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The word of God came to…

The word of God came to…

Which local valleys would you fill and which hills would you make low? For this is a word of God for us here and now, in this time and place.

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Hope and family trees

Hope and family trees

The young man eventually did gain nobility. Judi discovered that her family tree included someone who had lived in the real Elsinore Castle.

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What sort of King?

What sort of King?

The Kingdom of God is around us and within us. It beckons us to live by its vision and values now, not some point in the future. Pius XI was right…

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Whistle down the Wind

Whistle down the Wind

One of my favourite films is Whistle Down the Wind. A group of children led by Kathy find a man in a barn and believe that he is Jesus.

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Interruption and disruption

Interruption and disruption

Jonah’s physical presence in Ninevah brings disruption and unhinges everything. The city stops. Everyone repents, animals too!

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The Shema and worship

The Shema and worship

Our reading from Deuteronomy is known as the Shema. It gets to the very heart of worship. It tells us who God is and what our response should be.

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Bible Sunday and Isaiah

Bible Sunday and Isaiah

Today is Bible Sunday. There are 39 books in the OT, and 27 in the NT. Appropriately our reading today is from Isaiah, which has 66 chapters.

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Who is the suffering servant?

Who is the suffering servant?

Did the Ethiopian eunuch see himself as the Suffering Servant. Did he see a link between the words that he read and his own experience?

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Take heart

Take heart

Take heart. Remember that Jesus never asks his disciples to leave, no matter how they stumbled. He never gives up on us – neither should we.

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God’s fingerprints

God’s fingerprints

Those hands that flung stars into space and surrendered to cruel nails left their fingerprints on you too. If you just look closely enough. 

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A soft heart

A soft heart

You always know there is going to be trouble when you hear or read the words “Some Pharisees”. Because some…

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Psalm 19

Psalm 19

It’s Creation Season and I couldn’t not talk about Psalm 19 today. Abraham Heschel compared these first verses to someone with ‘presence’.

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But they were silent

But they were silent

“What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.

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We all have an agenda

We all have an agenda

The disciples also had their agenda.  It was pretty much a one item affair, but it was important to them, who was the greatest?

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Can we do this?

Can we do this?

Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.” My question is: “Can we do this?”

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