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The Wedding Grace Perfects
Homily for the Second Sunday after Epiphany (Traditional Lectionary): The Wedding at Cana, John 2.1– Is this just the most famous party trick in the world? Was Mary a pushy showbiz
mum cajoling her reticent son into showing off: “Come on, Son do your party
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Jesus and the North-South divide: Monday after Epiphany
If you want to start a new movement that is
going to sweep throughout the United Kingdom, where do you think you would
begin ? Surely you
would want to start where you are going to have the most influence, where the
key decision-makers and big players on th...
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Trust me, I'm a doctor - 1st Sunday after Epiphany (BCP lectionary)
Did you ever get lost as a
child? It’s quite terrifying - but possibly even more terrifying for your
parents. When Jesus gets lost in the
Temple, he isn’t particularly scared: in fact, he seems rather at home in “his
Father’s house.” But as for Mary, you ca...
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Epiphany: It's a kind of magic
Starter for five points: how many kings are in the Epiphany story? The answer is, one, and he is Herod. Not the hero of this tale. There’s nothing to suggest that the men who went to visit Jesus were kings, or even that there were three of them. Luke says t...
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Dig those camel skins out of the attic
In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrach of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Ca...
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Serve God, and be happy - a homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King
Jesus said, “my Kingdom is not of this world.” This week's news reports a dramatic rise in mental health problems, including depression, among children and teenagers. I wonder why young people seem to be getting less happy? In some ways, they have more than...
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Jesus: God back from the future
Mark 13:24-32 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see ...
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WW1: A step towards a better world?
A popular view in the West is that history is the story of human progress. In the old days, people were ignorant, mired in superstitious beliefs enforced by a Church which suppressed learning so that it could hold onto its power over the human mind. Thankfu...
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Salvation and Science: The Transhuman Future
Medical and technological advancements mean that humans can increasingly augment themselves. Biotechnology and nanotech are predicted to accelerate these changes rapidly in the near future.  Might we one day eliminate all disease, mechanically or geneticall...
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The hubris of humanism
“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” So begins one of my favourite books in the Bible: Ecclesiastes, the Preacher. His message? Basically: everything is meaningless. All our work, all our effort, ends in one thing: death. Everything that we achieve will one...
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