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The Crisis of Faith

October 3rd, 2017

“Christianity’s claim to truth hasn’t become any the less valid, but those of us who uphold that claim have fewer companions, and our convictions are no longer surrounded by extensive social supports, but increasingly exposed to the chill winds of indifference, scepticism and even hostility.”

A sermon from Revd Dr Sam Wells, delivered on the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Readings for this service: Exodus 14: 19-31

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Working in God’s Vineyard

October 3rd, 2017

“So there we have our three unusual ‘workers’: Chris, a modest-achieving school leaver; Timothy, a middle-aged man who’s house-bound; and Beryl, an older person, and marginal contributor to her local church. What do these three hold in common? One thing is that none of them fits our usual category of ‘worker.’”

A sermon from Revd Dr Alastair McKay, delivered on the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Readings for this service: Matthew 20:1-16

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The Reformation by Alister McGrath

September 29th, 2017

A talk from Alister Mcgrath given on Monday 25 September 2017, as part of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Autumn Lecture Series – Reformation. A question and answer session follows the lecture.

About the series 

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther pinned 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, protesting against the practice of indulgences and touching on questions of grace, repentance and forgiveness. The Reformation was a culmination of events and circumstances that led to a seismic shift in the religious framework of Britain. It established the image of an island nation, separate and supreme, still resonant today. It triggered a religious and political redistribution of power. It led to renewal and reform but also deep division, persecution and violence. And out of this turmoil were born the concepts of state and church as we know them today.

The 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation provides the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues of church, state, and religious and cultural diversity that are still at the centre of our national life: the conflicts that divide, and the convictions which diverse parts of the Christian church hold sacred. How are we called to be reformed by the Gospel? How do we build the unity Christ called for with those whose convictions are very different from our own? In this autumn lecture series we will be exploring some of those hopes and controversies.

About the speaker

Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, with a longstanding interest in the history and thought of the Reformation. He is the author of a number of works on the Reformation, including The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation, andMartin Luther’s Theology of the Cross. He is best known as the author of the international bestseller The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine, and the market-leading textbook Christian Theology: An Introduction. He is also associate priest in a group of Cotswold parishes in the Diocese of Oxford.

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Do you love me? Feed my sheep

April 13th, 2016

"Whether it’s a blinding light on the road to Damascus, or a strange warming of the heart in the City of London, conversion has been since earliest times one of the central Christian experiences." Revd Will Morris reflects on the nature of conversion in this sermon from St Martin-in-the-Fields. 

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A Peace the World Cannot Give: Christianity and Violence (Q and A)

September 21st, 2015

A question and answer session which followed Revd Dr Sam Wells talk on Monday 21 September, as part of St Martin’s Autumn Lecture Series – The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence.

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A Peace the World Cannot Give: Christianity and Violence

September 21st, 2015

A talk from Revd Dr Sam Wells given on Monday 21 September, as part of the St Martin’s Autumn Lecture Series – The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence. Please note that this recording cuts off part of the opening argument, which can be read in full below – ‘Peace is not a past […]

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Welcoming God as a Child

September 20th, 2015

A sermon Revd Katherine Hedderly given on The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity. Readings for this service: Readings: Jeremiah 11.18-20; James 3.13-4.3,7-8a; Mark 9.30-37

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Who do you say that I am?

September 13th, 2015

A sermon from Revd Richard Carter given on The Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity. Readings for this service: Reading: Isaiah 50.4-9a; James 3.1-12; Mark 8.27-end

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Coming Clean

September 6th, 2015

A sermon from Revd Dr Sam Wells given on The Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity. Readings for this service: Mark 7: 24-37

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Doers of the World

August 30th, 2015

A sermon from Revd Katherine Hedderly given on The Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity. