The transforming grace of God: why judgment is a good thing.

Andy Angel is the vicar of St Andrew’s Church in Burgess Hill, UK and lectured in Anglican theological colleges for many years. He is the author of Playing with Dragons: Living with Suffering and God (Cascade: 2014) and more recently The Jesus You Really Didn’t Know: Rediscovering the Teaching Ministry

On the misreading of parameters

Ashley Hibbard lives in Canada and has been studying for the last few years with Trinity College, Bristol, towards a PhD in the Old Testament. She will be defending her thesis shortly. Guest blogs are invited to stimulate thought and comment. They do not necessarily reflect the view of the Centre

A sermon for Remembrance Day

Sermon on 1 Samuel 25 delivered by Helen Paynter at Westbury on Trym Baptist Church, 10th November 2019. The 9th November, 1938, was the night of broken glass for the Jews of Germany. All Jewish shops had their windows broken and their stock looted. More than 1000 synagogues were set

Guest blog: Three reviews of ‘The Violence of the Lamb: Martyrs as Agents of Divine Judgement in the Book of Revelation’ by Paul Middleton, with response by the author.

Reviews by Simon Woodman, Meredith Warren, and Alison Jack, of Paul Middleton, The Violence of the Lamb: Martyrs as Agents of Divine Judgement in the Book of Revelation (London: T&T Clark, 2018) These were presented at the Revelation Seminar of the British New Testament Society Conference, September 2019, and are

Guest blog: The Ethics of Vengeful Psalms

Carmen Joy Imes is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta. She is the author of Bearing YHWH’s Name at Sinai: A Reexamination of the Name Command of the Decalogue (Eisenbrauns, 2018)and Illustrated Exodus in Hebrew (GlossaHouse, 2017). Her next book makes the case that Christians still need the

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 – the way that the Bible is used — by abusers, and by churches — to try to manipulate the

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 published on that site and is here reproduced by kind permission of the author. Guest blogs are invited to stimulate

Paying Attention to How We Read

Edgar Allen Poe once, famously, wrote that ‘the death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.’ These words hint at the dark side of his character, a man who wrote disturbingly sinister novels, and married his 13 year-old cousin. Unfortunately, as the sales of