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by Steve Green

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – 5th July 2020

What is the role of the Church?  There are, no doubt, a plethora of ways of answering this question but the Bible passages for this week suggest one, rather unusual, way of approaching this issue.  In the book of Genesis, we have the account of how Rebekah became Isaac’s wife.  She was a special...

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – 28th June 2020

What makes us do the right thing?  Is it fear of punishment from breaking God’s rules or is it a thirst for God’s righteousness?  In our current situation, do we ‘socially distance’ because that is the Government rule or because we don’t want to transmit the disease to someone else?  Of course,...

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Third Sunday after Pentecost – 21st June 2020

What is real discipleship?  It is true that, by God’s grace, once we are ‘saved’, this gift of God cannot be taken away from us but that doesn’t mean that some of our actions can’t be fully secular in nature.  Often, without realising it, many Christians are living an atheistic lifestyle and may...

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Second Sunday after Pentecost – 14th June 2020

What do we mean by endurance?  In a world of digital communication, we have become accustomed to instant responses.  Sometimes, if we have to wait more than 24 hours, we feel that the response is too slow.  In many senses this has spilled over into our church lives as well.  We expect immediate...

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Trinity Sunday – 7th June 2020

What is Trinity Sunday? In his last words to his disciples as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus admonishes them to go into the world and do three things: to make disciples, to baptize and to teach.  Interestingly, in terms of baptism, Jesus introduces something special, something new and...

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Pentecost Sunday – 31st May 2020

Who is the Holy Spirit?  For those doing a GCSE in religious studies, he is the third part (or person) of the Trinity.  For those of us brought up in the Anglican church, we may be able to recite the Nicene creed: “I believe in the Holy Ghost (or Spirit), the Lord and giver of life, who proceedeth...

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