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After The Flood: Church, Slavery and Reconciliation

25th May 2022

Bloomsbury will be hosting the Premier of 'After The Flood: Church, Slavery and Reconciliation', on 25th May. Read more


The Mustard Thicket

16th May 2022

Revd Alex Huzzey preaching on Luke 13.10-21, the parable of the Mustard Thicket. Read more

Money-Making Religion

8th May 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on how to be 'good' with money, taking example from Lydia, Paul and Silas in the book of Acts. Read more

The Three Conversions

1st May 2022

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Doubting Thomas

24th Apr 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on Doubting Thomas, and the importance of 'doubt' to a life of 'faith'. Read more

Noli me tangere

17th Apr 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on the meaning of 'resurrection', and Jesus' instruction to Mary to 'not cling onto' him. Read more

An Inconvenient Body

15th Apr 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on Good Friday 2022, on the burial of Jesus by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Read more

A New King?

10th Apr 2022

Simon Woodman reporting from Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, the news live as it happens. A dramatised sermon. Read more

Power Within

3rd Apr 2022

A sermon on the nature of power, as seen through the Trial of Jesus in John's gospel 19.1-16a Read more

Truth on Trial

28th Mar 2022

Revd Dawn Cole-Savidge preaching on John 18.28-40. Read more

Not Much Of A Saviour

20th Mar 2022

Revd Nigel Williams preaching on John 18:12-27 Read more

The Resurrection and the Life

11th Mar 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on John 11.1-44, the death and resurrection of Lazarus Read more

The Good Shepherd

2nd Mar 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on 'The Good Shepherd' from John 10.11-30 Read more

A Bloomsbury Timeline of LGBTQ+ Inclusion

28th Feb 2022

A Bloomsbury Timeline of LGBTQ+ Inclusion produced for LGBTQ+ History Month Read more

The Light of the World

27th Feb 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on John 9 - Jesus the Light of the World, and the healing of the man born blind. Read more

Rivers of Living Water

16th Feb 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on John 7.37-52 - Jesus' sermon in Jerusalem about the river of the water of life. Read more

The Bread of Life

13th Feb 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on the bread of life from John 6.35-59 Read more

The Gift of Life

6th Feb 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on the healing of the Royal Official's son from John 4.46-54 Read more

The Water of Life Eternal

29th Jan 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on John 4, the story of the Woman of Samaria meeting Jesus at the well. Read more

Light in the Darkness

24th Jan 2022

Revd Dawn Cole-Savidge preaching on Nicodemus' visit to Jesus in the darkness of the night. Read more

Listening to Dr King: A Bloomsbury Journey

17th Jan 2022

An iconic figure of the 20th-century civil rights movement, Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968) was also a Baptist preacher whose uplifting words have dazzled and inspired countless people around the world. Between February and June 2021, members of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church listened to the powerful voice of Dr King through a series of recordings and reflected on his theology, example, legacy and relevance for our times. This page introduces those recordings, providing basic background information and some memorable quotes from each of them. Read more

Flipping Tables

15th Jan 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on the cleansing of the Temple in the gospel of John. Read more

Who Would Jesus Shoot?

13th Jan 2022

A debate on the topic of Christian approaches to nonviolence. Read more

Review of The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is our Song, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

11th Jan 2022

Geoff reviews 'The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is our Song', by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Read more

Saving the best ‘til last

9th Jan 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on the Wedding at Cana, and the transformation of water into wine Read more

There's Always Another Way

2nd Jan 2022

Simon Woodman preaching on the wisdom of the wise men, for Epiphany 2022 Read more

Where Truth Lies

25th Dec 2021

Simon Woodman's sermon for Christmas Day 2021, on the nature of truth. Read more

Christmas 2021

25th Dec 2021

Christmas Day service, 10.30am ONLINE ONLY - no in-building worship service. Read more

Transgendering God

19th Dec 2021

A sermon by Simon Woodman on the way the Prologue to John's Gospel depicts the gendering of God and the divine logos. Read more

Mortal, Can These Bones Live?

5th Dec 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on the hope of new life in the face of death, from the death and resurrection of Lazarus and Ezekiel's vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. Read more

The Gift of Hope

27th Nov 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Jeremiah's letter to the exiles, for the first Sunday in Advent Read more

An Incompetent Messiah?

21st Nov 2021

A sermon by Simon Woodman on Isaiah 9.1-7, looking at what we think we're expecting from our 'Messiah'. Read more

Mayflower: A play - coming to Bloomsbury

18th Nov 2021

Historia Theatre Company presents 'Mayflower, the story of the early settlers of the New World. Read more

Indifference to Injustice

14th Nov 2021

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Receiving the Food of Kindness

7th Nov 2021

Luke Dowding preaching, with prayers from Margaret Cooper Johns. Read more

"The Abominations of Slavery"

31st Oct 2021

The story of how Bloomsbury took a stand against 'The Abominations of Slavery' in 1851 Read more

Building a Temple of Welcome

31st Oct 2021

Revd Prof Paul Middleton preaching on the building of Solomon's Temple, and reflecting on how we construct our own structures of worship. Read more

60 Years On: The legacy of Martin Luther King's first London sermon

29th Oct 2021

Martin Luther King preached in London for the first time on the 29th October 1961, at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Join us to commemorate the 60th anniversary of this important occasion, where he gave one of his most memorable and prophetic speeches. Read more

Judging by Appearances

21st Oct 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on the anointing of King David, and the nature of leadership. Read more

Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening

17th Oct 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on the call of Samuel, and how we listen to the voice of God in our lives. Read more

Enough is Enough

10th Oct 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on the manna in the wilderness, as a parable of economics for our world of politics and climate crisis. Read more

The God Who Is

3rd Oct 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on the story of the call of Moses in the wilderness. Read more

Book Launch: Re-Membering the Body - Essays in Honour of Ruth Gouldbourne

1st Oct 2021

Public launch event of 'Re-Membering the Body: The Witness of History, Theology, and The Arts in Honour of Ruth M.B. Gouldborne' Read more

Where is God, and where is God not?

26th Sep 2021

Simon Woodman preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Jacob's Dream from Genesis 28. Read more

The Wisdom of God

19th Sep 2021

Revd Dawn Cole-Savidge preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Jesus' Real Mission

12th Sep 2021

Nigel Williams preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Sing a New Song

5th Sep 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Psalm 40 Read more

Encountering God in all of life

29th Aug 2021

Stephen Copson preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Who Wants to Live Forever?

22nd Aug 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Psalm 49 and Matthew 6:25-34 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 22nd August 2021 Read more

Is Confession Good for the Soul?

