Tag: Church

Unity and diversity: the church, race and ethnicity by Sujit Sivasundaram

Unity and diversity: the church, race and ethnicity by Sujit Sivasundaram

  Summary The affirmation of ethnic diversity can give the individual believer and the local congregation a sense of cohesion and belonging. Yet, if ethnicity becomes a primary criterion defining identity, we risk marginalising ethnic minorities. This paper brings the twin principles of unity and diversity to bear on four contexts: the individual Christian, the […]

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Do we need a Christian university? by Nigel Paterson

Do we need a Christian university? by Nigel Paterson

    Summary The concept of a university was substantially a Christian innovation, yet most modern universities are secular institutions. This paper surveys briefly the historical background which shows how this came about and the institutional landscape of higher education today. Next, biblical perspectives applicable to all Christians involved in higher education are explored. At […]

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More on Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

More on Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

In this second of two talks, pastor Gordon Dalzell asks what we need to do in order to build relational churches and considers the impact of church life on social reform.   Listen to this episode    

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Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

This talk by Gordon Dalzell was recorded at the Singapore consultation: Towards Jubilee 2015.   Listen to this episode  

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Jubilee Centre: The Movie

Jubilee Centre: The Movie

The Jubilee Centre has always sought to demonstrate the relevance of the West’s biblical heritage to the challenges facing modern society. To mark our silver jubilee and as we look ahead to how we might best help shape society in the coming twenty-five years, the Jubilee Centre has released a two-minute video introducing its work […]

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BBC Radio 4 Sunday Interview with Chris Watkin

BBC Radio 4 Sunday Interview with Chris Watkin

On Sunday 13th April 2008, Cambridge Paper writer Christopher Watkin was interviewed live on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme about contemporary use of the term ‘evangelical’. Listen to what he had to say in this four-minute recording.   Listen to this episode  

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By any other name? ‘Fundamentalist’ and ‘evangelical’ as terms of public discourse by Christopher Watkin

By any other name? ‘Fundamentalist’ and ‘evangelical’ as terms of public discourse by Christopher Watkin

  Summary Whatever the words ‘fundamentalist’ and ‘evangelical’ may once have meant, their current use in public discourse is largely negative, save notable references to ‘evangelical social action’. Any adequate response to this situation must include a recognition of the different historical provenances of the two terms, and an understanding of their current public usage. […]

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Book Review: Glory days by Julian Hardyman

Book Review: Glory days by Julian Hardyman

Reviewed by Jason Fletcher I have to say, I love this short book by Julian Hardyman. Space prohibits me from telling you why you can’t trust me to be objective.[1] But let me tell you, nevertheless, why you should read Glory Days and recommend it to as many people as you can. For a start, […]

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Asylum and immigration: a Christian perspective

Asylum and immigration: a Christian perspective

Nick Spencer, September 2004 The publication of Asylum and Immigration: a Christian perspective on a polarised debate by Nick Spencer (Paternoster, 2004) begins an exciting period for the Jubilee Centre, with three separate publications hitting bookshelves over the next eight months. None of them would have been possible without the generosity and commitment of supporters, […]

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The future of the English parish

The future of the English parish

Nick Spencer, March 2004 The Jubilee Centre recommends Nick’s book Parochial Vision, the Future of the English Parish published by Paternoster (March 2004) as an important contribution to debate within Anglicanism about how to reach a post-Christian society. Crushed by our own heritage The English parish, one of the oldest and best-loved institutions in England, […]

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Listening to Agnostics

Listening to Agnostics

Mark Greene, September 2003 At the Jubilee Centre we hold a commitment to evangelism at the centre of our concern for social reform. ‘Shalom’ involves the restoration and enjoyment of all of our relationships including, of course, our relationship with God. Mark Greene here reports on an important piece of listening research that helps us […]

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And who is my neighbour?

And who is my neighbour?

Nick Spencer, July 2003 Five years ago my neighbour died 15 feet away from me. I learnt of his death only two days later when I saw a young woman clearing out his flat. He had suffered a massive heart attack and died on the phone to the ambulance. I hadn’t known his name. Two […]

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Rethinking relationships in the church

Rethinking relationships in the church

David McMillan, June 2003 ‘Love the Lord your God… [and] love your neighbour as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.’ (Matthew 22:37–40) This insight is behind the Jubilee Centre’s emphasis upon right relationships as central to human well-being and our attempt to evaluate issues through a relational lens. ENGAGE […]

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Music, worship and the church by Christopher Hayward

Music, worship and the church by Christopher Hayward

  Summary Music has enormous power to engage the emotions, and the Bible resounds with praise and thanks to God through music. In the Old Testament music played a number of different roles, including assisting in the memorisation of God’s truth and in reminding God’s people of their fallenness and salvation. In the New Testament […]

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Secularisation: is it inevitable? by John Coffey

Secularisation: is it inevitable? by John Coffey

      Summary It has long been believed that secularisation is the inevitable by-product of Modernisation, and that the rise of modern science, pluralism, and consumerism is sure to usher in the decline of religion. This secularisation myth has functioned as a ‘master narrative’, shaping the way we look at the world. It has […]

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The Counter-Reformation of Pope John Paul II by Ranald Macaulay

The Counter-Reformation of Pope John Paul II by Ranald Macaulay

  Summary The Second Vatican Council introduced dramatic changes to the Roman Catholic Church and Christians everywhere welcomed its new spirit of openness. Since then, however, it has become apparent that Pope John Paul II represents a strongly traditionalist Catholicism, as demonstrated by his active support of Opus Dei. He appears to represent two conflicting […]

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Engaging with Cinema by John Coffey

Engaging with Cinema by John Coffey

  Summary The relationship between church and cinema has often been one of mutual suspicion. Hollywood has flouted Christian values; Christians have responded with condemnation and censorship. Yet from the earliest days of motion pictures, film-makers have been attracted to religious subjects and spiritual themes. Christians today have much to gain from critical engagement with […]

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Building a Relational Church

Building a Relational Church

‘By this shall all people know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ declared Jesus, in John 13:35.  Local churches are called to be examples of loving relationships – but often they fail to do that!  One reason is that they are not intentional about putting good and right relationships – with […]

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