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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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Jesus And The Strongmen

Jesus And The Strongmen

Puffed up by the sycophancy of courtiers, the literature of autocrats is verbose and boring. The contrast with Jesus could not be starker.It is harder to find out and out dictators today – Kim Jong-un comes to mind – but the grooves of authoritarianism are ...

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Route 2

Route 2

What do we make of the road not taken? The romance that does not lead to marriage; the job we don’t get; the house that falls through; the career that doesn’t materialise. We cannot control other people – the lover, the interviewer,

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Soul Erosion

Soul Erosion

Most of the ways in which we provide guidance, training and support for discipleship is predicated on having time and energy to think and pray. For people in the precarious economy, there is little such

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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

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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,

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The Church And Safe Spaces

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, but it has a different origin and meaning. 

The concept developed in 1960s United States, where disenfranchised groups created public and private spaces in which to share experiences of isolation and prejudice. Places free from harassment and intimidation are essential in helping people think issues through, but safe spaces are increasingly seen as environments that close down debates which might upset any present. Reclaiming the original notion of the safe space as a commitment to opening up free speech, rather than shutting it down, would help.
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