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Author Jon Kuhrt

Jon Kuhrt is chief executive of West London Mission and a member of Streatham Baptist Church in South London.

What happens to church buildings when they are no longer needed by their congregations? Sometimes, those buildings have become strip clubs or other businesses that don’t reflect the ministry’s original intent. How can you avoid this? […] Read More

When dealing with homelessness, some people are “naïve do-gooders” while others are “harsh enforcers.” These groups must join forces and focus on the homeless people themselves, not just the perspective of their positions. […] Read More

“Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to Be Simple,” a book by Krish Kandiah first published in 2014, does not shy away from some of the most difficult questions about the Bible. It’s a great gift to the church. […] Read More

There are times when being empathetic doesn’t help people. We need to use our heads more than our hearts and adopt a more rational approach to intervening positively in the world. […] Read More

‘Hector’

Difficult to watch at times, “Hector” is a gritty and moving road-movie about a homeless man traveling from Scotland to London for Christmas – a powerful reminder about the tragic story that lies behind many people’s homelessness. […] Read More

Helping people with complex problems is in itself complex. However, these 3 truths drawn from Galatians will help you to ease others’ burdens and establish appropriate boundaries. […] Read More

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

Using actual war footage restored to lifelike standards, Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” is a much-needed antidote to the heroic Hollywood rubbish passing for “war films.” […] Read More

My daughter and I participated recently in a “Sleep Out” event on the grounds of St James’ Church in Piccadilly in London. The event was a fundraiser for my organization, West London Mission, a Methodist nonprofit working to address homelessness in London. It was an uplifting evening – 82 supporters gave up their beds for […] Read More

I was with a group of volunteers recently who have been running a night shelter for homeless people over the last eight months. They come from 13 different churches and a local synagogue in central London. As well as Christians and Jews, a significant number of volunteers are also Muslims. Now in its seventh year, […] Read More

Churches are on the front line of responding to homelessness because of how often people call on their doors asking for money. I grew up in a vicarage and homeless people (or “tramps” as we called them) used to come to our door to ask for help. My mom would make sandwiches, but I remember […] Read More