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Lectionary Sermon for 24 December 2017 (Advent 4B) on Luke 1:26 – 38

The literal truth of the Christmas gospel stories may not be the real issue for modern Christians. Tradition has it that a wise man was once confronted by one of his disciples. “Why is it?” the young man wanted to … Continue reading

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A lectionary sermon for Christmas 1 A (New Year’s Day) 2017 on Matthew 2:13-23

You have to hand it to Matthew in the way he balances a sense of wonder for the coming of Jesus with the grimmer bits. Admittedly it is an otherworldly story of angels, the shepherds the wise men and of … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 21 February 2016 (Lent 2) on Luke 13: 31 – 35

Let’s see. Here we have the living example of wisdom and kindness, Jesus, going around helping the poor and the rejected and sick and the lame and the blind. Why did he annoy the establishment? Despite his good deeds we … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 24 January 2016, Epiphany 3 on Luke 4: 14 – 21

My Epiphany? Today is the third of the four Sundays the Church sets aside for what is called the season of Epiphany. So, given the season, it is fair to ask is there any way this season might actually be … Continue reading

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A Lectionary Sermon for December 6 2015 Advent 2 C based on Luke 3: 1-6

Traditional Bible literalists get quite upset when Bible scholars insist on pointing out historical inconsistencies in the Bible accounts. This is a shame because the story of Jesus and the early Church is greatly enhanced when we take a closer … Continue reading

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A lectionary sermon for 29 December Christmas 1 A 2013 on Matthew 2:13-23

No flight of Fancy You have to hand it to Matthew in the way he balances a sense of wonder for the coming of Jesus with the grimmer bits. First we have the angels, the shepherds and even the wise … Continue reading

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Sermon for Christmas Day 2016

  A Guiding light for Whose Journey? As a slow learning “older person” I should confess it has taken me much too long to realize the potential of Google maps on mobile phones.  From a young relative I recently learned … Continue reading

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