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The Lost Sheep

Creation 2 – Luke 151-10: Lost Sheep Today’s gospel is two parables, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. It is part of a long run of Jesus’ teaching in Luke, 6 chapters (1322-1927) when Jesus was mainly in the south of the Israel, heading towards Jerusalem for the last time. Loosing sheep is not […]

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The life we live

Beggars can’t be choosers, and when a beggar finds food and water, he will tell his friends so that they also can go and eat and drink. It’s often said that evangelism is exactly that: one beggar telling another where to find food. So permit me to be a beggar this morning and share something […]

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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 […]