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Engaging the scriptures. Honest, hopeful, and relevant.

'Child' - by Jennifer Paliga and Kimberly Mcintosh

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 […]

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‘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 […]