All about God

Sermon Sunday 3rd March 2019 1 Kings 19: 9-12 John 4: 19-24 If I say that our service this morning is going to be ‘All about God’ you may not be surprised, because that’s what we are here for, to worship God. But do we ever stop and think about what that means? Probably not! […]

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Easter Day Conversation

21st April 2019 NB     You will recall the great characters, Moses and Elijah, iconic figures in the Jewish story. They were given a mystical element surrounding their death. Elijah was taken up into God in a ‘fiery, fiery chariot’, and the grave of Moses was never found. The Gospel writers would have been […]

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The River of Life

Meditation and Sermon 28th April 2019 Life is a great Mystery. We are alive and so we are part of that Mystery. And even within the Mystery we are free to think our thoughts, to have our feelings and ask questions. Free to wonder about the meaning and purpose of our being alive. I want […]

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Journey of Transformation

Sermon 2nd June 2019 Galatians 5:22f; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1; John 4:24 We are all on the Journey of Life and the journey of life is also, or should be, a Journey of Transformation. I read that phrase, ‘a journey of transformation’, in a book by Marcus Borg who was a professor of theology […]

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The Love-Smith

Sermon 7th July 2019 I’m returning to my childhood in the town of Westhoughton which is halfway between Bolton and Wigan. I’m ten years old and it’s 1947. I am walking down Market Street which is fully cobbled with tramlines running down the middle of the road. I turn into a side-street where I can […]

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Oneness with God

Meditation and Sermon, 1st September 2019 I have found that some of the most helpful and exciting words in the Bible are these … In God we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28). These words are actually a quotation from another religion, quite different from the Judaism and Christianity of the Bible. […]

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Living in this World

Meditation and Sermon 3rd November 2019 Join me if you will as I meditate on Living in This World. I begin with a question which I often ask myself while I’m lying awake in bed when I ought to be sleeping. Where am I; who am I; and what am I doing here? I know […]

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Myth and Mystery in Religion

Lecture to Engaging Issues November 2017 Some of you may remember that, a couple of years ago, I was standing here to give a talk on being Spiritual but not Religious. And I was pretty scathing about some aspects of traditional religion, which I claimed were obsolete, and needed to be discarded. Nevertheless, I do […]

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Who or What is God?

Lecture at Engaging Issues November 2013 As you can see from my title, I like to ask simple questions. But in this case, deceptively simple, because of that three-letter word G-O-D. Who or what is God? Where do we start to look for an answer? It’s all very well saying “ I wouldn’t start from […]

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Spiritual but not Religious?

Lecture to Engaging Issues January 2016 I was listening to, radio4 I think it was: about a man looking for a new partner – for whatever reason I don’t know, but ‘compatibility’ was his concern. Using the Internet he found one of the many websites designed for that purpose: and he began ticking the boxes, […]

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