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  • A Sonnet for the Feast of the Annunciation
    A sonnet grappling with themes of power and consent in the context of Mary’s story contrasted with Tamar’s, written by research student Carolyn Whitnall.
  • The Violent Among Us
    Judith Rossall invites us to consider the link between shame and violence. She will be writing a further post for us later in the year relating the ideas shared in this post to a specific biblical text.
  • And they all lived happily ever after…?
    Cath Kennedy asks what messages stories such as that of Isaac & Rebekah are really giving to young readers.
  • Gender-based violence and the Bible – what can we learn from one another?
    Gender-based violence (GBV) is a crime as old, if not older, than the Bible. Yet, it is also a crime that remains endemic today, with almost one in three women
  • A Violent Fast
    This sermon on Isaiah 58 was preached by CSBV director Helen Paynter during Lent of 2022.
  • Book review: Texts After Terror: Rape, Sexual Violence, and The Hebrew Bible
    Alexiana Fry reviews Rhiannon Graybill’s new book Texts After Terror: Rape, Sexual Violence, and The Hebrew Bible
  • Abuse and its angles of power
    A script from a Keynote event with speaker Helen Paynter on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Nov 2021.
  • King David’s toxic masculinity
    CSBV Research Associate Ceri Webb invites us to revisit the story of David and Bathsheba and its aftermath.
  • Save me from bloody men: a Maundy Thursday reflection.
    This reflection from CSBV Director Helen Paynter is based on Psalm 59 (see also 1 Sam 19:11), and Luke 22:39-53.
  • Us. vs. Them: Complementarianism and Culture Wars in UK Churches
    By guest blogger Valerie Hobbs Women’s Ministry leader in the FIEC, Sarah Allen, has recently published an article reporting research on the state of complementarianism in UK churches. The experiences
  • Women’s Holy Burden and Patriarchy
    Guest blog by Valerie Hobbs Women’s Holy Burden and Patriarchy A few weeks ago, an anonymous blogger published a website called Genevan Commons Screenshots, an archive of images and discussion
  • Bloody, Brutal and Barbaric? Wrestling with troubling war texts
    William J Webb & Gordon K Oeste, Bloody, Brutal and Barbaric?  Wrestling with Troubling War Texts, IVP USA, 2019 Two reviews of this new book by Ashley Hibbard and Howard
  • Guest blog: “Dear Sisters”
    Emily Taylor is a second year student at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, studying towards a Bachelor of Religious Education. As part of the assessment for her ‘Historical
  • Unspeakable Things Unspoken
    Review of Isabelle Hamley’s book, by Helen Paynter. This review will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Biblical Theology Bulletin. Hamley, Isabelle M. Unspeakable Things Unspoken: An Irigarayan
  • Hand-washing and church abuse
    How does a discussion about hand-washing in Mark 7 relate to church abuse? In this edited version of a sermon delivered at Alma Church, Bristol in February 2020, Helen Paynter
  • Domestic Violence, Divorce and Malachi.
    Domestic Violence, Divorce and Malachi. I am currently writing a book on the use of the Bible in situations of domestic violence. I’m interested in – and very disturbed by
  • Book Review: Out of Control: Couples, conflict, and the capacity for change – Natalie Collins (SPCK, 2019)
    I first met Natalie Collins last summer, when I heard her speak at a conference I was attending. Her presentation on the violent and abusive nature of modern pornography was
  • Guest blog: What happened when I told
    L.E. is a survivor of domestic violence whose trauma was compounded by the way that her church handled her situation. In this poem she describes her experience when she tried
  • Guest blog: Vashti was a Queen…
    Chris Anthony is a journalist and doctoral researcher within the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at the University of Birmingham.  He blogs at This blog post was first
  • Guest Blog: Silenced Women
    Jen Ford is a Trowbridge-based artist passionate about social justice, wife of a Baptist Minister, eco warrior, nature lover, feminist and a full time mum. Follow her on Guest
  • Guest blog: Tsunami of a Faith Crisis
    Natalie Collins is gender justice specialist and a speaker and trainer on issues of male violence against women and wider gender injustice. She trains individuals and organizations to respond to