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A Christmas Day Reflection by Bill Peddie

Would you be insulted if someone called you a heretic? Today I want to suggest that not all heresy should be condemned out of hand, and when it comes to Christmas, the occasional heretic might have something to teach us. … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Advent 4a 18 December 2016 on Matthew 1:18-25

Is there Gospel Truth in Christmas? The profound influence of Christianity in the shaping of belief systems over the last two millennia makes it inevitable that Jesus’ coming should have been celebrated in a wide variety of ways. Some of … Continue reading

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A Lectionary Sermon for 20 December 2015 (Advent 4 C ) based on Luke 1:39-56

Because we can only attend one Church service at a time it is hard to remind ourselves that what we are experiencing is filtered and shaped by different traditions. The gatekeepers of our denomination have shaped the different forms of … Continue reading

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

Finding meaning in the tricky stories in the Bible is not just a test of logic. Tradition has it that a wise man was once confronted by one of his disciples. “Why is it?” the young man wanted to know … Continue reading

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A Lectionary Sermon for 23 December (Advent 4 C ) based on Luke 1:39-56

And Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord.”This phase from Luke today signals the start one of the great hymns of the traditional church, the Magnificat. Although it is true that this traditionally has more meaning for the Churches categorised as “High … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for Advent 4 B December 18, 2011 based on Luke 1 : 26 – 38

I have heard it said that a wise man was once confronted by one of his disciples.  “Why is it?”, the young man wanted to know – “do you tell us stories without explaining them in detail?”   “Well” replied the … Continue reading

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