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Another avalanche of media coverage emerged recently about a row between the Church of England and the United Kingdom government. This time it relates to the refugee crisis. The bishops have accused the government of dragging its feet and not responding adequately to their offers to help mobilize the churches. Stephen Cotterill, bishop of Chelmsford, […] Read More

The Bible has quite a lot to say about food – who has it and who hasn’t, who deserves it and who doesn’t. The Bible, that most political collection of books, history, letters, speeches, prayers, prophetic oracles and stories, is positively stuffed with food and people who need it. From Cain and Abel and Jacob […] Read More

The bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, went with Church of England minister Keith Hebden to deliver a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency office in Witney, about 70 miles northwest of London. The letter, signed by 46 bishops and more than 600 church leaders, called the British government to take urgent action about […] Read More

Nothing reveals the upside-down nature of God’s Kingdom quite as much as Jesus’ response to the devil’s temptations (see Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). Satan offered Jesus a range of right-side-up options, straight out of the world’s political and religious lexicon. And Jesus passed on them all. In doing so, he left us a model to […] Read More

Significant numbers of churches are now involved in the provision of a food bank, but can more be done to tackle the causes of food poverty? That’s the challenge posed in a new report from the Church Urban Fund, a Christian organization in England working to address poverty, which found that four out of five […] Read More

Long lines and short supplies await many of the nation’s food banks this holiday season. Depleted shelves and donor fatigue from a severe hurricane season, along with rising fuel costs, threaten to put even more pressure on organizations that are increasingly viewed as a safety net for the working poor. National food banks and other […] Read More