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by Steve Green

5th Sunday after Epiphany

What do we mean when we say, “you are the salt of the earth?”  In Jesus’ time salt had three important properties.  Firstly, it was considered to be pure.  Its glistening whiteness was associated with purity.  The Romans said that salt was the purest of all things because it came from the purest...

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4th Sunday after Epiphany

What is the right way up for our values?  At present the rich, powerful and manipulative tend to live longer, earn more and enjoy more opportunities and better health.  The Bible passage this week is the beginning of Jesus’ teaching known as the sermon on the mount.  Jesus starts with the...

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3rd Sunday after Epiphany

How is fishing like Christian discipleship?  It is an unusual question perhaps but, in the Bible passage for this week, Jesus tells his followers that he will make them “fishers of men.”  Can I suggest three ways in which a good fisherman would make a good disciple, or good witness.  Firstly, a...

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2nd Sunday after Epiphany

What are we looking for?  What is the aim of our lives? For some of us it is security, for others a career for others still it is peace.  But what about us?  What are we looking for?  This was precisely the question Jesus put to the disciples of John the Baptist when two of them (probably Andrew...

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1st Sunday after Epiphany

Are we our biggest critic?  For many of us, we get annoyed with ourselves for getting things wrong.  We may often say to ourselves, “why did I do that?” Or even, “how could I be so stupid?” But is this the way that God looks at us?  In the Bible reading this week, we have the account of Jesus’...

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2nd Sunday after Christmas

What is the central point in our changing lives?  The 20th century is widely regarded as the century which saw the greatest amount of change.  The 21st century may see even greater change.  Change was recognised also in ancient times.  In 560 BC there was a Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who...

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