Category Archives: Bible

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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British values from Jeremiah to Grenfell Tower

This is my sermon for this coming Sunday, published early in case any other preacher wants to pinch bits. The text is Jeremiah 20:7-13. It compares the recent changes in British values with the tensions in Judean values at the … Continue reading

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Justification by faith

This is my sermon for this coming Sunday, based on the Lectionary epistle, published in advance in case any other preacher wants to pinch bits. It is planned for the Open Table service for the LGBT+ community, on its ninth … Continue reading

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Is Jesus the way?

This is a sermon on a passage from John’s Gospel, 14:1-14. It’s the lectionary reading for this coming Sunday and I’m posting it in advance in case any other preacher wants to pinch bits. In Christian circles this passage is … Continue reading

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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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