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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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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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Kiwi Apocalypse

Kiwi Apocalypse

Speculation about the future can be an excuse not to think about the present, which is the only sphere in which God meets with us. Quietly and without much fuss, several billionaires are buying up land in New Zealand. It’s not exceptional on the face of it: what’s not to like about the place?

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The Vanity Of Nations

The Vanity Of Nations

How an ancient text speaks to the world today. Who said the nation-state would become irrelevant in the new century? Clever assumptions about power leeching upwards to supra-national institutions like the EU and the IMF, outwards to powerful corporations and downwards to indigenous ....

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I Hear You

I Hear You

Of the simplest things to make the world a healthier place, the gift of listening – patient, undistracted – must rank near the top. And it starts with God. Among the many characteristics of our generation, one failing stands out increasingly: we do not listen as well as we should.

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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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Considerably Richer Than You

The Stranger Among You

Considerably Richer Than You
Religious self-righteousness is an ugly trait, yet in a consumer society we are, more than ever, making distinctions between ourselves and others that mimic this ancient human flaw

The parables of Jesus have a timeless capacity to inspire and provoke people. This is partly because the characters which inhabit them are vividly drawn with exaggerated faults, like the rich man who ignored Lazarus or the priest who walked passed the injured man. There is a Dickensian feel to the parables, allowing us to identify with those who are good and to shun those who are bad.
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The Patriotic Voice

THE PATRIOTIC VOICE
An authentic and durable love of nation should make room for those who dissent; it might just be God speaking to us
Allegations by a national newspaper that Ralph Miliband hated Britain and that this must therefore have influenced his son Ed (though strangely,
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Why Violence Is Declining In The West But There Is No Guarantee It Will ContinueTo

WHY VIOLENCE IS DECLINING IN THE WEST BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE IT WILL CONTINUE TOEurope's peace since 1945 could yet be seen as a brief interlude. Let us hope and pray it is lasting.
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Still Going Bodly

STILL GOING BOLDLY
Star Trek has always projected contemporary concerns into space to help us reflect on life, offering rich pickings for Christian apologetics
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