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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 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 seen as a restriction on free speech,

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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 amount of reportage can compensate for the sound

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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

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.

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The Failings Of The Gifted

The Failings Of The Gifted

Is it OK to like the good art of bad people?
The uncovering of sexual abuse and harassment by the #metoo campaign raises probing questions. These are not new. The films of Woody Allen and Roman Polanski have long divided people.

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The Man From Nowhere

The Man From Nowhere

The Man From Nowhere
Jesus has no origin story in Mark’s Gospel, but in a matter of lines, we learn things about him and about life of timeless worth

Every writer setting out on a film script for a famous character is faced with the dilemma: do they use the movie’s precious time to tell the origin story? I have watched two Spiderman films with different actors where Peter Parker’s back story – how he acquired his superpowers – have been explained at length. This is not easy for an arachnophobe. The Joker has been portrayed by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger in Batman films. His origin was explained in full in the former, but emerged fully formed in the latter, as if there was no time to waste.
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