A Theology of Human Kind-ness (part 1)

I’m barely jumping on a bandwagon here, but maybe quietly over the last 4 weeks, 6 million copies of a non fiction book have been sold across the globe. If it wasn’t for the vast amount of literature written by black authors it would sit high in the NYT best seller list. And when you get to ride trains again it will be up there … Continue reading A Theology of Human Kind-ness (part 1)

How might churches continue the human goodness project- beyond the virus?

Rainbows painted, Care for neighbours, food bank distributing, too many volunteers, council support hubs, NHS clapping, other people giving 2m distance, business giving away freebies, homemade PPE.. and the fury of good people when leaders acted hypocritically..(the Cummings story that cut through..) Tell you something. Its going to be difficult for churches to ignore the goodness and kindness of the fellow humans in the community … Continue reading How might churches continue the human goodness project- beyond the virus?

‘Christian Zoom’: A review

As one of the recent users of the Zoom software, for video conferencing and chat, I was asked by them over the weekend to take part in the trial for their new Christian Zoom plug in, available as an Easter treat this year. They told me it ‘will revolutionise meetings involving christians’ and (after their statistics for usage had gone up on what was a … Continue reading ‘Christian Zoom’: A review

What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?

I thought I’d imagine a parent writing a letter to the local vicar about the newly published book ‘Under Construction’ (2019) by Neil O Boyle, national director YFC, its a brand new book, and a number of young people might be about to read it. Dear Reverend/Pastor, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, you may not know me, but I am … Continue reading What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?

The Man you’re Made to Be (Martin Saunders, 2019) – A review

Even though I met Martin at the National youth ministry weekend last week, my view of his book has increased in favour since, but not because i forgive him for not taking me out for a coffee, that boy Martin was pretty busy all weekend, and the conference was a good one… (;-)) Back to the book…. Martin has written an engaging, self deprecating at … Continue reading The Man you’re Made to Be (Martin Saunders, 2019) – A review

Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

Full of Character (2019) – A review Although there may not be a rush to get book reviews out into the public space, this book is still only just released and is 2019, writing this review has felt as though it has been on my ‘to do’ list for over 4 months. I read it when i was relaxing and basking in the sun in … Continue reading Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

New: Heres where to get access to summaries of youth work and mission books

Interested in developing your bookshelf, especially on youthwork, mission and theology titles and not sure where to start?  Over the next few months I will be adding summaries of books I have enjoyed reading, some I have enjoyed more than others, with 10 quotes from them and a short sentence. So that they ‘sell’ themselves and give you an opportunity to buy them yourself, if … Continue reading New: Heres where to get access to summaries of youth work and mission books

A practical prod to help churches be places where young people flourish, my review of ‘Adoptive Church’ (2018)

I have had a copy of Chap Clarks ‘Adoptive Church’ for over a month now, sent to me to write a review of it, for this blog, its a bit of an odd book to try and write a review of, that’s not to say that it is without merit, some very interesting points, but I guess for me, a book that only has a … Continue reading A practical prod to help churches be places where young people flourish, my review of ‘Adoptive Church’ (2018)

Churches should be the safest place for LGBTQ young people (A review of ‘4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers)

That is the bold confident claim and dream in the recent book ‘4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers’, by the Youth Cartel, that includes contributions in this edition by Gemma Dunning, Shelley Donaldson, Nick Elio and Eric Woods, this is my review of this piece of work. There is much to be commended in this book. Though in one sense, the writers readily confess that their … Continue reading Churches should be the safest place for LGBTQ young people (A review of ‘4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers)

Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?

For those who keep up with these things, this is the fourth of my posts that is loosely related to ideas that emerge from Andrew Roots book, Faith formation in a secular age’ a book which is going to be discussed and referred to quite a bit over the next year within the corridors of youth ministry brand UK, possibly because we cant in the … Continue reading Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?