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Jon Kuhrt

A man came asking for help while I was visiting with the church’s minister recently. He was not from London, but his wife had just been discharged from a local hospital following an emergency operation. They had nowhere to stay and no money for a hotel, so he was asking for cash to help them […] Read More

A heated debate broke out recently in my church. Pastor Phil Robinson and I were discussing our mission as a church by addressing two questions: 1. Should we emphasize proclamation or social action? 2. Which is more important: What the church says or what it does? As a preacher, Phil insisted that proclamation and evangelism […] Read More

When Christians talk to others about Jesus, it is more likely to turn them off than attract them. This conclusion, highlighted by The Guardian, was one finding in “Talking Jesus,” a Church of England report published last week. So how can Christians share their faith in ways that are relevant and do not make people […] Read More

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

For many people living or working in large cities, being asked for money is an everyday experience. It can often cause feelings of distress, guilt and confusion. What is the best way to respond to someone asking you for money? In 20 years of working with homeless people, it is by far the most common […] Read More

When I speak with Muslim friends in the United Kingdom, they will often express horror and disbelief at the terrible atrocities they see being done in the name of their faith by extreme Islamists. Sometimes, I have a similar experience as a Christian, too. Last Sunday, a friend of mine, Mark Perrott, who now lives […] Read More

Ashley Madison is the world’s largest website dedicated to facilitate people to be unfaithful to their partners. Their tagline sums it up: “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” But over the last few weeks, the hacking of their database by a group called the Impact Team has been front-page news. The group threatened to release […] Read More

Poverty has three faces: material, relational and personal (self-identity). Each aspect contributes to poverty and homelessness, as I discussed previously, requiring a holistic response to address the underlying causes. These range of issues display why homelessness brings together a whole range of social issues – the political issues of material poverty, the moral issues of […] Read More

I had a job cleaning in central London in 1990, which involved being on a main street by 7 a.m. The extent of the rough sleeping – homeless people who slept or lived outside – was shocking. Three to four people slept under almost every doorway, and a few roads felt like a homeless village. […] Read More

My 10-year-old son plays in a football (soccer) team in a south London league every Saturday. He is part of a great club, with dedicated coaches and he loves it. It is a very competitive league, but over the course of the season I have seen hardly any aggressive behavior, bad language or arguing with […] Read More