Life

Described as a book that is a classic of our times, Life at the Bottom was first published in 2001. The book informs us that: ‘The majority of the British underclass is white, and that it demonstrates all the same social pathology as the black underclass in America – for similar reasons of course’ (pviii). […]

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October 6, 2017
Lessons the UK Church Needs to Learn to Schemes and Council Estates

Did you know that less than one-third of 18-year-olds went to university in 2016? Even if we include those who took a gap year, that means that about 60% didn’t go to University. Yet, UK evangelicals have a disproportionate number of churches in student areas and planted to reach students. What if two-thirds of our churches were […]

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October 10, 2016
A Transatlantic Elegy for an American Hillbilly

I got a tweet from an American friend a while back. “Give this book a try”, he wrote. “It’s a New York Times bestseller and everybody is going on about it. I’d be curious to hear you compare and contrast the author’s experience in poor white America with what it’s like in Scotland’s schemes.” He’s […]

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July 1, 2016
Is 20schemes Patronising People by Calling them 'Poor'?

We have now been church planting full time for just under a year. It has been equally energising and draining. Full of exhilarating highs and desperate lows. We have been encouraged by much needed support, yet we have been stung by sharp opposition. The number one comment we have received, however, is perhaps not what […]

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March 28, 2016
The Importance of Long-Term Commitment in Poor Areas

Erik Raymond is the senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also has a blog, The Ordinary Pastor, on The Gospel Coalition. In this video, shot at TGC 2015, Erik talks about the importance of committing to gospel work in poor areas over the long haul. . . . if it doesn't […]

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March 23, 2016
How Can Churches Support Gospel Work in Poor Areas?

Erik Raymond is the senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also has a blog, The Ordinary Pastor, on The Gospel Coalition. In this video, shot at TGC 2015, Erik talks about the many ways that churches can support gospel work in poor areas. But if you’re able to identify people that […]

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January 20, 2016
How Misrepresenting Jesus Harms the Poor

Between my time church planting in Brazil and my work now in Edinburgh in one of Scotland’s most deprived housing schemes—a mixture of social housing and low-income homeowners—I have been on the receiving end of a lot of short-term missions teams. And while I appreciate the help, I have noticed over the years that a […]

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November 13, 2015
How Do We Make Quality Bible Materials Accessible to the Poor?

Erik Raymond is the senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska and has a blog, The Ordinary Pastor, on The Gospel Coalition. “. . . there’s also the value of the books and the resources that come with the conference. So one thing that would be great for publishers or authors, or anybody […]

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