The Violent Among Us 31st January 2024
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 Nativity Story that Leaves You Punched 18th December 2023
As we prepare our Christmas talks and sermons, Ashley Hibbard reminds us of the dark side of the Nativity story.
And they all lived happily ever after…? 29th November 2023
Cath Kennedy asks what messages stories such as that of Isaac & Rebekah are really giving to young readers.
The Kingdom of Heaven will be like this? 6th November 2023
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.
Gaslighting God? 21st August 2023
The Old Testament readings in the semi-continuous option for the RCL in September are from the Book of Exodus. Carmen Imes invites us to pose the question as to whose version of reality we are going to trust.
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.
Suffering in Silence…? 18th April 2023
1 Peter’s call to endure unjust suffering has often been misused to justify domestic (and other) abuse. Writing from different perspectives, Steve Carter and Steve Finamore challenge that use of the text.
‘On us and on our children’: Repenting of the harm caused by Matthew 27:25 20th March 2023
Ann Conway-Jones invites us to reflect on how we respond to Matthew’s accusation of deicide against the Jews.
The Fall Revisited 27th February 2023
The Old Testament reading on 26th February is the story of the Fall. Debbie Rooke invites us to revisit our assumptions about the story and what it says about responsibility.
The Lure of Violence 31st January 2023
In this post guest blogger Christine Redwood uses Judges 3 as a way in to asking ourselves the question: Is Violence Ever OK?
The other side of Christmas… 30th November 2022
Guest blog from Sarah Travis considering the story of Jesus’ birth and the potential trauma that existed through his life.
Becoming the New Humanity: Preaching and Cultivating the Seeds of Ephesians 2 31st October 2022
Research Associate Kristin Caynor shares her journey with Ephesians 2, with attention drawn to the New Humanity.
Prayer in the Ruins: Psalm 137 20th September 2022
Research Associate Trevor Laurence wrestles with Psalm 137 and offers insight into its meaning.
Preaching Between the Wound and the Promise – Finding God in Texts of Terror 30th August 2022
Guest Blog from Hannah Wilkinson considering how to preach both the wound and the promise when preaching with difficult texts.
Hearing the Voices of the Silenced – Creative Empathy and Texts of Terror 2nd August 2022
Charlotte Thomas invites us to exercise creative empathy when reading Biblical “texts of terror”, and asks what we might hear if we listened for Sarah’s voice in Genesis 22.
X Rated Readings? 4th July 2022
Emma Ham-Riche asks whether there are lessons the church can learn about ways to present Biblical violence to children.
Only the Good News? 10th May 2022
CSBV Research Associate Peter King asks whether it is a good idea that the Lectionary silently omits verses we might not wish to hear.
Preaching on the Book of Revelation 5th April 2022
For anyone setting out to preach on this strange and mysterious book, Ian Paul offers some much-needed help.
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.
The Lure of a Happy Ending – Making Space for the Traumatised 8th February 2022
In this guest post Dr Sarah Travis invites us to consider how much our worship and preaching makes space for those who have experienced trauma.
King Saul & Moral Injury 10th January 2022
Research Associate Peter King suggests that we might look at King Saul in a new light, finding new insights in his story for preaching and pastoral care.
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
Can the message of God as an avenger comfort us? 4th October 2021
The Book of Nahum presents both a God of love and a God of vengeance. In this guest post, Professor Dr Klaas Spronk of the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam raises
A woman of valour? 13th September 2021
On September 19, one of the RCL OT Readings (Proper 20, Pentecost 17) is Proverbs 31: 10 – 31. CSBV Research Associate Ashley Hibbard invites us to a new
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:
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
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
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
Jonathan and Jephthah’s Daughter 27th April 2021
My family and I recently read 1 Samuel 14, the second half of which contains the somewhat odd story where Saul almost kills his son for sampling some local
“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
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
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