Tag: Bible

Making the nation great again?

Making the nation great again?

by Jonathan Tame, 10th November 2016. One of Donald Trump’s rallying cries in his election campaign was the commitment to ‘make America great again’.  It remains to be seen what that will constitute in terms of policy goals or outcomes, but since so many evangelicals voted for Trump, it’s worth reminding ourselves what national greatness […]

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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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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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Evangelism and Social Justice

Evangelism and Social Justice

Should the Church be focusing on evangelism above all else, or is social justice an integral part of our faith too? How can we resolve the tension between both making disciples and loving our neighbour? Over the summer of 2015, the Jubilee Centre welcomed Cambridge student Andrew Lawrence as an intern. He has completed two […]

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Conscience & the common good by Jon Thompson

Conscience & the common good by Jon Thompson

The Christian’s conscience is increasingly set in opposition to some of the values and political aims of wider Western culture. This fact is evidenced by an increase in ‘conscience cases’, where Christians are sued or dismissed for acting in accordance with their conscience.

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God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]

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Simon Stuart responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

Simon Stuart responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’  

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David Nussbaum responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

David Nussbaum responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’

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Dave Bookless: the Bible and biodiversity

Dave Bookless: the Bible and biodiversity

21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’

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The Bible and Biodiversity by David Bookless

The Bible and Biodiversity by David Bookless

The ethical foundations which underpin the wildlife conservation movement face a crisis: what gives nature its value? Anthropocentric views (which see the world as here to serve human interests) and ecocentric views (which aim to value all species equally) compete but are flawed. In contrast, a biblical perspective emphasises that both human and non-human creatures are made for the glory of God and have value directly in relation to God. This has significant implications for Christian attitudes to biodiversity conservation and for the conservation movement, which are briefly explored.

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The Relational Master: ten studies in Mark by Michael Schluter

The Relational Master: ten studies in Mark by Michael Schluter

This series of ten in-depth Bible studies from Mark’s gospel explore how Jesus met, encountered, and transformed different people’s lives and relationships.

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Book Review: The Rescue Mission by Pete Atkinson

Book Review: The Rescue Mission by Pete Atkinson

“Tears cascade incessantly from the blood-shot, pain stained eyes of the three friends huddled together…..” Is how Pete Atkinson’s book Rescue Mission begins. I had picked it up off the book table and by the end of page one I was hooked. Read more…

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The Rescue Mission by Pete Atkinson

The Rescue Mission by Pete Atkinson

The Rescue Mission: The Bible as a Gripping, Thrilling, Emotional Page-turner. A re-telling of the Bible’s grand narrative from the perspective of the Trinity, this book by Pete Atkinson of Christian Heritage in Cambridge is a gripping, thrilling, emotional page-turner.     Read more here: www.rescuemission.co.uk      

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The Beginning of Wisdom by Guy Brandon

The Beginning of Wisdom by Guy Brandon

I’ve been asked to speak briefly on the subject of forming a Christian mind as an introduction to this conference. I’d like to do that with reference to two things. The first is the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs is about acquiring Wisdom; not in a solely intellectual capacity as we often understand the word, but […]

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Forming a Christian mind

Forming a Christian mind

by Guy Brandon Following our Forming a Christian Mind Conference last weekend, here is a transcript of the introductory talk by Guy Brandon. The beginning of Wisdom Good afternoon, my name is Guy Brandon and I’ve worked as a researcher and writer for the Jubilee Centre for around 7 years now. As a little bit […]

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Education in the Bible: a starting point for discussion by Guy Brandon

Education in the Bible: a starting point for discussion by Guy Brandon

  This draft report summarises our research to date on education in the Bible. Starting from first principles, it aims to shed light on how education is approached in the Bible, including the vital question of its ultimate purpose. Surveying the different attitudes and approaches through biblical history, with particular emphasis on the Wisdom literature, […]

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Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective by Julian Rivers

Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective by Julian Rivers

    Abstract The Equality Act 2010 was the last major piece of legislation to be passed under the British ‘New Labour’ Government. This paper explains briefly what equality law does as well as two related groups of recent problem cases. It sets out a biblical foundation for the commitment to equality as well as […]

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