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Blog 1211 Book title
BOOK REVIEW: EMBRACING THE POOR
By Natalie Williams, Jubilee+ team member Reaching out to the poor is a Gospel imperative. But who are the poor? How should the Church respond to the overwhelming needs in the world today? And how important is it for local churches to engage in social More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1211 Loudspeaker
TIME TO DECLARE THE JUBILEE
When this blog was launched at the start of the year, we looked at the incredible ‘manifesto’ that Jesus outlined for his ministry. Much has been achieved over the year and I have had many opportunities to share the biblical mandate behind Jubilee+ with More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1211 Slave
WHAT WOULD WILBERFORCE DO?
Wilberforce Part 4 It was 30th July 2009. My birthday. I was with my family on holiday in Yorkshire. We were in a beautiful location by the sea. My family asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, thinking I might have in mind a trip to a local More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1211 Wilberforce 2
REMARKABLE PERSISTENCE
William Wilberforce laboured hard for many causes throughout his life. He was as concerned for education, housing, and working conditions in factories as he was about slavery. This fact is easily forgotten. It should also be remembered that he was passion More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1211 Wilberforce
NOT POPULAR, BUT PRINCIPLED
So just why did Wilberforce focus on slavery as the defining issue of his political career? It’s an important question that deserves consideration. It wasn’t so obvious to his generation that slavery was such a big issue. At the time, most British people More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1111 Wilberforce
A POLITICAL HERO
Wilberforce Part 1 William Wilberforce is a national hero. Not many politicians have ever achieved this iconic status! However, everyone seems to agree that Wilberforce’s lifelong campaign against the institution of slavery was an act of political hero More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1111 Arena
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN THE BIBLE
Social Enterprise Part 2 The Bible is big on business. Does that surprise you? Many church people seem to think that business is a necessity, not a calling – but they are wrong. Everywhere you look in the Bible you notice that business plays a vital pa More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1111 Money
AN IDEA WHO'S TIME HAS COME
Social Enterprise Part 1 There has been a lot of debate recently in the UK about the balance between government responsibilities and the work of volunteer organisations in social provision for the needy within our society. This is the sharp end of the More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1111 Desert
DISASTER RELIEF - SOME DEEPER QUESTIONS
Despite everything I said in my last post, the fact remains that many people remain curiously detached from the huge human catastrophes caused by natural disasters. This may be because we are selfish or lazy. Or perhaps it is because we still have some More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1111 Pots
DISASTER RELIEF-A MODERN BLESSING
I heard on the news last week that the UN emergency food programme in Pakistan has only received 20% of the funds it requires. A spokesman said that it will close down in a few weeks unless individual nations start making generous donations. This is extra More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Fire
FIRED UP, INSPIRED + READY!
I’ve asked a few people to share their reflections on the Jubilee+ Conference. Here Simon Davey from Shrewsbury tells us what he took away from the event… On what was a phenomenally hot day for the time of year, God’s values of social conscience were More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Books
THE PASSING OF JOHN STOTT
I am sure most of you will remember the death in July of the well known evangelical leader John Stott. His death was reported widely in the national media and obituaries showed how much respect he had within and beyond the church. Stott was well known More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Signpost
DAYS OF OPPORTUNITY
I’ve asked a few people to share their reflections on the Jubilee+ Conference. Here Jennie Pollock from London tells us how she found the event… Domestic violence, family breakdown, debt, educational failure… the list of social problems discussed at th More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Plant
NOW IS THE MOMENT
I’ve asked a few people to share their reflections on the Jubilee+ Conference. Here Hope into Action’s Ed Walker shares his impressions of the event… Hope into Action was delighted to be invited to the Newfrontiers Jubilee+ conference. The following More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Jubilee  Logo
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE!
It has been great to see that readership of this blog is steadily rising as we get the word out that Jubilee+ is in business. Thanks also to those readers who have been in touch with me with comments and encouragements. It’s good to be in contact. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Cross
ENCOUNTERING JESUS; EMPOWERING THE POOR
I’ve asked a few people to share their reflections on the Jubilee+ Conference. Here we read what Social Action Team member Natalie Williams thought of the event… If I had to sum up last Saturday’s Jubilee+ conference in one word, it would be ‘empowerin More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Conference Ad
JUBILEE+ CONFERENCE
I have just returned from our first Jubilee+ national conference, held at The Ridgeway Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday (1st October). It was a thrill to see about 400 people gathering from all over the country to share together with us in our passi More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Spiral Staircase
DISCIPLING OUT OF DEBT
As well as exploring why and how we should bring justice and mercy to our nation, this blog will from time to time highlight specific examples of where the church is effectively doing so. Here we look at Community Money Advice: In 1991 Heather Keates a More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0911 Tearfund
A VISIT TO TEARFUND
I’m writing this post as I sit on a train returning from a valuable day in London. I had recently received a surprise invitation to meet the Chief Executive of Tearfund, Matthew Frost. I was joining in on a regular annual meeting between Newfrontiers lead More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0911 City
THE RIOTS-WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE PAST?
