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First thoughts on a sermon (homily) for Advent 2 B, 4 December 2011 (Isaiah 40: 1-11, Mark 1: 1-8)

I notice that down at the Town Centre they have put out the Christmas trees, in the stores they are starting to play Christmassy music – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” …. And even “Snoopy’s Christmas”. The decorations are … Continue reading

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First Thoughts for a Sermon (homily) for Advent 1 B, 27 November 2011 (based on Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37)

ADDRESS: FINDING CHRIST DESPITE RELIGION Little of the following is entirely original, but rather much is based on the writings of Bill Loader, William Willimon, Fred Craddock and Hans Reudi Weber (ie I have had a hard week!) If nations choose … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for 6 November 2011(Matthew 25: 1 – 13)

The things that you’re li’ble to read in the Bible, It ain’t necessarily so! (from Porgy and Bess) There is something almost sad and tragic about the strange and now almost doddery old Pastor, Harold Camping, who for the third … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for October 30 2011 (on Matthew 23 : 1-12)

First the passage: Matthew Ch 23 1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for Sunday October 23, 2011 (Matthew 22: 34-46)

GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS Last Thursday the New York authorities announced a New York pastor had been arrested and accused of fraudulently cashing pension checks worth nearly a quarter-million dollars sent to a school teacher who died more than … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for Sunday 9 October 2011 (Matthew 22: 1-14)

There is a Spanish proverb which roughly translated says: “he who spits against heaven, gets it in the eye”. This morning’s story from Matthew seems a perfect illustration of that proverb. A king is having a wedding celebration for his … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a sermon for the Lectionary Reading for next Sunday 2 October 2011 (Matthew 21 :33-46)

High Time to Deliver the Harvest First the Reading: Matthew Ch 21: 33 – 46 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built … Continue reading

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