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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday (Year A) April 9, 2017 on Matthew 21:1-11

When you stop to think about it, Palm Sunday is a rather strange Christian festival. Getting into the spirit of Palm Sunday has always seemed to me to be rather artificial and even forced, because welcoming anyone – let alone … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday (Year A) April 9, 2017 on Matthew 21:1-11

When you stop to think about it, Palm Sunday is a rather strange Christian festival. Getting into the spirit of Palm Sunday has always seemed to me to be rather artificial and even forced, because welcoming anyone – let alone … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 24 March 2013 (Palm Sunday) on Luke 19:28-40

The catch with domesticating Palm Sunday and turning in it into a Sunday School type celebration of self-conscious congregation members waving palm branches and emitting embarrassed-sounding muted shouts of “Hallelujah” is not that it isn’t worth doing, it is simply … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Christ the King 26 November 2012 on John 18: 33 – 39

Today this Sunday is called Christ the King Sunday. Christ the King – the king – yes – but what sort of king and more importantly, a king for whom? Can we for example find the glory of the king … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Good Friday, 6 April 2012 Year B based on John 19:17-30

Good Friday attracts us to safe familiar paths. Each year there we find the call to the in-group of religious spectators and church-goers to rehearse once more the familiar sufferings endured by Jesus, to listen again to the reminder that … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday 1 April 2012 on Mark 11:1-11 (or John 12:12 – 16)

Palm Sunday as recorded by Mark is a story overlaid with confusion about Jesus, prophetic symbolism and a strange mix of humility and in-your-face political challenge. You may well already be aware that Jesus entry to Jerusalem is suggested by … Continue reading

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