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Simeon and Anna

Simeon and Anna

Luke quickly introduces Simeon and then Anna. He introduces song and passion and expectancy. Now we get to look forward to the future.

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What are you looking for?

What are you looking for?

In our Gospel reading from John today, we have another question that could just as easily have been included: ‘What are you looking for?’

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New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution

That seems like a good New Year’s resolution for each one of us. To carry those words with us each and every day, like the people of old.

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This God thing

This God thing

And the centre of this faith thing is that the God thing did actually come down and become human. He consecrated and endorsed our humanity.

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Hope, vision and joy

Hope, vision and joy

Isaiah spoke a word of hope and joy that was out of place with the rest of the narrative. A word that wouldn’t wait until things improved.

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Small signs of growth

Small signs of growth

God asks us not to count the rings of the dead wood of the past – but to look for small signs of growth, the green seedlings of the future.

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The imagination of Isaiah

The imagination of Isaiah

We’re in Advent – and each Sunday has a reading from Isaiah. Isaiah is a visual prophet. He thinks in pictures. He uses his imagination.

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Seen to be believed

Seen to be believed

For that that kingdom to be more visible, Christ has to be seen to be believed – and how he is seen is down to you and down to me

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Remembrance – that undefinable something

Remembrance – that undefinable something

Remembrance Sunday – We remember Des Aspin, who had that undefinable something that caused him to stand out and above all those around him.

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Kingdom Season – Can you imagine?

Kingdom Season – Can you imagine?

In this Kingdom season, as we reflect on the Kingdom of God – its freedom, its creativity, its joy and its unity, we re-commit ourselves…

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Bible Sunday – read the flipping manual

Bible Sunday – read the flipping manual

Today is Bible Sunday. It’s the day on which we give thanks for the writings of Scripture and the enlightenment which they can bring. 

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Anti-heroes

Anti-heroes

Jacob is one of the Bible’s anti-heroes. There aren’t too many redeeming features on display. Not many laudable characteristics to emulate.

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Down to the River

Down to the River

Naaman goes down to the river – and his flesh is restored like the flesh of a young boy. It’s not just the leprosy that goes. He’s made new.

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Me. Send me.

Me. Send me.

At some stage, God’s plans will intersect with our own sense of being and purpose. We need to listen and hear and respond. To say: “send me”.

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Tail Wagging in heaven

Tail Wagging in heaven

There will be more tail wagging in heaven over one sinner that repents than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance!

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