The image pictured here is the logo of Gun Central, one of the big USA corporations selling guns. After the two recent mass shootings, gun sales went up.
The Christian imagery is in your face: the shining white cross of the T, the biblical reference Luke 22:36 (where Jesus said ‘The one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one’.) The website heading shows a USA flag, ‘God bless America’, and a quotation from Psalm 33:12 (NIV): ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance’. To non-American Christians, wrapping up the promotion of guns in Christian rhetoric is astonishing, and arguably blasphemous.
Competitiveness is supposed to oil the wheels of a successful economy, we keep hearing.
Yet Christianity, like most faith traditions, stresses the importance of cooperation. Competitiveness is all very well for those who win the competitions, but not for those who lose them; and God cares for the losers just as much as the winners. This post cites a speech made by Boris Johnson in favour of competitiveness a few years ago. Since he’s now our Prime Minister, it may be of interest. I shall argue against it from a Christian perspective.
Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis make people more religious according to a study reported by Adam Becket in today’s Church Times. Why? Is it because ‘religious coping provides a stable reason for why people believe in God’?
This explanation is religiously neutral: it tells us belief in God is psychologically helpful, regardless of whether it is true. This post suggests that believers can make stronger claims.
According to Matthew’s Gospel some of the people Jesus healed were moonstruck.
Needless to say, the people who translate the Bible into English don’t use this word. They usually translate ‘epileptic’. But epilepsy is a modern diagnosis. Like most modern diagnoses, it has no ancient equivalent. So are the translators misleading us, and what can we realistically expect from the Bible?
Britain votes again today, for Members of the European Parliament – to the dismay of people who hoped to have left the EU by now.
This post is mainly about identity and British exceptionalism. Is being British a way of being European, or is it different? How do we identify ourselves? Do we identify ourselves in helpful or harmful ways? I conclude with a reflection from a liberal Christian perspective.
Through the centuries Jesus has been described in many different ways. They can’t all be correct.
Jesus scholars have been looking at all the evidence to puzzle out the truth.
This series of talks will describe the latest research.
Sundays at St Brides, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT.
10.0 am, within the context of a church service. All welcome.
4th August: Jesus and the crises of 1st century Galilee
11th August: What Jesus taught
18th August: How Jesus healed
25th August: Why they crucified Jesus
Christian basics from a liberal and progressive perspective
Drawing on liberal and progressive insights from the Christian tradition and the best of modern knowledge. The aim is that participants will be helped to develop an understanding of Christianity which they find both credible and helpful, without being told what to believe.
We are planning eight sessions spread over September, October and November. Because we think there is much need for courses like this, we hope for constructive feedback which will help us develop the course for use by others.
Each session is to last about 30 minutes. It will begin at 11.15 am in the Church Hall at St Michael in the City, Upper Pitt Street, L1 5DB. We aim to include time for participants to reflect on their own questions and experiences; a short video or talk; and a sharing of thoughts. It will then be followed by a service in the church. You will be welcome at any or all of them.