15th Aug 2021

A sermon by Simon Woodman for Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 15th August 2021 Psalm 51.1-17; Mark 1.4-9 Read more

Baptism - Jesus in the Grime of Life

8th Aug 2021

Martyn Watson preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

A Long Walk to Freedom

1st Aug 2021

Nigel Williams preaching on Ephesians 4.1-16 Read more

Kicking the Darkness

25th Jul 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Psalm 118 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Enough to go around

18th Jul 2021

Revd Sarah Farrow preaching on John 6.1-14 for the Church Anniversary 2021 Read more

You Make Your Own Luck

11th Jul 2021

‘Those who seek to construct theologies of control, will discover that their liturgies of domination contain within themselves the seeds of their own deconstruction; as stories of oppression always give way to narratives of liberation.’ - Simon Woodman preaching on Psalm 1 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 11 July 2021. Read more

Relying on God

4th Jul 2021

Nigel Williams preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on 2 Corinthians 12.2-10. 4th July 2021 Read more

Queer Theology

22nd Jun 2021

Join Bloomsbury Minister Simon Woodman and others for an evening at St James' Piccadilly exploring how we as Christians and LGBTQ+ people can better understand ourselves and our Faith. Read more

Good, with money

20th Jun 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Mark 10:17-27 and Amos 5:6-7; 10-15 Read more

Healing in the Marketplace

13th Jun 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Mark 6.30-34, 53-56 Read more

Binding Satan

1st Jun 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on 'Binding Satan' for Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

The Dance of the Trinity

30th May 2021

A sermon for Trinity Sunday, 30th June 2021. Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Volunteering Opportunity - Sunday Service Technical Team

24th May 2021

Are you the right person to join our Sunday Service Technical Team Read more

Pentecost Without Division

23rd May 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Acts 2.1-21 for Pentecost 2021. Read more

Restarting In-Building Worship from 23rd May

23rd May 2021

We are pleased to welcome people to join our services both in-building and online from 23 May 2021 Read more

Baptist Assembly 2021

16th May 2021

Catch up on all the sessions from the Baptist Assembly 2021 Read more

Was Martin Luther Right on Justification by Faith?

9th May 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Galatians 2.11-21 at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the Online Gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Identity Politics and the Early Church

26th Apr 2021

Identity Politics and the Early Church. Simon Woodman preaching on the Council at Jerusalem from Acts 15, at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

19th Apr 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Acts 8.26-39 Read more

A Vision of Jesus

12th Apr 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on the stoning of Stephen at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

The Mystery of the Everyday

6th Apr 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Luke 24.13-35. 'What if Jesus is primarily present to us, not in the holy places or the sanctified moments, but in the mystery of the everyday?' Read more

The Absence of Jesus

4th Apr 2021

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 4th April 2021 - Easter Sunday We, like the women at the mouth of the tomb, are not witnesses to Christ’s resurrected body. Jesus is not, physically at least, ‘with’ us. Like the women, we simply know him through his absence. Read more

Easter at Bloomsbury

4th Apr 2021

Don't miss our Easter website Read more

God's Peaceful Kingdom

28th Mar 2021

Revd Dawn Cole-Savidge Preaching at 'Provoking Faith in a time of isolation', the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 28th March 2021 Luke 19.29-44 Read more

Zacchaeus - becoming more like Jesus

21st Mar 2021

Nigel Williams Preaching at 'Provoking Faith in a time of isolation', the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 21st March 2021 Luke 18.31-19.10 Read more

Did you see Lazarus?

14th Mar 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Luke 16.19-31, at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

Mothering Sunday Prayers

10th Mar 2021

The Bible has many images that speak of God as a mother, and these prayers for Mothering Sunday written by Simon Woodman reflect this aspect of God's loving care. Read more

Not all those who are lost, have wandered

2nd Mar 2021

Simon Woodman, preaching on Luke 15 at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

Unless you repent, you will all perish

28th Feb 2021

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 28th February 2021 Read more

The Priority, Principles, and Power of Worship

21st Feb 2021

Revd Lee Johnson, London Baptist Association, preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Take off your mask!

14th Feb 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Luke 9:28-43a for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

A blast from the past

11th Feb 2021

A photo of the 'Young People's Fellowship' from about 1950 Read more

Lenten Art

11th Feb 2021

Join with Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church for a journey through Lent with some wonderful works of art. Read more

Raising Nain

7th Feb 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Luke 7.11-17 for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Keeping the Sabbath

31st Jan 2021

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 31st January 2021 Simon Woodman preaching on Luke 6.1-16 Read more

Provoking Questions: Finding Faith in Gospel and the Blues

28th Jan 2021

Discover faith in the music of gospel and the blues Read more

Busy Cleaning Nets

21st Jan 2021

Simon Woodman preaching on Luke 5.1-11at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the Online Gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

Jesus Inaugural Speech

15th Jan 2021

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 17th January 2021 Jesus’ Inaugural Speech Luke 4.14-30 Read more

Check Your Privilege

10th Jan 2021

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 10th January 2021 Read more

Faith, Gospel and the Blues: An American Story

7th Jan 2021

As America enters another turbulent period, Bloomsbury Central Baptist church welcomes two guests from the United States to discuss faith, gospel and the blues. Read more

A New Hymn for Bloomsbury

3rd Jan 2021

A hymn for 2021 based on the Vision Statement of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

Growing in Wisdom

3rd Jan 2021

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation The Online Gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Sunday 3rd January 2021 Read more

Theology Live! 2021

1st Jan 2021

Papers given at the Theology Live! 2021 conference for Baptists doing Theology Read more

Fear, Faith and Sex

29th Dec 2020

The 1960 song Stand By Me has been recorded by hundreds of artists, from the Beatles to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s also become a karaoke favourite and a popular choice for school choirs and orchestras. However, many people are surprised when they learn the song has its roots in a spiritual yearning expressed by slaves. Duncan Bartlett has been tracing the religious and psychological sources of Stand By Me. Read more

The Hope of New Life - Christmas Sermon 2020

27th Dec 2020

Simon Woodman preaching on Christmas Day 2020 Read more


25th Dec 2020

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God's Midwives

17th Dec 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

Light in the Darkness

11th Dec 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 13th December 2020 Read more

Hope in the Face of Despair

4th Dec 2020

Hope in the face of despair’ Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 6th December 2020 Joel 2.12-13, 21-22, 28-29 Read more

What does it mean to “Hold On” when bound by slavery?

