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Ain’t no love in the heart of the city July 10, 2013

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Ain’t no love in the heart of the city,
There ain’t no love in the heart of town.
There ain’t no love, sure ’nuff is a pity,
Ain’t no love ’cause you ain’t around.
” – Whitesnake

Listening to my iPod today and this forgotten song played on shuffle. The song was written with different meaning but it made me think of London and the context where I work and followed up a conversation that was prominent for me last week.
Where are the places where love is not around? Where are the places that have no love? Where are the unloved places? Where are the places with no Christian input, where love ain’t around?
Imagine a city where love is – because Christians are!

Hood Rat – Britain’s Lost Generation (Review) June 15, 2012

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This book is written in three specific parts with time spent on stories from London, Manchester and Glasgow.  It pulls no punches as it shares of life from the inner city gang cultures that we so often hear about in news items.  The book is easy to read and follow and engages the reader by working through examples in the lives of specific individuals.

At times you are left questioning and wondering if there is any hope – this is wonderfully dispelled in the stories of Glasgow.  There is hope, there are ways ahead and there are people who want to help bring change.  The later edition has a short response from Gavin Knight to the riots of 2011 – this alone was challenging and worth the book price as it challenges some of the popular notions of who engaged in the riots and why.

A good, solid read – if you are involved in the inner city with young people then it will be worth spending some time with it.

There is comfortable, middle-class economy.  Then there’s the inner cities.” Gavin Knight

time to reflect? October 15, 2008

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seek the peace and prosperity of the city into which I have carried you…….you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.