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My main influences in terms of my preaching and study of the word of God (besides the usual commentary sets such as Yale Anchor, New Interpreters Bible, Word, CBC and others) are 2 Robs and 2 Toms:
Word on Fire - Bishop Robert Barron

Salt + Light TV - the amazing ministry of Fr Tom Rosica

Rob Bell

Bishop Tom Wright

Mystery revealed

The key to understanding what this feast day of the Epiphany is all about is not so much in the specific details of these strange visitors from the East coming to offer gifts and worship to the newborn king of Israel, but in the bigger picture of what these magi...

Covenant and Ritual

When we first meet Abram, it is in Genesis 12, and he is invited by the Lord to leave his kindred and his father's house and go from that country to a land that God will show him. Abram is mostly faithful to this - he probably brings to many of his possessions and his...

Refugee Jesus

Christmas can be a very confusing time. We have mixed together a veritable plethora of traditions, myths, consumer ideals and cultural detritus along with vestiges of gospel stories and religious music and artwork to create this weird celebration of this annual...

Strangers of Epiphany

Although there is nothing in the Gospel of Matthew about camels, kings or even how many of the strange magi visited the child Jesus and his mother Mary - there are enough details to provide much pondering. The first chapter of Matthew's gospel - although we are given...

How is this woman mother of God?

The understanding that Mary - a seemingly ordinary teenager growing up in Judea or Galilee who happened to be visited by the archangel Gabriel to hear the announcement that she would become the virgin mother of the saviour, who would be called Jesus - thereby becoming...

The child in whom we live and move

So many of our Christmas traditions are based on the barest threads of details. For example, in the gospel of Luke, although we are given very complete information about the announcement of the birth of first John and then Jesus, and the details of their parents and...

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