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Lectionary Sermon for 16 June 2019 on John 16: 12-15

ADDRESS: ON BEING SHAPED BY OUR CLAIMED FAITH Sometimes trying to sort out and pigeonhole the meaning of words and ideas somehow misses the point. Without careful thought, repeating words and ideas from the Bible or even from the pulpit … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for June 9, 2019, Pentecost Sunday, Year C, on Acts 2: 1-21

Two questions for you about Pentecost. First question… Is the Acts version of the story a factual account? – and the second: Does it set us up for our journey as followers of Christ? Perhaps only one of these questions … Continue reading

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The Trump “Miracle”…. but not for all

President Trump and his supporters have been very keen to trumpet the success of the Trump led US economy. And it is hard to argue against noticing that the GDP has risen in Mr Trump’s first term. The employment data … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for June 2, 2019 (Easter 7 C)on John 17:20-26

Human Beings into a Unity of Doers!   If you have ever prayed a prayer that remained unanswered you are in good company. In this morning’s gospel reading, the writer of John’s gospel records Jesus doing precisely the same thing. His … Continue reading

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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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