John the Baptist

Isaiah 11.1-10 / Matthew 3.1-12 2nd Sunday of Advent / Year A Elections I’ve heard a rumour that there’s some kind of election coming up. I don’t want to speculate on what the result will be, but in this country, when there’s a change of government the changeover is instant. On polling day itself there … Continue reading John the Baptist

A Royal Priesthood

Isaiah 6.1-8 / 1 Peter 2.1-10, 25 A talk given at Morning Prayer, 27th November 2019 Being a priest - not just for those in funny collars I know that we all have things that we find difficult to understand, and I’m sure that there are things I think I understand but have completely wrong. … Continue reading A Royal Priesthood

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?