DEVOTION: Jesus’s No-Nonsense Attitude

Luke 14:25-33One of the things about Jesus is that he didn’t beat around the bush. He wasn’t afraid to be controversial. He told people how it was, regardless of whether what he said was hard to accept or not. And he was only too aware that what he said would be hard,...

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DEVOTION: The Problem of Loneliness

John 15:1-17One of the problems in life, today, is loneliness. And for people who are living on their own, who don’t see anyone else for days at a time, that’s quite understandable. Of course, some people live on their own by choice, but others . . . Well seeing and...

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SERMON: Three Responses to the Resurrection

John 20:1-9; Revelation 3:14-22A. INTRODUCTIONI always think that Easter is an odd time. And I say that because of the different ways that people observe it. For some, it makes no difference to them whatsoever. Except, of course, that the shops being closed on Good...

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SERMON: Wholehearted Devotion

Mark 12:38-44A. INTRODUCTIONIf you had a choice of having power, wealth, or living in poverty, which one of the three would you choose?Who here hasn’t wished at some time to be in a position of power? Whether because of the need to feel important, to correct an...

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SERMON: Jesus’s Kind of People

Matthew 9:9-13A. INTRODUCTIONIn recent years, there’s been a lot of publicity about the rate of suicide in this country. Indeed, the examination of it—particularly youth suicide—and the reasons for people taking their own lives, has been of increasing concern. As a...

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SERMON: Six Steps to Making a Difference

John 4:5-26A. INTRODUCTIONWhether we watch, listen to, or read the news, there are a number of features which appear to be common to every bulletin and newspaper. There are stories of hatred and prejudice. There are stories of misunderstandings. There are stories of...

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SERMON: Fanatics for God

Luke 2:21-40A. INTRODUCTIONIn recent years, one of the features of our news bulletins has been the reporting of fanaticism. Reports about people with excessive and often mistaken enthusiasm, particularly in regard to religious beliefs. As a consequence, we have become...

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QUESTION: Who’s Tradition?

One of the problems with tradition is the question “Whose tradition?” Indeed, isn’t more usual for there to be a variety of thinking about any tradition and the way it is observed?Posted: 26th April 2020

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QUESTION: Tradition or Fact?

Cases for tradition are often argued on the basis of being indisputable historical facts. But aren’t there dangers in building on traditions which may not be totally reliable? Posted: 26th April 2020

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QUESTION: Theory or Fact?

These days people seem to accept scientific theory as though it were scientific fact. But doesn’t this fly in the face of scientific method itself, which assumes that any theory is only a working theory, which is waiting to be proved or otherwise? Posted: 26th April...

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