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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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Reversal of fortune

Reversal of fortune

This is what Jesus often describes; so much so that the good news can be seen as an ongoing story of the reversal of fortune for many.

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Greetings and Blessings

Greetings and Blessings

Perhaps we all need to be more expressive in our greetings and relationships to reflect the good news and the blessings we have received.

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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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Welcome

Welcome

If our welcome is to work, if it’s to change things for people and yes, bring them back again, it has to be accepting and affirming of all.

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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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Luke, Psalms and the Wombles

Luke, Psalms and the Wombles

Jesus was ‘doing’ God. And we are called, challenged, purposed to do the same. We should be ‘doing’ God too. If Jesus wombled, then God wombles – and we should be wombling too.

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On our road to Emmaus

On our road to Emmaus

I love this story of the road to Emmaus. Scholars don’t seem to know where Emmaus actually was – but that’s not really important. It was far enough to make a good story – and close enough to get back and share it with others…

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Carrying hopes and dreams

Carrying hopes and dreams

We are the inheritors of the salvation Simeon proclaimed. We are carrying hopes and dreams of a time when God’s kingdom will fully come and God’s will be fully done, on earth as it is in heaven.

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The shrewd manager

The shrewd manager

When I first looked at our readings for today, I thought “O Good, the gospel of Luke. It will be a nice parable. But Oh no. A very difficult piece –and when I read the other passages it did not get much better” I didn’t get it. It was doing my head in.

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Blessings and Woes

Blessings and Woes

The Beatitudes in Matthew are essentially attached to what you might call inner, spiritual qualities – things like meekness, righteousness and mercy. In Luke they are attached to external, physical conditions of poverty and suffering. Both lists are a series of bombshells.

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