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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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Are Superhero Movies To Blame For It All

Are Superhero Movies To Blame For It All

Evil laughs in the face of consensus building. Far better to rely on rich

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Love Is All We Have

Love Is All We Have

Address to the students, staff and parents of St George’s CE Secondary School, Gravesend. Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

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Oslo's Outlier

Oslo's Outlier

Is there a case for dramatizing real-life terrorism? It was an old mantra of the UK government not to give the oxygen

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Black Dog

Black Dog

What can the Church can do to help transform the mental health of a current generation of children and young people?

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Growing Into A Child

Growing Into A Child

How crass was it of the disciples to turn away people bringing children to be blessed by Jesus? Silly, perhaps, but not exceptional.

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No Safe Place

No Safe Place

No Safe Place
Words fall in and out of fashion. It’s hard to remember, but thirty years ago, few people talked about community because the emphasis was so much on the individual. It was an era of political reform which needed the free movement of labour to ensure new opportunities were grasped. Social mobility led to the loosening of local neighbourhoods, especially where there was less work to keep people afloat. But this came at a cost. Today, there is so much talk of community, it feels the word is devalued. Anyone peeking at us from the 1980s would assume that we had re-discovered community in the UK, so often do we use the word.

 But something is not quite right.

 The more we speak about community, the shriller and more hostile our conversation becomes. All sorts of divisions are coming to the surface which make the UK a less comfortable place to live in.
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