Author Archives: peddiebill

HUAWEI – THE FOOLISH ART OF POKING THE SLEEPING GIANT

The Trump regime’s recent treatment of the Chinese electronics giant Huawei sends an unfortunate set of messages to an international audience. When Trump et al instigated the arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, the US order to Canada to detain … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump, Economics, Huawei | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Lectionary Sermon for 3 February 2019 (Epiphany 4) on Luke 4: 21-30

Today’s gospel seems to present a puzzle. Luke portrays Jesus as an accepted and invited young preacher coming back to his own home patch. From Luke we not Jesus had already been teaching in synagogues in the area, gaining a … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, ISIS, Progressive Sermons, Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lectionary Sermon for 27 January 2019 on Luke 4:14-21

And what of our own Epiphany? Today is the third of the Sundays the Church sets aside for what is called the season of Epiphany. So, given we are now well into the season, it is fair to ask is … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Progressive Sermons, Sermons | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Lectionary Sermon 20 January, 2019, Epiphany 2, John 2:1-11

WATER TO WINE “I can’t believe that!” said Alice. “Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.” Alice laughed. “There’s not use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Progressive Sermons, Sermons | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Lectionary Sermon for 13 January 2019: The Baptism of Christ based on Luke 3: 15 – 22

So Baptism Means What? Roger Fenn, who I believe started the Fenn School, in Concord in the United States, was known to enjoy telling the story of how, as a young boy, he had been present at the baptism of … Continue reading

Posted in Progressive Sermons, Sermons | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Lectionary Sermon for Epiphany January 6 2019 on Matthew 2: 1-12

Returning Home by a Different Path I guess if you had looked around any city where Christian traditions are recognised you would have been likely to encounter a number of nativity scene portrayals over this last Christmas season. In the … Continue reading

Posted in Progressive Sermons, Sermons | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Lectionary Sermon for Christmas 1C, 30 December 2018 on Luke 2: 41-52

For me, the Church part of Christmas day seems a bit disconnected from what follows. Familiar Bible readings, carols, some artificial props to remind us of the Manger scene, and for families anxious to get back to family gatherings, with … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Progressive Sermons, Sermons | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment