I am over halfway with my internship with Christians Against Poverty (CAP UK) at the moment. I have so far had two packed weeks in their head office in Bradford, witnessing first hand the business excellence and genuine compassion of the amazing people behind this charity. I have heard testimonies that have moved me to tears,;I have been inspired in training as to how companies, charities and leaders can embrace values of rigorous humility to make an exponential impact on the world around them; and I have witnessed the frontlines of a charity tackling some of the most prevalent issues facing the vulnerable, poor and lonely in society.

Like many I know, I have a heart for social justice. A heart for a world where parents, money or circumstance can’t put you in a position of exploitation, desperation or isolation. CAP appears to have this heart too. Through a growing…

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It’s no good just having a visceral knee jerk reaction based in our feelings or preferences any more. As Sons of God willing to pick up responsibility for both the Land and the Kingdom on earth, we need to do the hard work of thinking through and wrestling with both where we are as church and what it means to be Ekklesia. Simplistic attitudes will not bear fruit any more. You may disagree with this. Fine. (Maybe not all of it is correct! Roger wouldn’t claim that.)
But are you willing to put in 10 years work to explore or refute his analysis? If not, then perhaps it’s worth considering as a perspective to bring before the Lord in humility and repentance as the historical church.
We sense God is doing a new thing, the old order is passing and a new engagement with heaven is rising but if we don’t understand what we did in the past, right and wrong, we are very likely to repeat the mistakes, sadly.
We need to be aware of our history to move into our destiny…

Roger Haydon Mitchell's Blog

I begin by recommending my book The Fall of the Church (Wipf & Stock, 2013) to those who really want to understand why I feel the way I dohttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Church-Roger-Haydon-Mitchell/dp/162032928X. It traces the way that a mistaken partnership of church and empire produced the modern western nation state, of which the UK is an example. At the heart of this mistaken partnership is what I call the sovereignty delusion, the idea that peace comes through a society ordered by the rich and powerful through the control of military force, law and money. Our representative democracy is simply overlaid on this delusion. The history of the British Empire reveals how ugly such a construct can be. I wrote about some of this history in the book The Sins of the Fathers back in 1999 with my friend Brian Mills. All this explains my conviction that the nation state, upheld by…

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Roger Haydon Mitchell's Blog

Caroline Ibrahim asked me a question on Facebook today that is highly relevant to many Christians who swallow a classic Pentecostal/ Charismatic eschatological take on the EU that is as wrong footed as could be! For a fuller treatment of this read the final chapter of my The Fall of the Church.

Here is her question on Facebook and my brief answer:

I would love to know what you make of the ‘demonisation of the European Union’ and whether any links to the book of Daniel are valid. a while ago i was working my way through Martin Scott’s podcasts on revelation, think i will retreat back to them again soon. my instinct says vote in so that’s what i will do despite backdrop of fear by some Christians

I believe that the statue in Daniel refers to empire generally which has culminated in the whole western world today…

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Roger Haydon Mitchell's Blog

Many readers of this blog may rightly regard the term ‘prophetic’ as a way of describing counterpolitical voices for social justice. Thank God that there are many such prophetic voices nowadays. But there is sub-cultural category  of ‘prophetic’ within the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement that refers to particular seer and ecstatic gifts of certain individuals. Many of these, to my mind, bring considerable confusion when it comes to the matter of interpreting what they see or speak because their thinking is still impaired by the sovereignty delusion that I have traced in the books Church, Gospel and Empire (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and The Fall of the Church (Wipf & Stock, 2013).  As a result although they pick up on key issues their pronouncements miss out on the theological restoration currently taking place in the post-Christendom world that interprets the current scene from an incarnational, Jesus perspective, what I have…

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Love Fest 2016 Update

No need to say more… A wonderful time out in worship to Jesus in Wales…

Company of Burning Hearts

We just had an explosive time of joy at the LOVE FEST! Something amazing happened. Many voices, many bands flowing seamlessly together in worship and prophetic decree.

12631449_889104111207908_2134824784942830620_n12493755_10208747406423833_4842300340700621219_oSpecial honour to Non & Hadleigh Hobbs (BURN) and Janine John (COBH) for dreaming the BIG dream. It was a incredible time, and we really can’t wait to do it all again. 

12622123_10208751813374004_7311482509723296596_oTiffany Buhler shared on the grassroots movement of BURN, worship hubs and David’s Tent across the UK. Things are really moving rapidly forwards. Changing the landscape. 

12604721_10208751802853741_8142790782186895782_o.jpgAs Tiffany talked an unusual Presence surprised us and Tiffany sat down unable to continue. A precious wave of Glory came in and rested on us. It was highly unusual and very, very encouraging. You can’t make it happen! Thank you Jesus! 

12622516_949875655067166_1946496932528883045_oI felt like Papa was hugging us to thank us for two days full of passionate heart-felt worship. It was really amazing. We’re still…

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