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God lays aside his Glory

I was last in Bethlehem in November 1999. It was a very exciting time to be there. I had visited m...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 28/12/2003

Earth is joined to Heaven

London is quiet today. Right up until yesterday evening Oxford Street was crowded, the stores packe...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 25/12/2003

The Mother of the Lord

The Prayer Book devotes the last two Sundays in Advent to John the Baptist - the Forerunner who an...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 21/12/2003

When Messiah Comes

I wonder what a twenty-first century John the Baptist would look like. He’s not a figure who fits c...

Read more... | Fr John Slater | 14/12/2003

These Lesser Calvaries

Yesterday I was at work, teaching Christ to lift his cross. I inspected his feet to see that they s...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 09/11/2003

The Road to Holiness

Today we celebrate the saints, known and unknown, famous and obscure, great and small. Perhaps we t...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 02/11/2003

A Way of Life

In today’s Gospel reading, a lawyer asks Jesus, Which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus re...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 19/10/2003

The Unity of the Spirit

As many of you will be aware, on Wednesday of this coming week our archbishop has a meeting with the...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 12/10/2003

Body and Soul

He was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow - what a very poignant comment on that scen...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 05/10/2003

The Good Samaritan

I mentioned to you recently my sabbatical in the Holy Land in 1991. The staff of St George’s Colleg...

Read more... | Fr John Slater | 14/09/2003

The Spirit gives Life

I spoke last Sunday about St Paul and his conversion to Christian faith from a background as a schol...

Read more... | Fr John Slater | 07/09/2003

The New People of God

I read Theology in Cambridge in the late nineteen-sixties. At that time, the course was largely foc...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 24/08/2003

We are all on a Journey

One of the things I really miss in coming to a church which uses the Prayer Book readings at the Euc...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 17/08/2003

The Bread of Life

The gospels have two accounts of Jesus miraculously feeding large numbers of people and we have just...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 03/08/2003

The Spirit of the Law

Today’s Gospel reading comes from St Matthew’s Gospel and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. If an...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 27/07/2003

The Kingdom of God

I’ve been to Galilee half a dozen times and it’s always a very green, pleasant and restful countrysi...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 20/07/2003

The Authority of Scripture

What a marvellous image Jesus gives us as the man with a log in his eye tries to take a speck out of...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 13/07/2003

Lost and Found

Not so much a sermon today - more a Bible study of the two parables of Jesus in today’s Gospel rea...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 06/07/2003

Who do you say that I am?

Today’s Gospel reading is one of the key texts of the New Testament, the turning point in the minist...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 29/06/2003

The Body of Christ

Over the past two months we have been caught up in a long series of festivals, each of which focuses...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 22/06/2003

Experience of God as Trinity

Today’s feast of the Trinity is very unusual because it celebrates a doctrine rather than an event. ...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 15/06/2003

First Fruits of a New Creation

The Great Fifty Days of Easter end today with the Feast of Pentecost - and we have sung Christus vin...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 08/06/2003

The Staff of Life is Christ

When I was a boy, Good Friday was not a public holiday in England, and Good Friday services were hel...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 18/05/2003

The Feast of Feasts

Easter is called the Feast of Feasts. It is the principal festival of the Christian year and it is ...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 20/04/2003

Behold the man!

Contemporary theologians tell us that simply to read the Bible is the first stage of interpretation ...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 18/04/2003

The Second Adam

St Paul tells us, in our reading from his First Letter to the Corinthians, that he once persecuted t...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 30/03/2003

A Time to Ask

I wonder how many English parish churches still observe the ancient Rogationtide ceremonies at this ...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 25/03/2003

Moses and the Journey to Freedom

Moses is an appropriate focus for today’s liturgy as we welcome Friends of the Handel Festival and t...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 23/03/2003

The Faith of Abraham

I said last week that the stories at the very beginning of the Book of Genesis - Creation, the Gar...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 16/03/2003

Creation and Fall

It’s unfortunate that the Prayer Book gives us so very few readings from the Old Testament because i...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 09/03/2003

The Springtime of the Church

What are you doing for Lent? If someone asks you that, you know pretty much what they are expecting...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 02/03/2003

A Light for all Peoples

Today is the 40th day after Christmas. The Prayer Book calls the feast The Presentation of Christ i...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 02/02/2003

A Light for all Peoples

Today is the 40th day after Christmas. The Prayer Book calls the f...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 02/02/2003

A Just War?

There is one subject which in the present circumstances a preacher finds it difficult to avoid, and ...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 26/01/2003

A Man for all Seasons

It was only as I walked up Ludgate Hill and heard the bells pealing that it struck me what a special...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 25/01/2003

The Marriage Feast

Last week, I suggested that a key New Testament text is St Mark’s very succinct way of describing th...

Read more... | Fr John Slater| 19/01/2003

BBC MORNING SERVICE

Not all coronations have been orderly and celebrated with glorious music like Handels...

Read more... | Reverend Dr Wesley Carr, Dean of Westminster| 06/01/2003

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