Simon Burton-Jones, Archdeacon of Rochester Expressing Christian faith in today's culture

Christian faith
in today's culture
 

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There’s a Chinese saying: ‘may you live in interesting times’.  This ambiguous blessing has fallen to us today as the world speeds up around us.

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 and see how it applies to our culture.  God has left clues scattered across society that lead us to him, as layered as the morning dew on autumn grass.  What you read here will, I hope, encourage you to pause, admire what God has made and understand a little better how to live for him in it.
 

 
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THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE
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IN DEFENCE OF THE PLATFORM
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IN DEFENCE OF THE PLATFORM
Honest, respectful debate is in short supply about the big issues of life; instead we hear the echo of our own sealed cave. It is not how our faith was born, how it grew or how it will thrive.

If reports are reliable, some strange things are happening on the university campus. Places devoted to critical enquiry, where views are shared openly in the pursuit of truth and learning, seem to contain people who would like to shut ....
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IN THE NEWS
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WHY VIOLENCE IS DECLINING IN THE WEST BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE IT WILL CONTINUE TO
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WHY VIOLENCE IS DECLINING IN THE WEST BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE IT WILL CONTINUE TO
Europe's peace since 1945 could yet be seen as a brief interlude. Let us hope and pray it is lasting.

Events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in the summer of 2016 remind us poignantly of the unimaginable losses incurred in five months of war over a paltry fifteen mile front.  On the first day alone, British casualties amounted to over 57,000.
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On Standing In The Desert
Controlling Behaviour
The Drifting Boat
Drowning Girl
When Strong Leadership Isn't What It Is Cracked Up to be
Light Touch Intercession
The Dehydrated Church
Drone Kill
China's Syndrone
The Disruptor
The Anointing Of Jesus
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MY TALKS :-
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ELIJAH'S SPOT KICK
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ELIJAH’S SPOT KICK
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If we want God to answer by fire, we need some of that fire in us to start with

International football tournaments often end with England going out on penalties.  Those of you who hate football are spared the cruel and unusual punishment of a match being decided by penalties, though you ....
 
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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH :- articles and
personal observations on life and faith
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DAY OF THE DEMAGOGUE
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DAY OF THE DEMAGOGUE
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Distinguishing cries of anguish from shouts of hate is vital for the health of democracy

The rise of populism is on everyone’s lips, but what exactly do we mean by it?

The Cambridge English Dictionary says it is ‘political ideas and activities that are ......
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TWO YEARS ON
An article you may have missed
Is Willpower Enough To Win?
 
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FAITH IN CULTURE :- articles on the challenges and opportunities for faith in modern culture
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IS HE BACK?
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IS HE BACK?
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Evil creeps up on us in an ordinary form and we may even befriend it because it seems impolite not to. Is this happening today?

Is it OK to make Adolf Hitler into a comedy figure or does this diminish the evil he embodied?  Timr Vermes, in his novel Look Who’s Back (MacLehose Press, 2012)
 
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JUST SEEN :-
media worth looking at
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IWHY FACE TO FACE IS ALWAYS BE BEST
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WHY FACE TO FACE IS ALWAYS BE BEST
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The benefits of looking someone in the eye and making a connection are out of this world

News from Harvard that women who go to church more than once a week live longer than those who do not made the front pages of one or two print and online news sources in May 2016.  As ever,
 
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Rochester Cathedral
 
 
Labour Behind The Label
 
 
 
   
     
THE END OF TOLERANCE
 
THE SILENCE OF THE CROWDS
Word of the Week
The way of the cross calls for empathy and intercession for the victims of the world. The Good Samaritan responded to the injured man in front of him, but how do we react to the dazed and bloodied woman staggering away from a bomb blast in Turkey on our TV? We are overdue a conversation about this. Without it, we will either drive ourselves into the ground with compassion fatigue or retreat further into ourselves and away from what makes us fully human.
Taken from The Deaths of Others: In the News
How To Walk In The Darkness
 
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WHEN STRONG LEADERSHIP ISN'T WHAT IT IS CRACKED UP TO BE
WHEN STRONG LEADERSHIP ISN'T WHAT IT IS
CRACKED UP TO BE

Those in charge should resist the temptation to
think it's all about them
The greatest fear of a modern leader is to appear weak.
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Not the Ten O'Clock News
Following the news is an unconscious ritual of many households, compelled by the felt need to stay abreast of big developments.  The ubiquity of news means we know far more than we need to but rarely do we stop to critique the experience of such exposure. 
 
DON'T PHONE A FRIEND . DON'T PHONE A FRIEND
We reveal our truest selves in relating to those who are less powerful than we are and with whom we have only a fleeting relationship. - Read Article
     
WAR WITHOUT END . WAR WITHOUT END
The one audit which is never made publicly is the way conflict tempts people to despair of God.. - Read Article
     
UNANSWERED PRAYER . UNANSWERED PRAYER
We do not readily acknowledge the impact that seemingly unanswered prayer makes on us, yet this awareness is vital to a robust and honest life of intercession - Read Article
 
The Word made Flat
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) has done us all
a favour by exposing the most irritating cases of management jargon;  dare I say it under the circumstances, they have named the elephant in the living room. 
The most grievous include:

 
     
     
     
   
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