29th Aug 2021
The Judas Money Box

When he saw the woman pouring expensive ointment over the feet of Jesus, Judas Iscariot stood up exclaimed “Why is this ointment not being sold for three hundred coins, and given to the poor. Judas said this not that he cared for the poor, but because he was in charge of the money box and…

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22nd Aug 2021
The Evidence of the Past to Give Confidence for the Future

We’d wait excitedly at the water’s edge until the mighty ship put down it’s gang planks. Then with our suitcases at the ready and together with lots of other families, we’d climb aboard the giant vessel and find a space to sit down in the sun on the top deck. Then from the steaming red…

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1st Aug 2021
X Marks the Spot for the Buried Treasure of Christ

“Can you come down to the church as quickly as possible” came a message on the phone. “There are four people in here with bobble hats and rucksacks and they’re wandering about the place talking into their phones and taking lots of pictures and I don’t quite know what to do” “I’m on my way”…

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18th Jul 2021
Rushing or Resting… The Movement of Our Lives Towards Christ

It seems like only yesterday that we went to Disneyland Paris, but in actual fact it was a quarter of a century ago. The visit did not begin well as we discovered that our room in the Wild West Ranch had been double booked, but this resulted in an upgrade to the very posh Disneyland…

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13th Jun 2021
Second Sunday after Trinity

One of my great pleasures as parish priest of four rural churches in Oxfordshire was to visit the Bowood Pre-School in the village of Coleshill each month to do some Bible story-telling with the three to four year old boys and girls. One of the perennial favourites amongst the children was the parable of the…

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6th Jun 2021
On Being Mis-Understood

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good! O Lord, please don’t let me be mis-understood. We only have one television at the Vicarage, which means that from time to time concessions have to be made as to our contrasting viewing preferences. With my day off now changed to a Saturday, I have come face…

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30th May 2021
Trinity Sunday

“The Rabbit hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well… Down, down, down, I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth? Down, down, down,…

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23rd May 2021
Missionary Highways

Can any of you here boast that you have a street actually named after you? Now our Curate Judith Brooks might say that one of the YMCA buildings where she works is Brook Road – or our Reader Julie Knight might advance the case for Knight’s Place – just round the back of the railway…

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