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Lectionary Sermon for August 16 2020 (Genesis 45: 1-15)

Forgiving the UnforgivableIt seems to me that family get-togethers, and that includes weddings, funerals and a whole range of celebration of milestones have a habit of veering off in unexpected directions. Perhaps a new record was set a few days … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon 22 September 2019 on Luke 16:1-13 (Year C)

FORGIVE US OUR TRESSPASSES This week I was sent an Email on behalf of my four year old granddaughter. She had asked for my opinion on whether or not God had teeth! Caught off guard, the best I could think … Continue reading

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Alternative Good Friday Sermon for 19 April 2019 on Luke 23: 32 – 46

Dorothy Sayers once raised the question as to why so many of us react with horror when a cat catches a bird, yet we seem quite unmoved when the infinitely worse horror of the crucifixion is paraded before us in … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 31 March 2019 Lent 4 C on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Who Would We Reject? The recent mass shootings of Muslims at worship in Christchurch generated a sudden surge of support for the Muslim community but if we look closely it may have also shone a light on some things we … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 21 October 2018 on Mark 10: 35 – 45

The other day my wife and I heard a distinguished theologian describe a visit to one of those Islands in the Pacific, Tuvalu, where every so often storm surges inundate the Island. He described how when such a storm is … 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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Lectionary sermon for 19 February 2017 on Matthew 5:38-48

When it comes to following Jesus, sorting out the detail of belief may have to take second place to reorienting our attitudes and actions, particularly if we are expecting to be numbered among those who think of themselves as potential … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 24 July 2016 (Year C) based on Luke 11:1-13

I remember once reading: “Prayer doesn’t change things. Prayer changes people and people change things”. A fine sentiment, but perhaps it leaves out one factor. Prayer can only find its meaning for us if we too see ourselves as people … Continue reading

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Alternative Good Friday Sermon for 25 March 2016 on Luke 23: 32 – 46

Dorothy Sayers once raised the question as to why so many of us react with horror when a cat catches a bird, yet we seem quite unmoved when the infinitely worse horror of the crucifixion is paraded before us in … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 6 March 2016 Lent 4 on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

The Prodigal Son, an unfinished story Unfinished stories can be quite infuriating. If we go back a few years, there was a time at that most famous of all Universities, Oxford University, where no student could be given a degree … Continue reading

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