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SIMON BURTON-JONES Expressing Christian Faith in Today's Society
How do we cope with the complex demands of modern life?



SIMON BURTON-JONES Expressing Christian Faith in Today's Society

Most of us want to do the right thing with our lives, but how do we cope with the complex demands of modern life?

This website expresses a deep yearning of mine: to take the beautiful message of the Gospel about Jesus

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Growing Into A Child

Growing Into A Child

How crass was it of the disciples to turn away people bringing children to be blessed by Jesus? Silly, perhaps, but not exceptional.

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No Safe Place

No Safe Place

Words fall in and out of fashion. It’s hard to remember, but thirty years ago, few people talked about community because the emphasis was ....

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The Wall

The Wall

Most generations are defined by an event or a year. For one cohort it is 1989 and the collapse of the communist Eastern bloc followed swiftly by the ...

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Baltic Friendship

Baltic Friendship

On the eightieth anniversary of a relationship between the Church of England and the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Estonia and Latvia. Preached

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Anna Chaplaincy And The Topsy-Turvy God

Anna Chaplaincy And The Topsy-Turvy God

In a news saturated era, there is special competition over who can break a story first. BBC, ITN, Sky, CNN,

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Silicon Valley Blues

Silicon Valley Blues

Silicon Valley Blues
In giving more time and attention to bad things online, we attract algorithms which make us depressed and insecure. In thinking the rewards of social media outweigh the costs, we gamble this isn’t true.

Jaron Lanier, pioneer in the field of Virtual Reality, tech philosopher and scientist at Microsoft Research has undergone a conversion. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Penguin, 2018) is characteristically pithy and makes uncomfortable reading.
He is quick to say every person must decide for themselves how they engage with social media, if at all. Lanier is a liberal, and it shows: there is no sense that people should be coerced into giving up social media or made to feel bad for continuing. He is realistic enough to know that most will carry on,
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