Category Archives: Bible

Palm Sunday’s two processions

This is my sermon for Palm Sunday, based on Matthew 21:1-11. I was brought up to think of Jesus’ procession with the donkey and the palm branches as one of the most colourful stories in the Bible, but without the … Continue reading

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What’s so special about the Bible?

This is an edited version of a talk I gave at St Brides Liverpool on 26th March. Among Christians the authority of the Bible, and how to read it, are hotly contested. The best known debates at the moment are … Continue reading

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The Bible as a wordsearch puzzle book

The debate continues. In my recent post about same-sex relationships I accused Susie Leafe, Director of Reform, of making five errors about the Bible. In the comments at the bottom of the clatworthy edition (it isn’t in the Modern Church … Continue reading

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What was that about the Bible?

The BBC’s Today programme this morning interviewed Simon Sarmiento and Susie Leafe on the Church of England House of Bishops’ recent report on same-sex partnerships. If you want to listen to it it’s here , 1:21:45 in. Simon was very … Continue reading

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If you were an angel would you sing to a bunch of shepherds?

If anybody is to have a sneak preview of the saviour of the world, who should get it? According to Matthew, the preview was given to wise men from the East. According to Luke, it was given to a bunch … Continue reading

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Zacchaeus and the sex worker

This is about shame and reconciliation. It is an edited version of a sermon I gave last Sunday. It draws on two stories. The main one is the biblical story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). By way of a modern comparison … Continue reading

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How to not read the Bible

Last Saturday’s Pride demo in Liverpool was a great occasion, according to the reports I’ve received. I’ve been sent some photos depicting protestors with banners displaying biblical texts. They give the impression that the Bible disapproves of what Pride stands … Continue reading

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Biblical truth: how to find what you are looking for

What does the Bible teach? Well, pretty well anything, depending on who is speaking. Do we just accept what we were taught when we were young, or recite a few favourite texts and ignore the rest, or feel well and … Continue reading

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The example of Jesus

This is the last of four posts on whether Jesus died for our sins. There are three main theories. One is that he won a victory over the devil, along with paying a ransom. Another is that he offered himself … Continue reading

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Was Jesus punished as a substitute for humanity?

This is the third in a series of four on ‘Did Jesus die for our sins?’ The first is here and the second is here . This one is about the idea that Jesus died as a substitute for the … Continue reading

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