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Canterbury Christmas sermon

The Archbishop of Canterbury preached at Canterbury Cathedral. See this Lambeth Palace press release.

The full text of his Christmas sermon can be found here: ‘The poorest deserve the best’.

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Cheryl Clough
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Beautiful sermon. I loved his insight about Jesus “…the one who was born at Bethlehem on Christmas day rounded on the prosperous and righteous of his times and said, ‘You can look after yourselves; the others can’t’.” I loved the suggestions he made about Israel and Palestine “…we can give them …at least the assurance of friendship. Go and see, go and listen; let them know, Israelis and Palestinians alike, that they will be heard and not forgotten. Both communities in their different ways dread –with good reason – a future in which they will be allowed to disappear while… Read more »

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Nice Christmas message, RW. Rather what we expect from Canterbury. But, didn’t you leave off the real worldwide Anglican covenant codicils: No queers? No women priests? Like-minded conservative Anglicans only? Should you really be getting all liberal and mush sounding about the poor and the captives? Shouldn’t you just be telling the poor and the prisoners to repent? Aren’t you coddling people with false visions of sugarplums – like democracy or freedom from violence? Suddenly it sounds like free citizenship is our innate endowment because Jesus loves us. Oops? Surely believers know Jesus comes first. Surely believers know that the… Read more »

Pluralist
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Yes I like the emphasis, on the radical ethic and the insight to also recognising poverty as well as meeting the obvious least with the best.

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Hi i’m from Cape Town and have been in the UK for a while now, well quite a while. I’ve never really been comfortable with television on this side of the world, especially live shows. Hey don’t get me wrong, i’m not anti-telly but sometimes the total disregard for Christianity and foul-comments made by presenters is just too much to take. I mean presenters on the late slots normally have to make some sort of mockery of the Bible, Jesus or like last night “miracles” (well yesterday they set out to prove that miracles performed by Christ was merely illusions.… Read more »

Cheryl Clough
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This quote by Robert F. Kennedy came out with today’s Sojourners. It seeems appropriate to share it here: “Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills, against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. … Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of our generation.” They have fantastic quotes most days. This link might work… Read more »

Kurt
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Kurt

I’m sorry, beautiful sermon or not, the man is a gutless coward.

Göran Koch-Swahne
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I am all with Robert F – and Kurt.

Cheryl Clough
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Friend

Some of the British humour is “off”. But some of the humour is appropriate. If one learns to take a step back and ask whether it is God they are attacking, or people who have become full of themselves or overzealous, then the humour takes a different flavour. God will use humour to cajole souls into repenting from idolatry or pride. It is a soft form of rebuking, and can sometimes turn hearts where more overt forms will entrench aggressive behaviours.