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Engaging the scriptures. Honest, hopeful, and relevant.

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What do you seek?

Epiphany 2A: John 1:29-42 (& Isaiah 49:1-7) The Lamb of God 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was […]

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Baptism of Christ

St John & St Stephen’s Church, Reading, Epiphany 2, Sunday 12th January 2020 Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-end. The Baptism of Christ   Today, in the church’s year, we celebrate the baptism of Christ. It may be that it’s not specially on our radar…it’s not Easter and it’s not Christmas, it’s not even Epiphany which was […]

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About a tree…

St John and St Stephen, Advent 2A. Isaiah 11:1-10 7 Matthew 3:1-12. December 8, 2019.   Isaiah 11. A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. On this Second Sunday in Advent I wonder: What might God be saying to us through the image […]

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Two men went up to pray…

Eucharist, St John’s and St Stephen’s 27 October, end of Creation Season. Joel 2:23-end & Luke 18:9-14 The last Sunday in October is traditionally Reformation Sunday. So perhaps it’s fitting that we think today about a parable of Jesus addressed to ‘some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous’.   This little parable, which […]

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The Grateful Samaritan

Sermon for Trinity 17C (aka Creation Season) 13.10.19 Luke 17:11-19 Don’t be surprised if faith is found amongst those we don’t tend to notice, who are continually noticed by Jesus.   It’s a case this morning, not of the Good Samaritan, but of the grateful Samaritan.   Luke is often at pains in his gospel […]

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Mountains and Wilderness

Luke 13 v 10-17 – Jesus heals a crippled woman on the sabbath.   Imagine for a moment about the woman in our gospel passage today. She has been bent double for 18 years and cannot straighten up. How do you think she gets on with life, how does she cope with the ordinary day […]

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Ensamma

11 August 2019           Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16, Luke 12.32-40 Ensam – the Swedish word for lonely, also meaning single; sometimes seen on noticeboards – Ensam?  here is this club, network etc you can join.  The picture on our screen today shows a lake a short walk from where our daughter Anna lives in southern Sweden.  There […]

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Control – The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12vv13-21: Control Pentecost 8, 4th August 2019. Our new church call today’s gospel reading the Parable of the Rich Fool.  It is one of those passages on wealth that tends to leave us feeling uneasy. If I asked you what was the New Testament’s approach to wealth, what would you say.  The most memorable […]

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The sound of sheer silence

June 23rd 2019, Pentecost 2 1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a  Luke 8:26-39 Today’s OT reading from 1 Kings 19 reveals a very human side to one of the Bible’s ‘big men’. The prophet Elijah had just won what we could call a ‘competition’ with the prophets of the pagan god Baal in which he built an […]

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What is heaven like?

I was going through my old boxes in the attic recently and came across this gift my mum knitted for me many years ago. Can you recognise it? Just like the Time Lord, Dr Who, today I’m going to take you on a journey through time and space to a place shrouded in mystery. In […]