Tag Archives: John Dominic Crossan

Lectionary sermon for 5 March 2017 on Matthew 4: 1-11 (Lent 1 A)

If you stop to think about it, today’s gospel reading has some really strange features and unexpected challenges. The first point is that although it is clearly a significant story it is one with clear puzzles. Jesus alone in the … Continue reading

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A lectionary sermon for 7 February 2016 on Luke 5: 1-11

Years ago, as a volunteer high school teacher in New Britain, part of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, I used to watch and wonder at the Western evangelists who passed briefly through the towns and villages, apparently totally … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Easter 3 Year A (May 4, 2014) on Luke 24; 13 -35

Lectionary Sermon for Easter 3 Year A (May 4, 2014) on Luke 24; 13 -35 : The Emmaus Road: A Parable about Jesus I have never counted them myself, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that on no fewer … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 9 March 2014 on Matthew 4: 1-11 (Lent 1 A)

The catch for those of us with the habit of frequent reading of newspapers and constantly watching or listening to news bulletins, is that subconsciously we come to assume other written narratives of reported events can only ever be assumed … Continue reading

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Sermon for Christ the King (Year C) Sunday, 20 November 2016 on Luke 23: 33-43

Christ the King and the Unnoticed Victim I remember reading a news bulletin telling me that a badly injured man covered in blood was ignored by passing motorists after crashing his car down a bank. Evidently, the driver, travelling alone towards New … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 14 April 2013 (Easter 3) on John 21: 1-19

One unhelpful way to look at history is to find there a series of disconnected events, to be casually noted and recalled as a series of passing curiosities. One way to make history more alive is to place ourselves in the picture. … Continue reading

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A Lectionary Sermon for 23 September 2012 on James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

One of my parishioners once assured me that if and when she won the big prize in Lotto she would give me $1 million for the Church. Unfortunately this reminded me of a time when I was teaching high school … Continue reading

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