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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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When Clerdy Are Out Of Step With Their Churches Politically

When Clergy Are Out Of Step With Their Churches Politically

In the scramble to understand the new politics unfolding in the UK, symbolised in the vote to leave the EU in June 2016, former editor of Prospect magazine, David Goodhart,

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What God Has Spoken Through The People

What God Has Spoken Through The People

What the Diocese of Rochester’s emerging strategy might uncover. The day after the knife-edge US Presidential election of 2000, when a few dimpled chads in Florida hung between George W Bush,

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Don't Worry, Be happy!

Don't Worry, Be happy!

To find human happiness we have to give our lives away. Suddenly there is a ‘happiness agenda’ in Britain. This is the idea that human happiness is so important that it must in some way be a goal of public policy. For too long our collective thinking has been dominated by economists

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Why The Church Of England Reminds Me Of The England Cricket Team In The Nineties

Why The Church Of England Reminds Me Of The England Cricket Team In The Nineties

When did you last see a movie that reduced your pulse to the rhythm of creation? How about this for a film pitch: A bus driver dreams up poetry during his day job. At night he takes the dog out for a walk and

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Slow Cinema

Slow Cinema

When did you last see a movie that reduced your pulse to the rhythm of creation? How about this for a film pitch: A bus driver dreams up poetry during his day job. At night he takes the dog out for a walk and stops for a pint.
Repeat daily. End of story.

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New Heavens And A New Earth

New Heavens And A New Earth

New Heavens And A New Earth
Christians persist in thinking of heaven in other-worldly terms. This fault contributes to carelessness over climate change…

The wolf and the lamb shall lie down together, prophesied Isaiah. Or as Woody Allen has put it: the wolf and the lamb shall lie down together, but the lamb won’t get much sleep. Buried in this witticism is a flinty realism, a world-weary cynicism that nature could ever exhibit such harmony.
Isaiah’s famous prophecy: ‘for I am about to create new heavens and a new earth’, are words echoed at the conclusion of Revelation as God restores all things at the end of time. The beauty of Hebrew thought, the language of the Old Testament, is its sense of unity and integrity.

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A TIME TO LEAVE
Jesus’ leaving of earth could have been a crushing blow to his followers but patient prayer in one place got them ready for a promise.
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It isn’t that politics and religion are separate spheres. They are two sides of the same coin. And the whole coin belongs to God.
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A Christian view of climate change is to weigh up perceived threats but not to be paralysed by them. Prayer and activism should be the cutting edges of our concern.
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