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Breakfast on the beach

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John 21:1-19 Acts 9:1-6 As the little boat rose and fell, the grey dawn cast an unkind light on Peter’s face. Every line was etched deeper, so it seemed. His eyelids were heavy after a night of fruitlessly casting nets into the water. And there was a far-away tiredness inside. Anger, self-loathing and deep, deep […]

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Interview with Mary Magdalene

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John 20:1-18 Interviewer: The recent rumours which have come out of Jerusalem have shocked the world and we on this programme have had our correspondents as close as possible to the action. We have been able to track down the one person who above all others is probably closest to Jesus the Nazarene, who was […]

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Experiencing resurrection

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Mark 16:1-8 Some years ago someone received a letter from the then DHSS, informing him that his benefit would be stopped at the end of March 1986 because he had died. The letter then went onto say, “you may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.” Someone once wrote into the problem page […]

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Palm Sunday voices

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Mark 11:1-11 A voice from the Crowd I don’t know why l did it – didn’t then, didn’t now. Don’t look at me like that. You’d have done it too, if you’d been there. The city was heaving – one great mass of squashed-together humanity. There must have been two, three hundred thousand there, even […]

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Speaking the language

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John 12:20-33 These days when the Greeks turn up, they’re probably asking for money, but it wasn’t so in Jesus’ time. The “Greeks” who asked for Jesus were, I expect, Greek Jews. I expect they were there for the Passover. They wanted to see Jesus. And they found Philip. Philip is a Greek name. So […]

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Lifted up

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Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 At 404 ft, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral is the tallest church structure in Britain. Somewhat taller than our own, and be grateful we don’t have their maintenance bills! Completed in 1320, Salisbury Cathedral spire gives inspiration to visitors who feel thrilled when it first comes into sight while they are […]

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God’s emotions?

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Exodus 2:1-10 Luke 2:33-35 One night a wife found her husband standing over the baby’s cot. Silently she watched him. As he stood looking down at the sleeping infant, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment, scepticism. Touched by this unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, […]

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Taking God seriously

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John 2:13-22 Exodus 20:1-17 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 There’s a picture of Jesus throwing the traders and money changers out of the Temple, and cracking his whip, and someone has added a caption: “when anyone asks you what would Jesus do, remind them that getting angry, throwing the furniture, and attacking people is a possibility.” This […]

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Holding onto one’s hope

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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-22 Perhaps it was frustration. Perhaps it was more like mild hysteria. Abraham fell on his face and laughed. And who can blame him? All this talk about covenants and kings, offspring and ancestors, was nothing new. Abraham had been travelling with stars in his eyes and his hand in a pocketful of […]

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Joel 2:1-2,12-17 Matthew 6:1-6,16-21   I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s met people who’ve been damaged by low self-esteem.  Sometimes we don’t need a lot of help to see ourselves was worthless and bad, and sometimes, regrettably, the church hasn’t always helped that.  On Ash Wednesday, of all days, it’s not unreasonable for […]