April 15, 2022

Holy Week and the possibility of different values

Unusually, last week I watched the BBC’s Question Time. I was left feeling the issues were being debated strictly within the media echo chamber. Perhaps Holy […]
April 4, 2022

Why were the healings of Jesus so controversial?

In my last post I described how the healings Jesus did were the kinds of things traditional healers do. In general, what the gospels report may […]
March 23, 2022

How did Jesus heal people?

According to the gospels, Jesus often healed people. To us his healings seem weird – so unlike what we expect from doctors. Some people have explained […]
February 11, 2022

Girard, Jesus and the defence of the scapegoat

In my last post I described the story about the second century healer Apollonius of Tyana, and how René Girard analysed it as a scapegoating process. […]
January 15, 2022

What did Jesus actually do?

This is a summary of what Jesus was up to between his baptism by John and his final journey into Jerusalem. It was my sermon for […]
December 31, 2021

May you flourish in the new year

When I was half my present age, we would take our children to a local park. We’d carefully hold hands, looking both ways as we crossed […]
December 21, 2021

The meanings in Christmas carols

Christmas carols. I love the tunes. But the more theology I read, the more unhappy I become with the words. There are exceptions, but most fit […]
September 18, 2021

Who creates wealth? God?

When, around the year 200, Clement of Alexandria wrote Which Rich People Can Be Saved?, most Christians thought they couldn’t. When Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson […]
March 10, 2021

Jesus and worry

As I look back on my life I realise how many times I have worried unnecessarily. If only I had trusted God completely, I would have […]