Jesus often taught in parables, but they can seem to obscure as often as elucidate and it is tempting to think they do not apply to us because we have heard them all before. Our Vicar suggests otherwise.
We are all called to play our part, but not all parts are the same and that should not worry us.
Giving thanksCorpus Christi : 18 June 2017
Visiting us on Corpus Christi, Father James Harding looks at the Eucharist and thanksgiving.
Pentecost Double BillPentecost : 4 June 2017
Spirit at work
On the feast of Pentecost, Our Vicar looks at how The Holy Spirit works wonders with us.
and at Evensong he discusses the special contributions of early Bishops of our diocese – just as a new one is about to be appointed.
In some ways Christ may be seen as our advocate with The Father. But can we effectively advocate with Him directly?
The emperor Constantine’s mother, Helena, initiated a new development – the identification of places which were a geographical part of Jesus’ life and the habit of visiting them. Is this a good thing? – a useful thing? – a distraction?
This morning we dedicated the Woodhouse memorial window, recently recovered from the deconsecrated Holy Cross church and installed at Saint Peter’s. Our Vicar looks at some of the shared history of the two parishes.
Something of a movie buff, Our Vicar looks at this morning’s Gospel reading with a film critic’s eye – and finds a truth.
’Is it a religious experience that brings people to belief in faith?’ Listen for Our Vicar’s answer.
We are inclined to think of scepticism as a modern habit, but it was alive and well even at the time of the first Easter. So how did Christianity grow, spread and prosper for 2000 years and counting? Our Vicar explains.
We tend to look back on life and wonder ’what if’ – but Christ’s life is a template for the future.
Today's Passion Narrative describes an earthquake occurring just after Jesus breathes His last. Why does it get such heavy-handed coverage?
Death, ’the last enemy’, is part of life, but for Christians it is more than that.
Was Jesus just young and stupid when he provoked those around him, or was it all part of God’s purpose?
Five hundred years after Martin Luther nailed his theses to a church door, this morning’s Epistle reading is central to Luther’s argument. So what can we learn from this in the 21st Century?
’ ...we might take a deep breath and use this Lenten season to identify the needy, immature ... bits of ourselves ... and ask Him to surround those not so wonderful parts of our lives with compassionate and healing love.’
As Lent gets under way, Our Vicar ponders temptation – how it affects us and what we can do about it.
It seems strange for an urban parish to make a fuss over the harvest, but Our Vicar discovers there is good reason for us all to take harvest to heart.
Making sense of the Bible and of religion in general requires making sense of ourselves – no easy thing, but we have been shown the way.
Living in an age when the number of professing Christians seems to reduce every time new figures are published, it is easy for us to lose heart. But be of good cheer, Our Vicar says it was always thus – and numbers are not the be all and end all anyway.
The Beatitudes have been taken by many as the foundation of their faith. But many of these people are missing the most important part.
’We need to know the details of the place in which Jesus lived and ministered because they shed light on the message he preached.’
’Inclusiveness’ is quite the fashionable attitude of the early 21st Century. Today’s sermon finds it featuring in the Acts of the Apostles though and Our Vicar says it has always been and should always be a hallmark of Christian life.
Why did the magi turn up for Christ’s birth? Was it politics perhaps? Or the beginning of a greater human striving for understanding?
Forming faithSt Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen : 1 January 2017
Celebrating the Feast of St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen, Our Vicar looks at their part in forming the faith we profess.
On Christmas morning Our Vicar ponders what makes a good shepherd and whether we make good sheep.
’...God is directing the human story in His own way and in His own time...’ – so perhaps we should just chill!
From James K. Baxter, via John the Baptist and Bob Dylan, Our Vicar ponders the nature of prophets.
Our Vicar begins Advent with two sermons on the nature of judgement and why we should not rush to see it all around.
’Becoming a Christian means agreeing to give Jesus Christ your glad obedience’ – not a populist thought these days perhaps, but of the essence for all that.
On the feast of the dedication of Saint Peter’s Our Vicar gives another update on his researches into our parish history.
’I think it’s a doctrine which Christians can honestly have differences of opinion about’ – so what does happen when we die?
On All Saints Day Our Vicar ponders just what makes a Saint and who can be or even is unwittingly already a Saint.
Spiritualism is becoming more popular, but is it the real thing? – Come to that, what is the real thing?
’Is it legitimate to pray for good weather?’ So starts Our Vicar’s look at what prayer can do and how we can do it.
Our Vicar looks at the importance of being actively thankful for the good things in our lives.
’How deep is your faith?’ – Our Vicar looks at the need for continuing conversion in our lives.
’If God did that we wouldn’t need faith...’ – would that matter? – why?
This morning’s readings concern the human propensity to say one thing in prayer and behave differently in life. Is this avoidable in the modern world?
’Meals meant a lot for the ministry of Jesus...’ And they are important still – but is it only the food and conversation which matter?
’Salvation isn’t handed out with the rations.’ We need to keep working on our faith to make the most of life.
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