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The secular side of God (A sermon on Esther)

“When the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman hadthrown himself on the couch where Esther was reclining; and the king said, “Willhe even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?” As the … Continue reading

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Encountering the Other (A sermon on Job 24:3-6)

  3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely, I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will … Continue reading

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Ending the Demonization of Russia

Words of wisdom from my friend (and Nobel Peace Prize winner) Mairead Maguire Demonization of Russia in a new Cold War era- By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate In examining the future, we must look to the past. As we … Continue reading

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Australia’s Pro-Putin, Pro-Syria, Celebrity Anglican Priest (Russia Insider, September 29, 2018)

I felt rather privileged to find myself subject of a major article in Russia Insider. The transcript it contains has a few typos. Even so, it portrays my views very accurately and comprehensively. Russia Insider – September 29, 2018

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What’s your story? (Mark 8:27-38)

“Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, … Continue reading

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Arise, my fair one! (A sermon on the Song of Songs)

“My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and … Continue reading

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Grant us Wisdom (A sermon on 1 Kings 2-3)

“God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” That’s not my normal opening prayer for a sermon but I suspect that … Continue reading

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I have sinned against the Lord (A sermon on 2 Samuel 12:7-13)

I have sinned against the Lord 2 Samuel 12:7-13 “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your … Continue reading

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Evacuate Manus and Nauru Rally (Sydney Town Hall, Sat July 21st, 2018)

A couple of weeks ago our church was privileged to have a visit from Lebanese Sufi master, Sheikh Nour Kabbani, and, together with him, members of our community signed the “Charter of Compassion” – a document developed by Karen Armstrong … Continue reading

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