Category Archives: Bible

New directions for the Church 2: kingdom of God or cult of Christ?

This is the second of a series of posts reflecting on how the Church is conceived by its leaders, and offering alternative approaches. The first is here . In the first I described the Archbishops’ ‘global prayer movement’ Thy Kingdom … Continue reading

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The Resurrection: what happened?

A few years ago there was a popular game of Bug the Bishop. Every Easter at least one newspaper would come out with a shock horror story about a bishop who didn’t believe in the Resurrection. They don’t do it … Continue reading

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Abusive spiritual beliefs produce abusive acts

Naturally, the Evangelical Alliance has defended itself against Jayne Ozanne’s critique of its teaching, especially in the light of the recent survey by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service on the prevalence of spiritual abuse. But the defence fails. I … Continue reading

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Health: what are we trying to achieve?

This is about the nature of health. In a recent post I argued that health services should take priority because everything we do depends on having enough health. Here I ask what we think good health is. This is about … Continue reading

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Trump’s Christian supporters – are they Christians?

Congratulations to Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool, for speaking out in public about the misuse of the terms ‘Christian’ and ‘Evangelical’ for people who oppose what Jesus stood for. He did so in an interview with the Guardian at … Continue reading

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How should we relate to the homeless?

This coming Sunday many churches will be focusing on John the Baptist. As I began my sermon preparation an advertisement for Crisis at Christmas was being broadcast on the radio; and the free magazine of Liverpool City Council came through … Continue reading

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Tim Farron’s Christian liberalism

Poor Tim Farron! He took over as leader of the Liberal Democrats at their lowest ebb, just after they had been brilliantly undermined in the 2015 General Election by their Coalition partners and hated by everyone else for propping up … Continue reading

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Hereford, conservative Christians and the abolition of history

Just over a week ago there was another turn of the screw in the church sex wars, this time generated by Hereford Diocesan Synod. This post asks about the relevance of history to the claims of ‘conservatives’. What does it … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Mustard Shrub

This is my sermon for this coming Sunday, based on the Gospel reading’s parable about mustard. I have designed it to illustrate two things. The first is how New Testament scholars analyse early Christian texts to shed light on what … Continue reading

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Steve Chalke, Pompeii and the clobber texts on sex

Steve Chalke’s new video analyses the New Testament ‘clobber texts’ on homosexuality in the light of artefacts reclaimed from under the volcanic lava at Pompeii. If you want to see lots of artistic representations of male genitals and sex acts, … Continue reading

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