Author Archives: Jon Kuhrt

About Jon Kuhrt

Jon Kuhrt works with people affected by homelessness, offending and addictions at the West London Mission. He, his wife and three children live in Streatham, south London. He likes football...but loves cricket.

Steve Chalke speaking at WLM’s Annual Meeting

Regular readers of R&R will know that I often post articles which relate to my work at West London Mission.  We are part of the Methodist Church and run a wide range of social and community projects for people affected … Continue reading

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Royal wedding sermon: stop the internal church critique and use the opportunity

At my church on Sunday afternoons, I lead a youth group which mainly consists of children whose families don’t go to church. Most of them are boys aged between 12-14 and many know me from a football club that I … Continue reading

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Rev. Curry’s sermon summed up why I am a Christian 

There has been an incredible reaction to Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding today. Both the content and the manner of his talk broke the formality which so easily straight-jackets Anglican services and especially any religious events involving … Continue reading

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The nonsense surrounding weddings undermine marriage

A royal wedding is simply the über example of the extravagance, hype and nonsense that has overtaken the contemporary concept of getting married. This culture is fuelled by an industry dedicated to ramping up costs. It knows how much money … Continue reading

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The Only Way Is Ethics: ‘Christian Today’ has to drop dodgy adverts

Over the last few years the website Christian Today has grown in prominence in the UK. It carries a wide range of religious news and commentary and high profile Christian leaders, like Krish Kandiah and Youthscape’s Martin Saunders, regularly write … Continue reading

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What are the best ways of helping people?

Every Tuesday at WLM’s centre for homeless people at Seymour Place in central London, we have a Spirituality Discussion Group for our homeless clients. Even though membership of the group changes frequently, the group decides themselves the topics it wants … Continue reading

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Crisis of faith in social action: keeping Christian distinctiveness

A huge number charities have been started by committed Christians. One example is my former employer, the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. It was started in the late 1960s by the Rev Kenneth Leech in St Anne’s Church in Soho. But by the … Continue reading

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Why Westminster Abbey is the wrong venue to remember Martin Luther King

On April 4th, I attended two events which marked the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. The first was a packed, lunchtime service at Westminster Abbey, just over the road from Parliament. The second was a rare … Continue reading

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Cheating cricketers and the message of Easter

I’ll never forget my first match for my University Cricket Club. I was 19 and nervously excited. I had played a lot of league cricket down south but now I was playing alongside teammates from the northern leagues. They were … Continue reading

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Cheap grace: theology which fails to safeguard the vulnerable

At the moment the Church of England is being investigated by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Initially the focus is into the safeguarding of children in Chichester diocese.  This will be followed by a focus on the handling of … Continue reading

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