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  • Preaching the Passion
    As we prepare to remember the Passion Story, David Tombs invites us to consider the stripping of Jesus as a form of sexual violence at the hands of his captors.
  • The Best Family You’ve Never Heard Of
    Ashley Hibbard invites us to consider some examples of quiet faithfulness in Kings and Jeremiah.
  • ‘Let anyone among you…’: Sin, Violence, and Grace in John 8
    In a sermon on John 8, Will Moore explores how Jesus disrupts notions of sin by writing in the sand in the middle of a crossfire of blame and judgement. Instead, as always, Jesus finds another way – by inviting grace.
  • 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.
  • The Kingdom of Heaven will be like this?
    Research Associate Peter King asks whether the Kingdom of God is really like the world of the Parable of the Wise & Foolish Virgins, which is set in the RCL for Sunday November 12.
  • Luke 19 and Post Colonial Preaching
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    In this guest post, Will Moore shares his sermon on Lent, preached on 6th March 2022.
  • A Violent Fast
    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
    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
    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
    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 ?
    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
    CSBV Research Associate Ceri Webb invites us to revisit the story of David and Bathsheba and its aftermath.
  • Uzzah and the Ark
    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
    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 …
    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
    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 … ?”
    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.
    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
    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
    “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
    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
    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
    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