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The Prodigal Runaway: On Shamima Begum

The Prodigal Runaway: On Shamima Begum

by Hannah Eves, Thursday 14th March 2019 On Monday, Irish PM Leo Varadkar said that it is not right to remove citizenship from Lisa Smith, a suspected ISIS recruit, because, ‘ultimately, this is an Irish citizen, and we don’t believe that [it] would be either the right or compassionate thing to do’. In contrast, Sajid […]

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The cry of Tamar

The cry of Tamar

by Katherine Ladd, 8th March 2019 ‘“No…” she said to him. “Don’t force me! Don’t do this wicked thing. What about me?” …But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her… and said, “Get this woman out of my sight and bolt the door”… And Tamar lived […]

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Responding like Jesus: accountability, repentance and forgiveness

Responding like Jesus: accountability, repentance and forgiveness

by Andrew Philips, 6th March 2019 In the last few weeks, in the state of Virginia, the three most important statewide elected officials (all Democrats) have been mired in scandal. A photo in Governor Ralph Northam’s medical yearbook was published, showing two people, one in blackface, the other in a Klu Klux Klan robe. Northam […]

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School strikes, environmental theology and Psalm 8

School strikes, environmental theology and Psalm 8

by Charlee New, 25th February 2019 The last few months have been significant for youth environmental activism. Inspired by sixteen-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, tens of thousands of schoolchildren across the world have been striking from school in protest over climate change. This is not an exaggeration; in the February 15th strikes (according to the protest […]

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St Columbanus, the patron saint of Europe

St Columbanus, the patron saint of Europe

by Katherine Martin, 14th Feb 2019. There is nothing new under the sun. As the continent of Europe undergoes political and social changes, including protests, changing political landscapes and deeply divided public discourse, we can remind ourselves that these are new expressions of an age-old story.

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Media: The architect of perspective?

Media: The architect of perspective?

by Mercedes McGuire, Thursday 7th February 2019 There is war in Yemen, a polar vortex in Canada and a measles outbreak in the Philippines. The USA is experiencing the longest shutdown in its history over the construction of a wall. Venezuela is experiencing a ‘slow motion catastrophe’, and energy prices are rising for millions. And […]

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If we want to renew democracy, we should use our emotions more intelligently

If we want to renew democracy, we should use our emotions more intelligently

by Hannah Eves, Wednesday 6th February 2019 If emotional intelligence is ‘the capacity to be aware of, control and express emotion in a way that handles relationships in a judicious and empathetic way’, then we are certainly in need of more emotional intelligence in Westminster. Indeed, practicing wisdom in the expression of emotion has strong […]

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Taking sides on Brexit

Taking sides on Brexit

by Jonathan Tame, 29th January 2019 We’ve been asked to end a relative radio silence from Jubilee Centre about Brexit, ever since Mrs May came back from Brussels with a negotiated exit deal with the EU in November. What is a Christian response to the bewildering parliamentary pantomime we’re currently watching of MPs trying to deal […]

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Government shutdown: conflict management or a heart for resolution?

Government shutdown: conflict management or a heart for resolution?

by Peter Redmayne, 28th January 2019 On Friday the US Congress and President Donald Trump signed off on a law allowing the US federal government to reopen for three weeks. At 35 days (closed since the 22nd December), this has been the longest shutdown in US history. The cause of the shutdown was Trump’s refusal […]

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Brexit ‘traitors’: lessons from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Brexit ‘traitors’: lessons from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Yesterday evening, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was decisively rejected by MPs in the heaviest defeat of any government in the democratic era (230 against, including 118 Conservatives). We are entering a period of turmoil: nobody knows what will happen, and so far no consensus has emerged.

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Which story are you living in?

Which story are you living in?

Our lives can be shaped powerfully by the narratives around us – the accounts of reality which view events and circumstances through a particular lens, often with a certain goal or agenda in mind.

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The unspeakable joy of Christmas

The unspeakable joy of Christmas

by Philip S. Powell, 20th December 2018 The word joy is often heard during the Christmas season. But does the word joy mean anything in our happiness-obsessed culture? And why does the questionable birth of a Jewish baby to an unwed teenager (Mary) in an obscure part of the Middle East (Bethlehem) from two thousand […]

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A very Brexit Advent

A very Brexit Advent

by Charlee New, 12th December 2018 ‘The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ – Matt 4:16 Today is not an easy day to be tasked with writing a blog post, since there’s only one subject on everyone’s […]

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Online gambling and the highest paid woman in history

Online gambling and the highest paid woman in history

by Jonathan Tame, 7th December 2018 Denise Coates is the highest paid CEO in Britain by a long shot, and the best paid woman in the world.  Her salary and dividends came to a staggering £265 million last year, or £726,000 every day.  Bet365, the family gambling business of which she is CEO, trades around […]

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Christianity, anthropocentrism and reframing the narrative

Christianity, anthropocentrism and reframing the narrative

by Charlee New, 29th November 2018 Christians face a paradoxical challenge: we need to act on climate change, whilst (at the same time) we must face our reputation as the religion that cares least about the environment. For some of our readers, this claim Christians care little for the natural world or its animal inhabitants […]

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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 S. 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 […]

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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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