One stark choice – life or death

And I thought that it was only Donald Trump who says things that we wish he hadn’t ! Today’s Gospel is what we call in the trade a ‘hard passage’. And to make it worse there’s little doubt that he actually said them – these are some of the most authentic words of Jesus in […]

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God’s Dinner Party

In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.  Amen. We have all given a dinner party at some point in our lives.  It can be either a fancy affair, or actually quite simple: either a long list of guests requiring the most byzantine grid for table seating, or a few […]

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Daughter of Abraham

Gospel text – Luke 13: 10-17 Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath . And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her […]

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Why would anybody want to be a Christian?  The Church can be boring, backward, narrow-minded and out of touch.  Christians can be bigoted, hypocritical, and stupid.  And religion can give some people a twisted justification for evil.  When we see Christian bigotry in Uganda, Russia or the USA, why would anybody want to be one […]

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Is there enough love to go around?

Is there enough love to go around? This week if you, like me, were watching the live feed from General Synod, you know that we witnessed some very moving and also some very hurtful exchanges in the Anglican Church of Canada   … and now this morning’s Gospel seems also to offer a mixture of hope […]

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What if we are the pigs?

So what were pigs doing next to the sea of Galilee?  There wasn’t much demand for Pork in 1st century Palestine.  And why did Jesus let the poor pigs die? And what happened to the pig farmers once their livelihood was gone?  And why is the man called ‘Legion’?  This is a Gospel story which raises […]

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Do you see?

Do you see her? Do you see this woman? This is Jesus’ question to Simon. It is a question that as a woman who has been in the church all of her life, I too have asked. The stories of women in the Bible are few and far between. At times it feels like a […]

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