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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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The Truth Is Out There

The Truth Is Out There

The first Gulf War in 1991 did not take place. This was the judgment of the philosopher Jean Baudrillard at the time and how people laughed at him for it.In fairness to the Frenchman, he did not deny that the incident took place, but that there was a gap between the

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Why Do The Best And The Worst Things Seem To Happen At The Same Time?

Why Do The Best And The Worst Things Seem To Happen At The Same Time?

Joy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine said William Blake. This couplet is believable, though the reality is usually messier and more painful

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The Church And Safe Spaces

The Church And Safe Spaces

One of life’s ironies is how hard it is to have a debate about safe spaces without everything degenerating into a slanging match. The idea of the safe space is not easily uncoupled from no platforming and thus

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The Second American Civil War

The Second American Civil War

Stories can bend round our resistant consciences like a free kick round a wall. ‘American War’ is one such.Is it possible to get inside civil strife and how it messes people up? The answer is almost certainly no, for no

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The Public Demand Strength And The media Desire Perfection, But Proclaim Christ Crusified

The Public Demand Strength And The media Desire Perfection, But Proclaim Christ Crusified

Every generation presents a challenge to the Gospel; a way of looking at the world which defies the wisdom

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Opening Up

Opening Up

Opening Up
Giving people the capacity and confidence to share faith is our most pressing challenge

In the middle of a complex argument over Israel’s fate in Romans 10, St Paul underlines the simplicity of the Gospel. All who call on God will be saved through Christ. A virtuous circle is at work, where people are sent to proclaim and others hear and believe; for the latter to be sent to proclaim and so on.
This simple dynamic of the Gospel is interrupted by several unspoken beliefs in each generation. Three might be named for ours and the first is universal: we translate Isaiah’s cry: ‘here I am, send me’ into ‘here I am, send her’. Evangelism is always someone else’s duty and when it becomes everyone else’s duty, people opt out.
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