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Lectionary Sermon for 22 October 2017 (on Matthew 22: 15-22)

IN PRACTICE WHOSE IMAGE DOES OUR FAITH ENCOURAGE US TO SEE A rich but miserable man once visited a rabbi seeking understanding of his life and how he might find peace. The rabbi led the man to a window looking … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 15 October 2017 (Matthew 22: 1-14)

Thoughts on Spitting Against Heaven I have often puzzled about churches where the faith followed appears to have little to do with the reality of the world in which the followers find themselves. The temptation is to try to pursue … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon 8 October 2017 on Matthew 21:33-46

IS IT TIME FOR OUR TEAM TO BE REPLACED? There are different ways of reading the history of the Christian Church. Despite the subconscious acknowledgement that there is one Jesus and one essential gospel it is easy to get so … 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 3 September 2017 (Romans 13: 8-14)

If there were to be one disturbing 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 threat … 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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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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