Risk has become a central concept in modern life. The ‘risk society’ that we live in has increasingly structured itself around attempting to manage an uncertain future, in which more knowledge simultaneously provides safety and increases our awareness of what we do not know. This paper argues while the risk society is a secular phenomenon, it provides an opportunity for Christians to live distinctively and attractively.
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.
Ever since I joined the Jubilee Centre, one phrase seems to capture the heart of our mission: biblical social reform. The lives of the great 19th century British social reformers such as Wilberforce, Shaftesbury and Booth have been a wonderful example to me as they combined an evangelical Christian faith with a deep concern for the poor, exploited and marginalised – and by the grace of God, they did change the world.
By Jonathan Tame, 20th January 2016 A report by Oxfam published this week shows that for the first time, the wealthiest 1% of the global population own more than the other 99% (you currently need a net worth of £533,000 to be in the top 1%). It also reveals the incredible figure that just 62 […]
Biblical thinking is not so much a product but a process, so Jubilee Centre must not only share the fruits of biblical thinking that have been published already – in a book or Cambridge Paper – but also equip others to think biblically for themselves through training, mentoring, workshops and other events.
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 magazine, mailed out to over 4,000 people. If you would like to receive a copy by post, please let us know using the form here. The contents of the January 2016 issue of Engage include: Caesar: Cash is king What makes a business Christian? Relational Companies consultation […]
The Jubilee Lounge is a place with a purpose: to serve a network of Members in Cambridge and beyond who want to explore how the Bible addresses issues in public life and work towards biblical social transformation. It provides the hub for a growing network of people who want to connect their faith with their […]
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 […]
To navigate safely through the ongoing economic and financial crisis in Europe will require the wisdom, skill and judgment of the best economists and politicians on the continent. However, the financial crisis is a symptom of a deeper cultural crisis, which if not addressed, will inevitably recur.
by Guy Brandon Caesar is the most influential character never seen in the New Testament. The Roman emperor does not make a personal appearance in the accounts of the disciples and the early Church, but he stands behind the scenes of almost everything that occurs. He can be considered Jesus’ opposite number, the personification of […]
Referendum Discussion Paper no. 1 November 23rd 2015 by Guy Brandon (Guy is also contributing to a national blog on the Referendum hosted by the Church of England which you can read here) Introduction The Jubilee Centre is producing a number of discussion papers and articles in the lead up to the EU Referendum in […]
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’