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Engaging the scriptures. Honest, hopeful, and relevant.

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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 […]

Yoke-Presentation!

The yoke is sunny side up.

Gospel Sermon. Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 I wonder how you like your yolk – Sunny side up? Flipped? Anyone for the oil splashed across? But hold on, are speaking about a Yolk, or a Yoke?! (no yoke jokes please) A Yoke is a burdensome tool. A way to carry heavy loads or to pull working animals […]

Trinity-Slides

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, […]