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The dark night of John the Baptist

Advent 2 – Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist John the Baptist bursts blazing onto the scene as recorded in the first few verses of the gospel of Mark. ‘A shout goes up in the desert: Make way for the Lord! Clear a straight path for him!’ (v3). He’s like an old-time fire-and-brimstone revivalist, […]

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Christ The King

Ezekiel 34. 11-16,  20-34 ,  Matthew 25. 31-end Do you recognise who this is?  Apparently this little figure has been selling like hot cakes in Germany. It was 500 years ago this year that Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and university professor posted a paper to the church door in Wittenberg.  He listed some questions […]

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The hated church

Micah 3:5-12, Matthew 24:1-14 Due to a mix-up too dull to go into, I got hold of last week’s lectionary readings for today. By the time I noticed, it was too late so the gospel reading from last week – that for Remembrance Sunday – is the one I worked with. With its prophecy of […]

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Remembrance and Rehearsing a Different Story

Sermon – Remembrance Day 2017 : +May I speak …. The tension rose, the ringleader-guy’s face right in my friend’s face.. “right, lets have it, right now, right here, you and me” how did we get here – let’s go back! Many (many) years ago I helped lead a church youth group with the youth […]

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Joy in Enough

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The Greatest Commandment

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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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DaZzled!

Exodus 3:1-17. Matthew 16:21-end. The bible is odd isn’t it… sometimes when we look upon the words we might ask how they got there. How many times were the stories told before committed to writing, how many generations were they passed through? The story of Moses and the burning bush is one such occasion. We […]

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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 […]