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My name is Thomas (John 20:19-31 and Acts 2:14a and 22-32)

Part 1 (confused, uncertain, slightly hyper, critical of self) My name is Thomas. He’s gone. Jesus that is. Not just dead, but dead and gone. Gone from his tomb. Peter, Peter said so. John backed him up. Mary, well Mary … Continue reading

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Is God waiting for the C of E? (Reviewing Maggi Dawn’s ‘Like the Wideness of the Sea’) #womenbishops

I read Maggi Dawn’s ‘Like the Wideness of the Sea – Women Bishops and the Church of England’ yesterday. That tells you for a start that it’s not a very big book – I’m not that fast a reader, especially … Continue reading

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What is ‘sacred’ in Christianity?

It may surprise some to know that this week I started ordination training by focusing on other important religions in the world today, and how Christians engage theologically with them. From a practical point of view this is partly because … Continue reading

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DARE to carry the flame of the Holy Spirit – John 15:26-27 16:4-15 and Acts 2:1-13

Here is the DARE that I gave the people of All Saints, Minstead on Pentecost Sunday. More information about the service, the liturgy and the local pub are in my previous post here. You will note that I make reference … Continue reading

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Service for the Celebration of Pentecost

On Pentecost Sunday I had the privilege of leading and preaching at the church of All Saints, Minstead (at the invitation of the incumbent Revd Dr James Bruce). This was the church in which I was baptised, confirmed and married. … Continue reading

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Under the gaze of God: Confession for Pentecost – Acts 2:1-12

We normally have an awesome open-air service for Pentecost out in the blazing sunshine. This year we had what I’m told was an awesome service… inside! It fell to me to lead this year, with a Reader colleague preaching using … Continue reading

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Peter had been waiting – Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost marks a spiritual anniversary for me – which won’t surprise anyone who has ever worshipped at St. Michael’s Aberystwyth, or experienced the excellent preaching of Revd Stuart Bell. Something clicked open inside me in May 1988. Though I may … Continue reading

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Forgiving is harder than being forgiven – John 20:19-23

Here’s my sermon from last Sunday – Easter 2 (using both the John 20:19-23 reading and the Epistle reading Acts 5:27-32) It seems like what the Bible tells us is that if we don’t forgive, we can not expect to … Continue reading

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Leaving Thomas in favour of the grace to forgive

Easter 2 and the lectionary Gospel is John 20:19 – 31 and the Epistle is Acts 5:27-32. For some reason I feel compelled to set Thomas aside, and favour of forgiveness – a theme which appears in both readings. We … Continue reading

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The Ascension

Here’s another sermon, this time dated from 13th May 2007, back in the first year of my Reader Training. This one is an audio file, which usefully comes including the Bible reading that preceeded it: Acts 1:1-14 Ascension – waiting … Continue reading

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