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by Steve Green

7th Sunday after Pentecost

How should we pray?  In the Gospel passage this week, Jesus’ disciples put to him precisely this question.  Jesus goes on to provide an exemplar of prayer (Our Father) followed by a parable about prayer (the friend who calls at midnight) and some final sayings about prayer (ask, seek and knock). ...

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6th Sunday after Pentecost

What is true hospitality?  In the Middle East, good hospitality to guests is vitally important.  The Bible passage this week outlines two types of hospitality at the home of Martha and Mary.  Martha is busy rushing around, probably preparing a meal.  Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to him. ...

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5th Sunday after Pentecost

It is not enough to have the right thoughts.  The Gospel reading this week is the parable of the Good Samaritan. Given the dangers of the Jerusalem to Jericho road, the traveller was unwise to travel alone.  However, one of the main purposes of this passage is to look at the responses of the three...

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

What does mission look like?  One clue can be found in the Gospel reading for this week which is the story of Jesus sending out the seventy-two.  Some translations of the Bible have seventy and, in some ways, this is more convenient because there were 70 elders chosen to help Moses, 70 members of...

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

In the Gospel reading this week, three different people approach Jesus and enquire about the cost of discipleship.  To the first one Jesus says, in effect, you must count the cost: “Foxes have dens to live in and birds have nests but I, the Son of Man, have no home of my own.”  Following Jesus...

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

The Gospel reading this week is the story of the healing of the demon-possessed man, Legion.  Three things strike me about this story.  Firstly, is the incredible bravery of Jesus.  Here was a man that everyone else was afraid to approach.  Even when shackled with chains he was able to break them...

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