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Author Simon Jones

John Berger, the radical art critic who taught us all how to look at our representations of the world in the 1970s, wrote in 2006, “Misinformation is developing its techniques.” The followers of Jesus have been onto this for a while – after all, Paul said that the god of this age had blinded the […] Read More

A heavily armed CRS, or Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité (the French National Police), officer brought his baton down on my hand as he prevented me from carrying a box of food to a group of refugees. This unnecessary aggression reinforced a total prohibition on helping people in desperate need. This is Calais, France, in 2017, […] Read More

I visited again in mid-May the site of the so-called “Jungle” in Calais, France, where refugees had created a makeshift camp. I caught up with friends in the warehouse, met new people in the Catholic worker house and went shopping with my favorite monk. And I went to see where food distribution takes place on […] Read More

The last bus has left the refugee camp in Calais, France, known as the “jungle.” Closing the camp has reminded me of a second curse of today’s world (the first is too few people doing important jobs): our apparent commitment to brinksmanship. We leave everything to the last minute. Now, this is OK when you’re […] Read More

It is the curse of today’s world that companies and organizations, even governments, think it is efficient and cost-effective to run any operation with the minimum number of staff. It isn’t. I arrive at a virtually empty house to be invited to take a young man to register with the minors at the refugee camp […] Read More

I visited the Calais Jungle in early March with Lynn Green, general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. The goal was to help her see what was happening and give her some insight into the work I and some colleagues (notably Juliet Kilpin, a Baptist minister and coordinator of Urban Expression) are doing […] Read More

I have been visiting regularly the refugee camp in Calais, France, which increasingly looks like a suburb of the city. The so-called “jungle” is home to a group of friends struggling to hold their lives together in the teeth of sometimes the indifference and often the hostility of their neighbors. Tensions were high and nerves […] Read More

One voice that’s curiously absent from economic conversations among Christians today seems to be the apostle Paul’s. I’ve made a stab at correcting that in a new booklet, for I believe that Paul has something both unique and relevant to contribute to our thinking on economic issues. He was a manual worker who lived by […] Read More

Nothing reveals the upside-down nature of God’s Kingdom quite as much as Jesus’ response to the devil’s temptations (see Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). Satan offered Jesus a range of right-side-up options, straight out of the world’s political and religious lexicon. And Jesus passed on them all. In doing so, he left us a model to […] Read More

Tweeting from my iPad that multinational companies should pay their taxes in full seemed a little hypocritical, so I thought I’d write about it (using my PC, powered by Microsoft software produced by a company that has had its fair share of run-ins over anti-trust laws). What a murky world we live in! At its […] Read More