April 8, 2018

"The message of the cross is not that God has become like us, demanding of us a blood sacrifice to atone for our sins. But rather, the message of the cross is that God has become one of us, entering into our darkness of suffering and death to bring light and life, forgiveness and reconciliation. The cross is God’s sacrifice offered to us, not the other way around."

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April 3, 2018

Listen again to our Easter Sunday sermon by Ruth Gouldbourne, the readings and prayers from the service, and an amazing solo by Opera Singer Luciano Botelho www.lucianobotelho.com


March 30, 2018

‘Agnus Dei’ – Portugese School, 1675-1700.

Oil on Canvas, originally from the Convent of St John the Evangelist, Aveiro. Photo: SPW, 2018.

Listen to the audio herehttps://soundcloud.com/bloomsbury-1/2018-03-30-broken-a-short-story-for-good-friday

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Z9dHdVtycLk

Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then I shall begin.

This morning I want to tell a story, and it’s a story that is both the oldest s...

March 25, 2018

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All that cheering and shouting – it's bound to cause a backlash!

Do you think so? I thought it was wonderful. So much energy, so much joy. Didn’t you see the way the crowds were cheering and dancing? Didn’t you see the palms and the cloaks? Didn’t you see them celebrate the coming king?

That's not what I saw. I saw a crowd of people carried away...

March 18, 2018

'To pray ‘deliver us from evil’ is to ask that the Spirit of God will so shape our way of seeing ourselves, and one another, and the world, that we will not be shaped by the dominating systems of evil, of acquisition, or competition or violence; and that we will be free to live the Kingdom of God’s desiring into being.'

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March 12, 2018

This week's sermon in our Lent Series on the Lord's Prayer is by Prof. Curtis Freeman.

Listen to the sermon here: https://soundcloud.com/bloomsbury-1/2018-03-11-curtis-freeman

Practicing Forgiveness

Mt 6:12 and 18:21-35

It is unusual to be in a Baptist church where Lent is actually observed. But then again Bloomsbury Central is no ordinary Baptist church, or so I am told. As we might say where I come from, you are Othern, not Sout...

March 4, 2018

We pray for daily bread for the same reasons the Israelites gathered manna in the wilderness, to learn obedience to God who guides us into works of goodness, humility, and charity.

The prayer for daily bread, you see, is not about me, or even about us, lest we think that God especially favours us by answering our cry for food.

Rather, it’s a prayer that takes us into solidarity with those who lack, and which drives us into...

February 25, 2018

A sermon by Ruth Gouldbourne, preached at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church for the second Sunday in Lent, 25 Feb 2018.

It should be quite easy.

It should be quite easy to write a sermon around one of those phrases we use so often. One of those phrases that even if we are not using it directly, we are alluding to, and evoking in what we say, and in what we do – or seek to do. It should be quite easy to make sense of what we are...

February 18, 2018

'I’ll say this as bluntly as I know how: I don’t think prayer changes God, or God’s mind, or God’s activity in the world. In fact, I’ll go further: I have a suspicion that to utter a prayer list             according to some set incantation such as, ‘in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen’,             might actually be sorcery.I am deeply concerned when humans think they can control God by invoking prayer rituals or pract...

April 16, 2017

"Who we are is not defined by what we do, and we can entrust the most precious things in our lives into the hands of others, because God’s life has and will overcome any threat of death. And this is God’s life, not ours. It is a life that is given, not generated by us. It will lead us into strange places: the seed that is sown does not look like the plant that grows."

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