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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IF YOU READ JUST ONE BOOK THIS YEAR…
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IF YOU READ JUST ONE BOOK THIS YEAR…
make it ‘The Cyber Effect’ by Dr Mary Aiken

In a year when we learned to expect the unexpected, one quote stands out for me in 2016.  Some of us haven’t had enough of experts and think it is wise and prudent to hear what they have to say.  So how about this from Dr Mary Aiken, author of The Cyber Effect.
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IN THE NEWS
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SAMANTHA AND THE POWER OF LAMENT
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SAMANTHA AND THE POWER OF LAMENT
To lament in worship is not the same as being miserable. It is an active form of protest which grapples with God and the love we know he has for the world in Christ.

These were the words of the outgoing US Ambassador to Bashir al-Assad and Russia in the United Nations in December 2016 as eastern Aleppo fell under an onslaught so savage that the UN itself described it as a ‘complete meltdown
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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH :- articles and
personal observations on life and faith
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MESSY PRAYER
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MESSY PRAYER 
True intercession is like a couple of musicians playing off one another until a new sound is made and a new song can be sung
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True intercession is like a couple of musicians playing off one another until a new sound is made and a new song can be sung

A natural response to rapid change is to impose some kind of order on it.  No wonder then, in this giddying millennial era, that the measure ......
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MY TALKS :-
gives you a selection of my public teaching
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THE AUTOCRAT AND THEIR PR PROBLEM
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THE AUTOCRAT AND THEIR PR PROBLEM
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If only one is in charge, all the skills of shared government must seem to coalesce in one person. In this they claim the power of Christ himself.

In 1925, faced with growing secularism and nationalism, Pope Pius XI created a new festival for the Church: the feast of Christ the King.
 
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TWO YEARS ON
An article you may have missed
When Strong Leadership Isn't What It Is Cracked Up To Be
 
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FAITH IN CULTURE :- articles on the challenges and opportunities for faith in modern culture
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HERE WE ARE NOW, ENTERTAIN US
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HERE WE ARE NOW, ENTERTAIN US
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Generation X was much maligned, but it has matured and, amid its creativity, can offer the world a unique gift

2016 marks the silver jubilee of Douglas Coupland’s seminal novel Generation X. Though he popularised rather than coined the phrase, it has come to be associated ...
 
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JUST SEEN :-
media worth looking at
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THE REPETITION OF PALATABLE LIES
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THE REPETITION OF PALATABLE LIES
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As the word of God slips from shared memory, shriller voices hold sway. Truth is becoming a commodity, favouring the powerful.

2016 has been the year of the soundbite. Two seismic jolts to peaceful democratic polities have been delivered to the UK and the United States.
 
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Rochester Cathedral
 
 
Labour Behind The Label
 
 
 
   
     
Drone Kill
 
Through A Glass Starkly
Word of the Week
It is possible that some Christians see only nationality and the indecipherable politics of other countries when they look at persecuted Christians and so fail to grasp the deep calling to identify with the suffering Church.
Observing western passivity, Jonathan Sacks has quoted Martin Luther King over the fate of Christians in the Middle East and Asia: 'in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends'.
Taken from 'The Silence of our Friends: Just Seen.
Signalling Virtue
 
Standing Target
     
 
Most Popular December 2016
   
THE NEW LANDSCAPE OF LEADERSHIP
THE NEW LANDSCAPE OF LEADERSHIP
An ability to see what others cannot see and the skill to deal with it is the unenviable person spec for today's public leaders. It feels like the story of the two women
who claimed maternity over the one child in front of
King Solomon (1 Kings 3: 16 – 28) should belong to
a particularly bad freak show of Jeremy Kyle, with a......
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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. 
 
HARD DAY’S NIGHT . HARD DAY’S NIGHT
The Church is both the beneficiary and the victim of the long hours working culture. Its reluctance to conduct
a spiritual audit of this may in the longer run make it more of a victim.. - Read Article
     
THE CRY OF THE UNHEARD . THE CRY OF THE UNHEARD
Art compels a response, especially when it is serving up pain during entertainment.. - Read Article
     
MARY'S SONG . MARY'S SONG
Life's key question is not what, but who makes us significant. Just ask Mary.
It has been said that saints were the celebrities of previous eras.. - 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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