Rioting in England Part 4 London in Victorian times was filled with extreme social problems – arguably worse than anything we face today. Occasionally the city experienced rioting and looting. The gap between rich and poor was enormous. Systematic welfar More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0911 Newspapers
WHY DID THE RIOTS HAPPEN?
Rioting in England Part 3 The media has been awash with politicians and commentators trying to explain the sudden onset of rioting in August. Maybe you are tired of the debates and arguments. Some people seem to think the riots were a one-off which is More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0911 Broken Glass
RIOTING AT CLOSE QUARTERS
Rioting in England Part 2 Two close friends of mine live within a stone’s throw of Tottenham High Street. I have often visited them in their little terraced house on a quiet street. They know most of the shopkeepers in their area and have taken me to a More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0811 Riots
RIOTING IN ENGLAND
Part 1 The relaxation of the August holiday season has been rudely interrupted this year by the extraordinary scenes of rioting that broke out in London a few weeks ago and then spread rapidly to several other large cities. A huge shockwave went throug More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0811 Person
ALWAYS ON GOD'S HEART
From time-to-time, I’ll invite other members of the Newfrontiers Social Action Team to contribute to this blog. The post below is written by team member Natalie Williams… In his book Generous Justice, Tim Keller states: “From ancient times, the God of More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0811 Cooking
FEAST FOR A THOUSAND
As well as exploring why and how we should bring justice and mercy to our nation, this blog will from time to time highlight specific examples of where the church is effectively doing so. Here we look at social action projects run by King’s Church London: More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0811 Meter
ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY-JUSTICE FOR TODAY + TOMORROW
Lifestyle Issues Part 5 In this final post in our short series on material possessions, there is one more perspective I want to discuss. We all know that people in the West are generally much better off than people in the developing world. Our standard o More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0811 Case
SERVANTHOOD - SETTING OUR POSSESSIONS FREE
Lifestyle Issues Part 4 We all like to be free – free to do what we want in the most important areas of our lives. But the Bible indicates that we are not as free as we think we are. Until we become Christians, we are subtly enslaved in a variety of More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0811 Chair
SIMPLICITY - THE FIRST STEP
Lifestyle Issues Part 3 If you were to ask me how Jesus encouraged us to live our lives from a material point of view, I would sum it up in three significant words: Simplicity. Servanthood. Sustainability. In the next three posts I will try to describe More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0711 Desert
THE PARADOX OF MONEY, WEALTH AND MATERIALISM
Lifestyle Issues Part 2 There is a strange paradox in the Bible when it comes to material possessions. There seem to be two sides to the same coin. God made the world ‘good’ and gave mankind the wonderful responsibility of cultivating and develo More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0711 Money
DOES IT MATTER HOW RICH WE ARE?
Lifestyle Issues Part 1 No one doubts that we live in a very materialistic age – but no one quite knows what, if anything, we should do about it. British people are, on average, still very rich by any global standards. Is this a good thing? Does it matte More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0711 Cell Door Open
TAKING ACTION TO PLUG THE GAP
As well as exploring why and how we should bring justice and mercy to our nation, this blog will from time to time highlight specific examples of where the church is effectively doing so. Here we look at Action Foundation in Tyneside: When a church in More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0611 Light at end of Tunn
THE DEBT CRISIS PART FIVE
A Biblical Perspective A short series on money and debt Debt is a big deal in the Bible. It seems that God is against it. He doesn’t like what it does to people. This is especially clear in the Old Testament. The Law of Moses has a lot to say More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0611 Loan Application
THE DEBT CRISIS PART FOUR
Rays of Hope on a Dark Horizon A short series on money and debt When I started to lead a church in 1988, I conducted a little experiment. I went into the main shops on the central shopping street in my town and asked what credit facilities I could More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0611 House burning money
THE DEBT CRISIS PART THREE
The Burden of Personal Debt A short series on money and debt I sat down with Phil in his tiny flat. He had recently become connected with our church and I was finding out about his life. As he began to tell me his story, one thing stood out – debt. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0611 Credit Card
THE DEBT CRISIS PART TWO
The Age of the ‘Flexible Friend’ A short series on money and debt In my first post on this series about personal debt as a social issue, I reflected on the previous generation’s attitude to money. Everything suddenly changed in the 1980s. Margaret More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0511 Money
THE DEBT CRISIS PART ONE
Modern Consumer Credit A short series on money and debt I can just about remember the days when it was hard to borrow money! I know that many people reading this post may not be old enough to have such memories, but in my childhood, bank and building so More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0511 Fist
