Faith seeking understanding

This week’s Gospel reading takes us to the end of John Chapter 6 and the final outcome of Jesus’ long discourse on the bread of life. Up to this point the crowd have grumbled about Jesus’ teaching, but now the grumbling begins to infect the circle of his disciples as well: Many of his disciplesContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding”

My view of God or His?

In last week’s lectionary Gospel reading we saw Jesus taking people on a journey of discovery. He showed them two things. First, he showed them that the bread they were so interested in (having been miraculously fed by Jesus in the wilderness) was a foretaste of something much more important – a kind of nourishmentContinue reading “My view of God or His?”

Gender Agenda – a perspective for Pentecost

We live in a time of sometimes bewildering cultural change, old norms being taken apart and discarded before our eyes. The writer Paul Kingsnorth puts it like this: If you’re broadly socially conservative – which in practice means that you hold views which were entirely mainstream until about about five years ago – the questionsContinue reading “Gender Agenda – a perspective for Pentecost”

Grace and Truth

Professor Tom Wright was for seven years chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. Every year he spent a few minutes individually with first-year undergraduates to welcome them to the College and make a start on getting to know them. Generally he found that the students were happy to meet him, but many also commented along theContinue reading “Grace and Truth”

Truth, humility and justice

This is a sermon given on the first Sunday of Lent this year, based on Mark 1.9-15 (the lectionary Gospel reading for the day) with a side glance at the New Testament reading – 1 Peter 3.18-end. There is a brief mention of “our team”, which is a reference to our local team of churchesContinue reading “Truth, humility and justice”