The broad and pervasive ‘trend away from marriage’ has far-reaching implications for society as a whole, as well as for Christians who come under pressure to conform to cultural standards. In contrast to the short-term and low-commitment relationships that have fast become the norm, the Bible holds out a positive vision for marriage, based on God’s covenant relationship with his people, and offers us the hope of communicating an attractive model of marriage to those who adhere to very different values.
The Christian’s conscience is increasingly set in opposition to some of the values and political aims of wider Western culture. This fact is evidenced by an increase in ‘conscience cases’, where Christians are sued or dismissed for acting in accordance with their conscience.
British higher education is increasingly secular in outlook. This paper identifies three aspects of that secularity: specialisation, instrumentalisation and globalisation. As Christians, we can respond by observing the intellectual, moral and theological inadequacy of the university life this generates. But we are also called to take practical beneficial steps to address its weaknesses as well.
by Jonathan Tame, 16th November 2015. Over the weekend, many national landmarks were lit up in the red, white and blue of France’s national colours, and scores of major corporate websites still depict the French flag, the Eiffel Tower or other symbols of Paris on their home page. All these seek to express solidarity with […]
By Guy Brandon, 4 April 1984 The government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill is to be published today. David Cameron has called it one of the most significant pieces of legislation this parliament. It includes a series of measures designed to modernise communications law, including preventing criminals from communicating online unchecked. As David Cameron has explained, […]
By Guy Brandon, 22nd Oct 2015. Scandal is nothing new. As long as there have been people in public life there have been people who betray public trust. The greater that trust, the worse the betrayal. Who would have thought that Aaron – a man who worked miracles for God in front of Pharaoh and […]
Should the Church be focusing on evangelism above all else, or is social justice an integral part of our faith too? How can we resolve the tension between both making disciples and loving our neighbour? Over the summer of 2015, the Jubilee Centre welcomed Cambridge student Andrew Lawrence as an intern. He has completed two […]
Thinking Biblically About… Surveillance You are being watched. Almost everything you do online is tracked. Your personal details, web searches and browsing history are routinely collected. Emails, mobile phone calls and text messages are monitored, your social networking habits retained, your transactions logged. Your physical location is easy to determine thanks to smartphones with built-in […]
Thinking Biblically About… Consumerism Consumerism is the worldview that teaches us that meaning and identity are to be found through what we consume: the products we buy, the brands we adopt and the media we view, amongst other things. Choice is fundamental to consumerism, because the greater choice we have the more able we are […]
Engage is Jubilee Centre’s quarterly news and comment, mailed out to over 4,000 people. The contents of the October issue include: Faithfulness in the book of Ruth Jubilee blog highlights The Jubilee Lounge Biblical Foundations for Public Leadership course A gift of God: Introducing our new Cambridge Paper Biblical thinking on the front line of […]
By David Instone Brewer Review of Jonathan Burnside, God, Justice, and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible (OUP 2010) This brick-sized book of 540 closely argued pages seeks to discover links between modern western law and the legislation of the Old Testament. It succeeds in comparing these ancient and modern legal systems […]
Jubilee Centre relocated in July 2015 following the sale of Jubilee House, which has housed our offices in a residential part of Cambridge for the past 29 years. Our move to the centre of the city offers us two strategic advantages: Firstly, the proximity to the Cambridge colleges and city centre churches will bring us […]
Referendum Discussion Paper no. 1, November 23rd 2015 by Guy Brandon Introduction The Jubilee Centre is producing a number of discussion papers and articles in the lead up to the EU Referendum in 2017 (or earlier). This first one provides a brief introduction to the EU and the long term debate around Britain’s membership. […]
Biblical Foundations in Public Leadership is Jubilee Centre’s flagship training programme, equipping early-career Christians via an eight month online course and a three-day Summer School in Cambridge. The curriculum is based on Jubilee Centre’s research and thought leadership over 30 years. It unpacks the biblical vision for society, and introduces the idea of thinking relationally. […]
The Famine, the foreigner and the threshing floor: faithfulness in the book of Ruth by Guy Brandon The book of Ruth has prompted much discussion and controversy. It’s an unusual book, dealing with themes that other biblical authors don’t treat with such sympathy, including the integration of foreigners and sexual norms. Hollywood might interpret it […]
King Solomon’s ‘Thought for the Day’ This calendar takes one verse a day from the Book of Proverbs (attributed to King Solomon) and adds a pithy comment to apply it to today’s world. As it unpacks some of the timeless wisdom from Proverbs, it offers a ‘thought for the day’ for people on their way […]
15th June 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘Prodigal Stewards’
21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’