Tag Archives: Begging

A soft-touch? Why Christians need to stop being doormats

My recent article on Why Pope Francis is wrong about begging was re-posted on the popular Christian blog Psephizo and a number of church leaders commented on the challenge that this issue poses for them. It again reminded me of … Continue reading

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Why Pope Francis is wrong about begging

This week I was at a church in central London, talking with the minister when a man came to the door asking for help. He explained that he was not from London but his wife had just been discharged from … Continue reading

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Down and Out in Cardiff and London: a George Orwell for the Facebook generation

Today, George Orwell is remembered as one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, mainly due to the literary and political impact of his most famous books, Animal Farm and 1984. But when Orwell moved to London in … Continue reading

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How should we respond to people begging?

For many people living or working in large cities, being asked for money is an everyday experience. It can often cause feelings of distress, guilt and confusion.  What is the best way to respond to someone asking you for money? … Continue reading

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Should the increase in poverty affect our response to people begging?

A while ago I was talking with a woman on Baker Street in central London who was begging and said she was homeless. She obviously had some form of drug dependency and almost certainly some form of mental health problems. … Continue reading

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10 second poll: Do you give money to people who are begging?

I am at the Greenbelt festival this weekend and I am speaking in a debate on the following motion: ‘This house believes that giving money to people begging does more harm than good’. I’ll let you guess whether I am speaking … Continue reading

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