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Five lenses on the EU Referendum

Five lenses on the EU Referendum

by Jonathan Tame, 17th June 2016 (This was originally a talk given at Christchurch in Guildford on 9th June last week) How do we think biblically about the Referendum on June 23rd?  What perspective does our faith give us as we weigh up the arguments for remaining in or leaving the EU?  There are sincere […]

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The EU, champion of religious freedom… an untold story

The EU, champion of religious freedom… an untold story

by Johannes de Jong, 18th June 2016 On 4th September 2013 more than 70 guests, including a number of MEPs, took part in a European Parliament (EP) event on the fate of converts in other countries and the responsibility of the EU to protect them. Many of the guests were from mission organisations, and one […]

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Joint Call to Prayer for EU Referendum

Joint Call to Prayer for EU Referendum

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EU Referendum debate in Cambridge

EU Referendum debate in Cambridge

by Guy Brandon, 26th May 2016 Yesterday evening the Jubilee Centre hosted a lively panel discussion at Eden Baptist church, Cambridge, on the coming referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. The panel consisted of (from left to right in the photo) Johannes de Jong (Christian Political Foundation for Europe), Dr Adrian Hilton (theologian […]

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What the tale of bitcoin’s ‘creator’ says to Christians

What the tale of bitcoin’s ‘creator’ says to Christians

By Guy Brandon, 3 May 2016. The Second Coming (of Satoshi): what the tale of bitcoin’s ‘creator’ says to Christians   1MszuPM3GkaEbsa2azA7ZdkrL4v7gQEhCj Bitcoin’s elusive creator claims to have come out of the shadows, but the means by which this revelation was undertaken is suspicious – and there’s an interesting set of lessons for Christians. ‘At […]

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When big corporations do good

When big corporations do good

By Philip S. Powell, 21 April 2016 Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, during his ordination training in 1992, published a Grove booklet titled Can Companies Sin? He observes, “Companies clearly have most of the features of social existence. The creation of a thing that can agree, commit torts or crimes, is identifiable, affects […]

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80 days to go

80 days to go

by Jonathan Tame, 4th April 2016. It’s 80 days until the EU Referendum, and I’ve been recalling the time in 1983 when I visited Brussels for the first time, on an undergraduate field trip. We learned about how decisions made by the European institutions were filtered down to the ten member states of the EEC, and how the overriding vision was to make war between European nations unthinkable. The deadly European conflict of the first half of the 20th century must give ways to fruitful European cooperation in the second.

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Why I gave up online shopping

Why I gave up online shopping

by Njoki Mahiaini 22nd March 2016 I am now over three quarters of the way into my online shopping fast.  As mentioned in an earlier post, I have given up online shopping (excluding the purchase of tickets for essential travel) for the duration of lent.  Initially my motive was simple – to see whether my […]

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Salted

Salted

A Word for Wednesday by Jonathan Tame 2nd March 2016 Most of us have heard of ‘Messy Church’, but what about ‘Salty Church’?  The Sermon on the Mount starts with Matthew’s masterful account of how the calling of Israel, expressed through the Law and the Prophets, is carried forward into the ministry of the Church. […]

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The ‘grit’ in integrity

The ‘grit’ in integrity

by Njoki Mahiaini, 22nd February 2016 “I don’t need anybody’s money.  It’s nice…I’m really rich”. No prizes for guessing which US presidential candidate spoke those immortal words.  I hasten to add, I am not critical of Trump solely because of his fabulous wealth, indeed, in light of the presidential race I consider it one of […]

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The Prologue to the Decalogue

The Prologue to the Decalogue

by Jonathan Tame, 10th February, 2016. ‘Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?’ asked skeptical Nathanael in John chapter 1. ‘Come and see,’ replied his friend Philip. Fortunately for Nathanael, he did go and see and came to realise how wrong he had been about Jesus of Nazareth.

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Biblical. Social. Reform.

Biblical. Social. Reform.

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.

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Wealth disparities and living wages

Wealth disparities and living wages

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 […]

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Biblical thinking: product or process?

Biblical thinking: product or process?

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.

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Trimming the Christmas fat

Trimming the Christmas fat

By Guy Brandon, 5th January 2016 ‘Tis the season when people typically start paying attention to their waistlines after a month of Christmas excess, along with all the attendant choices this involves. To low-carb, no carb or low-GI? To reduce fat, sugar or both? To cut portion size but otherwise eat normally, or to skip […]

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3 things we’ve learned from Donald Trump

3 things we’ve learned from Donald Trump

by Njoki Mahiaini, 9th December 2015. I’ve learned the hard way not to write-off anyone who runs for political office.

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Solidarité

Solidarité

by Jonathan Tame, 16th November 2015. Over the weekend, many national landmarks were lit up in the red, white and blue of France’s national colours, and scores of major corporate websites still depict the French flag, the Eiffel Tower or other symbols of Paris on their home page. All these seek to express solidarity with […]

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An end to end-to-end encryption: a biblical view

An end to end-to-end encryption: a biblical view

By Guy Brandon, 4 April 1984 The government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill is to be published today. David Cameron has called it one of the most significant pieces of legislation this parliament. It includes a series of measures designed to modernise communications law, including preventing criminals from communicating online unchecked. As David Cameron has explained, […]

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Public scandal and the crisis of leadership

Public scandal and the crisis of leadership

By Guy Brandon, 22nd Oct 2015. Scandal is nothing new. As long as there have been people in public life there have been people who betray public trust. The greater that trust, the worse the betrayal. Who would have thought that Aaron – a man who worked miracles for God in front of Pharaoh and […]

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