Why Christians should vote for a different government. 7) work

Man with helmetThis post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God.

Why do we have to do so much work? Why do so many people suffer stress through long hours, while others are unemployed?

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 6) Wealth

MoneyThis post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God.

Here I focus on wealth.

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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 often quoted, for a variety of conflicting reasons.

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 5) Food

BreadThis post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God.

Here I focus on how we treat food and how we could do it better.

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 4) Earth

Ballot Box with the worldThis post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God.

Here I address the greatest threat we face, destruction of the environment.

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 3) God

Ballot box with Blake's Ancient of DaysThis post is part of the series introduced here, summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God.

Here I argue that we need change because of what Christians believe about God.

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Why Christians should vote for a different government: 2) Jesus

Ballot box with picture of JesusThis post is part of the series introduced here, summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God.

The series presupposes that people who call themselves Christians ought at least to think Christ was broadly right in what he taught and believed. This post draws on up to date research about Jesus and how his views compare with the values of governments today.

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 1) The plan

Ballot boxThis is the first of a series of blog posts in preparation for the British General Election due on 8th June. I shall be arguing on theological grounds that Christians should work together for a major change of direction in government priorities. At the very least this means getting rid of the current government, but it means much more besides.

I shall be criticising the direction of travel especially over the last seven years, more generally over the last forty, and in some cases over a much longer period.

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The 9 lives of Christianity

catThis is the talk I gave at St Brides, Liverpool last night, in the ‘What’s so special about religion?’ series. The title was ‘What’s so special about Christianity?’

My aim is to draw out how Christianity has meant different things at different times, by giving a brief summary of its history. I am not claiming any deep truth for my nine stages. You could divide up Christian history in any number of ways. This is just my way of summarising what seem to me the most distinctive types.

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Palm Sunday’s two processions

Donkey and palmThis 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 foggiest idea why he did it.

Recently biblical scholars have examined the background and explained what it would have meant at the time. There is a readable account in Borg and Crossan’s The Last Week.

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