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Shifting the burden of care

Shifting the burden of care

By Georgia Snyder, 12 August 2014 ‘About three quarters of us will need some care as we get older, but while about half of us can expect to pay out about £20,000, 1 in 10 people will spend over £100,000. There is no way to predict in advance which of us that will be.’ We are an […]

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Israel, Gaza and the struggle for a just peace

Israel, Gaza and the struggle for a just peace

Philip Powell writes (on July 31st), “Israel began Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas militants in the Gaza strip on 8 July. Since then over 1,400 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, including hundreds of teenagers and young children. Also 58 Israelis have been killed – 56 soldiers and two civilians.”

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What is public healthcare?

What is public healthcare?

by Guy Brandon, 24 July 2014 The father of one of my close friends played a significant role in coming close to wiping out malaria in India in the post-war years. Finally understanding exactly how malaria was transmitted (by female mosquitos, which typically rest on a nearby wall or surface after feeding) made it possible […]

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On rites and rights

On rites and rights

by Njoki Mahiaini, 23rd July 2014 “A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.   No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not […]

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Falling idols: from King David to public life today

Falling idols: from King David to public life today

by Guy Brandon King David has gone down in biblical history as God’s anointed, the model leader who would be the standard by which every future Israelite king would be judged. David’s mission would be fulfilled and perfected in the person of Jesus, who was himself a descendant of David. David was a man who […]

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Public Leadership: lessons from Justin Welby

Public Leadership: lessons from Justin Welby

by Philip Powell Justin Welby recently delivered the keynote address on ‘Global Christianity in the 21st Century’ at the 2014 National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. No Archbishop of Canterbury had addressed the prayer breakfast before, and it was the first time that the event was attended by both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the […]

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Why was UKIP so successful in the European elections?

Why was UKIP so successful in the European elections?

Guest blogger Felicity Leeson writes that whether you agree or disagree with UKIP, you likely recognise that their success in the recent European elections points to some broader underlying issues. But what is it that strikes a chord with disillusioned voters, and what are the origins of these problems?

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The Clyde Arc: bridge over troubled water

The Clyde Arc: bridge over troubled water

by Njoki Mahiaini The statistics provided in a recent BBC article are alarming. It reports that 1 in 4 Glaswegian men will not reach their 65th birthday. Even more concerning is the fact that, compared to residents of cities such as Liverpool and Manchester, Glaswegians are 30% more likely to die young. Considering that of […]

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Halal meat: to label or not to label?

Halal meat: to label or not to label?

by Felicity Leeson, guest blogger Halal means ‘permissible’ in Arabic and describes the process of slaughtering animals for food – the animal being alive and healthy at the time, killed by a cut to the neck, the blood drained and an Islamic blessing being recited. The supermarkets are saying labelling isn’t necessary – that as […]

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The rise and rise of (anti) social media

The rise and rise of (anti) social media

by Njoki Mahiaini, 25, Jubilee Centre’s new Events and Marketing Manager “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel 16:7 As human beings, we can only really get to know 150 people in our lifetime. Yet most of […]

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In defence of virginity

In defence of virginity

by Felicity Leeson A sixth-former at a prestigious private school has caused a minor sensation in the national press after writing an article for his school magazine, outing himself as a virgin and warning his peers against casual sex. Five years ago, when we published Just Sex (our work on sexual ethics and the limitations […]

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The food bank debate: shifting the axis of analysis

The food bank debate: shifting the axis of analysis

by Jonathan Tame, 20th May 2014 The current debate surrounding the rapid expansion of food banks in Britain can sound a bit like two clowns shouting at a children’s party: “The changes in the welfare system have left lots of people without enough food!”….. “Oh, no they haven’t!” “Oh, yes they have!” “OH, NO THEY HAVEN’T!” […]

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Voting: the last thing you should do

Voting: the last thing you should do

by Guy Brandon, 19th May 2014 The European and Local elections will take place on Thursday and, by all indications, we’re in for some changes. Every few years the public have an opportunity to say what and how things are achieved at the local, national and international level. This time, it looks like we are planning […]

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One thing to change the world

One thing to change the world

One thing to change the world: what’s yours?

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Debt slaves: Jubilee Centre on Threads

Debt slaves: Jubilee Centre on Threads

by Guy Brandon We all know when debt becomes a problem, whether it’s in our personal lives or in the global financial system. It’s when you can’t pay it back. But what about the routine, manageable debt that’s a part of everyday life? The kind we take on without really thinking about it? Read more […]

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Welcome to Capitalism: Privatising Royal Mail

Welcome to Capitalism: Privatising Royal Mail

by Guy Brandon A lot of people are going to win big from today’s privatisation of Royal Mail, and a lot are going to lose out. The share offering has been hugely oversubscribed, with a ‘wall of money’ chasing the limited number of shares available. The result? A big spike in the price when the […]

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Assessing the government’s new immigration bill

Assessing the government’s new immigration bill

by Andrew Scott On the 10th October, the Coalition government introduced a new immigration bill, with its main aim of tackling illegal immigration. It aims to make it easier to identify illegal immigrants by extending powers to search for passports, to examine fingerprints and to implement embarkation controls. The bill will cut the number of […]

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Why marriage is (and isn’t) the point.

Why marriage is (and isn’t) the point.

by Guy Brandon There’s a great blog post on the Q Ideas website by one of our collaborators, Dale Kuehne, on ‘Why Marriage Is (And Isn’t) The Point’. Dale’s outstanding book, Sex and the iWorld, explores the deficiencies of what he calls the ‘iWorld’ – our default worldview of postmodern individualism – and what happens […]

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Seeking Europe’s shalom

Seeking Europe’s shalom

by Jeff Fountain When Judah was taken into exile to Babylon, God’s instruction to the Jews through Jeremiah was to seek the city’s shalom, or well-being and harmony. What then might God’s word to us be today as ‘exiles’ in what many see as a post-Christian, secularised Europe? Surely it is also to seek Europe’s […]

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The relational cost of unemployment

The relational cost of unemployment

Guest contributor Ruth Garvey-Williams shares a story from Ireland about how unemployment is much more than being out of work… Take a look at the statistics and you’ll know that Ireland is in trouble. A national rate of 14% unemployment seems bad enough. But in certain parts of the country this figure is doubled! One […]

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