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Richard Croft

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May 17th 2020, Easter 6 ‘In him we live and move and have our being’

In CS Lewis’s ‘Narnia’ books, four children – Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy explore a different world called Narnia, and encounter Aslan, the giant Lion who stands, in Lewis’s stories, for Christ. In ‘The Dawn Treader’, Lucy and Edmund have been stranded on a strange island. There’s a moment where Lucy, the youngest, is waiting […]

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Living water

St John and St Stephen’s Church, Reading, March 15th 2020, Lent 3 Psalm 46, John 4:5-42 Living water   What a strange time. We can’t go anywhere, talk to anyone, turn on the TV, radio, internet or look at your smartphone without a blaring mention of coronavirus. Now let’s add to that the now visible […]

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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 […]