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Lectionary sermon for 27 August 2017 on Matthew 16: 21-28

If our Government or even our Church were trying to lead our community in a direction which went against what our consciences were telling us, would we be prepared to speak up? Can I suggest that most people prefer to … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for August 20 2017 (Genesis 45: 1-15)

Forgiving the Unforgivable Not all funerals are sad, not all weddings are glad, and not all family parties are welcoming affairs – but on the other hand, funerals, weddings and family get-togethers can sometimes tell far more about family relationships … Continue reading

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A SERMON FOR AUGUST 13 2017 on GENESIS 37: 1-28

Some stories in the Old Testament seem disconnected with today’s world because our lives are just too different. This is not the case today’s story of Joseph which continues to have a sort of timeless appeal because it reflects some … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 6 August 2017 on Matthew 14: 13 – 21 (The Loaves and the Fishes)

This morning’s gospel of the loaves and the fishes is often presented in tones of wonder portraying a Harry Potter-type image of a magic God-filled figure in the form of Jesus, waving his hand like a stage magician and causing … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 30 July 2017 on Matthew 13:31-52 The Parable of the Mustard Seed

If there had been a single parable that might qualify Jesus for inevitable execution by crucifixion I suspect this story of the mustard seed would provide all the evidence the Jews or the Romans might need.   We might also have … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 23 July 2017 Matthew 13: 24-30,36-43

The Wheat and the Tares in a Modern Context It is all very well to state the blindingly obvious that the times they are a changing.   What is not nearly so clear is to decide what the changing times mean … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 16 July 2017 on Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Today we encounter another well known parable. I guess in some ways, if instead of listening like bored children to familiar stories, if we were to try to relate the Gospel stories of Jesus not just to real lives but … Continue reading

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