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 Madness Of Crowds

The Madness Of Crowds

When God is dethroned by the people, the throne does not remain empty for long. Two of today’s pretenders are nationalism and the market. The economic crash of 2007-08 feels a long time ago now, but we are still feeling its effects

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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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The Light Footprint Of Mission

The Light Footprint Of Mission

The Light Footprint Of Mission
We need to keep mission simple and not over-complicate things. People just need to know how much God loves them. This is a story all may respond to in a world where we otherwise feel the burden of proving our worth.

Despite the implacable opposition Jesus received from the religious establishment, we tend to think his ministry was an unbridled success. By the time Jesus returned to his home town of Nazareth in Mark 6, he had healed the sick, cast out demons, calmed a storm and raised the dead. But there’s no-one like those who have known you since childhood to bring you down to earth.
Jesus attended the synagogue at Nazareth and taught the listeners. What he had to say was as astounding as his miracle working power and helped people to see they were in the presence of someone unique. Even the residents of Nazareth agreed on the power of his teaching, but where others made a leap of faith in following him, their response was myopic and parochial.
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