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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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Lectionary sermon (homily) for Sunday 19 November 2017 (Matthew 25: 14-30)

TALENTS OF THE CASUAL PART TIME CHRISTIAN To hear some leaders of great nations or even large Churches explain it – success or failure depends on the wisdom and efforts of the boss. If we prosper it is because we … Continue reading

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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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