Storms

Luke 8:22-25 I wonder how old they are, Peter and James and John and these other disciples? I wonder how long they’ve been at the fishing game. Long enough to own a boat, and run a fishing business, certainly. But I wonder, because they’ll have known the waters and the weathers of the Sea of […]

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Blessings and Woes

Luke 6:17 – 26 Picture this vast throng of people, gathering out here on a flattish piece of ground, somewhere near Nazareth. Some of them have travelled for days to get here! How did they even know where to come? We don’t do this sort of thing now, really put ourselves out in order to […]

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Epic Christianity

Luke 5:1 – 11 Years ago, if you wanted to win Oscars, you made a biblical epic. My grandmother’s favourite film was The Greatest Story Ever Told. I remember being taken to see The Ten Commandments and Barabbas at the cinema. Our favourite, of course, has always been Ben Hur. Everyone remembers the chariot race, […]

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In an Ideal World

1 Corinthians 13 St Paul’s great hymn of love, 1 Corinthians chapter 13. One of the best-loved chapters in the whole Bible. In an ideal world, this would be the manifesto for all humanity, would it not? Love which is ever patient, and kind; never envious, nor boastful, nor rude. Love, never failing, ever trusting, […]

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Questions Jesus Asks

I wonder if the events of thirty winters ago have begun to fade for Mary? Jesus’ birth had been so strange. The announcements. The journeys. The visitors. The gifts. The crisis that overwhelmed her. But all that was decades before. Life for Mary has settled into a routine now, here in Nazareth. There have been […]

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Offering Hope

One of the principles that was drilled into me when I was training was that you don’t try to preach on all three of the passages that are read out in the service each week. ‘Concentrate on one’, was the message, because they don’t necessary fit together seamlessly, nor tell a single story. Passages of […]

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Testing Times

Isaiah 43:1-7 It’s quite cold, just waiting, when you are clothed in only a surgical shift. You suspect that they are cutting down on the anaesthetics bill by pre-freezing you in this semi-heated pre-op room. You certainly wouldn’t choose to walk outside the hospital, dressed, or rather undressed, the way you are, and be exposed […]

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A Christmas Sermon

Christmas Day, based on Luke 2:1-15 Did anyone get to see the Fenwicks window this year? It’s a great Newcastle Christmas tradition, the Fenwicks window! Every year, they decorate their shop windows on Northumberland Street with some kind of story for Christmas, using sets and animatronic figures and music. They bring a little Christmas cheer […]

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Remembrance Sunday – 11th November 2018

The Sermon refers to the following passages from the Bible: Ezekiel chapter 37 and Matthew chapter 5, verses 1 – 12. Remembrance Sunday 2018 All around these valleys there are letters. Kept safe, tucked away, in an old briefcase, or a drawer upstairs, or deep inside a trunk in the attic. Fading and fragile, we […]

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