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Engaging the scriptures. Honest, hopeful, and relevant.

Silence

‘Silence! Shut up!’

2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-end Almost exactly 3 years ago, I preached here on this passage. These verses, and the picture ‘Be calm’ by Sieger Köder spoke very much to me at a particular time of uncertainty in my life, when it felt like the waves would overcome both Rosemary and me. The story and […]

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The True Vine

 John 15.1-8   Introduction – On the 4th of March 2016 four gunmen entered a home for the elderly, abandoned and fragile run by the Missionary Sisters of Charity (Mother Teresa Sisters) located in a poor suburb of Yemen’s port city, Aden. They killed twelve people, included a local, young lady doctor, a Muslim, who […]

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The Shape of Everything

Acts 3:13-19, Luke 24:36-48 If you have seen the film, ‘The Shape of Water’, you may have wondered about the title. The movie takes its name from Plato’s idea that in its purest form, water takes the shape of an icosahedron, a 20-sided polyhedron, evoking the idea that beauty has many faces. It’s a lovely, […]

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Repent – Lent 1

Lent 1 – Mark 19-15: Repent It was the festival of St Valentine Day on Wednesday, but also Ash Wednesday.  St. Valentinus appears to have had no special connection to romantic love, but Chaucer connected his saint’s day on 14th February with birds mating in Spring, and it all seems to have gone from there.  […]

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The Finger That Beckons

Isaiah 61.10 – 62.3, Luke 2.15 – 2 Introduction – Christmas choices For reasons with which I will not bore you, Nancy and I invited ourselves at very short notice to Christmas lunch with my brother and his family in Wokingham. The welcome was warm, the company delightful and the spread, ample and delicious. There […]

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Is there anybody there? Bad tenants and a more humble church

Matthew 21:33-46 ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? My sister-in-law  recently decided she was going to buy a boat… ‘Ah how exciting, a boat!’ we said… ‘Well not like that, she said, something for a canal, she said Ah […]

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Crossings, Connections and Compassion

There are, throughout France, Spain and Portugal, winding paths that cross fields, towns, industrial areas and woodlands, cut across major highways, railway lines and go right through shopping malls. They are not obvious, you have to follow small yellow arrows painted on lampposts and walls to find your way. Those who walk these paths are […]

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The Canaanite woman and the conversion of Jesus

Matthew 15 v 21 – 28 Ten Marks of Consequence Take the paper and pencil that you chose as you arrived and I am going to give you 10 instructions, one at a time, about making marks on the paper. Please carry out the instruction in any way you choose and after each one we […]

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The Transfiguration

Luke 9:28-36: After university I went to Kenya as a CMS Volunteer, and worked in a technical training school in Nairobi. I met Rachel in Kenya, as she was another CMS (which became known among us as the Church’s Marriage Society, for obvious reasons) Volunteer. Rachel lived in a beautiful spot called Mugumo, just south […]

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Ring The Bells

Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Ring the bells It’s good to be home. Rosemary and I got back yesterday after nearly 6 weeks covering the leave of absence of 2 Korean doctors at LAMB Hospital, Bangladesh, where we used to work some 30 years ago. Times have moved on, as they do. The project has […]