Category Archives: Theology

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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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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God: are we exploring further in or climbing out?

‘God: none, one, three or many?’ was the theme of Modern Church’s annual conference earlier this week, chaired by Jane Shaw and Linda Woodhead. We were in the company of people who believe passionately in God and don’t believe in … 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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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 11) Peace

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. I was in Manchester today, and took the photo below of the ‘Islam Against Extremism’ preacher.

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 10) We

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. This post is about how we identify ourselves and who we exclude.

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 9) Homes

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Everybody needs somewhere to live. Nobody wants to be a refugee, travelling from country to country looking for somewhere to … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 8) energy

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. One of the big issues that will face the new government on 9th June is how to maintain the electricity … Continue reading

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