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You can stop worrying about the danger of Artificial Intelligence taking over the world: it has already happened. The world is run by organizations - businesses, multinational corporations - which operate according…
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Why are the nations of the world not doing more to address the challenge of climate change? There are probably many reasons. But it's a reasonable assumption that one major barrier preventing faster and more…
"Mark, I'm not clear what you mean by 'there is absolutely no evidence', but it seems that the way you are using the phrase is not what I would mean, and the phrase itself could be misleading in this context.
When I say that all faith is based on…"
"Mark, I have offered catching a bus as an example of ordinary, everyday faith being exercised. Clearly, many other examples could be chosen.
But if you want to say that faith in the real world - in the lives of people - often has no evidence,…"
"I'm probably quibbling here - but I wouldn't call the idea of the bus driver acting to deliver us to our destination an act of faith, as such. For me, this excellent example has much more to do with "trust" - which for me is a weak form of…"
"I think perhaps one of the biggest issue that does, and probably always has, diminished political discourse is that so very many people opt out of it, either by refusing to seek engagement and understanding and simply reacting to events that are in…"
"I've just re-read my comment and I should first apologise for the grammar. Dreadful! I think you are saying exactly the same thing in different words - the woodland walk is a good illustration. How we feel is often massively influenced by our…"
"Mark, that is fair enough as a personal reaction. I'm not claiming everyone - or even that most people - feel this way. But I keep on having conversations with people, both inside organised religion and outside it, who tell me that this is their…"
"I am deeply suspicious words such as 'deeper reality'. By definition there is only one reality. If something isn't real it is false. People frequently credit deeply felt emotion to outside influence, when it is always a personal reaction to…"
What do you want to tell us about from your past activity or experiences?
After a couple of jobs selling books, spent 20 years in IT, in various parts of the insurance industry. Most of this was spent developing distributed systems and 'Electronic Data Interchange' - using computers to send information to each other. Helped to develop some of the UN trade data interchange standards for insurance. Project managed the first system in the UK which enabled people to establish a contract by using a computer.
In parallel with this, led a housechurch with a friend for several years, then got involved with the local URC, was ordained as an Elder and served several terms. Our church initiated a nationwide debate within the URC oon the theology and practice of baptism.
Supported some church members through training and service with Open Air Campaigners, eventually becoming the UK Director of Europe Now and moving to Bristol to set up the Snowball programme to train evangelists working in Europe.
Asked to step in and 'hold the reins' of Crisis Centre Ministries after the founder had to step down due to ill health, then continued in the role of General Manager for the next 14 years.
What is your current involvement and activity?
Just Human? - Of course!
Bristol City of Sanctuary - on the board, currently the treasurer
FareShare SouthWest - on the board
Bristol Homeless Forum - on the Steering Group
Local Friends - started it and trying to grow it.
What concerns or issues do you care passionately about?
Care about love, truth, justice and freedom.
A strong supporter of electoral reform and advocate for Universal Basic Income.
Not interested in religion, but very interested in exploring and building the Kingdom of God as a present reality, as Jesus taught and demonstrated it.