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Tattoo: Taboo, or no more than a skin deep issue?

Tattoo: Taboo, or no more than a skin deep issue?

Learning to Love Leviticus #2 by Guy Brandon ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.’ – Leviticus 19:28 (NIV) Along with sundry other activities such as wearing polycotton trousers and defrauding your neighbour, Leviticus 19 apparently prohibits the Israelites from the practice of tattooing […]

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Learning to Love Leviticus and the Ban on Mixed-Fibre Clothing

Learning to Love Leviticus and the Ban on Mixed-Fibre Clothing

by Guy Brandon We’re starting a new series for Engage Magazine on the laws found in Leviticus. Variously considered to be irrelevant, outrageous or just plain weird, Christians often struggle to make sense of the Levitical laws. Guy Brandon starts the series with a fresh look at the ban on mixed-fibre clothing. ‘Do not wear […]

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Making Money: The Swiss Referendum

Making Money: The Swiss Referendum

by Guy Brandon, 6th June 2018 A poll on the 10th June will decide whether Switzerland should change to a ‘sovereign money’ system – effectively abolishing fractional reserve banking. This Sunday, the Swiss will vote on the ‘Vollgeld’ measure, proposed with the intention of making the banking system safer by preventing commercial banks from creating […]

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Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

by Guy Brandon, 23rd April 2018 Many British citizens who have lived and worked in this country for decades have been threatened with deportation due to a lack of official paperwork supporting their right to be here. The so-called Windrush Scandal has proved a source of embarrassment to the Conservative government, but the episode hides […]

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Life on Mars?

Life on Mars?

by Guy Brandon  2018 has been billed as the ‘year of digital disruption’, but is there something more fundamental at stake? With the second decade of the 21st century well into its autumn, we might legitimately start to consider what its legacy is going to be. More than what we’re doing or where we’re going, […]

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Social Engineering: Your soul for sale

Social Engineering: Your soul for sale

by Guy Brandon, 20th March 2018 Cambridge Analytica, a firm whose social media strategies helped Donald Trump to win the Presidential Election, is under fire for overstepping the mark and harvesting information from 50 million Facebook profiles without the users’ knowledge or consent. The episode has sparked a debate about the power that big tech […]

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The Woman who Anoints Jesus

The Woman who Anoints Jesus

by Guy Brandon ‘Wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’ (Mark 14:9)  Jesus’ words about the woman who pours perfume on him in the days before his death have been borne out by her story’s inclusion in the gospels, but beyond the […]

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Adam and Eve: Feet of Clay

Adam and Eve: Feet of Clay

by Guy Brandon The story of Adam and Eve is one of the ‘Sunday School’ passages of the Bible that can easily lose their impact through over-familiarity. It’s a good story, but it also belongs to a bit of the Bible that we treat as distinct from the history books or the gospels. Life works […]

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Amos the Unprofessional

Amos the Unprofessional

Amos the Unprofessional by Guy Brandon In the collection of the prophetic books of the Old Testament – simply titled ‘The Prophets’ or nebi’îm in the tripartite classification of the Hebrew Bible – Amos is the earliest prophet with a book to his name. Despite the twelve so-called Minor Prophets coming after the longer books […]

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The serious business of elections

The serious business of elections

by Guy Brandon, 7th June 2017 It’s the eve of the General Election. Again. And, like the last General Election two years ago and the referendum a year ago, we’re being asked to make a decision that will fundamentally impact the nature of our society and will have far-reaching effects for all of us. It […]

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The Brexit election?

The Brexit election?

by Guy Brandon. The news of a snap General Election came as a surprise to just about everyone, apparently including most government ministers, though more cynical readers might think it was a long-planned exercise.

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Driverless shuttle bus heralds robot invasion?

Driverless shuttle bus heralds robot invasion?

by Guy Brandon, 10th April 2017 A driverless shuttle bus is to be tested by the public in London. The bus will operate on a pathway also used by pedestrians and cyclists, can ‘see’ 100m ahead and will stop if anything crosses its path. Driverless vehicles are just one development set to have far-reaching implications […]

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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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Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Guy Brandon, 24 November 2016 It’s been a little more than two weeks since the death of Leonard Cohen, one of the most celebrated and remarkable artists of our time. Cohen was a man of diverse talents, a poet, painter and novelist as well as the singer-songwriter known for his gravelly delivery and his dark […]

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Crumbling Foundations: a biblical critique of modern money

Crumbling Foundations: a biblical critique of modern money

You can buy the 40 page booklet (click the ‘Add to Cart’ button above) or download a free PDF copy:  “Crumbling Foundations is an excellent primer on what money is, and what we mean by ‘the monetary system’. It makes something enormously complex much easier to grasp, and suggests several practical options for monetary reform.” […]

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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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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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