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Rock or sand, economy or people

Boom! Even before it is published, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu’s new book On Rock or Sand? is causing a stir. According to the Independent it says the Christian values of solidarity and selflessness have been discarded in favour … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God: what did Jesus mean?

I’m posting this because I’m preaching on Sunday, and the lectionary readings are some short parables by Jesus on the Kingdom. What Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God has been debated endlessly. The way I was first taught, it, … Continue reading

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Food banks and economic myths

The rapid rise in the number of people depending on food banks is the most significant social development in the UK over the last few years. Hope+ Food Bank in Liverpool has published statistics showing why people are driven there … Continue reading

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Hard work is not a virtue

In an article printed in the Church Times on 17th April 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron writes: The Christian values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility, and love are shared by people of every faith and none – and … Continue reading

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The economy makes an oppressive god

So at long last the British economy is growing again. We are all supposed to be delighted. It will mean more money, more jobs. The Government has already gone up in the opinion polls as a result, so lots of … Continue reading

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Why should I care about you?

In the last few days I have had a couple of bus rides sitting next to people who positively smelled. It was a redolent reminder of the variety of lifestyles people have. Because I live where I do and use … Continue reading

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The economy was made for people, not people for the economy

Inequality Briefing has a short video about inequality in the UK today. An ICM poll asked British people how wealth ought to be distributed. According to the answers, people think that some should have more than others; the richest fifth … Continue reading

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The waitress at the banquet

Yes, the Prime Minister’s recent speech saying austerity is here to stay was indeed delivered as he stood up from a golden chair to read from a golden lectern. It was the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall in London. … Continue reading

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Scraping by on £4million a year

There was a remarkable article in Tuesday’s Guardian about the ultra-rich demanding more money. Philip Hampton, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, said he had been contacted ‘quite a lot’ by bankers wanting more pay. On one occasion, ‘I … Continue reading

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Why give to someone rich?

Top earners working for charities: British Red Cross £184,000, Save the Children £168,000, Cafod £87,000, Action Aid £89,000, Christian Aid £126,000. Average full-time pay in the UK is £26,000. Needless to say this is Daily Telegraph research. According to the … Continue reading

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