Tag Archives: Bill Loader

Lectionary Sermon for 24 May, 2020 (Easter 7 Year A) on John 17:1-11

FINDING RELEVANCE IN TODAY’S SET TEXT? Some parts of the Bible are a real challenge for those seeking guidance for current real life challenges. Sometimes it is pure happenstance that a particular set reading coincides with a current issue. And … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 23 February 2020 on Matthew 5:38-48 (Alternative for this date! … still working on Transfiguration service!!!)

Believing or Following? If you believe in attempting to follow Jesus’ teaching as summarized in the Sermon on the Mount, sorting out the detail of belief may have to take second place to reorienting our attitudes and actions, particularly if … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 20 October 2019 on Luke 18:1-8 (Proper 24C / Ordinary 29C / Pentecost +22)

REFLECTIONS ON ANNIVERSARY THINKING Although much of our Church calendar and much of our local planning is based on a whole variety of anniversaries – whether they be anniversaries of Bible events or even individual anniversaries of past milestones specific … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 28 May, 2017 (Easter 7 Year A) on John 17:1-11

On Being At One In recent days the terrorist bombing at Manchester targeting a group including children is a stark reminder of just how nasty the terrorists can get. Two thousand years after Christ walked the dusty paths of Palestine, … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 16 October 2016 on Luke 18:1-8 (Proper 24C / Ordinary 29C / Pentecost +22)

Some Thoughts on God Bothering On one overseas holiday to Croatia my wife and I got to visit the small but ancient port city of Old Dubrovnik where our guide told us that despite being enclosed by less than two … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 7 August 2016 on Luke 12:32-48 (Year C, Pr 14)

On Looking Busy (an edited version of my sermon on the same topic for 11 August 2013) In the spoof spy film “Johnny English” there is one scene where the evil pretender to the British Crown is readying a look-alike … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for June 5 2016 on Luke 7 11-17 (Pr 5) Year C

Raising the dead by a touch or a word is quite some trick, yet just because today’s account of the raising of the widow’s son makes it to the pages of the New Testament, we should be honest enough to … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 25 October 2015 on Mark 10: 46 – 52

At first hearing, this miracle of the healing of the blind man Bartimaeus is not the sort of story that we should encourage a genuinely blind person to encounter! The fact is that some people are irretrievably blind in the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 30 November 2014 on Isaiah 64: 1-9, Mark 13: 24 – 37

The Jewish way of making sense of the issues for the present is to find perspective in history. If Advent is meant to move us towards Christmas, then I guess it is appropriate that for the story of one who … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 1 June, 2014 (Easter 7 Year A) on John 17:1-11

On Being At One At first glance with all those words about achieving glory, today we seem to find John is making Jesus sound awfully other worldly, yet before we get to thinking about the implications of his words we … Continue reading

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