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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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Forgetting To Be Afraid

Forgetting To Be Afraid

The greatest threats emerge when knowledge outstrips wisdom. These are the moment that should drive us to our knees.
It is the fate of some places to become synonymous with crime and disaster. Lockerbie, Dunblane, Beslan….Chernobyl.

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Jesus And 'The Stupid Club'

Jesus And 'The Stupid Club'

Some think of Jesus as just a good and talented man who was unlucky and died young, like a wasted rock star. This easy option is deprived us by the resurrection… As one cynical person has said, death can be the ultimate career move.  I can think of several

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Why The Christian Journey Is More Like The Film 'Planes Trains And Automobiles' Than We Imagine

Why The Christian Journey Is More Like The Film 'Planes Trains And Automobiles' Than We Imagine

The life of faith is not anywhere near as linear and seamless as we would like. Here’s why.


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The New Wild West

The New Wild West

A strange alliance of capitalists and anarchists is resisting change to the place we are most at risk
The biggest cyber attack yet was launched in October 2016, temporarily overwhelming Twitter, PayPal and the New York Times, among other platforms. The so-called Internet of Things, whereby our lives become dependent on cheap, wired devices that can....

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The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

In creating the image of a shepherd, Jesus identified with a lowly, rural working class. In doing so, he meets with the helpless and the burdened in this world.
The furious debate over corporate bonus culture owes something to the curious way leadership is now perceived. A strange cult has developed around the role of the Chief Executive Officer,

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How Far Should Language Be Policed

How Far Should Language Be Policed

How Far Should Language Be Policed
What do we make of the developing trend, begun in the US, to judge the words that others use in conversation?

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. It isn’t far into life before a child feels the flaws in this saying. Words have an extraordinary capacity to wound or heal and the emotionally adept learn how to use them carefully..
Since the 1980s, when multiculturalism emerged on US campuses and spread across the Anglo-Saxon world, aspects of the language we use have become a political and cultural battleground and there are signs that this war has intensified in American universities recently,
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