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The Dangers of Oversimplification

The Dangers of Oversimplification

by Philip S. Powell, 15th November 2018 Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius Confucius, the fifth century BC Chinese philosopher, believed that life ought to be simple and we should avoid complicating it. There is indeed something that rings true about keeping life simple. The simple things of […]

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Remembering Our Enemies

Remembering Our Enemies

by Jonathan Tame, 12th November 2018 The participation of Germany’s head of state, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Armistice Day celebrations in London was a moving testament to the long journey of reconciliation and healing between Britain and Germany.  It was mirrored at our own small church yesterday, where I was so pleased to see […]

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We Want a King! 1 Samuel 8 and Strongman Politics

We Want a King! 1 Samuel 8 and Strongman Politics

by Charlee New, 1st November 2018 Brazil just elected former military Captain Jair Bolsonaro as President. He’s being dubbed by many as the ‘Trump of the Tropics’ for his populist appeal, anti-establishment messaging, authoritarian flavour and nationalistic spirit; his campaign catchphrase was ‘Brazil before everything, and God above all’. He is a deeply divisive figure, who […]

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Eugene Peterson: Earthly fruit, heavenly reward

Eugene Peterson: Earthly fruit, heavenly reward

by Philip Powell, 25th October 2018 Reflecting on the life and legacy of Eugene Peterson On 22 October 2018, the famous and beloved American Christian writer and Pastor, Eugene Peterson, passed away at the age of 85 from complications related to heart-failure. He is best known for his contemporary and catchy translation of the Bible […]

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Why Unity Matters

Why Unity Matters

by Jonathan Tame, 22nd October 2018 Mrs May came back from Brussels last week having failed to reach any breakthrough on the vexed issue of the Irish border backstop (how to ensure there will be no return to a hard border in the event that the UK and EU fail to agree a new trade […]

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Trivial Matters: The Conservative Party Conference and those ‘fields of wheat’

Trivial Matters: The Conservative Party Conference and those ‘fields of wheat’

by Charlee New, 4th October 2018 This week is the Conservative Party Conference, where amongst the Brexit promises and leadership speculation some unusual headlines are appearing. Theresa May shimmying on stage to Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’, or claims that Boris Johnson was supposedly trolling the PM by running through a field of wheat. Both incidents are […]

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The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

by Jonathan Tame, 27th September 2018 This year has been remarkable for the range and intensity of extreme weather patterns. A heatwave in July affected much of the Northern hemisphere: fires killed 92 people in Greece; Japan suffered severe flooding then a deadly heatwave, with a total of 350 fatalities; wildfires in California have caused […]

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The Church, Robotics and AI: Conference Report

The Church, Robotics and AI: Conference Report

by Charlee New, 12th July 2018 On 29th June, we took part in a national conference called ‘For the Sake of the Future: The church, robotics and AI’ organised by CARE. Over 250 church leaders, Christians in industry, students and others came together at the British Library to explore the theological, social and practical implications […]

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Not the Last Word: Seeking a Confederal Europe

Not the Last Word: Seeking a Confederal Europe

by Jonathan Tame, Thursday 5th July 2018 Brexit is not the last word on Britain’s relationship with other European countries. And nor is it the only agenda on the table. The Christian calling to love our neighbour as ourselves doesn’t stop at political, geographical or ethnic boundaries, as Jesus indicates in the parable of the […]

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Printing and Painting

Printing and Painting

by Philip S. Powell, 28th June 2018 The blog-post is a sequel to my previous post on Scripture and Sculpture. At the mid-point of the fifteenth century there were only a few thousand books in all of Europe. These were hand-copied by skilled scholars and the books were mostly kept in university libraries away from […]

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The World Cup Dilemma

The World Cup Dilemma

by Calum Samuelson, 21st June 2018 Following the thrilling victory of England over Tunisia earlier this week, we learned that far more Brits watched the match than the recent Royal Wedding. In comparison to the 13.1 million who viewed Harry and Meghan’s nuptials, current stats suggest that more than 21 million cheered on The Three […]

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Student Debt and Intergenerational Justice

Student Debt and Intergenerational Justice

by Jonathan Tame, 15th June 2018 On Sunday I’ll drive to Nottingham to collect my son and his belongings for the last time. He is graduating with a degree in French and History, filled with all kinds of knowledge and ready to begin his first full-time job – in the constituency office of an MP […]

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Making Money: The Swiss Referendum

Making Money: The Swiss Referendum

by Guy Brandon, 6th June 2018 A poll on the 10th June will decide whether Switzerland should change to a ‘sovereign money’ system – effectively abolishing fractional reserve banking. This Sunday, the Swiss will vote on the ‘Vollgeld’ measure, proposed with the intention of making the banking system safer by preventing commercial banks from creating […]

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Gender Relations: Dystopia, utopia or somewhere in between?

Gender Relations: Dystopia, utopia or somewhere in between?

by Charlee New, 31st May 2018 “A great gap had grown up between the sexes. Segging we called it. From segregation. Almost everything we did was segged. Girls with girls, boys with boys…two big streams that couldn’t make a river.” – The Ice People, Maggie Gee Despite the recent furore over Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s […]

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History Belongs to the Intercessors

History Belongs to the Intercessors

by Philip S. Powell, 24th May 2018 As a young boy growing up in India, I spent many evenings after school running around, playing sports and having fun. However once it got dark, as kids, we always stayed away from a particular mango grove. We believed (or were led to believe) that demons lived in […]

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Thinking Critically About AI

Thinking Critically About AI

by Calum Samuelson, 17th May 2018 The public discussion around AI seems increasingly confused, contradictory, inaccessible, and provocative. In the midst of this, we have just published a discussion paper that could provide clarity and encouragement to those seeking to grapple with these issues. Calum Samuelson talks us through the two big questions addressed in this […]

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Winning the Peace

Winning the Peace

by Jeff Fountain, 9th May 2018 Everyone knows who won the Second World War – and yesterday was VE Day, commemorating 8th May 1945 when victory was declared in Europe.  But who won the peace?  What ensured that European nations would resolve their differences without going to war, which they had done twice in a […]

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Seeing Is Believing: Deepfake Video and Public Trust

Seeing Is Believing: Deepfake Video and Public Trust

by Charlee New, 3rd May 2018 Seeing is believing, as the old phrase goes. However, we’re about to turn a corner in digital fakery that undermines this belief and has the potential to deepen the crises of misinformation and trust.  Did you see Barack Obama’s public announcement about fake news? Only, it wasn’t actually Obama. […]

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Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

by Guy Brandon, 23rd April 2018 Many British citizens who have lived and worked in this country for decades have been threatened with deportation due to a lack of official paperwork supporting their right to be here. The so-called Windrush Scandal has proved a source of embarrassment to the Conservative government, but the episode hides […]

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Scripture and Sculpture

Scripture and Sculpture

by Philip S. Powell, 19th April 2018 During a recent holiday in Sicily, I had the opportunity to visit several historic sites, including churches built by the Normans. The mosaic artwork I saw was just breath-taking. I stood in awed silence before the Christ Pantocrator at the Cefalù Cathedral. How can works of art from […]

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