Journey in Genealogy

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Here’s a terrible confession for someone training to be a vicar, when I read the Bible and I get to a genealogy, I tend to skip it. If I want to read a list of names of people that I don’t recognize I will read the ‘celebrity’ section of the Daily Mail (just for the record: I don’t). The other day, for some reason, I read Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1:1-17 and verse 6 hit me between the eyes.

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Jubilee

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Picture by Nicholas Noyes

This post is based on a sermon I preached at all Saints Milton on 24/01/2016 if you would rather listen to the sermon (complete with the worlds largest cough right into the microphone) you can here

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. (Luke 4:18-19)

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Is Heaven only for Hippies?

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

(Revelation 21:1-6)

This blog post is based on a sermon that i Preached at All Saints Milton on 24/04/2016. If the typos bellow are too much for you, you can listen to a recording here
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Remembrance

Today we’ve been thinking about the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who serve this country in the armed forces. There’s a lot to be thankful to them for, and there is a lot we can learn from them, but the chances are that most of us are unlikely to find ourselves in an armed conflict.

To be honest I suggest to you now that if I am ever responsible for protecting this country from invasion you run as far and as fast as you can because the resistance isn’t going to last very long, at least not unless the enemy has an irrational fear of Doctor Who related trivia.

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Judgement

A former colleague of mine was telling me about his first job as a marketing manager. He arrived at 9.00 on his first day and was shown to his office. He was just settling in when a man stuck their head round the door.

‘Hi, ’ the man said. ‘Welcome to the organisation, I just wanted to let you know that we’ve run out of loo roll in the men’s toilet.’ About half an hour later another man stuck their head round the door.

‘I hope you’re settling in well,’ he said. ‘I just thought I should warn you that there’s no big roll in the men’s toilet.’ About an hour or so later another man, this time dressed in overalls, sticks his head round the door.

‘Hello,’ he says. ‘Just wanted to let you know that there is now toilet paper in the men’s loos’.

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Unexpected Places

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Before reading this article you may want to read Mark 5 v 1-20

One evening I went out for a drink with a young Christian I was mentoring. We got chatting about how we became Christians. I told him that I had become a Christian at a C of E Church. ‘You’re an Anglican!’ he exclaimed in amazement, ‘but I thought you were a real Christian’.

We believe that God is everywhere so it seems logical that he should be in the most unexpected places (even the Church of England), but we often forget it. It is so easy to see him in the wonderful thriving church initiatives, but what about Monday morning at work? Or in the supermarket? So often these places can feel like ‘godless’ places, but maybe we need to look at them again.

Mark 5 v 1-20 is a reminder that Jesus can be found anywhere, not just the obvious places.

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Change

Isn’t change brilliant? Who doesn’t love change?

  • We changed our phone number when we moved to Wolverton 3 years ago. I still don’t know the new number. (I can remember the old one though)
  • A recent survey found that 25% of us are unsatisfied with our current bank, but only 5% of us will actually change to another one.
  • Has anyone really come to terms with ‘Opal Fruits’ becoming ‘Starburst’?

You see even if we are not outwardly hostile to change, most of us are at least deeply suspicious of it. But Change is inevitable and unavoidable. We all experience changes of varying magnitude on a fairly regular basis Continue reading