Browsing articles from "July, 2015"
Jul 22, 2015
neil

The top 10 facts you need to know about our changing city centres

Having just read through Urban demographics: Where people live and work in England and Wales a report published today by Centre for Cities here are my top 10 facts I think we need to know about the changing face of city centres in England and Wales.

1. One in three people living in our city centres are aged 20-29.

2. In the UK’s larger cities (550,000+ but excluding London) nearly 50 percent of the city centre population are aged 20-29.

3. Just under 50 percent of people in city centres are single and only 22 percent in some form of live-in relationship.

4. Over 70 percent live in flats or apartments

5. Students account for 44 percent of that population (London 16 percent).

6. One third of working age living in our centres have a degree and over half have A-levels.

7. Over 50% of those who work and live in the city are professionals.

8. The population of our cities grew by 37 percent between 2001 and 2011. The suburbs only grew by 8 percent over the same time.

9. The larger cities (550,000+ but excluding London) doubled in population size between the 10 years 2001 to 2011.

10. Student populations increased by 188% in the UK’s larger city centres between 2001 and 2011

Jul 21, 2015
neil

Zach Johnson may be the Open Champion but for him Jesus is all that matters

Last night American golfer Zach Johnson won the Open at St. Andrews.  I then discovered that he is a Christian with a living faith in the Lord Jesus.

Here’s something of his testimony given in 2012.

In Early in the winter of 2002, I gave my life to the Lord.

Since then, my priorities have certainly changed. It’s not Zach’s agenda anymore. I refer to the years after high school and before making my decision as my “blind years.” Now, I can see.

Before I was one, I always thought being a Christian would be boring. In reality, it has been the complete opposite. There is joy, fulfillment and even fun! There also are challenges and trials, but knowing that my foundation lies in Jesus and what He has done for me is what is important. It’s all that matters.

And here’s an article in today’s Daily Star (a newspaper that has never featured in this blog before now!)

Zach

Jul 1, 2015
neil

Looking for advice on how to answer same-sex marriage issues?

Here are two excellent articles on how the church should respond to the challenge of same-sex marriage and the marginalisation of Christian beliefs.

This first piece by Canadian Carey Nieuwhof serves as a reminder that it’s not actually a new idea that Christians are called to be counter to the culture!

Carey Nieu

 

 

And here is a thoughtful and compassionate response from British pastor Sam Allberry

5 biblical responses

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