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Realistic Christianity

Engaging with Christianity in a post/modern context. Looking at shifts in culture, philosophy, art and faith.

Anthony Falbo - Be anxious for nothing

Religion and Anxiety

Religion and Anxiety What is religion for? I know there are some Christians who don’t like to describe themselves as religious (‘they have a relationship with God, not a religion’) but I think it is a useful term. The root of the word ‘religion’ may mean to bind up again (the same root gives us […]

Gary-Creation

Climate, Catastrophe and Uncertain Hope

Luke 14:25-33, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Jeremiah 18:1-11 So a few weeks ago, I gave a sermon riffing on two readings; one from Luke with a very angry-sounding Jesus, and the other, a challenging part of Jeremiah, speaking of false prophets. And afterwards I thought to myself.. “thank goodness I won’t have to do anything like that […]

The Poor invited to the feast - Luke 14:15-24

The fountain of living waters

Jeremiah 2:2-13, Luke 14:1,7-14 There can be few more painful experiences than that of a broken marriage. I am very aware that there are people sitting here today who have had exactly that experience. Those of us who are still married, or who are single, can imagine the grief and heartbreak, or have seen it […]

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The fire & the passion

Jeremiah 23:23-29 Luke 12:49-56 This week, amid the many depressing items on the news, came the rather bizarre (though no longer surprising) story of a much older man publicly bullying a much younger woman, (almost still a girl). Arron Bank’s ‘joke’ about Greta Thunberg having a “freak yachting accident” as she sailed the Atlantic to […]

Trinity-2019, by Gary S Collins

Trinity, Creating (a new world) in Community

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31,  John 16:12-15 It’s a double whammy today. As well as the church celebrating Trinity Sunday.. that apparently fearsome preaching Sunday for wary (or over-zealous) curates. It’s also Father’s Day… (happy father’s day!) So to first wish you a happy Father’s Day I’ll begin with a suitable ‘Dad Joke’…. I think I want […]

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Pauses, Impatience and Prayer

Before we begin today, can i invite you to join me in closing your eyes and takes some moments to attend to the action of breathing.. . The Hebrew tradition considers the breath (inhaling and exhaling) is the same as making the sound ‘Yah-weh’ of the first inhaling breath “I will bless the LORD (YHWH) […]

Awake-Michelle Hold

Waking up and getting up has never been easy

Waking up and getting up has never been easy I wonder what wakes you up in the morning, what inspires you to rise and get on with the day? For this late night traveler, posting on twitter, who’d fallen asleep at the bus stop, it was this…! Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter.. and […]

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Seven Deadly Sins

Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Luke 4:1-13 Lent 1 – The Seven There are no flowers in church, no drums, no Gloria, and the liturgical colour has changed from the white of Epiphany – the season of light – to purple, the colour of mourning.  This the season of Lent, a penitential, dark season of the church’s year. […]