3rd Dec 2020

The slave-era spiritual “Hold On” has become a gospel classic, reinterpreted hundreds of times over the past two centuries. Noah, Jesus and the Virgin Mary all appear in the lyrics. Yet its message is a direct challenge to white Christians who attempt to justify racism. By Duncan Bartlett Read more

Advent and Art - week 1

30th Nov 2020

A chance to re-watch the first of our 'Advent & Art' course, in which we bring the themes of Advent into dialogue with works of art. This course uses resources from The Visual Commentary on Scripture. Read more

Resistance is Never Futile

27th Nov 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation - 29th November 2020 Advent 1 Read more

The subversive coded message behind the pub singalong

23rd Nov 2020

After a few pints, many sports fans burst into song. However few drinkers realise that some of the words they sing originate from the Bible, or that their favourite songs may have originated as the defiant cries of slaves. Read more

Churches Together in Westminster Advent Service

22nd Nov 2020

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The Burning Word of God

20th Nov 2020

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, November 22nd 2020 Read more

Advent and Art: an Advent Course

20th Nov 2020

Advent and Art: an Advent Course for 2020, using the Visual Commentary on Scripture Read more

Here am I, send me!

15th Nov 2020

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, November 15th 2020 Read more

Remembrance Sunday

8th Nov 2020

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The Scandalous Shepherd and The Traumatised Sheep

1st Nov 2020

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25th Oct 2020

‘God-in-the-box’ A sermon by Simon Woodman for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, October 25th 2020 Read more

Women Speaking Justice

18th Oct 2020

A sermon by Simon Woodman for Provoking Faith in a time of Isolatioon, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, October 18th 2020 Read more

The Golden Calf

11th Oct 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, October 11th 2020. Exodus 32.1-14 Read more

The Passover Lamb

4th Oct 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, October 4th 2020 Exodus 12.1-13; 13.1-8 Read more

Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Nightmare

27th Sep 2020

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Hope in the here and now

20th Sep 2020

Luke Dowding preaching at Provoking Faith in a time of isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more


The Gilded Cage

13th Sep 2020

Revd Sarah Parry preaching at Provoking Faith, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more


6th Sep 2020

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Welcoming the Stranger

30th Aug 2020

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Ecological Justice

23rd Aug 2020

Simon Woodman preaching 23rd August 2020 on Ecological Justice Read more

Universal Basic Income and the Benefit of the Doubt

16th Aug 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 16th August 2020 Read more

It's Not Fair

9th Aug 2020

Simon Woodman, preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 9 August 2020 Read more

Ambassadors of Reconciliation

2nd Aug 2020

If we are ‘ambassadors of reconciliation’, how do we deal with those who have hurt us? How do we want to be dealt with by those we hurt? How do we stop hurting others? And how do we assist God in reconciling his world? Read more

It's the cracks that let the light shine through

26th Jul 2020

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 26th July 2020 Read more

It's hard to love jerks

19th Jul 2020

Travis Adams preaching for the Church Anniversary of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 19 July 2020. Read more


Consolation in Affliction

9th Jul 2020

A sermon for Provoking Faith in a time of Isolation The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 12th July 2020 Read more

Annual Report 2020

8th Jul 2020

Read our Annual Report 2020 Read more

Choose Life

5th Jul 2020

A sermon by Simon Woodman for Provoking Faith in a time of Isolation The online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 5th July 2020 Read more

God in the dock

28th Jun 2020

Simon Woodman preaching at Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 28th June 2020 Read more

Hope in the face of despair

21st Jun 2020

Luke Dowding preaching at 'Provoking Faith in a time of isolation', the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

Sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

15th Jun 2020

Revd Dr Simon Woodman Preaching at 'Provoking Faith in a time of isolation', the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 14 June 2020 Job 3.1-10; 4.1-9; 7.11-21 Read more

Communi-Tea Party

8th Jun 2020

On Sunday 7th June, Bloomsbury held its first 'Communi-Tea Party', when the whole congregation had tea and caked together! Read more

From Job to #GeorgeFloyd

7th Jun 2020

Simon Woodman preaching on reading Job in the light of Black Lives Matter and the killing of George Floyd, with prayers by Tommaso Milani. Read more

Because Black Lives Matter - a prayer

1st Jun 2020

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31st May 2020

Sunday Worship for Pentecost, from Provoking Faith in a Time of Isolation Read more

Provoking Faith in a time of isolation

31st May 2020

Bloomsbury's online gathering whilst Sunday worship is suspended due to the Coronavirus epidemic Read more

The Church is Wherever God's People are Praising

29th May 2020

Performed by members of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church Read more

A Prayer for Pentecost

26th May 2020

A Prayer for Pentecost 2020 Read more


24th May 2020

This world is not something to be endured, it is something to be redeemed. It is not somewhere to escape from, it is somewhere to live in. Read more


21st May 2020

We may thing we’re engaged in the mundane, ordinary responsibilities of our lives, but actually we’re participating in the glorious eternal purposes of God’s kingdom coming to the earth. It’s all a question of how you look at things. Read more

Growing up

17th May 2020

"Living in community with people who are different to us, however we define or experience our own normality, takes effort and commitment. And Paul’s “poetic ode to love” was not written to celebrate the unifying love already accomplished in the community. It was a call to action. A call to love despite difference. A call to resist division and create something new. A call to grow up and start behaving like adults rather than children, discovering that difference need not divide, and that fear need not dictate behaviour." Read more

Angel Communication

17th May 2020

A poem by Duncan Bartlett, with illustrations by Yuka Morita Read more


10th May 2020

A poem by Amy Deakin, inspired by 1 Corinthians 1.11, and read at Provoking Faith in a time of isolation, the online gathering of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

The Personal Touch

10th May 2020

The message of the cross is an ugly message of suffering, a controversial message of cosmic disruption, and a dangerous message of political and social revolution. And there is nothing that can, or should, be done by preachers to sanitise or beautify the shock, the horror, the ‘scandal’ as Paul puts it, of the word of the cross. Read more

Turning the World Upside Down

3rd May 2020

Whether we are challenging the narratives of nationalism that lend legitimacy to state-sanctioned violence, or the cultures of religious exclusion that lead some to think themselves unworthy of God’s love and acceptance, or the unspoken collusions of class that declare some lives less worthy than others, the proclamation of Jesus as Lord remains as politically, economically, and socially disruptive as it ever was in the first century. Read more

Transformation, Not Charity

26th Apr 2020

Those who follow Christ have the God-given capacity to see the pearl of great price inside each human soul, to discern the spark of the divine in every person. And our calling is not to charity, it is to transformation. Read more

