Ranters of Mow Cop

Ranters of Mow Cop

Monday, 2 February 2015

The influence of Jim Punton

 I have recently been reminded of the influence Jim Punton had on the development of my personal theology and politics in the late 1970's and early 1980s. A whole generation of Christians like myself who had responded to the challenge to live and work in urban priority areas found encouragement in his exposition of the scriptures and personal example.
`'There is no shalom in a society of injustice. There is no shalom in a society where racism prevails. There is no shalom in a society of elitism and privilege and of the kind of unequal distribution of wealth that means that some people are living in dire poverty. while others live it up on beds of ivory. And this is a message that we are not proclaiming today. The prophets did, Jesus did, the apostles did, but we have fallen silent because we as God's people today are implicated in injustice. ... We are the beneficiaries of injustice and we tolerate that situation." Jim Punton "The Messiah People" Hot Iron Press, published 1993! As relevant today as it ever was!
If you haven't read anything by Jim a lot of his material is archived at http://www.jimpunton.org.uk/index.htm

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