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Each New Year I foolishly like to try and think ahead by making some predictions (not prophecies) about the coming year for the Church. This was a prediction for this year:

9) The Church will reach out amongst the poor. It seems to me that it is often the case that the richer and more middle-class the church, the more they talk about helping the poor. However, the real need is not the kind of patronising charity that this often precedes, but rather the planting of real gospel churches amongst the poor…because the Gospel frees, empowers and does not patronise. That is why the work of 20 Schemes is so vital. My own convictions on this have grown stronger over the past few months and I am delighted that St Peter’s will be starting a new church plant in the Charleston housing estate in Dundee.  Ten ‘Prophecies’ for Society/Culture in 2017

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