Disciples in Lockdown

19th Apr 2020

So here at the beginning of Acts, with the post-Easter disciples also in lockdown, waiting for things to change, I wonder what they can teach us? What lockdown lessons of discipleship can we learn from the first disciples? Read more

Easter Gardens

12th Apr 2020

Easter Gardens Read more

Resurrection, again

12th Apr 2020

Resurrection is not release from suffering, nor is it an excuse from mortality. Rather, it is the invitation to live anew, to start again, and again, and again; to experience freedom and hope in the midst of restriction and despair. Read more

The stations of the cross and the stages of grief

10th Apr 2020

Sometimes, you can’t rush to the happy ending. Sometimes, you just have to stay with the pain, and the suffering, and the death. Sometimes you just have to wait. And this is not easy. Read more

Palm Sunday Crosses

6th Apr 2020

Decorated crosses for Palm Sunday Read more

The Kingdom is Coming

5th Apr 2020

The Kingdom is Coming A sermon for Palm Sunday 2020 "I wonder… what we are applauding today, that we will shout crucify at tomorrow? Can we see through the culture of the quick fix? Can we find a way past our national obsession with technology as the path to salvation? Can we inhabit a commitment to a better and more sustainable way of being human?" Read more


2nd Apr 2020

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The End Times?

29th Mar 2020

Where people die, God is. Where people suffer, God is. Where people live in fear, God is. Where people are victimised, God is. Where people are faithless, God is. Where people doubt, God is. Where people betray, God is. Where people repent, God is. Where people love one another, God is. Where people make sacrifices for others, God is. Where people risk their safety for the lives of others, God is. Read more

A Taxing Question

15th Mar 2020

What if our way out of the trap that lies before us, is neither quiescent complicity to the state, nor extremist politics of social revolution, but developing - actively working at - a culture of generous, loving care, for those who are disadvantaged in our world and society; coupled with a commitment to speak out, to challenge those political and economic systems that impoverish the poor and enrich the rich. Read more

Patriarchy, Paternalism and Patronage: A sermon for International Women's Day

8th Mar 2020

"Mark’s challenge is to notice those places where women are marginalised, oppressed, and violated, and to take action to bring equality not only by raising up the weak and the vulnerable, but by undermining the structures and patterns of leadership that perpetuate dysfunctional and abusive gender roles." Read more

Giving it up for Lent

28th Feb 2020

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Songs of Praise

26th Feb 2020

Watch the feature about Bloomsbury on Songs of Praise. Read more

Losing one’s ‘self’ to find oneself

23rd Feb 2020

A sermon for Transfiguration Sunday 2020. 'The finding of true, eternal, spiritual life involves losing of one’s ‘self’ in something greater than oneself. In Christ, God is drawing our souls to life, gifting us resurrection, and showing us a new way of seeing, and being, and doing.' Read more

21st Feb 2020

The website has been relaunched, and Bloomsbury Minister Simon Woodman is one of the Trustees. Read more

Now Wash Your Hands Please

16th Feb 2020

The new world of the kingdom of heaven is not a world of ideological quarantine, spiritual decontamination chambers, or ritualised holding cells. It’s not a world where whispered traditions get to exclude or isolate the vulnerable or the different. It is rather a place of radical forgiveness and all-embracing love, where purity comes as a gift of God, available to all without distinction. Read more

Congratulations to Ben and Sarah

15th Feb 2020

Ben and Sarah were married at Bloomsbury on Saturday 15th February. We wish them lots of love in their future together. Here is the link to the recording of the service. Read more

Triangles of Scapegoating

9th Feb 2020

The path Christ calls us to is the risky, difficult way, of intentionally listening to those voices which make us most uncomfortable, because they challenge our preconceptions. Read more

Reach out and touch faith

2nd Feb 2020

'It is a matter of great shame that Christian congregations have themselves become bastions of exclusion and segregation,vfrom the denial of ordination to women and those who are LGBTQI, to the scriptural justification of gender stereotypes that distort men and oppress women, to the collusion with society in the scapegoating of otherson the grounds of socio-economic standing, ethnicity, or other innate characteristics Read more

From Promised Land to Compromised Land?

26th Jan 2020

Jesus’ strategy for bringing healing and wholeness to the land and the people was the casting out of demons of exclusion, and the declaring to be clean of that which was previously considered unclean. Read more

Theology Live! 2020

24th Jan 2020

Papers from Theology Live! Held at Bloomsbury 23 January 2020. Read more

Latest Bloomsbury News now available

24th Jan 2020

The February issue of our in-house magazine, Bloomsbury News, is now available. Read more

Church growth, naturally.

19th Jan 2020

“Growth will take place most effectively when we play our part in preparation and in the removal of the obstacles to growth, whilst allowing God to play his part in bringing growth, health, fruit, and harvest.” Read more

On Forgiveness and Healing

10th Jan 2020

"Simply telling individuals that they must repent of their personal sins to be acceptable to God and God’s people is a distortion of the forgiveness that should be shaping us together into communities of love, restoration, transformation and wholeness." - Simon Woodman Read more

Towards Full Inclusion in Church Life

9th Jan 2020

The starting point for a journey into greater inclusion isn’t a greater understanding of the marginalised and the oppressed, it is a greater understanding of ourselves and our own capacity for sinful idolatry. Read more

By Whose Authority?

5th Jan 2020

"Spiritual warfare is not so much a battle between Good and Evil, as it is a battle against the human tendency to take God’s good creation and mess it up. The casting out of the demonic is the restoration of a person to normality." - Simon Woodman Read more

A Missing Nativity

30th Dec 2019

"The wild beasts and angels in the wilderness with Jesus and Satan give us an insight into the nature of Jesus’ ministry as it will unfold over the coming years, as an apocalyptic battle between good and evil, with him coming to the world to cast out evil, and to bring release from those powers that oppress and distort humanity." - Simon Woodman preaching at Bloomsbury, 29 December 2019. Read more

From Priesthood to Prophecy

22nd Dec 2019

The move from priesthood to prophecy is the move from ritual to action. Faith will no longer be based upon the remembrance of what God has done in times gone by, but upon what God is doing by his grace in the present. Read more

Carols from Bloomsbury

13th Dec 2019

Sing along with some of your favourite carols, performed by the congregation at the Bloomsbury Carol Celebration 2019, accompanied by Philip Luke playing the 'Bloomsbury Beast' pipe organ. Read more

Bypassing Herod

13th Dec 2019

At our Carol Celebration on Friday (the day the election result was announced) Simon gave a short sermon on Herod. Read more

The World Turned Upside Down

10th Dec 2019

"The comfort proclaimed by Isaiah to the exiles in Babylon was no shallow Pollyanna-ish message of hope. Rather, it was a comfort based on the faithfulness of God. Because even if God’s people are unfaithful to God, God remains Faithful to them." - Simon Woodman. Read more

A Right Jeremiah!

