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God’s story, our story

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Mark 8:27-38   You may remember the 2001 film Iris, which told the life of novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, particularly the tragic onset of dementia in her life.  Or more recently the film The Iron Lady which depicts something similar of Margaret Thatcher, although more controversially released before she died.   We all know […]

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Inaugural sermon

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This is the text of the sermon preached at the inauguration of The Spire Church, Farnham, on Sunday 2 September 2018, by the Rt Revd Dr Christopher Herbert. I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,  with all humility and […]

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The last Sunday of Farnham URC

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2 Corinthians 5:16-20 If you want to see what trying to force people to work together is like, then tie two cats together by their tails and throw them over a clothes line. As we come, in just a few days’ time, to unite with Farnham Methodist Church, it’s good to reflect that negotiations have […]

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Wisdom

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1 Kings 3:15-28 Ephesians 3:8-13 There was once a young prince whose distant uncle was king of a great empire. The prince was carefree and happy, neither very rich nor very poor. One day, a great disaster struck. The king, his uncle, was killed in an earthquake, and all the senior members of the royal […]

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Love is…

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There was a newly married couple who arrived very late indeed at the hotel for their honeymoon, after a terrible journey.  It was really late, and the couple were so tired after their horrific journey that they just wanted to go to sleep.  They were shown to their room, and it was smaller than they […]

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Is there an app for that?

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Ephesians 2:11-22 The last time I watched a soccer match it was West Germany versus the USSR, so I’d be lying if I told you that I followed the World Cup. Indeed, having grown up in Rugby, and attended Rugby School, I really should say that I don’t accept the heretical breakaway version football that […]

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The choice

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Ephesians 1:4-10 It’s been another ridiculously hot day.  The room you’ve been in all day was too hot and airless.  The bus was rammed full of people, only marginally less hot than the Bakerloo line which was the ante room of hell, hotter than a sauna at seven in the morning.  You get back to […]

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For the children

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Mark 6:14-29 Amos 7:7-9 I did think I’d begin with the dance of the seven veils this morning, but you’ll be relieved to know that I thought better of it. We have this wonderful story which has been painted, made in to a play by Oscar Wilde, and the famous opera by Strauss with the […]

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Even a tiny scrap of hope

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2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 In this reading we hear about David’s grief at the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, which leads to a poetic lament, which is a tribute to the fallen father and son. What surprises me is the fact that David eulogises so eloquently about his arch enemy Saul, who wanted him dead. […]

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Servant Leaders

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You might remember that Boris Johnson said that he would chain himself to the bulldozers in order to stop a third runway being built at Heathrow Airport. And you might have noticed that this week, when parliament voted on whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow, instead of voting as he’d said he […]