Tag Archives: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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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Concrete faith: A review of ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker’ by Andrew Root

At the start of this book, Andrew Root outlines ‘The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon’, the term coined for the divergent Christian tribes who have bestowed hero status on the German theologian.  One consequence is that books on Bonhoeffer are warped by the theological commitment of the … Continue reading

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Illegal, but moral? Were the Impact Team right to hack Ashley Madison?

The hacking of the Ashley Madison infidelity website by the Impact Team continues to be a major global news story. Today it was announced that Noel Biderman, the CEO and founder of the website has stepped down from his role. … Continue reading

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‘I have come to see that there is good in every situation’ – Kayla Mueller’s hope in captivity

The family of Kayla Mueller, a US aid worker who was being held by ISIS, have confirmed that she has been killed. Before she was captured, she told her hometown paper in Prescott, Arizona: “It’s important to stop and realize what we have, why … Continue reading

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When Grace is not so Amazing

Well Bono’s words about Karma and Grace have proved to be a bit popular – so far over 170,000+ people have shared it on facebook.  But what is it about Bono’s words that so connected with people? The power of grace Some of … Continue reading

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Our Addiction to Self-Promotion

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a conference for youth and community workers.  The person who had invited me didn’t know me well but had been involved in an online campaign that I had helped start. I soon … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas [review]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian and Pastor, who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp, is undoubtedly a Christian hero. But in a Church plagued by theological tribalism, the legacy of such heroes can become a sharply contested. Different tribes … Continue reading

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Speak the truth about staffing problems

This is an expanded version of a previous R&R post Why churches manage people badly which was published in The Church Times last week: Managing people decently is an essential part of Christian work – not a bureaucratic luxury, argues … Continue reading

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Learning from those who never got there: what Bonhoeffer and King teach me about reaching 40

Last month, I was 40.  It’s a time to stand back, to reflect and take stock…and invest in moisturiser.  Especially when one of my son’s friends thought I was 60! In recent years, two of the biggest influences on me have … Continue reading

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Which is more important: what is done on the pavement or what is said on the platform?

When I worked for Shaftesbury – now Livability – helping churches engage in social action, I had a boss who would often challenge our team with this question: was our work making a difference on the pavement or was it more about the … Continue reading

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