2nd Dec 2019

Within the Christian story, the hope of Jeremiah is fulfilled in Jesus, who embodies God’s righteousness and justice, bringing hope to all those whose lives are lost in despair. Read more

Baptists and Social Change

29th Nov 2019

Bloomsbury hosted the London Citizens Delegates Assembly in November 2019. Over 500 community leaders from civic institutions across the capital gathered to show how our power to bring about change for justice is magnified when we work together. Read more

Bloomsbury and the First World War - NEW BOOK

27th Nov 2019

"Linking Hands with the Front" is an account of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in 1914 - 1918. Based on the church's magazines from the period, it tells the story of the "Bloomsbury Batallion's" service overseas and on the home front. Many of the issues it raises are pertinent to today. It is researched and written by Jonathan Barr and Janice O'Brien. Read more

A tale of two cities: from New York to the new Jerusalem

24th Nov 2019

"John invites his readers to see themselves as citizens of the new Jerusalem, as citizens of the dawning kingdom of God.He invites them to become participants with Christ in bringing this new city into being. New Jerusalem only becomes a reality when we live it into being, one day, one choice at a time." Read more

The Precious Pearl

17th Nov 2019

"The emphasis in Jesus’ parable is not on the pearl itself, it is on the act of seeking. The metaphor for the Kingdom here is not an object, but an action. The kingdom here is experienced through seeking, and finding, and sacrificing, and acting decisively." Read more

Heaven's Perspective on Martyrdom

10th Nov 2019

"John uses the metaphor of the millennium to provide his audience with the perspective they need to understand the relationship between martyrdom and victory in Christ. Death is not the end, death is not defeat, the martyrs are not lost to God, they reign with Christ. And every unjust death of martyr and victim is another nail in the eternal coffin of the beast." Simon Woodman preaching for Remembrance Sunday at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Read more

Inclusive Church Series: Trans Inclusion

3rd Nov 2019

"While questions of justice remain unanswered, God will challenge us to reflect on social and ecclesiastical structures that fall short of the insight that we all, without exception, bear God's image."  The Revd Dr Karl Rutlidge, preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on 3rd November 2019. Read more

The End of Discrimination

27th Oct 2019

"I have had challenges reconciling my Christian faith with my sexuality, and many people have believed that it was not possible for me to be a citizen of heaven because of my sexuality, and indeed the colour of my skin... But I just stick with Christ! "We have to stand for justice, for the value and importance of all people. Let us be the generation that brings about the end of discrimination of all kinds." - Revd Jide Macauley, preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 27 October 2019 Read more

The bottom-trawling-fishing-net kingdom

20th Oct 2019

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a narrative of victimhood leading to policies of exclusion. It’s not a story of us-and-them. It’s not a story of us being good, and them being evil. Rather, it is a story of inclusion, of radical and disruptive intervention in the global ecosystems of violence. The Kingdom of Heaven is not the few faithful fish caught in someone else’s nasty net; it is the net itself, trawling the world and gathering everything in its path. Read more

Mental Health Inclusion and the 'Unforgivable Sin'

13th Oct 2019

"What is real madness? Perhaps it is when we declare that someone filled with the Spirit of God is fundamentally bad, mad, or disordered. Perhaps this is the unforgivable sin, and perhaps we commit it every time someone vulnerable or wounded is declared disordered." Read more

God of the poor

6th Oct 2019

"It is in amplifying and advocating for the voiceless in our community that our part in being transformational good news for the poor really lies." - Lynne Cullens, preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church as part of our series on 'Inclusive Church' Read more

Serving one another

29th Sep 2019

"We are called to be good stewards of the grace of God. The gifts we have been given are to be given out.... again and again... be they physical, emotional or spiritual." - Luke Dowding Read more

Living Differently and Following Faithfully

22nd Sep 2019

"Do we have the bravery and humility to be followers as well as to lead? Where is God calling us to next?" - Dawn Cole-Savidge Read more

Making Disciples?

15th Sep 2019

"To reduce Christ's life, teaching, death, and resurrection to the 'Great Commission', is to dismiss what the gospels are trying to teach us about how to be and make disciples." - Revd Dawn Cole-Savidge, preaching at Bloomsbury on 15th September 2019 Read more

Gender inclusion

10th Sep 2019

'Redemption is not about going back to before the fallen world began, it is about realising that we are invited to share in the re-patterning of our world...' Read more

Apocalypse Now #8: Heaven's Perspective on Economics

1st Sep 2019

"The Book of Revelation gives us an image of empire as a self-destructive entity, that brings upon itself the fitting judgement for its idolatrous activities. How can we hear this warning for the empires of our time?" - Simon Woodman. Read more

Pursuing What is Right

28th Aug 2019

"On occasions, churches have been tempted to pursue what is safe rather than what is right..." Read more

Decluttering our Spiritual Life

18th Aug 2019

"What do we need to let go to obtain the joy of the kingdom of heaven? What are we carrying that saps the joy of life?" Read more

Apocalypse Now #7: Heaven's Perspective on the Environment

11th Aug 2019

'The environmental devastation in the Book of Revelation is not personally targeted punishment aimed at those who have denied the lordship of Christ, neither is it God punishing the earth for its opposition to the kingdom of Christ. Rather, it is a warning to the nations of the effects of their ongoing investment in empire, in the hope that the nations of the earth will ‘repent’ and turn from their exploitative and destructive practices.' - Simon Woodman Read more

Inclusion and disability

4th Aug 2019

"We must include everybody, there is no opt out clause... because we are being shaped into the likeness of Christ's body" - Revd Glen Graham, preaching at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Inclusion and Disability, 4 August 2019 Read more

Apocalypse Now #6: Heaven's perspective on mercy and judgement

30th Jul 2019

"The blood that flows from the wine-press represents the very real and bloody human consequences of humanity’s infatuation with the beast. This isn’t a picture of God doing violence to humans, it’s a picture of God’s judgement on the violence humans do to one another." - Simon Woodman Read more

The Kingdom of Heaven is Like a Virus

21st Jul 2019

"The kingdom of heaven is like a virus, which spreads throughout the body and against which even antivirals don’t work." - Simon Woodman preaching at the Bloomsbury Church Anniversary Service Read more

