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Lectionary sermon for 24 September 2017 on Matthew 21: 23-32)

Jesus’ parables are generally easy to follow but not all are simply vivid and memorable stories. According to the gospel accounts, Jesus, the master of creative story-telling, is typically recorded as telling each parable in a form that everyone listening … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 17 September 2017 on Matthew 20: 1-16

“We will be judged by how we are to people to whom we owe nothing.” Rabbi Hugo Grynn The standard, and I suggest limited, way of looking at this reading from Matthew about the labourers and the vineyard is to … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 10 September 2017 on Romans 14:1-12

LOOKING BEHIND THE DIFFERENCES One of the sad things about Christianity is the ease with which some of those following the faith turn to become intolerant of anyone who might be walking a slightly different path. Irish Catholics versus Irish … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 3 September 2017 (Romans 13: 8-14)

If there were to be one disturbing moral feature that characterizes our current age perhaps it is notion that the only way to persuade our perceived enemies they are wrong is to respond with overwhelming force or at least the … Continue reading

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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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Lectionary Sermon for 2 July 2017 on Matthew 10:37-42

The notion of acting as if our Church buildings are the only place to encounter religion may be partly inevitable, but that perception misses out on a most important dimension of what Jesus was attempting to convey. If nothing more … Continue reading

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