Evidence for the Resurrection

Co-published with permission. Originally published on Psephizo. ———————————————————— When considering the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, we need to separate two issues. First, what are the historical facts that require an explanation? And, second, what is the best, most plausible, explanation for those facts? What are the facts to consider in relation to the resurrection? First, […]

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Which Story? Which King?

Isaiah 59.15b-21; Psalm 72; Luke 19.28-44  A sermon on Palm Sunday in St Salvator’s Chapel, University of St Andrews 13 April 2014  By Professor N. T. Wright, St Mary’s College One way in which mediaeval Britain learned the Christian story was through the Mystery Plays. We used to live in Lichfield, where every three years […]

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“Rev” should provoke us to think as well as laugh

The latest series of Rev opened with another well-meaning but hapless attempt by Adam Smallbone to please his Archdeacon. This time, Smallbone was seeking to be “present and engaged” in his multi-faith neighbourhood.  The episode contrasted his dwindling flock, and his organisational incompetence, with a large and effective local mosque. The episode provoked a lively […]

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Equal marriage – what’s a parish vicar to do?

Jesus’ presence at a wedding party initially seems unremarkable – he simply responded to an invitation. When the celebration was about to be cut short by the lack of wine, he was at first reluctant to help, saying “My time has not yet come”. But before long, an unfeasible amount of washing-water had been turned into fine […]

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