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What the Old Testament book of Nehemiah can teach us about modern day Croydon

Posted on May 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Uncovering lessons for present-day Croydon in BCE Jerusalem

Let me take you through the sands of time to the year of 430BC.

Nehemiah is a cup-bearer in Persian King Artaxerxes’ court who learns from his brother that the Jewish exiles that were taken captive by the Babylonians seventy years earlier have started to return and make a life again in Jerusalem. However, the wall … Read More »

46 reasons to be thankful for Christians in Croydon

Posted on March 21st, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 13 comments

Jonny Rose sings the praises of his fellow believers in Croydon

Every year since 2012, in advance of Lent, a small green booklet entitled 46 Days of Prayer is circulated in Croydon churches which details a few of the ways in which local churches are working together to serve and bless Croydon and its people.

Apparently in London you’re never more than six feet … Read More »

Could a religious revival save Croydon from itself?

Posted on October 13th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Jonny Rose recommends an injection of faith for Croydon to avoid going the way of Burton Upon Trent

Regular readers of the Croydon Citizen will know that I have little time for say-what-you-see type lamentations about Croydon. Bring me solutions, not problems.

The most recent example of this was Paul Dennis’s article last week that profiled his childhood stomping ground of Burton … Read More »