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Lectionary Sermon, January 14 2018 (Year B) , on John 1: 43-51

Invited to Come and See For those who think that God was guiding the hand of those who consequently gave accurate record of the life and mission of Jesus in the gospels, there are unexpected problems with the gospel of … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for January 7, 2018 Epiphany 1 Mark 1 : 4-11 (The Baptism of Jesus)

Baptism for What? The most thought provoking story I know regarding baptism comes from the days when royalty used marriage as a means of establishing new alliances and when only those who were particularly high born were considered good enough … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 31 December 2017 (Christmas 1) on Luke 2 22-40

No doubt we all have all have some degree of warmth and nostalgia almost every time we sing a familiar carol at Christmas, yet stepping out of the Christmas service into the realities of Christmas Day and the days that follow, … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 24 December 2017 (Advent 4B) on Luke 1:26 – 38

The literal truth of the Christmas gospel stories may not be the real issue for modern Christians. Tradition has it that a wise man was once confronted by one of his disciples. “Why is it?” the young man wanted to … Continue reading

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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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