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Engaging the scriptures. Honest, hopeful, and relevant.

Wake Up

Wake Up and Shake Up!

Isaiah 55. 1-9     Luke 13.1-9 Have you heard the news? Often, we had heard the news and it was rarely good, and if we hadn’t heard it, we braced ourselves to listen. On this particular occasion, we had heard the news and were later in the day to see a newsclip of the head of […]

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Luke 8.22-25: Jesus Calms the Storm  2nd Sunday before Lent, 24th February 2019.    Today’s gospel reading is the story of Jesus calming the storm.  I like to read around the passage a bit before starting on the sermon, and looked in Matthew and Mark to see if the same story is there; which it is.  […]

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The Beatitudes

Luke 6 v 17-26 Last week Gary opened his sermon by saying that in Café they were looking at football as a metaphor for theology with it being very much from the supporters’ point of view the going through the pain, the sense of shared experience, and the faint insistence of hope. Then the letting […]

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Baptism of Christ

Isaiah 43.1-7                            Luke 3. 15-17, 21-22                The Baptism of Christ – what a wonderful gift it is that Timothy’s baptism falls on this Sunday. When I start thinking about a sermon, I go through the readings and try to notice if any words jump out at me. ‘I have called you by name, […]

Fragment of a Roman Christian fresco, 8th-9th century. Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington, DC. BZ.1938.59. Photo: Victoria Emily Jones. "Early Christian frescoed wall decorations--best known from the Roman catacombs--show more often scenes from the Testaments or saints than a representation of the deceased. The youth of this painting with hands crossed on his breast seems to have been surrounded by saints or members of his family--whether in the context of a tomb chapel, a catacomb, or a church in Rome has yet to be determined." Object record: http://museum.doaks.org/Obj35983?sid=6265&x=57114&port=2606. Tags: praying saint, pretzel, Roman wall painting

The young Jesus

Luke 2.41 – end ‘WITH HIS COUSINS’ A week ago, here after church, I spoke with Rob and Vicky Jones as Rob held in his arms their young, deliciously smiling, Timothy Francis, whom Vicky volunteered she could easily lose for an hour or two when they met up the next day with adoring relatives! I […]

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Light and Dark

Advent 3 –  Zephaniah 3.14-20, Luke 3.7-18 This Sunday we have lit a candle for John the Baptist.  Last Sunday when we were considering prophets in general we heard the first part of Luke’s description of John.  He was a prophet who preached baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  He was called to be in […]

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Upside Down Wisdom

Mark 9.30-37, Proverbs 31.10-end Our readings today continue the theme started last week about God’s wisdom, a wisdom, as Richard said last week, that turns conventional wisdom on its head.  It’s an upside downness that we saw Jesus trying to put across to his disciples on the road to Jerusalem where he would face execution, […]

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Un/clean – dreaming beyond the borders which kill.

Mark 7:1-8 Song of Songs 2:8-13   Sermon – 2 September 2018. 1st Sunday of Creation On 21 February 2012, five members of the group Pussy Riot staged a performance in the sanctuary of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Their actions were stopped by church security officials. By evening, they had turned it into […]

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Actions and Consequences

2 Samuel 11:1-15, John 6:1-21 ‘The whole point of scripture is the transformation of the soul’ (Richard Rohr). And the transformation of the soul is what it’s all about. So when we come to scripture, as we might come to almost anything, and say, ‘what does this mean, and then, what does this mean for […]

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Psalm 15: Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

Introduction There is one book in the Bible that perhaps more than any other is about the emotion and experience of living a life of faith. It’s been called the heart of the Old Testament and for many it gives them words of hope and joy, of anger and sorrow at times when it’s difficult […]