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The Enduring Power of Vocation by Calum Samuelson

The Enduring Power of Vocation by Calum Samuelson

The Enduring Power of Vocation: From the Reformation to 2017 by Calum Samuelson MA MPhil   Today, most use the term ‘vocation’ interchangeably with others such as ‘occupation’, ‘profession’, and ‘career’. While mere etymology cannot unravel the present conflation of these terms, it is important to observe the distinct historical connotation of ‘vocation’, which comes […]

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Relational Proximity: a biblical perspective

Relational Proximity: a biblical perspective

A discussion paper by Guy Brandon   Good relationships are critical to the success of organisations and projects of all kinds, but ‘relationship’ tends to be a black box that is not readily amenable to analysis or quantification. The Relational Proximity Framework (RPF) is a way of unpacking relationships and better understanding what makes them […]

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Jonah: the Bible’s best and worst evangelist

Jonah: the Bible’s best and worst evangelist

by Guy Brandon Jonah is one of the most famous stories of the Old Testament, a Sunday School classic up there with Noah and the Ark, David and Goliath and Jesus feeding the 5,000. Although for Christians it’s rarely used in sermons, observant Jews read it start-to-finish every year on Yom Kippur, the Day of […]

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How should we reform the UK monetary system?

How should we reform the UK monetary system?

Event report: Monday 5th December 2016   Money is part of our collective narrative as a society. We have always worried individually and as families not just about how much money we have, but about how decisions taken at a national and international level impact that. Inflation figures, interest rates and quantitative easing (QE) have […]

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Judas Iscariot: racketeer or revolutionary?

Judas Iscariot: racketeer or revolutionary?

By Guy Brandon As the man who betrayed Jesus to his death, Judas has gone down in history as a Thoroughly Bad Man. His name is synonymous with treachery, as is the sum of money he was paid for identifying Jesus on the Mount of Olives. In his Inferno, Dante depicts Satan as a three-faced […]

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The First Step: Re-thinking Factory Farming

The First Step: Re-thinking Factory Farming

By Tim Lornie 28th July 2016. ‘There is no bad odour, no sound, no monstrosity, to which man cannot become so accustomed that he ceases to remark what would strike a man unaccustomed to it.’ – Leo Tolstoy, ‘The First Step’, 1892 In his moving and challenging essay ‘The First Step‘, Leo Tolstoy tells the […]

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Leah: unexpected matriarch

Leah: unexpected matriarch

by Guy Brandon In the star-studded cast of the story of the Patriarchs, Leah sits in the background. She is the daughter of Laban, and becomes his nephew Jacob’s first wife.  She plays second fiddle to her beautiful sister Rachel, who herself plays a relative bit-part against the backdrop of the rivalry with Esau and […]

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Theresa May sets out her stall

Theresa May sets out her stall

An initial assessment of the new PM’s vision for Britain 15th July 2016 In her speech on Monday that launched her bid to become Conservative leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May set out her vision for how the UK would look under her leadership. Two days later, she was moving into 10 Downing Street after […]

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‘Gender fluidity’ and the Bible

‘Gender fluidity’ and the Bible

Given our wider culture’s confusion around gender issues, how are Christians even to start thinking about the subject? A series of high-profile cases – transgender celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and the Wachowski twins, Brighton & Hove City Council’s decision to ask four-year-old primary school children to choose their preferred gender identity, and the Obama […]

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Video on European refugee/migration crisis

Video on European refugee/migration crisis

Safe Haven? Responding to Europe’s refugee/migration crisis ‘Safe Haven?’ is a film by Jubilee Centre and the Christian Political Foundation for Europe which presents both challenges and responses to the European refugee crisis.  It focuses on what needs to be done now (early- to mid-2016) and the vital role which Christians can play. The issues […]

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Brexit Unless… Three Fundamental Conditions for Staying in the EU

Brexit Unless… Three Fundamental Conditions for Staying in the EU

by Michael Schluter This paper was first published by KLICE in its Ethics in Brief series, and is reprinted by permission.  It sets out five biblical principles for political and economic life and finds that the EU currently breaches them significantly. It proposes three conditions for remaining within the EU but, in the absence of […]

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Beyond the Economics of EU membership

Beyond the Economics of EU membership

Referendum Briefing Paper no. 4 Guy Brandon, April 2016 (From a talk given at the University of Winchester on 9th April) This paper looks at some of the biblical principles that might underpin our political-economic vision of the EU. We look at this issue of EU membership in predominantly economic terms. It’s a cost-benefit analysis […]

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EU Referendum: Four Big Issues

EU Referendum: Four Big Issues

The renegotiation of the terms of British membership has secured some guarantees, but the reality of the UK’s ‘special status’ in Europe is open to interpretation.[1] Campaigning is well under way and both sides are strident in their arguments. There are Christians in both camps, and good reasons for both positions, but it is almost impossible to separate fact from propaganda. This article aims not to give a simple In/Out answer, but to articulate a biblical framework within which we might start to ask the right questions around four main issues.

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Thinking Relationally for Europe’s Future

Thinking Relationally for Europe’s Future

To navigate safely through the ongoing economic and financial crisis in Europe will require the wisdom, skill and judgment of the best economists and politicians on the continent. However, the financial crisis is a symptom of a deeper cultural crisis, which if not addressed, will inevitably recur.

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Caesar: Cash is king

Caesar: Cash is king

by Guy Brandon Caesar is the most influential character never seen in the New Testament. The Roman emperor does not make a personal appearance in the accounts of the disciples and the early Church, but he stands behind the scenes of almost everything that occurs. He can be considered Jesus’ opposite number, the personification of […]

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Major Jubilee Centre online course starts soon

Major Jubilee Centre online course starts soon

Biblical Foundations in Public Leadership is Jubilee Centre’s flagship training programme, equipping early-career Christians via an eight month online course and a three-day Summer School in Cambridge. The curriculum is based on Jubilee Centre’s research and thought leadership over 30 years. It unpacks the biblical vision for society, and introduces the idea of thinking relationally. […]

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The Famine, the foreigner and the threshing floor

The Famine, the foreigner and the threshing floor

The Famine, the foreigner and the threshing floor: faithfulness in the book of Ruth by Guy Brandon The book of Ruth has prompted much discussion and controversy. It’s an unusual book, dealing with themes that other biblical authors don’t treat with such sympathy, including the integration of foreigners and sexual norms. Hollywood might interpret it […]

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Turmoil and peace-building on earth and in heaven

Turmoil and peace-building on earth and in heaven

by Rev Dr Jeremy Ive In early September, Western Europe was galvanized by the heartrending photograph of a policeman carrying the drowned body of Aylan Kurdi, three, who with his brother Galip, five, were washed up on the beach of the Turkish holiday resort of Bodrum, prompting an international outpouring of sympathy for the plight […]

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Joseph: any economic plan will do

Joseph: any economic plan will do

by Guy Brandon Very little about the Joseph story is quite what it seems on the surface. We tend to take most of our popular knowledge about him from the Sunday School and musical versions of Genesis 37-47, focusing heavily on Joseph’s sartorial flair at the expense of his intuitive grasp of Keynesian economics and […]

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