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Pound shop theology of Christmas

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John 1:1-14 It was a big day for Farnham when Poundland opened. No more do we have to slip over to Aldershot and use their pound shop, just after we’ve been snobby about how much nicer Farnham is. How wonderful, though, Poundland have the smartest most expensively built shop front in the whole of Farnham. […]

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You’re going to have a baby

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Luke 1:26-38 You are going to have a baby! Years ago young women heard those words from their doctor. Nowadays they usually find out for themselves in a toilet when the second line appears. However one finds out, the news of an impending birth is often a cue for joy, excitement, and intense satisfaction. Perhaps […]

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The Lord’s favour

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Isaiah 61 In 1948, many thousands of Palestinian Christians were forced to flee from homes that their families had occupied for generations, when their country was partitioned, and they found themselves on the wrong side of lines drawn on maps. Most of them still live in refugee camps today. In Bethlehem, far from an idyllic […]

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John the Baptist

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Mark 1:1-8 Isaiah 40:1-11 A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and asked his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son, “you bring your grades up from a C to a B, study your Bible a little, get […]

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BIBLE STUDY – Meeting Jesus in Mark

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Meeting Jesus in Mark – from open heaven to open tomb   Introduction I begin by asking if you know why we have four different gospels?   It’s like four newspapers: imagine an account of one event as reported in The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator.  All of them would report […]

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Advent waiting

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Mark 13:32-37 Isaiah 9:2,6-7 The bells of waiting Advent ring, the tortoise stove is lit again, begins John Betjeman’s famous poem. If you go into our Church Hall, you can still see the stone slab where the tortoise stove once stood. If you think our church is too modern, at least we kept the slab. […]

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The sheep and the goats

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Matthew 25:31-46 So, on this Sunday before Advent we’re presented with this difficult and unpopular passage. The passage is a reasonably well known, if unpopular, one. The gist of the story is that Jesus talks about good things that have been done by people, these he calls sheep and says they will receive eternal reward. […]

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Stewardship

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Luke 14:25-33 It’s always embarrassing when people talk about money, least of all in church. We will be talking about money in a moment, because the church has bills to pay, like everyone else. What I wanted to do was to set it in the wider context of God giving us all that we have, […]

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Remembrance Sunday (evening)

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Romans 8:31-39 As a child, it was common practice that the names on war memorials were read out. In those days there were still some who remembered personally those named on the memorials, but as they died out, so did the practice of reading all the names. We never read all the names at school […]