Category Archives: Christianity

Lectionary sermon for 24 June 2018 (Year b) on Mark 4:35-41 and 1 Samuel 17 (1a,4-11,19-23,32-49)

Believe it or Not Among the tricky questions about the Bible that keep coming back to haunt church-goers are two that seem to recur. The first issue seems almost comfortingly academic. Are the Bible accounts of the more unbelievable stories … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 17 June 2018 Year B Mark 4, 26-34

It is not often we can say Jesus told a parable which seems to have particular meaning for our time. Today’ gospel from the lectionary certainly generates discussion, yet I wonder if indeed what is often debated misses one of … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 10 June 2018 Year b, Mark 3 : 20 – 35

HOW WIDE IS MY FAMILY? Given the angry arguments that divide many of today’s self-claimed champions of Christianity, perhaps we too need to learn from today’s gospel. Yes, there are some helpful guide-lines in Biblical teachings but as Bruce Epperly once … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Trinity Sunday – Year B – (27 May 2018) on Matthew 28 16-20 or John 3:1-17

Trinity: A Bible inspired Idea in need of a Second Look? How does the Trinity appear to the modern scientific mind? We live in an age when telescopes can probe the depths of space, looking back in time to many millions … Continue reading

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SOME MISPLACED METHODIST TOLERANCE?

One aspect of the disparate family that now constitutes the Methodist Church in New Zealand is starting to concern me. Don’t get me wrong. I rejoice in a Church which is sufficiently “family” to encompass progressives and conservatives. We find … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 6 May 2018 Easter 6 Year b on John 15:9-17

Most countries in the West are currently undergoing profound changes in terms of their response to traditional Christianity. Each census over the last forty years has showed a marked decline in the number whose self identification is Christian. It is … Continue reading

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Israel Falou and Judgement Day

I can’t help feeling that when rugby player Israel Falou was outed for representing an outdated form of religious bigotry he should not have had to shoulder the entire blame for the teaching he has been encouraged to follow. I … Continue reading

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