The Urban Presence Blog

Occasional throughts and comments on inner-city life and mission.

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The Question Not Being Asked (23/3/17) A taster from Paul Keeble's new book 'Mission With'. If all Christians are actually living – or working – where God has ‘placed’ them, given the proportion in the inner city, that would seem to be a massive contradiction to God’s ‘preference’ for the poor. ...

C of E "dying very quickly" on urban estates (24/2/16) “The church on our outer estates is dying and is dying very quickly. The conclusion is an obvious one. We are all leaders of a church that has taken a preferential option for the rich." ...

Good news for the poor? (30/6/15) As a P.S. to the last blog, the above is the title of an article in the EA's Idea magazine about their survey on poverty. ...

Evangelical views on poverty (5/6/15) A recent survey by Greg Smith (an old friend of Urban Presence) for the Evangelical Alliance on evangelical views on poverty makes interesting reading. In this blog Greg reflects on the findings. ...

On A Plate (4/6/15) Have a read of this brilliant cartoon. I can identify with both families. Thanks to our connections, even though we live in the inner-city we were able to see our three children all go to University. We have neighbours who care for their children just as much but struggle to offer them similar opportunities. ...


Go, and be evangelised (29/4/15) As Christians, especially evangelicals (clue in the name), we are very keen to tell our stories, to have people listen to what we have to say. This article on the Sojourners website by Cindy Brandt, turns this desire on its head and reminds us that in many instances – if not all – we need to be people who listen. ...


Poor areas lose as charity begins in better-off homes (8/9/14) This is the title of an article in today's Times. According to a recent report poorer areas and areas outside of London and the South East have far less charitable activity going on to tackle social problems. ...


Everybody Out! (2/7/14) A couple of weeks ago we had a baptism at church. it was of a 5 year old from a local family from the estate, quite a number of whom came along in a mixture of suits and night-out outfits. The adults looked uncomfortable and seemed a bit unsure of what to do (as I would in, say, a betting shop), but relaxed as the service got under way ...


Spot the Difference (11/3/14) Recently I heard a presentation about a local Enterprise Network. It was a forum for businesses in a deprived area of the city to come together to help and support each other, and at the same time jointly deliver community projects, creating jobs, skill-training and mentoring opportunities. ...


Who cares about the working classes? (27/2/14) Quite often when I attend Christian conferences and leaders’ meetings I will automatically do a quick scan for urban practitioners or ministers of urban churches who I know to see how urban issues are being represented. ...


Going South. (26/2/14) A recent report in the Church Times showed that C of E clergy are at least twice as likely to apply for vacant posts in the South East as in the North. ...