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21st Century Anglican

What does it mean to be Anglican in the 21st Century. Why do we still occupy ourselves with these ancient traditions and rites?

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The Power of a Name.

John 17:1-11   + may I speak in the name of the one whose name cannot be contained by words… Theodoret of Cyrus (Cyrrhus in Syria), The Ecclesiastical History  Book V, Chapter XXVI: Of Honorius the Emperor and Telemachus the monk.  “Honorius, who inherited the empire of Europe, put a stop to the gladitorial combats […]

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Transfiguration – Go Figure

+ in the name… It’s been a weather-week. We’ve had Doris; she was a bit cross. It’s a bit flat and gloomy now. But earlier this week we had some of those days when the sun is shining and its warmth breaks through the crisp chill on our skin, we feel enlivened and encouraged. Slowly, […]

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Candlemass 101 – No/thing is Ordinary

1 Kings 17:8-16     John 2:1-11   There’s something so powerful about light isn’t there…? There is an Advent tradition in the Collins household of daily family reflections. We would light a candle for each child saying “the light of G-d coming into the world”, eating a little chocolate, and telling a story, or part […]

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Zacchaeus and the Eucharistic Prayer

Luke 19.1-10 Zacchaeus, End of Creation Season, All Saints. + May I speak in the name….. The story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus offers such a vivid image; a many-layered drama that speaks to us through the ages. I wonder if you are like me and ponder on what this scene would have really looked like? […]

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

+ May I speak in the name … “Work in church” they said, “it will be fun” they said, “you can consider scriptures, and preach on them”, they said… As I’m sure we all know parables were Jesus main way of teaching his followers about the kingdom of God; short stories, little tales, which reveal […]

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Faith as a Wager

Genesis 18:20-32 Luke 11:1-13 + In the name … ( )   It may be worth offering—as I begin my ‘campaign’ of speaking within the church—that when I speak ‘in the name’ of the trinity, it is as the trinity is; a relationship, a self-giving openness which invites our participation. In other words I am […]

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Sin Boldly!

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international organisation committed to the rehabilitation of people whose lives have been blighted by alcohol. In my work as a GP I of course come across many people who have huge problems with alcohol and it leads them to nowhere any good. Broken health, broken relationships, loss of work, of money, […]