Category Archives: Sermons

Oxfam and Rainbows: transformed in grace

Oxfam has come in for quite a pasting this week. Shocking revelations and accusations have been made that some of those who were working to bring relief to the suffering of the most desperate and impoverished people had been taking … Continue reading

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Clouds – Mystery and Revelation

If we mention ‘the cloud’ today there is a strong chance that the first thing that will come to mind is a remote internet based storage system. Those of us who rely heavily on gadgets and mobile devices can’t escape … Continue reading

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Anskar: Faithful persistence – a theology of resilience

Every now and then the Church of England’s calendar of saints and holy days brings up a commemoration that seems to resonate or be a good counter to a prevailing tone. Yesterday was such a day, as we remembered the … Continue reading

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Candlemas: A light for all peoples

Candlemas (Luke 2:22-40) is one of my favourite festivals. It has candlelight, a message of hope and promise fulfilled, and it comes as winter is giving way to signs of early spring, so new life is beginning to dawn. It … Continue reading

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The Christ who gathers: Christian Unity and the challenge of justice

This week a report has been published for the Church of England on the governance and management of Cathedrals. It makes helpful recommendations (65 of them!), many of which we have been implementing in our local cathedral over the last … Continue reading

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A Paddington Christmas: bringing out the best in us

One of the biggest films this year was about a small bear, from South America, far from home, lodging with a family in London. Paddington, armed only with a marmalade sandwich under his hat and carrying that old brown case … Continue reading

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Mary and the call to be temples of God

We are used to hearing Old Testament readings that make the Temple in Jerusalem the special place for the Hebrew people, the focus for their worship and faith in God. So much of the writings of the prophets concentrate on … Continue reading

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