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Why do we believe?

Why do we believe?

Seeing is believing. Or is it? Do we believe everything we read in the newspapers or see on television or on film. Not always and rightly so.

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He has been raised

He has been raised

Mark the brief. Mark the sometimes hasty; Mark who gets to the point and gets there quickly. And the point is: HE HAS BEEN RAISED!

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Washing of feet

Washing of feet

Is your least favourite time of the church year Maundy Thursday? And for no other reason than because it’s the ‘Washing of Feet Day’?

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Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Did you notice something un-expected in our Gospel reading today from Mark? Frankly, Jesus acts like he’s a day-tripping tourist.

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Jeremiah – hope and consolation

Jeremiah – hope and consolation

Jeremiah isn’t often known for hope and consolation. Indeed he has a reputation for being a miserable so-and-so, mournful and sorrowful.

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A beer on a Friday night

A beer on a Friday night

Noah got out of the ark, gave thanks to God, had a barbecue, where he burnt everything and then he got drunk. Maybe it was on a Friday night?

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Come and see

Come and see

Sometimes that’s all we are asked or called to do. To simply say to someone: ‘come and see’. I wonder how often we do it though.

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I come to you

I come to you

In Matthew, John says to Jesus: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus’ answer, spoken or not, is “I come to you”.

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My Beloved

My Beloved

He takes time to talk about being ‘beloved’ – but there’s no loitering in fields with shepherds or journeying in search of a wandering star.

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Star of wonder

Star of wonder

Perhaps we can imagine a huge star of wonder hanging over us right now, there for all to see and to respond to, guiding others to find Jesus.

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The proclaimers

The proclaimers

John wanted to shout it out. He repeatedly uses the word ‘proclaim’, he wanted to get it out there, to tell everyone. And what was this news?

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Never be the same again

Never be the same again

The first step onto the moon was a watershed in history. Our perspective could never be the same. Our Gospel is another ‘before’ and ‘after’.

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Where are you from?

Where are you from?

Where are you from? What are the places, the people, the experiences that formed your path? How does it help you understand who you are?

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Going on a journey

Going on a journey

Any fans of Strictly will be familiar with people going on a journey. Or trying not to say that they’re on a journey, but it slips out anyway.

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Christ the King

Christ the King

Christ the King is not unapproachable – he is close to his people, he listens to his people and he gives himself for his people every day.

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