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I’ve really enjoyed writing these posts on theology and the poor. I expect I’ve probably benefited more than you, but hey thanks for reading them anyway! I may, in the future, come back to the topic of poverty and theology but for now I am going to make a move away….Beyond the Pale. I want []
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5 Lessons from the Story of the Good Samaritan

It’s funny how after over 2,000 years we are still asking the same questions. Should we help the refugees? What about the Irish homeless? Does charity begin at home? If it does, maybe we shouldn’t help anyone else until we have sorted out our own house. Who is my neighbour? But he wanted to justify []
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Fighting Injustice Through Politics

I hope it’s been clear in the blogs I’ve written so far that I believe one of the main ways Jesus call us to follow him is in fighting injustice; standing up for those who have no one around them; feeding the hungry; clothing the naked; giving water to those that thirst. But what ways []
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Janey! It’s Fierce Weather Out There…

At the start of 2015 the Guardian newspaper ran a series of articles, and podcasts, where it described climate change as the biggest story in the world. The title simultaneously highlighted the seriousness of the call from environmental activists and, almost, poked fun at the fact that this story – climate change – is rarely []
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The Problem of Violence

Recently I’ve been reading a book called the Locust Effect: Why the end of poverty requires the end of violence. It’s a good, shocking at times, read. Get yourself a copy or steal mine when I’m finished. In it, the authors Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros give a simple and stark message: the enduring threat []
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Lessons from Sodom on Fixing Hats

So a few weeks ago I left Urban Junction and was walking past the new library when a woman started to shout at me. I hadn’t seen her before. ‘Are you going to help me?’ she was shouting. As you can probably guess this all took me by surprise. So I took my headphones out []
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“You will always have the poor among you”

I’m sure you will have noticed that people can misuse Jesus’ life and teaching* to support their own ideas and notions about the world. In 2014 a prominent American politician, when quizzed about the growing gap between rich and poor said “Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or []
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We must choose differently

Last week, the Irish Times published an article by journalist Fintan O’Toole calling for a national movement to end child poverty. In it he states that poverty is ‘a product of social, political and economic choices. Which means we can choose differently.’ We can choose differently. And so it turned out that not a person []
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Have you Met Jesus?

If you have met Jesus you, will care about the poor; if you don’t care about the poor, you haven’t met Jesus. This sentence has been haunting me for the past few weeks, haunting me with questions. How much do I care about the poor? Do I want to actually do something about it? Would []
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