A Tale Of Two Cities: Wealth And Want In The Urban Centre

Dickens famous story title aptly captures the situation of contemporary Urban development across the world. This is particularly true of major cities where there is rapid population growth and economic advancement. It is certainly true that in these places there is both the best of times and the worst of times.  Continue reading

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Off The Shelf: 2016 Review

Changes seems to be the word which best sums up the past year for me on a personal level. There has been the death of a close relative, the birth of my first child (Sophia Jane Paterson), moving house, starting a new ministry role & travel to Singapore. However it also seems an appropriate word when we consider global politics. This time last year I don’t think14207610_1314793918560930_1006126931478282718_o there would have been many people who would have expected that Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson would have brought the conservative front bench to their knees. Maybe even less likely was “the Donald” winning the US Presidential election (the only president in history to receive a stunner from Stone Cold). It has also been a year of change in popular culture with the departure of many well loved contributors such as Prince, Bowie, Fisher & Rickman.

It has been a year to pay attention to for many reasons and here are things which have greatly shaped me over the last 12 months; here is my 2016. Continue reading

Mission Mondays: On The Silk Road

At one time this was the road of riches along which the people groups of the middle ages traded. Moving out from the Middle East through the north west of China traders and solider’s sought material wealth. Commerce flourished, material wealth increased, people married and religious beliefs migrated. This mix of Arab Muslim and Han Chinese formed the Hui people; the largest and most widespread of China’s Muslim nationalities and one of the most unevangelised people’s on earth. Continue reading