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Lectionary sermon for 27 September 2020 on Matthew 21: 23-32)

WHICH PROMISES WILL WE SUPPORT?Here in New Zealand we are getting into the swing of election season. And just like last time – aren’t we hearing some great promises? Each party claims to know how to tweak COVID protection so … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Sunday 20 September 2020 based on Matthew 20: 1 -16

THE KINGDOM RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE UNWORTHYThere are some thought provoking truths in the stories and actions of those who are remembered in the history of our faith. However it occurs to me that a good part of the impact of … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Easter 3 Year A (April 26, 2020) on Luke 24; 13 -35

The Emmaus Road: A Parable about Jesus?There are some strange stories in the Bible and I suspect many of them are so bizarre we were never intended to take them all as literal, particularly with some of the weird stories … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 1 March 2020 on Matthew 4: 1-11 (Lent 1 A)

MAD MIKE – OR MATTHEW WITH A MESSAGE? There was a rather strange BBC news item a few days ago concerning a dare-devil adventurer who was killed when his steam powered rocket crashed. The weird part for I guess most … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon 20 January, 2019, Epiphany 2, John 2:1-11

WATER TO WINE “I can’t believe that!” said Alice. “Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.” Alice laughed. “There’s not use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 28 October 2018 on Mark 10: 46 – 52

I realize that, at least by convention, homework exercises should be reserved for the end of the lesson. Today I want to reverse this and invite those of you with access to the internet to find out over the next … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 16 July 2017 on Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Today we encounter another well known parable. I guess in some ways, if instead of listening like bored children to familiar stories, if we were to try to relate the Gospel stories of Jesus not just to real lives but … Continue reading

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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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Lectionary sermon for 14 February 2016 (Lent 1) on Luke 4: 1 – 13

“Shalom. This is Luke from Radio Palestine, on site in the wilderness, about to interview a very hungry man, Jesus, otherwise known by some of his admirers as the Messiah. So tell me Jesus, what have you been up to … 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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