Tag Archives: William Barclay

Lectionary Sermon for Epiphany One: January 5 2020 on Matthew 2: 1-12

Returning Home by a Different Path Some parts of the Christmas story are so much part of our culture that they seem embedded in very dubious un-Christian customs. This year in one Christmas cracker, I encountered the following “joke”. ” … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Christmas 1 (29 December 2019) on Matthew 2:13-23

No flight of Fancy You have to hand it to Matthew in the way he follows a sense of wonder for the coming of Jesus with the grimmer bits. First we had the angels, a Virgin Birth and even the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 27 October 2019 on Luke 18: 9-14 (Proper 25C / Ordinary 30C / Pentecost +23

A Bit of the Pharisee in Me? I guess the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is a familiar story to many. Here is this self-obsessed Pharisee placing himself in a prominent position in front of the crowd … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 23 June 2019 Year C on Luke 8: 26 -39 (Pr 7 C, Ord 12C, Pentecost + 2)

Demons For Moderns For the modern sceptical generation, this story of Jesus healing the man possessed with demons must seem troubling at several different levels. First, and perhaps most obviously, aren’t we supposed to have moved past a belief in … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon 23 September 2018 on James 3:13-4:3, 7,8a

Lectionary Sermon for 23 September 2018 on James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a The other day I was reading a Listener at my favourite coffee shop and I came across a quote that said: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. No-one is entitled … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for March 11 2018 Lent 4b on John 3: 14-21

THE STRUGGLE FOR TRUTH Sorting out real truth has always been more difficult than quoting a few key Bible verses. The Nicodemus story reminds us that truth typically only begins to take shape when an individual goes out of their … Continue reading

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A lectionary sermon for Christmas 1 A (New Year’s Day) 2017 on Matthew 2:13-23

You have to hand it to Matthew in the way he balances a sense of wonder for the coming of Jesus with the grimmer bits. Admittedly it is an otherworldly story of angels, the shepherds the wise men and of … Continue reading

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