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A challenge

A challenge

No matter how rubbish, how disappointed, angry or frightened we feel, there’s hope. But there’s a challenge for us too. An expectation of us.

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My twin brother, Tom

My twin brother, Tom

“Have you believed because you have seen me?” Jesus says to our twin brother, Tom. With the eyes of his heart, Tom saw the God become man.

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A new thing

A new thing

God sustained us in the past and will take us through the present and into the future too. But, but, he may do it in a completely new way.

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Who are you?

Who are you?

Who are you? What kind of Christian are you? Indeed, what kind of person are you? And how often do you think about it?

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The man who calmed the sea

The man who calmed the sea

In Luke, we’ve had Jesus the Son of Man, Jesus as King, Jesus the bringer of good news to the poor. Today he is the man who calmed the sea.

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In the year that King Uzziah died

In the year that King Uzziah died

In the year that King Uzziah died. Or in the year that George VI died. Or JFK. Or Diana. Or in the year that someone you loved died. 

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Why the wedding at Cana?

Why the wedding at Cana?

Jesus first miracle was performed at the wedding at Cana. And, on the face of it, it’s an odd choice. So, what we are to learn from this? 

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Or maybe, she had the confidence and strength now to be the person who she needed to be. Strength to be a sanctuary for someone very special.

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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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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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