Wealth is deceitful

I was interested today in the contrast between the sermon preached at my church today and that preached two weeks ago. Today, the speaker...

Types of undeserving poor

This is the third of three blog posts triggered by the book, The Myth of Undeserving Poor, which I recently finished reading. If you read...

Grace to the undeserving poor

In my last blog post I discussed the myth of the undeserving poor, referencing a number of articles which prove the tenacity of the UK...

The Myth of the Undeserving Poor

I recently finished reading The Myth of the Undeserving Poor: a Christian response to poverty in Britain today by Martin Charlesworth and...

Not Just (or even?) For the Poor

II recently picked up the Church of England’s (CofE) 1986 report on the welfare state, Not Just For the Poor. It’s only 138 pages, so it...

Charity is not enough

One argument that I sometimes hear from those who are perhaps more right-wing politically, including Christians, is that our response to...

Is Philanthropy Christian?

I have been thinking recently about what Christian lending and borrowing would look like if we tried to incorporate Biblical principles,...

Why I'm opposed to UBI

I am opposed to the idea of a Universal Basic Income on economic grounds – I don’t think that the sorts of money needed to lift those...

Some thoughts on pro-active help

My church has an evening meeting on Sundays, either a bible study and discussion or a prayer session. Every Sunday evening it makes me...

Prayer, repentance and common humanity

We prayed today for the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the knee of a white police officer. We prayed for his family, for the...

Will we answer God's call?

Down the centuries there have been some notable Christian achievements done for the good of people and to the glory of God. Christians...

Your life or my luxury?

It is, when I get down to it, fear. Fear because the people who need to care don’t care. Fear because I can’t get them to care. I can’t...