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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 3 C, 24 March 2019 on Luke 13: 1-9

ON ENCOUNTERING ROT The great thing about parables is that they appear to shake you out of your conventional thought patterns and give you a chance to see the familiar in a different light. However, at the same time the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 17 March 2019 (Lent 2) on Luke 13: 31 – 35

THE ARMS OF CHRIST For those of us living in New Zealand this season of Lent will be now be remembered as a time when we were brought back to Earth with an unpleasant jolt. Prior to Friday the 15th … Continue reading

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CHRISTCHURCH SHOOTINGS, PERHAPS WE HELP THE ENEMY BY DEFAULT

The recent terror attack on two Christchurch Mosques, resulting in fifty deaths and multiple victims with gunshot wounds was the work of what appears to be a single assailant apparently deriving motivation from what most of us would term an internet based white supremacist … Continue reading

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OH DEAR, MR TRUMP MIGHT NEED TO FIRE YET ANOTHER ADVISOR

From time to time, since leaders are human, the US public might expect their politicians to make mistakes, but after reading some of the President’s latest claims the best we might hope is that the current batch of tweets were … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 10 March 2019 (Lent 1C) on Luke 4: 1 – 13

A MESSIAH WITH HUMAN WEAK POINTS? “Shalom. This is Luke from Radio Palestine, on site in the wilderness, about to interview a very hungry man, Jesus, otherwise known by some of his admirers as the Messiah. So tell me Jesus, … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for March 3 2019(Transfiguration Year C) Luke 9 28-36 (+ 37-43)

COMING DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN-TOP Many churches today are not full. To the modern way of most people’s thinking, some parts of the Bible seem decidedly ill-suited for our secular age. Think for example of those accounts of a naked Adam … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon 24 February 2019 Epiphany 7C Luke 6 27-38

JESUS’ WORDS – OUR RESPONSE I wonder what those in the non Church community would make of the typical modern Church setting for young people where a good part of the expression of worship appears to be the singing of … Continue reading

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