Author Archives: TheEvangelicalLiberal

About TheEvangelicalLiberal

Aka Harvey Edser. I'm a web editor, worship leader, wannabe writer, very amateur composer and highly unqualified armchair theologian. My heroes include C.S. Lewis and Homer Simpson.

Jesus the asylum seeker

Here in the UK we’re awash with negative political and media rhetoric about people arriving in small boats to claim asylum. My wife works with refugees and has written this 2-part Christmas reflection to put a different slant on the … Continue reading

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“Up, civil unrest!” (an Easter-ish reflection)

You may have come across the popular Easter-themed worship song “O Praise The Name (Anástasis)”. I like the song, but I’m amused that someone felt the need to add that biblical Greek subtitle. For those like me not fluent in … Continue reading

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Still Evangelical Liberal after all these years?

Astute longer-standing visitors to this blog may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent for a while. Up till the end of 2016 I was posting monthly (ish), and then Stuff Happened, and I only posted twice in 2017, … Continue reading

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Reasons to be hopeful?

Belated Happy New Year to you all! But of course, as everyone’s been pointing out, for most of us it isn’t all that happy a new year at the moment.  It hasn’t even felt particularly new, with 2021 so far … Continue reading

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Covid questions – 3. What kind of God would send a pandemic?

Last time I was looking at whether pandemics and plagues are sent by God to punish sin, and concluded that (even in the Old Testament) the picture is a lot more complex than that. So did God actively send coronavirus … Continue reading

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Covid questions – 2. Is it sent by God to punish sin?

Last time I was saying that one common religious response to strange and difficult times (such as our current Covid-19 situation) is to see them as a sign of the End Times – and that some people even find this … Continue reading

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Covid questions – 1. Is it the end of the world?

Well, we’re certainly all living in interesting times, as the old proverbial curse has it. Who even a few short months ago in 2019 could have predicted the situation we’re currently living through? (Who a few short months ago had … Continue reading

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All together at the cross

Good Friday – Christ crucified. After nearly 2000 Good Fridays can there be anything fresh to say about the cross (and does there need to be)? One understanding of Good Friday is that on the cross, God – the Lord, … Continue reading

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Does light overcome darkness?

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” What does faith – especially Christian faith – mean? It’s something I’ve been pondering for a while now, particularly as so many aspects of Christian theology and … Continue reading

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