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Lectionary Sermon for 2 July 2017 on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Ours is not the first generation in history where people have displayed feelings of superiority when they involve themselves in conversations describing the shortcomings of those who have chosen different paths of enlightenment. It is an age old game where … Continue reading

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TRUMP’S SOLAR WALL: POWER TO THE PEOPLE?

Having watched a number of alternative energy projects fail through naive misunderstanding of practicalities I am wondering if the President of the United States is well served by his advisers. Mr Trump claims he is looking at building his wall … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Human Rights

While I sympathize with those concerned about the treatment of Otto Warmbier at the hands of the North Korean authorities I am also disturbed at the lack of balance in the US response. If I have understood it correctly, this … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for June 25, 2017, on Matthew 10:24-39

There are some passages in the Gospels that are just plain awkward. The first impression of today’s passage from Chapter 10 in the gospel of Matthew is that at the very least this passage hardly fits the traditional artist’s image … Continue reading

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Sermon for 11 June 2017, Trinity Sunday, Year A on Matthew 28: 16-20

Occasionally trying to sort out the meaning of words and ideas somehow misses the point. Let me give you an example. Like a number of you in this room I am a grandparent. The dictionary tells me that your grandparent means … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for June 4, 2017, Pentecost Year A on Acts 2: 1 – 21

Born with Fire and Mystery Just when we have almost come to terms with the strange accounts of Easter and its aftermath, and before we can reflect on much of the history of the early Church, we must first come … Continue reading

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A Challenge for Auckland Churches

At the recent School of Theology at Vaughan Park, the assembled Methodist Church leaders heard Professor Paul Spoonley from Massey University describe the present and substantial changes heading our way. Many of these changes are already presenting real challenges for … Continue reading

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