Apocalypse Now #5: Heaven’s Perspective on History

14th Jul 2019

'I don’t want to call into question the historicity of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the Book of Revelation offers a slightly different take on the ark’s location.' - Simon Woodman Read more

Pride Sunday 2019

7th Jul 2019

Four stories of LGBTQ inclusion at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, from Dawn, Luke, Martyn and Udoka. Read more

The God who gives cake

30th Jun 2019

"This is a story about God, about cake, about giving up, about being, about running away, about running out of ourselves, and about listening..." - Andy Fitchet Read more

God is not angry

23rd Jun 2019

"You don't have to be afraid, because God is not angry" - Dawn Cole-Savidge. What is your heart filled with? Read more

Happy Birthday to Richard

19th Jun 2019

It was Richard Bowers' 50th birthday celebrations at Bloomsbury this weekend - he has been part of the church for his whole life and is a valued and loved member of the congregation. Read more

The parable of the mustard seed

19th Jun 2019

The kingdom of heaven is like a strand of DNA, so tiny only electron microscopes can see it; but it gives shape to all the glories of nature from the eye to the brain, from the rose to the mighty oak. Read more

Pentecost and the Ethic of the Spirit

10th Jun 2019

"We have exchanged the ethic of the Spirit for laws set in stone, and in so doing have missed the fact that God has long gone on ahead of us, out there into the world beyond us, drawing all kinds of people to himself, and pouring out his Spirit again and again on all flesh." - Simon Woodman preaching at #BloomsburyBaptist Read more

Ethnic Inclusion

7th Jun 2019

As part of our series exploring what it means for us to be members of Inclusive Church, we were delighted to welcome as our guest preacher Rosemarie Davidson-Gotobed, National Minority Ethnic Vocations Officer for the Church of England. Read more

Supporting justice for Palestine and avoiding antisemitism

28th May 2019

"I believe, along with an increasing number of Jews young and old, many of them Israelis, that … we can forgive ourselves for what we have done to the Palestinians in our own pursuit of safety and freedom, and that we can open Israel to the wonderful people with whom we share the land. I believe that as citizens of the UK, the USA, or wherever it is that we live, that we have a responsibility to demand of our governments that they pursue this goal." - Mark Braverman. Read more

Apocalypse Now #4: Heaven’s Perspective on Prayer

28th May 2019

"Our prayers are ushering in the kingdom of God, one life at a time. A world in which a prayer to God has been offered, is a world in which a prayer to the Emperor has been denied. And if we can learn to turn our eyes from the lures of the empire in our world, with all its seductions an coercions, then we are also learning to turn our lives from the violence that the empire generates, and are bringing into being the peaceable kingdom of Christ for which we pray." - Simon Woodman. Read more

Breaking down barriers

21st May 2019

"With all of the scientific evidence mounting up, why is it so difficult for us to realise that we are facing an environmental crisis? We have to grapple with that sense of privilege that we believe we have, as human beings, over the rest of creation. We have to learn to see ourselves as part of this creation in a new way, and we have to learn to bring the language of community into our relationship with the created order in the same way that we live in community with one another. We need to learn what it means to live in community with the whole of creation." - Paul Martin Read more

Apocalypse Now #3: Heaven's perspective on the Empire

13th May 2019

"What if the good news of the gospel is that everyone is in? What if all things, all people, all creatures under heaven, fall within the universal, redeeming, and forgiving love of God? Read more

Apocalypse Now #2: Heaven's perspective on the church

9th May 2019

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The Barren Fig Tree

1st May 2019

"‘And your religion’s gone wrong too’, says God. ‘You think I want solemn assemblies, offerings and incense? You’re wrong! The worship I want is that you do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed... but you are failing in that, sinful nation! … What a useless vineyard, cut it down! Read more

Apocalypse Now #1: Heaven’s perspective on Power

28th Apr 2019

"When we come to read Revelation today, we may find it helpful to do with John’s text what he did with his own scriptures. That is, to bring our own world to the world of the text, submitting our lives to its imaginative and transformatory effects, learning to see the world the way John saw it, and in so doing gaining heaven’s perspective on our own earthly situations." - Simon Woodman Read more

Jesus, remember me

23rd Apr 2019

“Who we are is remembered by God, and held fast eternally by God as part of God’s creative, dynamic being. God remembers us, and everyone who has ever lived has a place in God’s mind. Nothing is lost, everything is redeemed, all sins are forgiven, and eternity is ours.” - Simon Woodman Read more

Marching for a new world

15th Apr 2019

"All too often we live as though the 'good news' Jesus proclaimed was a message of middle class guilt and mild self-loathing, rather than one of triumph in the face of death, and joy in the face of sorrow. But there is good news to be found on Palm Sunday, and there is joy to be found in following Jesus as he marches with his followers to bring about a new world." - Simon Woodman, preaching at Bloomsbury on Palm Sunday Read more

What does your God look like?

8th Apr 2019

'The journey to inclusion starts when we realise that the image of the black Christ, the female Christ, the gay or trans Christ, the homeless or disabled Christ, are not idolatrous perversions, but actually are authentic representations of the diversity of the body of Christ.' - Simon Woodman. Read more

Perfect Love

7th Apr 2019

"Many times when we love, we love other people in ways in which we like to be loved ourselves.[...] Love is never centered in me and what I want to do, it’s centered in the other." Read more

Ask, Seek, Knock

31st Mar 2019

"There are no cultural barriers that render God accessible only to white middle aged men aged 18 to 55. Just a door that will be opened." Read more

The Transfiguration

21st Mar 2019

"We can change this world through love. And that is the voice of God." Read more

Jubilee Justice

17th Mar 2019

"Where justice principles are applied, as in the case of a Jubilee, there remains the opportunity for human flourishing" Read more

What Disturbs You?

1st Mar 2019

"When we get who Jesus really is and what he really did and what that means for us to be together, then we can deal with the provovation. We can provoke each other. We can share honestly what's going on in our lives" Read more

Shifting Perspectives

25th Feb 2019

"So perhaps the author of Proverbs is referring not to the path planning of spreasheets, agendas and 5 year plans, but perhaps of the authentic millennial who chooses values above paychecks, authenticity above ease" Read more

The Hope That We Know

20th Feb 2019

"It's difficult when a Victoria sponge becomes your weapon of hope, doesn't it really?" Read more

On Choosing and Being Chosen

17th Feb 2019

"We now live by the story of 'my right', 'my freedom to choose' - that's the most significant thing about my person - 'I choose therefore I am'" Read more

The Laughing Christ

27th Jan 2019

“The God who is interested only is supplying needs is a rather stingy God” Read more

The Stature of Waiting

20th Jan 2019

“These and many, many more are our opportunities for glimpses and echoes, catching a sense of God” Read more

Theology Live 2019

16th Jan 2019

The podcasts are now available from the Theology Live! 2019 conference, held at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on 10th January 2019. Read more

Better Together

12th Jan 2019

"These epiphanies don't happen in isolation, they happen in community with other people." Read more

The One True God?

