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by Steve Green

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Is a sin something that we do wrong?  In the Bible passage this week, Jesus tells the story of Lazarus and the rich man.  What had the rich man done wrong?  There is no indication that he was violent; no indication that he was a thief or dishonest.  He did not even try to forcibly remove Lazarus...

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15th Sunday after Pentecost

Should we ever use worldly values in dealing with others?  The Bible passage this week is the story that Jesus told of the shrewd manager.  This is one of the most difficult passages to understand in the whole of the New Testament.  The reason is that all the actors in the story are dishonest. ...

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14th Sunday after Pentecost

Do we welcome into the church, and into our lives, people who have a very different past from our own?  In the appointed Gospel passage for this week Jesus says: “there will be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents more than over ninety-nine just people who have no need of repentance!”  In...

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13th Sunday after Pentecost

Do we know what true discipleship means?  In the Bible passage assigned for this week, Jesus urges his followers to count the cost.  Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and to the horrors of the cross, and yet the people around him think he is going to become an emperor.  Jesus is keen to dispel this...

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12th Sunday after Pentecost

Why is humility important?  The Gospel passage this week underlines the importance of humility in the Christian life.  Jesus builds on Jewish thought, expressed for example in Proverbs, that an individual should start at a feast by sitting at the foot of the table.  If you arrive at a feast and...

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11th Sunday after Pentecost

Should we sometimes put systems before people or, at least, get people to fit in with the systems we have carefully devised?  In the Gospel passage for this week, the answer Jesus gives is no!  A crippled woman comes for healing on the Sabbath.  Jesus proceeds to heal her of her crippling...

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