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Lectionary sermon 17 December 2017 (3B) on Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 and John 1: 6-8,19-28

FILTERING CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE POLAROIDS If we think back a few years…. is it just me – or has Christmas become more impressive. Plug in lights are now so common that they not only typically grace the tree, they now … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for December 10 2017 (2B) on Mark 1, 1-8, Isaiah 40 1-11

We live in a world where papering over the cracks has been elevated to an art form. Far from self assessment, getting ready for Christmas has come to mean responding to advertising, putting up shiny decorations, twinkling lights and listening … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 1B 3 December 2017 on Isaiah 64: 1-9, Mark 13: 24 – 37

The standard Jewish trick of making sense of the issues for their present was to find perspective in history. In this case the scholars who chose today’s gospel reading for Advent were also following the Jewish approach to history by … Continue reading

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POTUS Calls the North Korean Kettle Black

  I am puzzled why Mr Trump appears to think that the President of the US has the right to criticise North Korea as an instigator of state sponsored terror. Even if the POTUS virtually disregards international newspapers and seeks … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon (Homily) for Sunday 26 November 2017 (Matthew 25: 31- 46 )

The lectionary organizers designate today as Christ the King Sunday. It is intended to be the day when the teaching of Jesus is summarized in its true perspective. Matthew has arranged his gospel in a typically traditional Jewish form and … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon (homily) for Sunday 19 November 2017 (Matthew 25: 14-30)

TALENTS OF THE CASUAL PART TIME CHRISTIAN To hear some leaders of great nations or even large Churches explain it – success or failure depends on the wisdom and efforts of the boss. If we prosper it is because we … Continue reading

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The Bi-Polar “ leader” of the “free world”

Geddit…….? I get it that Donald Trump doesn’t want a repetition of a lone ISIS terrorist killing six civilians in New York and wants to pass new laws restricting people who are likely to be potential terrorists getting into the country. I don’t … Continue reading

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