Welcome – this website is about how the Christian faith relates to transformation and social justice. It is called Resistance & Renewal because we believe that following Christ involves both resisting many of the values commonly accepted in the world today. but being renewed by God’s transforming love.
Resistance means standing against the injustice, selfishness, consumerism, hatred and apathy we see around us. In doing so, we stand in a tradition of Christians who have taken risks to bear witness to what they believe in the face of opposition. Our course will not always be popular, or even understood. The cross of Christ is a continual reminder of the reality of discipleship.
However, the way of Jesus is also the path of true renewal. Authentic faith goes beyond just deconstruction: we are not simply to be angry about the state of the world as if we have no hope. Christ’s life embodied a love and grace which was transformational, especially to those who were poor and marginalised. And of course Jesus’ death was not the end of the story: His resurrection is the basis of our hope and new life.
The explosion of joy that came from that empty tomb 2000 years ago transformed a ragamuffin bunch of no-hopers into a community with a message which turned the world upside-down. That message continues to transform people today. In a small way, we want the articles and posts on R&R to be illustrations of a continuing tradition of radical, compassionate Christian activism.
The 10 most popular posts since R&R started in April 2011 have been:
- The unpredicted tinderbox: 3 factors which fuelled the riots
- Stop poisoning our communities with these marriage break-ups websites
- An Atheist’s encounter with Rob Bell – by Ronnie Stockton
- Why churches manage their staff badly
- “Dad, you’re a nicer person without your iPhone”
- The Secularisation of Martin Luther King
- Marital affairs, Facebook and non-violent protest
- When helping the homeless doesn’t help (full article)
- The word babysitting should be banned – by Tom Kuhrt (aged 8)
- The joys of a dirty weekend away – Greenbelt 2012
Interested in contributing an article to Resistance & Renewal? We do not mind controversial articles or carrying pieces we personally disagree with – we believe a good debate is important on these kind of issues.
Jon Kuhrt…works for the West London Mission, leading their work with people affected by homelessness, offending and chronic addictions. He is a member of Streatham Baptist Church in south London and he is a member of Christians on the Left. He doesn’t like cricket, he LOVES it! Follow on twitter @jonkuhrt or email email@example.com
Jonathan Chilvers…leads a homeless project in the middle of Leamington and is part of Jubilee Church Leamington. He is a Green Party County Councillor in Warwickshire. Jonathan loves his wife and his two beautiful daughters. Follow or contact him via Twitter: @jonchilvers
The authors of articles on Resistance & Renewal write in a personal capacity and unless otherwise stated, the articles do not represent the views of any of the organisations listed.