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by Steve Green

7th Sunday after Epiphany

What should we do if someone wrongs us?  For most people, they would say that we should respond by wronging the perpetrator even more.  Firstly, to make them repay for the damage they have done us and then, on top of that to go beyond what they did to us so that they never think of doing it...

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6th Sunday after Epiphany

How high are the standards for a Christian?  Some may argue that Judaism or Islam have higher moral standards, but is this so?  In the Bible passage assigned for this week, Jesus ‘raises the bar’ with regard to how a Christian is to behave and think.  He starts by using traditional rabbinic...

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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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