Category Archives: Society

The rise and fall of progress

This is the third in the series of four reflections on progress. The first was about the ancient idea that a supreme god maintains the universe with a long-term design. Progress is then about achieving the purposes for which we … Continue reading

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What does progress do?

This is the second of my series of four talks on progress. The first describes its origins. Human life is unsatisfactory but our lives have been designed, by some kind of god, with potential for improvement. Sometimes we go forward, … Continue reading

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Progress: what is it and is it possible?

I’m doing a series of four talks on progress at St Brides Liverpool. The first was last Sunday. This is an edited version of the text. At the end there are questions for discussion, because this is what we do … Continue reading

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Social mobility or equality: which is more godly?

There is a good article in the Guardian by Selina Todd on the tension between social mobility and equality. Written in the context of a disagreement between Conservative and Labour Party policies on education, it argues against social mobility and … 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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Grenfell Tower and Hillsborough: who is to blame?

28 years on, six people are to be prosecuted for the Hillsborough tragedy. What, just six? Is that justice? Is nobody else to blame? What about the more widespread culture of mutual support and avoiding blame, among the police just … 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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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 15) Votes

This post is the last in my series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. An election looms. How do we decide who to vote for?

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 14) Truth

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Here in Britain we claim to have a representative democracy. However, it cannot be truly representative unless the voters have … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 13) Progress

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Governments always tell us about the progress they have achieved. We’ve sorted this and this, they tell us, while ignoring … Continue reading

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