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Engaging the scriptures. Honest, hopeful, and relevant.

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Trinity – “The One Who Cannot Suffer is a Loveless Being”

Trinity Sunday Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-end, Matthew 26.16-end May I speak in the name… of the mystical Trinity; Father Son and Holy Spirit; Creator, Liberator, Sustainer; the one, the three, the many; the immanent – the economic; the divine dance; the crucified God; the endless relationship, the dance of atoms; quarks, protons, electrons; plants, planets angels, […]

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It was late…

Easter 2 – John 20:19-29 It was late that Sunday evening. Two days after Good Friday. If the Friday of the crucifixion was Day 1, Day 2 was Saturday, and this was “on the third day” as we have just said in the creed. Jesus appears to the disciples. Today is the second Sunday in […]

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One Born Every Minute

Lent 2 – John 31-17   Today’s gospel reading is one of the best known passages in the Bible, which presents a challenge for talking about it. But it is well know because it has so much in it, and is so significant. This is early on in John’s gospel. We have had Jesus’ baptism, […]

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Beyond the Rules

Sermon Deut.30.15-end, Matt 5.21-37 If, like my mother, you were divorced and then remarried you may have been shifting in your seat at Jesus words about committing adultery with your new partner. If you found yourself aroused by a sexy photo of a favourite actor or actress you may be feeling alarmed at Jesus violent […]

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Joy

Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23 Some of you will know that Rosemary and I like to walk and cycle. What you may also know is that I have a terrible sense of direction and that it’s quite common for us to get lost. My brother-in-law, also a Richard, pointed out to me that the most important […]

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The Gift of Light

The gift of light: Matthew 2:1-12 I wonder if you are using any of your Christmas gifts today? Anyone own up to wearing a Christmas or other item given at Christmas? This is one of my treasured gifts I was given at Christmas – Sue calls it my dog harness! It’s simply a useful way […]

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Under The Mercy – Advent 4

Many years, ago, when I was a young boy, I got into some unfortunate company and one Saturday, we lifted a few items without paying for them from a shop. Inevitably, we got caught red-handed. The shop manager said he would call on our parents, and he sent us home. It’s perhaps possible to imagine […]

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The Trouble with Mary – Advent 3

Luke 1.39 + May I speak in the name … “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” As we journey through Advent, we acknowledge the various characters who point the way to the coming Messiah; The Prophets, John the Baptiser, and today we come to Mary; But who are […]

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Simplicity

Simplicity St John’s and St Stephen’s Church, Reading, 23rd October 2016, Creation 8 Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22; Luke 18:18-30 This morning’s reading, the rich young ruler who was invited by Jesus to ‘sell all that you have and distribute the money to the poor’ is one of those readings that doesn’t leave us feeling great. Most […]