1st Jan 2019

"Does our belief in one God of all the earth rule out the possibility that others might know and worship the true God in ways that seem very alien, or even unacceptable, to us?" Read more

Is a Virgin Birth Inconceivable?

23rd Dec 2018

"We are invited to allow Mary to interpret the significance of her own child to us, rather than simply allowing the voices of men to overlay the miracle of the incarnation with speculation about the state of her virginity."  Simon Woodman, preaching on "Is a Virgin Birth Inconceivable?" at Bloomsbury, 23 December 2018 Read more

Palestinian Sermons

9th Dec 2018

Two Bloomsbury sermons recently have reflected on the situation facing Palestinians in the occupied territory: Simon's sermon on the human sacrifice of Jephthah's Daughter, and Zoughbi's sermon on Naboth's Vineyard. Read more

The Massacre of the Innocents

9th Dec 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 Bloomsbury, 9 December 2018. Read more

A Palestine Reflection

2nd Dec 2018

A group of us from Bloomsbury have just returned from a couple of weeks visiting Israel-Palestine, and I can honestly say that from my perspective it was one of the most moving and thought-provoking things I have done in a very long time. Read more

Independence and Interdependence

4th Nov 2018

Simon continued our Communion preaching series 'Why This Church?' looking at Independence and Interdependence between Baptists.  Read more

Antilectionary: Does God Care About Hairstyles?

28th Oct 2018

The #antilectionary continues with Luke's sermon on whether God cares about hairstyles... Read more

Antilectionary: Rape Culture, #MeToo, and the Bible

21st Oct 2018

The Antilectionary series continued this week with Simon preaching on the distressing story of the Levite's Concubine. Read more

Antilectionary: Incest and Lot’s Daughters

14th Oct 2018

"We need to make the effort to read this horrific story from the point of view of the women, rather than the men. When we do this they move from being archetypical evil women who sexually abuse their own father, to become women who are themselves the victims of sexual violence and constraint, and whose actions are acts of great courage in the face of great threat." Read more

Consider the Lilies

7th Oct 2018

Sunday was Bloomsbury's Harvest Service. Listen to this podcast to hear an interview with Graham about the relationship between his faith, and his environmental concern, followed by the Bible reading, and Simon's (short) sermon. Read more

Antilectionary: Do Miracles Still Happen?

30th Sep 2018

Bloomsbury Minister Simon Woodman takes a hard look at the 'strange' healing stories of Peter's shadow and Paul's handkerchiefs from the book of Acts. Read more

Antilectionary: Sodom and Gomorrah

23rd Sep 2018

Luke preaching on Sodom and Gomorrah - and what it might (and might not) mean for those of us who read it today.  Read more

Antilectionary: Christianity and Slavery

16th Sep 2018

Dawn preaching on Christianity and Slavery. Read more

Murder! We're all Cain

9th Sep 2018

On Sunday, Simon challenged us to realise that Cain, the first murderer, is alive and well and living in our midst. Read more

Why This Church? Congregational Church Government

2nd Sep 2018

"What would it look like if our gathering included discernment together on issues of politics, or immigration, or racism, or homophobia, or anti-Semitism, or Islamophobia? Not with a view to necessarily all agreeing at the end of it, but with an intent to hear from one another, and in doing so to hear from Christ himself." Read more

Experiencing the Depths of God

26th Aug 2018

In our daily living, through the people we meet, through our inner reflections and spirituality: don’t accept a diminished or restricted God! But let what is thought, what is experienced, what is sought after, take people deeper and deeper into God. We are good at doing rather than being – but perhaps to us especially comes the word to ‘stop’. Read more

Antilectionary: Do Spiritual Gifts Still Happen?

19th Aug 2018

'I’d like us to keep at the forefront of our minds the question of how Spiritual Gifts can contribute to the common good? How they can be of the benefit of those beyond the community and individuals that receive and use them?' Read more

Hebrews: The Returning Jesus

12th Aug 2018

In the last of our series on the book of Hebrews, Simon asks what it means to speak of the return of Jesus. Read more

Why This Church? The Primacy of the Local Church

5th Aug 2018

Our series of Communion Sermons on the theme of 'Why This Church?' continued on Sunday, as Dawn led us in an exploration of 'The Primacy of the Local Church'. Nyaueth and Andreea helped lead the prayers of intercession afterwards. Read more

Hebrews: The Vulnerable Jesus

29th Jul 2018

In Sunday's sermon, Simon invited us to reflect on Jesus as the vulnerable 'scapegoat' who is sent outside the city wall to suffer, again and again and again. Read more

Hebrews: The Visible Jesus

22nd Jul 2018

In today's sermon from Bloomsbury, Luke Dowding invites us to see Jesus in lives lived at rest in God, rather than in the busy-ness of our own efforts. Read more

Shalom in Albania

15th Jul 2018

Bloomsbury was delighted to have our BMS World Mission link missionary Revd Dan Dupree preaching on Sunday. He spoke about Shalom, and how the good news of Jesus is affecting the impoverished communities of Tirana where he is based. Read more

Hebrews: The Accessible Jesus

8th Jul 2018

On Sunday, Simon continued our series on the book of Hebrews. Read more

Church Anniversary: Mark Oakley - It is what it is

1st Jul 2018

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Hebrews: The Familial Jesus

24th Jun 2018

"A Christian community such as a church is far more than a collection of individuals who have gathered together around a shared set of values, or some shared goals. We aren’t just brothers in arms in some fight against evil in the world. We are a family – sisters and brothers with Jesus, and children of God. We are partners with Christ in his mission to bring good news to all people, and we are the heirs of the promise that the dwelling place of God is with humans. Jesus dwells in our midst; he is our brother, and we are his family. And therefore who we are as the family of Christ matters, because it is through our familial relationships that Christ is made known. If we are dysfunctional, then we present a dysfunctional Christ. If we are anxious or destructive, then we present an anxious and destructive Christ." Read more

Hebrews: The Pastoral Jesus

10th Jun 2018

"Martyrdom in a Christian context never involves seeking death. But it does mean that we can be faithful unto death, and do with certainty that the Pastoral Jesus has already given us the gift of life that transcends the actual lived days and moment of our lives." Read more

