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

This 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 … 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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Zacchaeus and the sex worker

This is about shame and reconciliation. It is an edited version of a sermon I gave last Sunday. It draws on two stories. The main one is the biblical story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). By way of a modern comparison … Continue reading

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The example of Jesus

This is the last of four posts on whether Jesus died for our sins. There are three main theories. One is that he won a victory over the devil, along with paying a ransom. Another is that he offered himself … Continue reading

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Was Jesus punished as a substitute for humanity?

This is the third in a series of four on ‘Did Jesus die for our sins?’ The first is here and the second is here . This one is about the idea that Jesus died as a substitute for the … Continue reading

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What did Jesus ever do for us?

Jesus died to take away our sins. What does that mean? If you are not used to it, it sounds odd. If you are, you may well have been introduced to a cruel and punitive God. This is the first … Continue reading

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Camels, needles, and the snares of wealth

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. So said Jesus, according to Mark. This is an edited version of a sermon … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God: what did Jesus mean?

I’m posting this because I’m preaching on Sunday, and the lectionary readings are some short parables by Jesus on the Kingdom. What Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God has been debated endlessly. The way I was first taught, it, … Continue reading

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