Simon Burton-Jones Archdeacon of Rochester Simon Burton-Jones Archdeacon of Rochester Simon Burton-Jones Archdeacon of Rochester Simon Burton-Jones Archdeacon of Rochester

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 Bystander

The Bystander

There are some encounters in life you know you will never forget even as you are having them.
In October 2017 I listened to an eighty-eight year old woman talk for an hour without interruption and found myself thinking it had been less than half that time.

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The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

God is to be found in the worst places of the world. He is waiting for our prayers to linger with him long after such news has become boring to us. Dresden, Hama, Grozny, Aleppo, Mosul. .

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Trust Me

Trust Me

It is in the decision we take over whether to accept someone on trust or not that community is built. A preference for the latter option is weakening us.
Trust me.
Two simple words to which the response seems ...

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Laughing In The face Of Terror

Laughing In The face Of Terror

The subversive underground tradition of joke telling is not just a brave response to terror, but a profoundly spiritual one
Lovers of British comedy might like to imagine Monty Python, Fawlty Towers,

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And The Point Is/

And The Point Is?

We prefer to live without space between our experiences, giving an endless sense of flow which makes for a full life but not for life in all its fullness
Researchers carried out an experiment recently, putting several people in a room on their own with ,

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The Empty Echo Of The Daily News

The Empty Echo Of The Daily News

The Empty Echo Of The Daily News
We think the news gives us a reliable picture of what is happening out there but the truth is more elusive

I once heard a woman say that she had no time left to read the Bible after she had finished reading the daily newspaper. Where do you start with that one? Perhaps with the accuracy of a newspaper rather than with the priority of biblical truth.
In his expose of the print media, Nick Davies has taken on some powerful vested interests in his book ‘Flat Earth News’ (Vintage, 2009) but done the rest of us a favour. He has shown how the new corporate newspaper owners have cut staff while increasing output, slashing the old supply lines which used to feed information from the grass roots of society and demanding digital speed in the cause of shareholder dividend.
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