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Confrontation & Commitment

Trinity 5 – Luke 951-62: Confrontation & Commitment The gospel reading this morning has two, separate sections. One about Jesus travelling being turned away in Samaria, and the other about Jesus turning potential disciples away. In the light of events this week, I am only going to look at the first part, verse 51-55.   […]

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Pentecost Sunday

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Peter and Cornelius

St John’s and St Stephen’s Church, Reading. April 25th 2016, Easter 5 Acts 11:1-18, John 13:31-35 What is it that divides you from other people? What are your prejudices? Where are the lines drawn that cut you off from another person, another group? We all have them and sometimes we don’t even know they are […]

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We are not pigs!

Today we have another sermon in our Realistic Christianity series. If you remember so far I have begun to map out what it is to be a Realistic Christian and my suggestion that this could be a helpful way forward for many. Sermons so far: 1. We are now in the post-modern age, so we […]

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Murder, mayhem and mystery

Sermon 3rd Sunday of Easter John 21. 1-19, Acts 9.1-6 Murder, mayhem and mystery; they’re all there in our bible readings today. Discovering that you were not who you thought you were, the persecution of a religious minority; working long hours for very little. Sounds topical? Before and after – I enjoy those pictures of […]

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Belief & Doubt

Last Sunday was Easter, when we emerge from the reflection and mourning of Lent to the celebration of the resurrection. I was down in Cornwall, at the Lookout on the cliffs at Boscastle at 6:30am, which felt like the middle of the night with the clocks having gone forwards. We arrived in complete dark, in […]

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Sermon given on Easter Day

Sermon Easter Day 27 March 2016 Luke 24.1-12 Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale is a play that looks like one of his tragedies until almost the end when there is a startling turn of events. King Leontes is struck by irrational jealousy when he sees his wife Hermione talking with his best friend Polixenes. His jealousy is […]

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Palm Sunday

Sermon Palm Sunday 2016. Luke 23.1-49 (Following a dramatized reading of the passage) I sometimes get about by cycling. When I’m on my bike I’m much more conscious of hills. When faced with a particularly steep one I used to get off and walk – it just felt easier. When, though, I had to climb […]