Good news for the poor?

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 (more here). Interesting stuff and stats with encouraging percentages of evangelicals and their churches active with poverty-related projects. However, near the end is this telling quote from one of the survey’s respondents: “Most Christians seem to move into the nicest area they can afford to get away from anti-social behaviour and working class people. Then they come to church and talk about wanting to reach everyone.” What about our urban presence? How much of our ministry is “doing for” (episodic, from a distance, reaching down), and how much is “being with” (incarnational, from beside, reaching across)?

Paul Keeble

On A Plate

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. If, that is, they hadn’t had such aspirations knocked out of them by their difficult lives.

Question 1: Which family is more than likely living and going to school in the inner-city?
Question 2: Which family is statistically more likely to be church-going Christians?
Question 3: Which family would Jesus go to visit first?

Paul Keeble