Simon Burton-Jones, Archdeacon of Rochester Expressing Christian faith in today's culture

Christian faith
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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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THE AUTOCRAT AND THEIR PR PROBLEM
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THE AUTOCRAT AND THEIR PR PROBLEM
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. The warning signs were there to see in the 1920s. Lenin had just died and Stalin was consolidating power in the Soviet Union.
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IN THE NEWS
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STRANGER DANGER
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STRANGER DANGER
When a society no longer believes in a tradition which calls it to love the alien, what exactly guides it?

It is hard to get your head round the statistics, to make sense of them, never mind to show some empathy. The number of global refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) now stands at 65 million. Half of these are children. This is more people than live in the UK itself.
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LATEST TOPICS
London's Soul
Still Going Boldly
Why The Truth Is Out Of Fashion
So Who Am I Again
How Do We Distinguish The Word Of God In The Words Of Others
Something Cosy In The State
Of Denmark
In Defence Of The Platform
Elijah's Spot Kick
Day Of The Demagogue
Why Violence Is Declinning In
The West But There Is No Gaurantee It Will Continue
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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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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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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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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH :- articles and
personal observations on life and faith
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Has there ever been another time when more people have wanted to be someone else?

You have to hand it to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These were big men who heard God and shaped history. The first to perceive there was one God. The ones to whom he whispered love ......

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MY TALKS :-
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WHY DO WE GET SO MUCH PLEASURE IN BEING HARD ON OTHERS?
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WHY DO WE GET SO MUCH PLEASURE IN BEING HARD ON OTHERS?
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The desire to fit in and feel better about ourselves are powerful urges. Unless we can channel these, darker instincts often take over.

In an early episode of the Simpsons, Maude Flanders, wife of the nerdy evangelical Ned, said she had spent a weekend at Bible camp ‘learning how to be more ......
 
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Rochester Cathedral
 
 
Labour Behind The Label
 
 
 
   
     
Drone Kill
 
Through A Glass Starkly
Word of the Week
Christian distinctiveness is shown most refreshingly in doing things other people might not do, rather than in not doing what other people might do.
Taken from Entertaining Angels: Thought for the Month
Signalling Virtue
 
Standing Target
     
 
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THE DISRUPTOR
THE DISRUPTOR
The Church needs a theology of the Holy Spirit which
is rooted as much in his disruptive force as in his comforting touch
Welcome to the era of disruption. Digital start-ups are subverting and re-structuring industries across the world. Uber has disrupted the taxi industry;
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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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