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December 14, 2018

Revd Dr Simon Woodman, preaching at the Bloomsbury Carol Celebration 2018

"Mary, the teenage mother, gives voice to a dream of social revolution that continues to this day; to challenge the arrogantly powerful and to give hope to the poor and the hungry."

Read the sermon script here:


The Bible Readings from the service:

The Prologue to John’s Gospel - read by Revd...

December 9, 2018

"Matthew places God in his story in the person of the baby Jesus, a human at risk, on the run, helpless, innocent. This is deep theology, because it questions our whole notion of who God is. If God is an almighty God, all powerful, all knowing, omniscient and omnipresent, then God runs the risk of becoming a dictator God, or worse, a tyrant God."

Simon Woodman, preaching on 'The Massacre of the Innocents' at...

January 11, 2018

“There are few things I find more distressing than a Christian who believes they have only knowledge left to learn. You know the kind of person I’m talking about, someone who assiduously attends Bible studies, but only to learn more of how the Bible can reinforce their already unshakeable worldview. Give me the honest doubter, and the questioning believer, any day of the week. True growth in discipleship occurs not through the...

December 31, 2017

"All of us who identify as people of faith - whatever faith group we belong to - encounter a system within society that tries to make us belong to the secular world on its own terms; there are practices and rituals of belonging, that show up when we try to affirm religious values that put us at odds with the assumptions of this narrative. Our temples and sacrifices and priests may be other than those met by Mary and Joseph whe...

December 25, 2017

John 1:14-17  And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.  15 (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'")  16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesu...

December 24, 2017

'We are released from the fantasy that that we have to rescue ourselves, make ourselves good enough, even when we know (albeit we never let anybody see) that we are not perfect, we are flawed and damaged and we can hurt those around us. As we meet Jesus, we are drawn into the family of God, not by our intelligence, our capacity, our deserving or our intention, but by the choice of God, and that is unchanging and uncangeable'


December 10, 2017

Speed-drawing of 'Light in the Darkness', a meditation on the prologue to John's Gospel; accompanied by the Bloomsbury Chamber Choir singing 'I Saw a Maiden' (Basque trad arr Pettman).

This speed-drawing is condensed from a Sunday morning art-meditation-sermon, to see and hear the full length meditation, click here.

December 4, 2017

Many ancient Jews believed that God looked like their kings, and so they described God in terms of having a heavenly court, and sitting on a heavenly throne, directing their battles and demanding their tribute.

Christianity, for much of its history, has seen God in terms of the Roman Emperor, ruling the world through the agency and obedience of the citizens of his kingdom.

In the more recent times we’ve come to see God as being...

November 30, 2017

"We need saving from the compulsions that determine who we are when we are acting unreflectingly; or distort who we are, even when it’s not what we want; those addictions that hold us in thrall. We need saving from the hurts of the past that make us afraid of the future, or so angry that we cannot trust, or so despairing that we dare not hope… And our salvation will mean death."

Listen here:


November 30, 2017

"God moves in the mundane, and the small things… and I think about all the stuff you do – the ripples, and the stories, and the line of spiritual succession that is going out from us; and I don’t feel so hopeless any more. I actually start to feel excited, and full of joy. Christ looks at us, and he sees our potential."

Listen to it here:


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