abolition of slave trade bill – 25th march 1807
Sunday 25th March was a remarkable day at All Souls.
In the morning, CHRIS WRIGHT (my Langham Partnership boss) preached a gripping and profound sermon on the crucifixion narrative in Luke 23:26-43 in which he was able to bring out a number of different layers from the passage:
- 4 Last Scenes: full of Scripture
- 3 Last Temptations: full of Irony
- 2 Last Words: full of Hope
Then in the evening, HUGH PALMER (my All Souls boss) preached an equally gripping 3-part sermon on the lessons and challenges we face 200 years after the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade bill (25th March 1807), based on Paul’s speech to the Athenian Areopagus in Acts 17. How we are precisely to respond is a question that is hard to answer; but that we must respond is surely beyond question.
Here is a video that we made specially for the service, aimed to give some crucial background to the bill’s passing. However we can’t remain rooted to the victories of the past – not least because the bill itself did not abolish slavery outright, only the slave trade on British ships; and because of the reality of 27,000,000 estimated to be slaves TODAY.
As Hugh said in his talk, we evangelicals too easily focus entirely on the family of the redeemed and forget that we are members of the family of humanity. Too often we have simply forgotten that we are human. BUT we would actually mind very much if one of those slaves was actually OUR sister or cousin. See the posting from earlier this month (5th March) and especially the note on Gary Haugen’s GOOD NEWS ABOUT INJUSTICE.
THE SERMONS ARE NOW ONLINE – click on the preacher above to download.