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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

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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:...

The Revolution 2 – Covenant and Cross

When Jesus told the disciples that he was going to suffer and die, or as he does in today's Gospel, tell them not to speak of the transfiguration vision until after he had been raised from the dead - what was the story that they had in their heads when they would...

The Revolution 1 – Why did Jesus die?

As we enter into this new season of Lent, the Church offers us very evocative readings to guide our journey. But it seems that there is an even more fundamental truth that lies at the heart of the Christian faith - which is the question of "Why did Jesus die on the...

Temple builders

The first question that Paul addresses today in I Corinthians 3 is whether he in fact is the founder of Christianity. It had been commonly claimed that Jesus only ever intended to proclaim the coming of the kingdom of God by reforming Judaism, not to begin a new...

Spirit Wisdom

Although it may seem that St Paul is having an each-way bet today, he is not. He says that although the Cross is foolishness for the wise and a stumbling block for the Jewish people, there is still a wisdom that is at work here - but it is not a wisdom that is...

Proclaim Christ Crucified

When pondering the nature of God, Paul could have spoken about the various ways that God had been revealed across the centuries, the different qualities of God, the effects of God, or the ways to encounter God, based on philosophy or rhetoric - common in Greek...