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When the ‘unexpected’ happens

When the ‘unexpected’ happens

By Philip S. Powell,  28 September, 2016   Many Christians believe that there are no coincidences or accidents in the universe and everything that happens is divinely orchestrated by God. But what about believing that some things happen because of chance. Should Christians believe in luck? What I want to briefly explore in this blog […]

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What’s wrong with money?

What’s wrong with money?

By Guy Brandon, 13 September 2016 Yesterday provided the perfect example of why our monetary system needs an overhaul. Markets fell across the world. The FTSE dropped 1.1%, following a 1.2% drop on Friday – when the US Dow Jones had also fallen 2.1%. Altogether £40 billion in value was erased from Britain’s largest companies. […]

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Changing Britain: Multicultural or not? (part 2)

Changing Britain: Multicultural or not? (part 2)

by Philip S. Powell, 1st Sept 2016. Cultural and religious diversity is a social fact. Not everybody who is British belongs to the same culture or ethnicity. Therefore it must be possible to belong to the same country and be loyal citizens, without having to belong to the same culture. The Bible affirms cultural diversity and…

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Changing Britain: Multicultural or not? (part 1)

Changing Britain: Multicultural or not? (part 1)

by Philip S. Powell, 31st August 2016 Team GB has had a glorious Olympic Games at Rio this year. UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl commented that Great Britain is ‘one of the superpowers of Olympic sport’. A total of 67 medals with 27 golds put Team GB second in the medal table – above […]

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The first three challenges

The first three challenges

by Jonathan Tame, 24th June. Pray hard. Reach out. Step up.  As I write this on the day after the Referendum, June 23rd 2016 will certainly go down as a momentous day in history.  Some Christians have been rejoicing that God answered their prayers and started to restore Britain’s sovereignty. Others have felt their hopes […]

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Time for a post-Brexit jubilee?

Time for a post-Brexit jubilee?

by Jonathan Tame, June 27th 2016 As I write this, three days after the surprise vote for Brexit, the media is preoccupied with the leadership crisis in both Conservative and Labour parties, as well as the wider economic and political turmoil in the UK and EU following the vote. These concerns are likely to dominate […]

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Reflections on Brexit

Reflections on Brexit

by Michael Schluter, 27th June 2016. The top priority in the days ahead is to heal the wounds inflicted during the campaign, and find a way forward for the future which meets the aspirations of both the Remain and the Leave constituencies among the British people. It is undoubtedly possible to find a middle way […]

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Money, power and the EU referendum

Money, power and the EU referendum

There is a power differential at the heart of the decision we will make in the referendum on 23 June, and it’s not just between Westminster and Brussels. By Guy Brandon, 20 June 2016 The UK’s membership of the EU will be decided on Thursday. The Campaigns for and against have been lengthy, misleading and […]

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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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