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Richard Croft

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Baptism of Christ

St John & St Stephen’s Church, Reading, Epiphany 2, Sunday 12th January 2020 Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-end. The Baptism of Christ   Today, in the church’s year, we celebrate the baptism of Christ. It may be that it’s not specially on our radar…it’s not Easter and it’s not Christmas, it’s not even Epiphany which was […]

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‘The child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’

Advent 4, Sunday 22nd December 2019 Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-end ‘The child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’   ‘The child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’ I want to use those words as a sort of launch pad into a reflection on the moment of conception of the Christ-child in […]

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Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2019

    I have just finished reading a remarkable book – both inspiring and devastating in pretty equal measure. It’s ‘War Doctor – surgery on the front line’ by David Nott. David is a surgeon who has spent a lot of time working literally on the front line in places like Syria and Gaza, doing […]

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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 sound of sheer silence

June 23rd 2019, Pentecost 2 1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a  Luke 8:26-39 Today’s OT reading from 1 Kings 19 reveals a very human side to one of the Bible’s ‘big men’. The prophet Elijah had just won what we could call a ‘competition’ with the prophets of the pagan god Baal in which he built an […]

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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. […]

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The Wisdom of Jesus

16th September 2018, Creation 3 Proverbs 1:20-23, Mark 8:27-end   The lectionary – and this is important stuff, so listen up – the lectionary is a book with readings in from the bible for every day of the year. All Anglican and RC churches use this, and some other churches do as well, and it’s […]

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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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‘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 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, […]