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The Rector: Making voices heard

24 June 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist The Birth of John the Baptist Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 40. 1-11; Luke 1. 57-66 & 80 Compare and contrast. Three words with which school and university students taking exams this summer, especially in arts, humanities, and social sciences, will have become very familiar. Compare and contrast the characters […]

The Rector: Taxing questions

22 October 2017 10.30 Sung Eucharist Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity Canon Simon Cowling Isaiah 45. 1-7; Matthew 22. 15-22    The godless florin This was the name given to a coin struck by the Royal Mint in 1849. It was the United Kingdom government’s first attempt to simplify the nation’s coinage by decimalisation. The inscription […]

Revd Jonathan Cain: If you love me

21 May 2017 Sixth Sunday of Easter Revd Jonathan Cain Acts 17: 22-31, John 14: 15-21 I’m a great fan of the Harvard professor and public philosopher, Michael Sandel. In his books and lectures he has a way of explaining quite complicated philosophical and ethical approaches in an accessible way, doing so in a neutral way, that […]

Revd Jonathan Cain: On Ambiguity

25 September 2016, Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity 10.30 Sung Eucharist Revd Jonathan Cain Jer. 32: 1-3a, 6-15; Lk. 16: 19-31 Today’s gospel reading continues to wrestle with the ambiguities, both ethical and spiritual, of material prosperity. Once again, Jesus’ audience is the Pharisees.  We read that this particular group were ‘lovers of money’ who possibly associated wealth with divine favour; […]

The Rector: On prophets and prophecy

24 July 2015 10.30 Sung Eucharist Ninth Sunday after Trinity Revd Simon Cowling Hosea 1. 2-10; Luke 11. 1-13 What, then, is a prophet? Last Saturday I spent the morning at Diocesan Synod. I think I encountered a prophet there. There was a motion before the synod, which is a thrice yearly gathering of bishops, […]