Tommaso’s baptism story

10th Jun 2018

It was a privilege for us to baptise Tommaso this morning at Bloomsbury. Here is his story of why he came for baptism. Read more

Why This Church? Believers' Baptism

3rd Jun 2018

“I often describe baptism as being a bit like a wedding, because both are places where people make promises in church. And the thing about a wedding is that you’re no more in love after you’ve said ‘I will’ than you were before; and in fact a wedding which is not built on a foundation of already existing love is probably deficient. But nonetheless something changes: the unmarried become married. And so with baptism. At one level nothing changes, faith is already present (and if it isn’t, then the good Baptist in me still wants to argue that something is deficient), and words of commitment spoken before God and a congregation don’t change that. And just as the exchange of rings doesn’t make a marriage, neither does the action of immersion into water make a Christian. But promises and action do still make a difference.” Read more

Hebrews: The Sustaining Jesus

27th May 2018

"The people of God are, as they have always been, those who hear, embrace and persevere in the word of God, regardless of their religious affiliation. And if this is true of Jews and Gentiles, I would want to suggest that it is also true of those who seek the truth of the word of God in other religious traditions. None of us have a monopoly on truth, whether Jew or Gentile, Christian or Muslim, Baptist or Roman Catholic, or whatever. What we have in common is that God reaches out to us in love to draw us to himself, and that none of us understands fully what this means. For those of us who search for God within the Christian tradition, however, what it means for us is an unswerving focus on the revelation of God in the person of Jesus." Read more

You’re not listening to me! Pentecost and the healing of broken relationships

20th May 2018

It can be hard sometimes, can’t it, to love one another? It can be hard to live together with the differences that we have. Differences of theology, belief, style, or preference. Some of us like noise in worship, some of us like silence. Some of us like the organ, some of us would prefer drums. Some of us like intellectual sermons, some of us struggle with them. And I could go on, and on… Read more

Water and Blood - Escaping Scapegoating

13th May 2018

'The significance of Jesus being truly innocent is that when the collective guilt of society is placed on him, and when he is crucified for the sins of the world, it is a once-for-all sacrifice which is effective eternally, in all times and in all places. The insight here is that people can only be freed from their compulsion to scapegoat others when something decisively breaks that cycle, and that something, within the Christian tradition, is the cross of Jesus. The spiral of death is disrupted by the sacrificial death of Jesus, and those who encounter that disruption are given the capacity to enter into a new way of living where life, and not death, is dominant. Those who know that their sins have been forgiven by Jesus’ death, can discover that they no longer need to offload their guilt onto scapegoats, and so they can start to see new ways of dealing with human sin that take us in the direction of eternal life, rather than death. So the person who has embraced eternal life in Christ Jesus will see pathways to restoration and rehabilitation in others, where many will see just evil and danger. The person who has been born again from above, will see possibilities of forgiveness and new life where others see just punishment and death. The person who has been baptised into Christ’s body, and who shares in the spilled blood of the cross at communion, will know that they are a sinner saved by grace, and that they should not judge others, lest they too be judged. The person who believes that in Jesus, God became flesh, and died and was raised, will know that the potential for new life can emerge from even the darkest of lives,and so they will resist any attempt to write off anyone as beyond redemption.' Read more

Truthful Testimony in a World of Fake News

6th May 2018

'It is so easy for us to hate one another, just as it is so easy for us to hate ourselves. Of course, we don’t call it hatred. We are far too reserved for that kind of language. But we might admit, sometimes, to finding someone ‘a little bit difficult’. Which is, of course, code for something far worse. And we might subtly but effectively side-line those whom we struggle to love, quietly distancing ourselves from our sisters and brothers in Christ. And we might find ways of exhibiting our passive aggression towards others, all the while maintaining our own perspective of self-righteous restraint. 'But, but… if we can learn to love the children of God, if we can learn to obey the command of God spoken in Christ that we should love one another as he has loved us, then this is a victory of faith which can conquer the world.' Read more

God loves you, get over it!

29th Apr 2018

Listen again to Ruth's final sermon at Bloomsbury, including the welcoming into membership of Kathleen and Said, and Simon and Ruth leading a communion using a liturgy for communion in two voices. Read more

Speaking with boldness

22nd Apr 2018

"What Christ offers us is an opportunity to speak with boldness, to stand before God, to have the spirit in us, leading us. But this is a boldness that isn’t whispering behind doors, it is not speaking in arrogance without listening to others, it is one of freedom and humility that has an attitude and desire to reach unity together." Read more

Living Resurrection

15th Apr 2018

"What we are, and will become, is not yet seen, not even by ourselves. We cannot yet see resurrection. We do not know what it will look like, or what shape it will have in our lives. All we know is that it is like Jesus." - Ruth Gouldbourne preaching at Bloomsbury, 15 April 2018. Read more

Jonah and the Worm: An ecological reading of Jonah

15th Apr 2018

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Give us today our daily bread

1st Apr 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 action to see the hungry fed, the poor raised up, and the impoverished released from the snares of debt. It is a prayer that takes us into good works of transformative charity. Read more

Your kingdom come, your will be done

25th Feb 2018

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

Our Father in Heaven...

18th Feb 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 practices.' Read more

Don't tell me what to do!

4th Feb 2018

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A stumbling block to whom?

28th Jan 2018

The desire to protect the faith of the so-called-weak, can too easily become an excuse to perpetuate the abuse of those who are in fact far weaker, because they have no voice. The thing is, it is notoriously difficult for the powerful to judge who is weak, and who is strong. Any loss of power by the powerful runs the risk of becoming, in their mind, an experience of persecution; whereas in actual fact it might just be an equalising of power with those who until now have not had any. And so Christians sometimes fail to challenge injustice because of our deep-seated, internalised, and unacknowledged commitment to maintaining our powerful place in the status quo. And we then end up passing judgment on others who challenge the status quo, because we have become so entrenched in our position of strength, that we cannot see the alternative as anything other than an attack on our liberty. Putting it very bluntly: one person’s stumbling block is another person’s justice issue. Read more

Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth

14th Jan 2018

"If our identity is first created and then sustained by shutting out the other, eventually the self we create will become so fragile, and so in need of constant defence, that all our energy and all our self will go into that protection. I suggest that when we see people who are so afraid of the other, so determined to shut out all voices but their own, well then we have become so concerned with sustaining our self-created identity that that very identity is eating us alive." Read more

Theology Live! 2017

11th Dec 2017

Papers from Theology Live! 2017 Read more

Tales of an Intern

13th Aug 2017

Reflections by Stephanie, who took a summer placement at Bloomsbury Read more

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