TALKING TO GOVERNMENT
As far as I know it was a first – a meeting between specifically ‘New Church’ leaders and a UK government minister, initiated by the minister. Up until recently, ‘New Churches’ have been largely ignored by governments. However, there are signs of a change More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0511 Will and Kate
THE ROYAL WEDDING
Everyone seemed to be watching the wedding – even those who decided against it on the day could generally be found watching replays and highlights in the days that followed! The flags were out, patriotism stirred and everyone had a great day. There is not More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0511 People
CHURCHES THAT CHANGE COMMUNITIES
Jubilee+ Conference Jubilee+ is more than a blog. It’s also the tagline for a conference to be hosted by the Newfrontiers family of churches here in the UK. I know that readers of this blog come from a variety of different perspectives, but many of you w More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0511 Face
OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
As well as exploring why and how we should bring justice and mercy to our nation, this blog will from time to time highlight specific examples of where the church is effectively doing so. Here we start with the King’s Arms in Bedford: Seeing lives More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0511 Person
JOURNEY TO JUBILEE+ PART 3
Where Was The Church? A year in South Africa deeply influenced my view of the church, its mission and the importance of justice and mercy as part of its agenda, but there was another formative experience that also shaped my convictions about Jubilee+. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0411 Flag
JOURNEY TO JUBILEE+ PART 2
Part 2: A Giant Step When I arrived in January 1978, South Africa was a troubled country. Apartheid was both repressive and under real pressure. Racial tension was tangible. The security forces exercised a firm control. Freedom of expression was limited. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0411 Money
THE CHURCH + THE CUTS
The political environment has changed dramatically in Britain in the past year. The new Coalition Government has embarked on a policy of huge financial cutbacks in order to achieve a major reduction in the deficit. What are we, as Christians, to think More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0411 Road
JOURNEY TO JUBILEE+
Part 1: Motivation You may wonder what motivated me to start this blog about justice and mercy. No one asked me to write it and initially I was nervous about the idea, but I am driven by a passion for the power of the Christian gospel to transform not More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 130311 Hands
SO WHAT ABOUT THE BIG SOCIETY?
Earlier this year I travelled to London to meet the Government’s advisor on the Big Society, Nat Wei. He had recently been ennobled so we sat in the tea room at the House of Lords, overlooking the Thames River, as Nat tried to explain to me what the Big S More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 130311 World
HOPE OF THE WORLD
Every generation of Christians has those among it who are passionate about issues of justice and who want to get strongly involved in social action projects. Such enthusiasm is usually based on genuine biblical convictions and a sincere willingness to sac More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 130311 People
JESUS' MANIFESTO PART FOUR
Part 4: Jubilee Plus Jesus launched his public ministry by proclaiming a new version of the Year of Jubilee. So what does this mean in practice? To start with, it means that the “good news” of Jesus is more than just an inner spiritual transform More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 020311 Harvest
JESUS' MANIFESTO PART THREE
Part 3: A New Jubilee The start of Jesus’ ministry ushered in an era of divine favour, as we began to explore last week. But what are the full implications of this? A key phrase from the passage in Isaiah 61 that Jesus read aloud in the synagogue in Naza More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 220211 Window
JESUS' MANIFESTO PART TWO
Part 2: An Era of Divine Favour Last week we started to look at the incredible ‘manifesto’ that Jesus outlined for his ministry. The passage he read from Isaiah 61 at his home synagogue in Nazareth was: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 220211 Chains
JESUS' MANIFESTO PART ONE
Part 1: What Did His Ministry Entail? The gospels tell us that when Jesus started his ministry, he proclaimed the approach of the Kingdom, performed miracles and taught the crowds. But Luke adds a highly significant event – Jesus proclaiming the launch of More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 160211 Book
WHAT MAKES CHARISMATIC-EVANGELICAL CHURCHES TICK?
With many denominations in Britain in decline, I believe that ‘charismatic-evangelical’ churches will have a central role in defining the future of the church in our country in the next generation. As this blog progresses, I will be writing about these ch More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog0113 Pew
THE STATE OF THE CHURCH
Why and how should the modern church be fully engaged with issues of justice and mercy? As I start this blog, I am inviting you to join me on a journey to answer this question. It’ll take us through theological questions, historical examples, contemporary More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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As a result of Brexit, there are many people feeling disempowered. Whether they feel unheard or just angry at the situation, the outcome of disempowerment is the same. More ...
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