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SIMON BURTON-JONES Expressing Christian Faith in Today's Society
How do we cope with the complex demands of modern life?



SIMON BURTON-JONES Expressing Christian Faith in Today's Society

Most of us want to do the right thing with our lives, but how do we cope with the complex demands of modern life?

This website expresses a deep yearning of mine: to take the beautiful message of the Gospel about Jesus

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From Norway To Nowhere

From Norway To Nowhere

The building and demolishing of a fragile peace accord reveals a sad truth: violence is so much easier and produces vastly quicker results than peace-making. So what effect does this have on our

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Why Reading The Bible Is Like Watching Match Of The Day

Why Reading The Bible Is Like Watching Match Of The Day

Mundane and humdrum periods in life have their own intrinsic merit – and they prepare us for the bigger moments which would otherwise lack back story

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The Goal Is Soul

The Goal Is Soul

The objectives we set ourselves often confuse rather than empower. The point is to give our life away, with all its targets, so we can receive it back in spades.
Setting targets seems to be hardwired into people. The case of the marathon runner is instructive.

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The Madness Of Crowds

The Madness Of Crowds

When God is dethroned by the people, the throne does not remain empty for long. Two of today’s pretenders are nationalism and the market. The economic crash of 2007-08 feels a long time ago now, but we are still feeling its effects

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The Bystander

The Bystander

There are some encounters in life you know you will never forget even as you are having them.
In October 2017 I listened to an eighty-eight year old woman talk for an hour without interruption and found myself thinking it had been less than half that time.

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The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time
God is to be found in the worst places of the world. He is waiting for our prayers to linger with him long after such news has become boring to us. Dresden, Hama, Grozny, Aleppo, Mosul.
A desperate litany of cities razed to the ground in total war, to which can now be added Raqqa. There has been little coverage of the battle to wrest Raqqa from the hands of Islamic State. The situation has been so perilous that few news companies have been willing to put reporters into the crossfire; the chances of kidnapping by any number of parties a risk too great to contemplate. The horrendous destruction has largely passed us – and our prayers – by.
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