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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

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Bishop Tom Wright

Walking on Water

The Gospel begins with Jesus sending the disciples off in their boat, while he sends the crowds home. Just before this passage, he had heard that his friend and cousin, John, had just been executed by the ruthless tyrant Herod. He wanted some time alone. He needed...

Transfigured and transformed

Have you ever had an experience that was so sublime, so magical, so amazing – that you struggled to share all its details even with a close friend? Maybe the event wasn’t even all that weird or far out – but all the elements came together in a way that you know that...

Treasures of the Kingdom

Today we conclude a three-week series of readings from the thirteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel. This chapter is jam-packed with parables and their explanations. The section today has three short parables drawn from ordinary life – a treasure that is hidden in a...

Growth in patience

In chapter 13 of Matthew's Gospel, we are presented with a series of 7 parables (of the 40 or so that Jesus tells during his recorded ministry) - which provokes a first question - what is a parable? For most of Christian history, parables have been treated as...

The secret of joy

Jesus makes today a series of fairly bizarre declarations about himself and his position. He tells the disciples - who at the beginning of this chapter 10 of Matthew's gospel are commissioned and sent out to share in his mission - that anyone who prefers 'father or...

Declare before God

Commitment Sunday The Gospel today invites us as a church to ‘declare ourselves before God’ as good stewards. God loves giving – he gave no lesser gift than the wonderful gift of Jesus to ensure that we are not alone in this life. We are also invited to not be afraid...

Corpus Christi – Lessons in Love

This Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ does not only draw to a conclusion this extended season of Easter Feasts – it also draws together the whole of the mystery and wonder that we have been celebrating since the beginning of Lent. The twin feasts of Trinity...

Trinity Love

For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son… The famous and beautiful Gospel today (from John 3 verses 16-18) is the last part of a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, a man who is called a leading Pharisee and leader of the Jews. Even though he is a...

The Gaze of the Crucified One

This week we were confronted by those horrifying images that came out of Syria of the chemical weapon attack on innocent civilians. This rightly appalled us and provoked a response. Yet, these horrors at one level are nothing new. We see this across human history, and...

Revolution 5 – The Revolution Continues

The early Christian message is not well summarised by saying that Jesus died so that we can go to heaven. That way of looking at the gospel and mission both shrinks and distorts what the Bible actually teaches. It ignores Jesus’s claim to be launching God’s kingdom...

The Revolution 4 – Atonement

When Jesus knew that it was his time to go up to Jerusalem to face the passion and death - why did he choose the festival of Passover? Surely if his actions were going to bring about the ultimate covering over of sins, he would choose the great festival of expiation -...

The Revolution 3 – New Goal, New Humanity

Paul is often accused of being dry and clinical in his writing - but sometimes he can open us to the most beautiful and stunning statements about the love and mercy of our God. The second reading today - from Romans 5 - provides us with such a statement. He tells us:...