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Lectionary Sermon for 26 May 2019 John 14: 23-29

The Second Coming? – (R Open minded): Parental guidance not a bad idea. Like health warnings on food and tobacco, it might be that sometimes even sermons should require a warning to flag potential discomfort on the part of the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 19 May 2019 (Easter 5 ) on John 13: 31-35

ARE WE HAPPY JUST WATCHING? I have a confession to make. When it comes to sport I prefer to be numbered among the spectators. When it comes to the really big games like the Rugby World Cup I am more … Continue reading

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TRUMP’S TRADE WARS – the Law of Unintended Consequences

The notion of using tariffs as a means of biasing trade to benefit the tariff controlling nation is not a new concept. The British Empire, and more recently the US have (among others) had the means to take raw materials almost … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for May 12 2019 (Easter 4) on John Ch 10: 22 – 30

IS THE SHEPHERD’S VOICE MEANT FOR US? The expected answer to today’s gospel question posed by Jesus followers sounds predictably trivial. “Are you the Messiah?” they asked him. As Church goers, do we think of pausing in our answer? Don’t … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for May 5 2019 (Easter 3) on John 21: 1-19

A corny story currently doing the rounds goes something like this. Three animals, two dogs and a cat, arrived one day at the Pearly Gates. God himself was sitting on a throne at the entrance. “Well my son”, He said … Continue reading

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MAKING SENSE OF THE PRESIDENT’S DOG WHISTLES

The phenomenon of US politics, which at first encounter is hardest for non Americans to understand, is working out how come a bizarre figure like Mr Trump has such a following? The Republican Party and indeed the entire US electoral … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 28 April 2019 (Easter 2) on John 20: 19-31

A PLACE FOR DOUBTS Those who use the expression “a doubting Thomas” to heap scorn on those who question some aspect of faith would do well to check out the story of Thomas a little more carefully. Even in the … Continue reading

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