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Luke 19 and Post Colonial Preaching 15th August 2023
Drawing on different readings of the Zacchaeus story, Augustine Tanner-Ihmn invites us to consider the post-colonial context of our preaching.
How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given 19th December 2022
Sermon based on Matt 2:1-16, Luke 1:46-53 and Is 9:2–6, by CSBV director Helen Paynter.
Woe to the bloody city – Nahum 3 5th December 2022
Sermon by Helen Paynter, based on Nahum 1:2-10,15, and 3:1-3, with attention also to Eph 2 11-22.
Prayer in the Ruins: Psalm 137 20th September 2022
Research Associate Trevor Laurence wrestles with Psalm 137 and offers insight into its meaning.
“The things that make for peace”. A reflection for Palm Sunday 8th April 2022
Palm Sunday sermon, based on Mal 3:1-5; Luke 19:35-45, by the director of the CSBV, Helen Paynter.
The Blessing of Ishmael 10th March 2022
CSBV Research Associate Ashley Hibbard invites us to read Genesis 16 and to consider the place of Ishmael in the Old Testament story and beyond.
Hopelessness in the Wilderness of War 9th March 2022
In this guest post, Will Moore shares his sermon on Lent, preached on 6th March 2022.
A Violent Fast 6th March 2022
This sermon on Isaiah 58 was preached by CSBV director Helen Paynter during Lent of 2022.
Bibliolog and Bibliodrama – an approach to playing with sacred texts 24th January 2022
In this guest post David Tatem introduces Bibliodrama and Bibliolog, two ways of engaging with biblical texts which could be used to explore texts of violence.
Abuse and its angles of power 25th November 2021
A script from a Keynote event with speaker Helen Paynter on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Nov 2021.
Avoiding Advent Anti-Judaism 5th November 2021
How do we preach from the Old Testament in ways that avoid anti-Judaism? In this latest blogpost for our Sunday Sermon Monday Mourning series, Revd Robert Parkinson reflects on the …
What does a peacemaking church do with the armour of God ? 16th August 2021
On 22nd August the RCL readings include Ephesians 6, the ‘armour of God’. CSBV research associate Peter King reflects on the challenges this presents. August 22 – Ephesians 6: 10 …
King David’s toxic masculinity 19th July 2021
CSBV Research Associate Ceri Webb invites us to revisit the story of David and Bathsheba and its aftermath.
Uzzah and the Ark 5th July 2021
The Old Testament story of Uzzah, apparently killed by God for steadying the Ark of the Covenant in transit, is one of the set readings in the RCL for this Sunday …
Arming Wall Builders with Swords 8th June 2021
I recently preached on Nehemiah 4:13-23 at my church, St Nics Durham (CoE), as part of a sermon series on the book of Nehemiah. The series covers the major parts …
Power from on high … 17th May 2021
If there’s one word we all associate with God it’s the word “power”. Week by week, hymns and prayers and liturgies remind us that God is a God of power. …
One Greater than Solomon is Here: a sermon for ascension day 13th May 2021
By CSBV director Helen Paynter The writer of the book of Kings gives us a glimpse of what you would have seen if you had been present in Jerusalem on …
“Greater love … ?” 19th April 2021
A few weeks ago in the UK there was an understandable outcry when the former chief schools inspector appeared to suggest that teachers should be prepared to sacrifice their lives …
Save me from bloody men: a Maundy Thursday reflection. 1st April 2021
This reflection from CSBV Director Helen Paynter is based on Psalm 59 (see also 1 Sam 19:11), and Luke 22:39-53.
Not Necessary But Inevitable 28th March 2021
As we approach another Easter, and prepare to tell again the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus, what message will we give about the reasons for the events …
Preaching Judas 15th March 2021
“The Chernobyl of Christian anti-semitism” This is how the late Israeli writer Amos Oz described the figure of Judas in the gospel stories. As we approach Easter, and our annual …
Sermon: The Way of Jesus in a World on Fire 9th June 2020
Sermon on 1 Peter 3:8-22, preached at St Nic’s, Durham, by CSBV Research Associate Brandon Hurlbert, on 7th June 2020, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests in …
Hand-washing and church abuse 16th February 2020
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 …
A sermon for Remembrance Day 10th November 2019
Sermon on 1 Samuel 25 delivered by Helen Paynter at Westbury on Trym Baptist Church, 10th November 2019. You can listen to it here. The 9th November, 1938, was the …