It takes a while for living compostable material to rot down and become the stuff of life again. It’s best not to examine it too closely while this is happening.
Perhaps this is what the Church of England was thinking during the decades spanning the abuse of vulnerable people by one of its prelates and by another highly regarded individual whose integrity was compromised by, presumably, the toxic mix of sado-eroticism and religion.
This is my sermon for this coming Sunday, published early in case any other preacher wants to pinch bits. The text is Jeremiah 20:7-13.
It compares the recent changes in British values with the tensions in Judean values at the time of Jeremiah.
‘There is no fear in love’ (1 John 4:18).
If I’m honest about it, these words strike me as optimistic, even somewhat whimsical.
Most people’s life experience has demonstrated at one time or another that fear takes absolute precedence when it comes to violent defining moments, or ‘crises’, in the full sense of the word.
This post is the last in my series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God.
An election looms. How do we decide who to vote for?