Remember War, Make Peace

Isaiah 65.17-25 / James 3.13-18 / Luke 6.27-38 A Tale of Two Mothers Two mothers tell their stories. “I’m an Iraqi mother. I was full of joy each time I had a child. But I’ve wept so many tears for them. I lost my first son when he was sent to fight against Iran. He … Continue reading Remember War, Make Peace

Compassion of God

A talk given at Morning Prayer on 23rd October 2019 Ecclesiasticus 18.1-14 / Mark 15.33-41 The Apocrypha Our first reading today came from the book of Ecclesiasticus, also known as the Wisdom of Sirach or just Sirach, which is one of the books of the Old Testament Apocrypha. Nowadays when we refer to something as … Continue reading Compassion of God

Seeing and Believing

Luke 17.11-19 Introduction That great figure of the Reformation, Martin Luther, was once asked to describe the nature of true worship. He answered: the tenth leper turning back. Often when people talk about today’s gospel reading they focus on the importance of gratitude – I’ve done this myself before. But today I want to focus … Continue reading Seeing and Believing

What are your priorities?

Deuteronomy 30.15-20 / Luke 14.25-33 Good news and context When I was training to be an LLM I was given lots of good advice about preaching but two things in particular have stayed in my mind. One is, always look for the good news as that’s what the gospel is all about. The other is, … Continue reading What are your priorities?

Faith

Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16 Proper 14 / 8th Sunday after Trinity Introduction As some of you may know I have a flock of hens in my back garden. I find it fascinating to watch them going about their daily lives – they’re a lot more interesting and complicated than many people think. However, although hens have … Continue reading Faith

Yoked Together

A talk at Morning Prayer on 17th July 2019 Matthew 11.28-30 Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for … Continue reading Yoked Together