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Eat This Book

June 9th, 2010 1 Comment

What’s your favourite food? Imagine biting into it, chewing it luxuriously, savouring the taste… mmm… That’s what we did with Acts 3:1-10 on Sunday morning, in a version of the ancient Christian practice of lectio divina, ‘holy reading’, and it’s something you can do on your own, any day of the week. Start by imagining […]

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A Tale of Two Texts: It Takes Two To Tango (and Forgive)

April 18th, 2010 No Comments

My Mum used to say to me and my sisters, whenever we were losing a fight and trying to get her to step in on our side, ‘it takes two to tango.’ She meant that it takes two to start a fight, so she wasn’t going to take sides.  I think Jesus would agree, and […]

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a tale of two texts: Jesus and divorce

March 28th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve been quite sick this week, and found it hard to do justice to the texts we looked at today.  Lucky for all of us, what the Holy Spirit chooses to do with preaching seems to be pretty independent of its ‘quality’!  If anyone would like to think further about what we discussed today, I […]

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A Tale of Two Texts: Jesus Has a Dream

February 25th, 2010 No Comments

While we’re all unplugging from screen-based entertainment this Lent, we have a great opportunity to plug into the life of Jesus, particularly in the biographies of him we have in the Gospels. Last Lent we spent most of our time in Luke’s Gospel, looking at Jesus used instances of hospitality to transform people and relationships.  […]

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A Tale of Two Texts

December 5th, 2009 No Comments

When Georg Frideric Handel was in the middle of writing the Hallelujah Chorus, one of the most famous pieces of music in the world, he was interrupted by his assistant, who had been banging on his study door for ages, not getting any reply.  Handel looked up, in tears, and said ‘I thought I saw […]

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a tale of two texts

November 27th, 2009 No Comments

Last Sunday was a bit unusual at West.  It was our annual Year in P/Review service, and the open mic was nice and busy – some of the people who spoke have added their comments onto the post below, so check them out. But at 11.30 I decided we’d all been sitting down a bit […]

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a tale of two texts

November 20th, 2009 4 Comments

I really enjoyed being back at the lectern last Sunday.  (I hope I wasn’t the only one!)  It was a great feeling to read from one of my favourite parts of the Bible, Romans 12 and try to help us all to be better equipped to support each other in times of lament. I’d be […]

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