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Sermon for 21 July 2019 on Luke 10:38-42 (48 C, Pentecost 6)

Mary and Martha Reconsidered For such a fleeting encounter with Jesus, Mary and Martha get an incredible pulpit exposure. Last time I put “Mary and Martha” into Google I discovered that there were then more than 55,800,000 references including quite … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 14th July 2019 on (Year C , Proper 10) on Luke 10: 25-37

The Good Samaritan Revisited We often talk and act as if we are well and truly insulated from the New Testament version of Jesus, particularly when he is reported interacting with a first century Jewish community which could hardly be … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 7 July 2019 (Year C) on 2 Kings 5:1-17 and Luke 10: 1-11, 16 – 20

No Qualifications Required Sometimes the Lectionary seems out of touch with modern reality. Here we are with our 21st Century future, worrying about climate change, trade and refugee issues not to mention the US eyeballing Iran, yet today the Church … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 30 June 2019 on Luke 9:51 – 62 (Pentecost 3 C)

The Gospel challenge to “Church-ianity” Have you ever wondered how it is that on occasion we, as groups of followers of Jesus, appear to pay so little attention to what Jesus actually taught? I guess as individuals we can all … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 23 June 2019 Year C on Luke 8: 26 -39 (Pr 7 C, Ord 12C, Pentecost + 2)

Demons For Moderns For the modern sceptical generation, this story of Jesus healing the man possessed with demons must seem troubling at several different levels. First, and perhaps most obviously, aren’t we supposed to have moved past a belief in … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 16 June 2019 on John 16: 12-15

ADDRESS: ON BEING SHAPED BY OUR CLAIMED FAITH Sometimes trying to sort out and pigeonhole the meaning of words and ideas somehow misses the point. Without careful thought, repeating words and ideas from the Bible or even from the pulpit … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for June 9, 2019, Pentecost Sunday, Year C, on Acts 2: 1-21

Two questions for you about Pentecost. First question… Is the Acts version of the story a factual account? – and the second: Does it set us up for our journey as followers of Christ? Perhaps only one of these questions … Continue reading

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