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.
During the recent financial crisis, governments borrowed as if they were fighting a world war. They have struggled to reduce deficits ever since and so their debts are at record levels, leaving societies open to the temptations of repression, default, or inflation. This is the poisonous legacy of the ‘Prodigal’ baby boomer generation that squandered not only their inheritance but that of their children too. Biblical wisdom helps us to understand the state we are in and the possible means of escape. But societies ultimately need a change of heart to understand that debt is financial servitude and we all have obligations before God to future generations.
By Njoki Mahiaini 30 July 2015 Call it victor’s spoils, blame it on Murdoch’s might but the in-fighting within the UK Labour party following their defeat in May has had senior Tories near-giddy with glee. Hardly a day goes by without an article dissecting Labour’s loss or critiquing Blair’s journey from Prime Ministerial dynamo to […]
By Guy Brandon 20 July 2015 As the new Liberal Democrat leader and a Christian in the front line of politics, Tim Farron has encountered immediate and hostile media attention over his views on same-sex practice and marriage. Is there a better way to nuance these discussions than the reductionist knee-jerk coverage we have seen […]
Thursday 2 July 2015 By Guy Brandon Thanks go to Paul Mills for providing insight into the situation in Greece and the Eurozone. After its government’s unilateral decision to hold a referendum on bailout proposals, Greece has defaulted in all but name and the way forward is significantly less clear than it was even a […]
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 […]
Thinking Biblically About… Sex Our culture is hopelessly confused about sex. On the one hand, it is meant to be special, the most intimate of relationships. On the other, sex is considered trivial – something reflected in the idea of ‘casual’ sex. Sex is used to market just about everything from coffee and cars to […]
Engage is Jubilee Centre’s quarterly news and comment, mailed out to over 4,000 people. The contents of the July issue include: Joseph: Any economic plan will do? Relational Thinking Network international conference 2015 How can local churches change the debate on immigration in Britain? Thinking Biblically About… ten timely topics ‘Here I Stand’ – introducing […]
Weighing up the consequences of our unsustainable national debt: come and hear Dr Paul Mills’ penetrating analysis of the national debt crisis and its consequences for future generations. How should Christians respond?
Engage is Jubilee Centre’s quarterly newsletter, mailed out to over 4,000 people. The contents of the April issue include: Anger, insult and humour Jubilee blog highlights It’s almost time to vote wise! Immigration and Justice Serving the Secular University – introducing our new Cambridge Paper Bible & Biodiversity event review Building a relational European society […]
by Guy Brandon Very little about the Joseph story is quite what it seems on the surface. We tend to take most of our popular knowledge about him from the Sunday School and musical versions of Genesis 37-47, focusing heavily on Joseph’s sartorial flair at the expense of his intuitive grasp of Keynesian economics and […]
By Njoki Mahiaini, 21 April 2015 Once upon a time in a not-so-faraway kingdom lived a people with reasonable expectations of home ownership. Although the grandest palace was reserved for their ruler, there was a saying which rang true in all four corners of the nation: ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’. However, in neighbouring […]
by Guy Brandon Jesus warns his listeners that anger is as spiritually significant as murder. Although humour is not the immediate subject of his teaching, this has implications for what we find funny – not a comfortable idea for a culture that has raised sarcasm to the highest form of wit. ‘You have heard that […]
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’