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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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The Digital Fast

The Digital Fast

Are you addicted, however mildly, to the internet? Join the club. We need a spiritual take on this to aid our discipleship. The words of Jesus in Matthew 6 warn us not to practice our piety before others, but we are living in a very different setting to first century

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Closing Down Debate

Closing Down Debate

When we cannot tolerate the existence of views we do not share, we tend not to befriend those who hold them. Our own views are not properly tested and we start to see difference as an affront to our identity. Can Labour and Conservative MPs be friends?

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Prawn Sandwich Prayers

Prawn Sandwich Prayers

What stadium sport shows us about intercession
Sports fans: do you expect your team to win or lose as the match starts? Two factors usually come into play: personality and context. Natural optimists imagine the goals, tries and runs coming freely.

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The Day The World Should Have Ended

The Day The World Should Have Ended

Stanislav Petrov died in September 2017. Raise a glass to him. You owe him your life. Think you’re having a hard day at work? Imagine being Stanislav Petrov on September 26, 1983.

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Sweet Sorrow

Sweet Sorrow

Many teams come to rely on one person in such a way that they do not think they will cope without them. It is at this moment that the greatest of risks is innocently formed. Short of death, do we ever say final goodbyes anymore?

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Breaking Point

Breaking Point

Breaking Point
Most of us are willing to let God bend our will in the hope that when he lets go, it will spring back to how it was. Yet only by allowing ourselves to be broken can God re-make us.

The verb to break has taken on a darker meaning in the twenty-first century, as it has come to be applied to people, not objects. In the furore over the interrogation of terrorist suspects, all kinds of euphemisms have been employed to describe techniques in ways which supposedly fall short of legal definitions of torture. But the goal remains the same: to break someone so they will give you the information you desire. It is not a pleasant thought.
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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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