Lectionary Sermon for Trinity Sunday – Year B – (27 May 2018) on Matthew 28 16-20 or John 3:1-17
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Trinity: A Bible Inspired Idea in Need of a Second Look? How should the Trinity appear to the modern scientific mind? We live in an age when telescopes can probe the depths of space, looking back in time to many millions of galaxies, many with their million upon millions of stars. Many of these stars are hugely larger than our home Sun and each at mind numbing distances from where we live. In that setting, the notion of a kind of creative being which is somehow like a human Father, yet one sufficiently in control to be creator of the entire universe seems bewildering. Asserting that same ..read more
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Lectionary Sermon based on Pentecost (Acts 2: 1 – 21)
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5d ago
Challenged by Fire and Mystery Making sense of the strange accounts of Easter and its aftermath has long been a challenge for Christians in a scientific age. And if that wasn’t hard enough, before we can reflect on much of the history of the early Church, we must first come face-to-face with something which some might think even more unexpected or bizarre than a resurrected Christ. True the gospels tell of unusual and wonderful happenings associated with Jesus.   Don’t forget Pentecost introduces yet another story with features that risks might being interpreted as nothing to do with ..read more
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ADDRESS: MOTHERING SUNDAY Lectionary sermon,12 May 2024 ,Luke 2 40-52 Year b Mothers’ Day
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1w ago
Some mothers get a raw deal.   I feel inclined to start with reflecting back to the news bulletin images we have probably all seen of Mothers trying to protect their children from the shelling both in the Ukraine and in Gaza.   I guess if Luke has it right in today’s gospel reading, Jesus’ upbringing in his home in Roman occupied territory had a good deal to do with how his family environment helped shape his mind and personality.  Since the Christian faith is meant to make a difference to our relationships and since today (12 May) is on the nation’s calendar as Mother ..read more
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Lectionary sermon for 5 May 2024 Easter 6 Year b on John 15:9-17
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2w ago
Most countries in the West are currently undergoing profound changes in terms of their response to traditional Christianity. Each census over the last forty years has showed a marked decline in the number whose self-identification is Christian. It is true that new immigrants to this country often show a strong religious affiliation to whatever religion was important to them in their home country but typically the new groups also express concern about arriving in a community where there seems to be growing secularity. Many newcomers are naturally uneasy surrounded by what they see as threats to ..read more
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Lectionary Sermon for 28 April 2024, Easter 5 B (The True Vine) John 15: 1-8
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1M ago
Let’s face it, since we have no access to TV live recording of Jesus and his interactions with those he met, the best we can do is start by checking with those who collected stories about Jesus all those years ago.  But don’t forget that it took up to three years of the Jesus ministry to generate the original events and memories on which the gospels were based – followed by a few decades of telling and retelling the stories before they were recorded in the form we now read in today’s Bible.  We are fortunate that virtually all the material selected appears sufficiently fresh and vivi ..read more
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CONTRIBUTED SERMON FOR EASTER 3b ‘Finding the modern words for it!’
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This week the sermon was borrowed and slightly abridged (with acknowledgement) from a different Peddie, my sister the Rev Dr Barbara Peddie (at that time on secondment to the Presbyterian Church of St Ninians in Christchurch)  (Thoughts on Acts 3: 12-19 and Luke 24: 36b-48) We’re still in the season of Easter – the season of celebration. And we’re also in the season of autumn and endings. Later this month on ANZAC Day, much of this nation will remember the tragedies of war and celebrate the courage and commitment of many. Part of that remembering will include honouring those of our own ch ..read more
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Lectionary Sermon for Easter 2b (7 April 2024) on John 20:19-31
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1M ago
IN DEFENCE OF DOUBTING THOMAS While it is true that the disciple Thomas has become famous for his initial hesitation to accept that Jesus had somehow been resurrected, it is unfortunate that he goes down in many Christian histories first and foremost as “doubting Thomas”.  Yes, it is true we can see why gospel writer John is anxious to stress that the now scattered followers of Jesus should set their personal doubts aside.  Remember John is writing well after the Thomas encounter at the time when Jesus was no longer present in the flesh.   We should therefore understand tha ..read more
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Easter Sunday,  RISEN IN WHAT SENSE? A reaction to  John 20 1-18
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2M ago
I wonder how many preachers would be prepared to read Peter Rollin’s monologue at their Easter day service.   It started…. “Without equivocation or hesitation, I fully and completely admit that I deny the resurrection of Christ. This is something that anyone who knows me could tell you, and I am not afraid to say it publicly, no matter what some people may think.” Then a dramatic pause……. and continued… “I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed, each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ..read more
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Lectionary Sermon for Good Friday, Year B (selected verses from John 18:1- 19:42)
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2M ago
Good Friday attracts us to safe familiar paths. Each year, there we find the call to what risks being an in-group of religious spectators and churchgoers to rehearse once more the familiar sufferings endured by Jesus.   And yes, we seem encouraged, listening again to the reminder that in some way these sufferings were for our sins, and to hear those familiar words : “Jesus died that we might be saved.” Yet I wonder if the story has become too familiar and even too remote to matter in the way we currently live and order our lives. It’s not that the standard formula, that Jesus died fo ..read more
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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday 24 March 2024 on Mark 11:1-11 (or John 12:12 – 16)
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2M ago
Palm Sunday? – If we are honest, we should admit the shouting, palm waving crowd when Jesus came to town riding on an ass (or a donkey) is a bit hard for modern Westerners to understand. Perhaps it is just as well to remember that even in Jesus’ day there is every reason to suspect from the gospels that the original crowds lining the road were reported as being equally confused. But did you notice in John’s version of this event the disciples who presumably knew Jesus well were also just as confused?  Perhaps assuming the disciples took a while to understand, then today almost two thousan ..read more
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