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The dangers of oversimplification

The dangers of oversimplification

by Philip S. Powell, 15th November 2018 Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius Confucius, the fifth century BC Chinese philosopher, believed that life ought to be simple and we should avoid complicating it. There is indeed something that rings true about keeping life simple. The simple things of […]

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Eugene Peterson: Earthly fruit, heavenly reward

Eugene Peterson: Earthly fruit, heavenly reward

by Philip S. Powell, 25th October 2018 Reflecting on the life and legacy of Eugene Peterson On 22 October 2018, the famous and beloved American Christian writer and Pastor, Eugene Peterson, passed away at the age of 85 from complications related to heart-failure. He is best known for his contemporary and catchy translation of the […]

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Printing and Painting

Printing and Painting

by Philip S. Powell, 28th June 2018 The blog-post is a sequel to my previous post on Scripture and Sculpture. At the mid-point of the fifteenth century there were only a few thousand books in all of Europe. These were hand-copied by skilled scholars and the books were mostly kept in university libraries away from […]

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Scripture and Sculpture

Scripture and Sculpture

by Philip S. Powell, 19th April 2018 During a recent holiday in Sicily, I had the opportunity to visit several historic sites, including churches built by the Normans. The mosaic artwork I saw was just breath-taking. I stood in awed silence before the Christ Pantocrator at the Cefalù Cathedral. How can works of art from […]

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Usurping the Power of Propaganda

Usurping the Power of Propaganda

by Philip S. Powell, 14th March 2018 A recently published study of 126,000 rumours and false news stories spread on Twitter over a period of 11 years found that they travelled much faster and reached more people than the truth. It seems that Christians are no exception from being caught up in believing and promoting […]

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Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

by Philip S. Powell, 21st February 2018 World-renowned evangelist Billy Graham died today. He was one of Christianity’s most recognised and celebrated leaders of the twentieth century. From his humble beginnings as a farm boy in North Carolina, to becoming friends with US presidents and other world leaders, his impact was felt across the decades. It is estimated […]

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When Christians disagree, does it matter ‘how’?

When Christians disagree, does it matter ‘how’?

by Philip S. Powell, 15th February 2018 Over the past two thousand years of church history Christians have disagreed, sometimes harshly and violently, on almost everything from trivial matters to profound theological questions. Even deciding on what is trivial and what is not sometimes has led to major disagreement and breakdown of relationship. In the […]

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh: Why 70 years of marriage still matters

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh: Why 70 years of marriage still matters

by Philip S. Powell, 20th November 2017 Today, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate seventy years of married life. Queen Elizabeth, who is the longest reigning monarch in British history, has now become the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary, whilst Prince Philip has become the longest serving consort to the British Sovereign. […]

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Listening to the voice of Silence

Listening to the voice of Silence

by Philip S. Powell, 30th June 2017 Recently I watched Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, an adaptation of Japanese writer Shusaku Endo’s book ‘Silence’ (1966). I had read Endo’s book a few years back and was eagerly waiting to watch the film on big screen. Nothing prepared me for what I experienced as I watched this […]

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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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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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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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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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The General Election and UK’s Foreign Policy

The General Election and UK’s Foreign Policy

By Philip S. Powell, May 6 2015 As the United Kingdom approaches one of the most unpredictable general elections in recent history, two important words are seldom heard in the clamour of election hysteria: foreign policy. Of course elections are primarily about what politicians can deliver on the domestic front, i.e. NHS, crime and welfare. […]

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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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Public Leadership: lessons from Justin Welby

Public Leadership: lessons from Justin Welby

by Philip S. Powell, June 9 2014 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 […]

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An Interview with Philip Powell

An Interview with Philip Powell

How did you first learn about the Jubilee Centre? I still vividly remember the first time I came across a Cambridge Paper back in 2000. I walked into a colleague’s office for a prayer meeting and there was a heavily underlined Cambridge Paper on world order lying on the table. I borrowed the Paper and […]

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