'Thinking Biblically About...' series

All TBA coversAs a think tank, Jubilee Centre has always had a focus on ideas for public policy.  Consequently most of our publications are written at a level that will stand up to academic scrutiny.  Yet robust thinking doesn't have to be highbrow, and our TBA (Thinking Biblically About…) series are one of the ways we introduce and summarise our research and thinking for a wider audience.

These brochures are designed and written as an introduction to issues for Christians in public leadership, for use by small groups in church, and for students wanting to consider hot topics from a biblical viewpoint.

We have printed them on 300gsm glossy card, which means they are hard wearing, and will look great on a coffee table or in a display stand.

For a limited time, you can order the set of thirteen titles listed below for £4.00 (previously £9.60), with a £1.50 shipping charge; alternatively, order any combination of TBAs, which cost £1 each for 2-9 copies in any combination, and £0.80 each if you are ordering 10 or more TBAs, of any combination of titles.  To make an order, please complete the form here and we will be in touch.

A Review by Nola Leach, Chief Executive of CARE

Nola Leach

"The 'Thinking Biblically About...' series dives into key modern day concepts such as consumerism, immigration, Sunday trading and the environment to apply clear biblical teaching to the modern day world. Each edition succinctly outlines the way in which today’s culture has deviated from scripture’s teaching and most importantly how this has happened.

"The layout of the resources is most appealing; always simply explaining what the problem is and then moving onto what the bible says. After a concise and clear explanation of the key biblical text on the given subject the pamphlet moves to a key question; ‘where do we go from here’ and proceeds to make practical suggestions which map out how we as Christians can work back in the direction of what the bible teaches.

"Throughout the series, the Jubilee Centre demonstrates how fundamental these topics are to our relationships with one another, the planet and God. The comprehensive range of teaching in this series is easily accessible to those across the church demographic and are useful for both personal devotion and corporate teaching.

"Surveillance, sex, debt & interest, poverty and democracy - we need to be reminded what the bible has to say on these subjects and train ourselves to think along these lines in a culture which can often focus our attention inward rather than outward."

Nola Leach, Chief Executive, CARE

The following TBA titles are now available:

  • Consumerism: We’re taught that choice is the highest good, whether in our relationships, lifestyle or even faith itself. Our society says that we can be whoever we want to be, but the Bible says our identity is in Christ.
  • Debt and Interest: Debt is seen as normal and necessary, but comes with hidden costs. The Bible says debt is a form of slavery, and that money should serve society rather than destroy it.
  • Democracy: We often think of democracy as electing officials to represent us. In the Bible, ‘government’ was a process that happened throughout society. We need a broader view of politics which engages with our communities.
  • The Environment: The environment is usually seen through the lens of our own self-interest, or as an issue for experts to deal with. The Bible offers a completely different reason for us to look after our planet.
  • Everything: The Bible is often seen as irrelevant to modern life. The key to understanding its impact for today is its emphasis on right relationships – at the heart of Old Testament Law and Jesus’ teaching.
  • Family: The Bible indicates that God intended the extended family to be the basic unit of society, and in its absence, the local church can become an alternative source of belonging and support.  The health or otherwise of our families has a major impact on the nation too.
  • Food: We have a complicated relationship with food. It’s something we either think about too much, or not enough.  There are many pressures that influence our eating habits, and it is an important area for Christian discipleship.
  • Immigration: We see immigration primarily as a justice issue, whether that’s fair treatment for the immigrant or the host community. The Bible emphasises ḥeśed – loving-kindness or Covenant love – as the overarching ethic for how we treat others.
  • Poverty: We generally see poverty as a financial issue, but the Bible treats it as a relational one. Addressing poverty properly involves challenging underlying injustice and marginalisation.
  • Sex: Our culture claims sex between consenting adults is private and harms no-one. The Bible has a more holistic view of sexual relationships, recognising the hurt it can cause and placing it within the context of family life.
  • Social Media: The way we communicate has changed out of all recognition in the last 20 years. For Christians, there are questions about how we engage with these powerful technologies and allow them to impact our lives – and particularly how they affect our relationships with God and other people.
  • Sunday: We increasingly treat Sunday as another working day and find it difficult to switch off. The Bible sets one day apart from work, and emphasises its special purpose for worship, rest and family time.
  • Surveillance: We often accept mass surveillance as an unavoidable part of modern life. The Bible is cautious of concentrated power, and as Christians we should be careful about giving up any of our Christ-won freedom.