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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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Easter Sunday Sermon for 2017 (Year A)

It seems to me we it would be good to find our own personal answers to two questions about Easter. The first one is that perennial question – do we believe that Jesus was resurrected so that in some sense … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday (Year A) April 9, 2017 on Matthew 21:1-11

When you stop to think about it, Palm Sunday is a rather strange Christian festival. Getting into the spirit of Palm Sunday has always seemed to me to be rather artificial and even forced, because welcoming anyone – let alone … Continue reading

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THE JESUS SEMINAR IN RETROSPECT

Now that Jesus Seminar is now effectively part of our recent history it is fair to ask what difference it has made to the understanding of the body of knowledge about the Bible for thoughtful Christians? Before we turn attention … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 3 A : 19 March 2017 on John 4:5-42

At a recent meeting of the South Auckland Writers’ Group a pleasant young Indian woman recounted how the day after the Twin Towers event she had encountered an abrupt and unpleasant change towards her from now suspicious classmates and teachers. … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 12 March 2017, Lent 2, Year A on John 3:1-17

There is much about following Jesus which is counter intuitive. There seems to be a universal urge for people to give priority to look after their own interests and their own people first. Yet following Jesus way requires “forgive your enemies”, … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 4 December 2016 ( Advent 2 Year A ) on Matthew 3:1-12

Baptism, Then and Now In the modern world, the rite of Baptism must seem strange and archaic to those with no familiarity with its history and meaning. Indeed, when we move from whatever form of baptism we are familiar with … Continue reading

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