Category Archives: Inner City Ministry

Dealing with disagreement, finding purpose in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

You might want to disagree with me, you might be right, but it seems Paul’s letter to the Philippians deals throughout with the difficult reality of disagreement between gospel partners.   I believe the pastoral purpose is found in its closing … Continue reading

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Learning to protect against abuse

One of my favourite songs of all time is 10,000 Maniacs’ “What’s the matter here?” The song tells the story of a woman who witnesses the domestic abuse of a child who lives on her street and the woman cries … Continue reading

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Learning what it is like to live without control

One of my favourite songs of all time is Pulp’s Common People. In the song, if you don’t know it, singer, Jarvis Cocker’s character is frustrated and angry with his new, wealthy Greek girlfriend. She wants to experience life with … Continue reading

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May they be one as you, Father, and I are one: overcoming segregation in the church

God is using the changes in our parish to make us read the scriptures from a fresh perspective.  In the space of ten or fifteen years, people from all over the world have moved into our small, once settled community.  … Continue reading

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How banns can be banned and we can still be missional

Marriage in the Church of England is a complex legal thing. The CofE acts on behalf of the state for the legal aspect of marriage.  For British ad EU nationals resident in the UK it is legally required, or at … Continue reading

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Reaching the Unreached – session 3

Simon Smallwood spoke last at this year’s RTU conference, on the subject of the third section of the RTU vision statement: To see a movement of Christ centred churches, reaching socially deprived people in a grass roots way. My notes … Continue reading

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Why parish church is more easily real church

I am the vicar of a small, urban priority parish, so I am naturally biased toward the parish (or local church) model over the network model of church.  Both the local church and gathered church are real church, as Calvin … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ask us “What does the bible really teach?”

I have been really impressed by the recent appearance of a number of street stalls hosted by Jehovah’s Witnesses which ask clearly and simply “What does the bible really teach?” I am impressed because many JWs are out on the … Continue reading

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How should we view immigration?

There’s been plenty of media and political speculation over the past days and weeks on what will happen now that Romanians and Bulgarians have open access to live in the UK. The national narrative on immigration includes lines like: Labour’s … Continue reading

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The Vicar’s Wife’s book goes on sale today

It’s been a year since IVP asked The Vicar’s Wife to write a book, though it seems like much longer if you’ve lived in the vicarage. The Ministry of a Messy House officially goes on sale today, although anyone who … Continue reading

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