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Faith as a Wager

Genesis 18:20-32 Luke 11:1-13 + In the name … ( )   It may be worth offering—as I begin my ‘campaign’ of speaking within the church—that when I speak ‘in the name’ of the trinity, it is as the trinity is; a relationship, a self-giving openness which invites our participation. In other words I am […]

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The kingdom of God – Gary’s first sermon

Good morning everybody….! Good morning to my friends and my family who have come to support me on this astonishing day. And good morning to friends, yet to be –to this diverse and exciting congregation. I am truly looking forward to getting to know you over these months and years; to share stories, laughter and […]

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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 […]