And so my nest begins to empty…

Mixture of emotions this morning as we will be taking my eldest daughter Tamasin Warnock to the airport later today for her to go to South Africa as a volunteer for six months! I am obviously a bit sad as we will miss her, and this is really our first experience of the nest beginning to empty. Of course she is part of the boomerang generation so I fully expect her to come back home afterwards! But I am massively proud of my eldest daughter. This project is something Tamasin found, applied for, a … [Read more...]

Church community work in the UK is valued at over £2.5 billion per year

In the current anti-christian climate it is vital that we do two things.  1. Demonstrate to the world just how much good the church can do for them even in temporal matters. 2. Make some form of common cause with those who are of other faiths.The secular mind is trying to tell us that people of faith just fight with each other, do no good to society, and in short, ideally, all religion should be mocked, and eventually banned.  This recent article on a UK blog gathers some interesting data t … [Read more...]

India’s remarkable rice revolution

This sounds remarkably like the methods used in Foundations for Farming, and suggests again that it really is possible for us to help the poor feed themselves.Instead of planting three-week-old rice seedlings in clumps of three or four in waterlogged fields, as rice farmers around the world traditionally do, the Darveshpura farmers carefully nurture only half as many seeds, and then transplant the young plants into fields, one by one, when much younger. Additionally, they space them at 25cm … [Read more...]

Half the worlds food is thrown away, as the poor starve

There are simply no words that express adequately the appalling injustice that lies behind the report below. The Bible is full of instruction to care for the poor. It is full of warnings about how God will act in judgement if we neglect them. And full of promises about how he will come near to us if we will take pity on those who are oppressed. As just one example, in a chapter all about loosing the chains of the poor, God promises that if we do this,Then you shall call, and the LORD will … [Read more...]

Why I plan to vote Conservative in the UK Election Part 1 – Social Justice

At the outset of this series, I do want to make a few points.  Firstly, this whole set of posts represents merely my own point of view. I would not want you to assume that everyone in the local church I attend agrees with, or should agree with, what I am about to say.  Nor would I want you to think that anything I say implies that all Christians should hold to these opinions.  In the UK we have a long history of Christians supporting and being involved in all the major political parties, and I st … [Read more...]

St. Joseph, Jeff Gates, and Micah Fries

I have had a great time here in St. Joseph, Missouri.  I traveled down with two men who I now call dear friends, Jeff Gates, the pastor at Living Hope Church, St. Joseph and Ben Roed, who with his lovely wife Peggy, are serving in Living Hope and are being well trained by Jeff. It was wonderful to see how clearly Peggy and Ben complement each other. They are relatively newly married, but it was obvious to see how much of a support Peggy is to him, and how her strengths will continue to … [Read more...]

AUDIO – World Vision Haiti Update

Yesterday I spoke about our responsibility to help people who have been affected by the disaster in Haiti. Today I am able to share with you an interview I recorded with the USA head of World Vision, a major Christian aid agency with a strong presence of 800 people on the ground in Haiti even before the earthquake. DOWNLOAD THE MP3 HERE Richard Stearns spoke with me today. Based in Seattle, WA, he is the president of World Vision U.S. and the author of a challenging book on the need for … [Read more...]

Koinonia and Generosity

Terry Virgo has been blogging a series entitled Remember the Poor. He begins by talking about the extraordinary sense of togetherness that was experienced by the early church. I suppose I would characterize it as a sense of "brothers in arms." There was a missional purpose that was accompanied by a relational togetherness. Sadly, we often miss one or the other of these aspects in our churches, or even both of them. The family of the church is meant to be a family fighting alongside each … [Read more...]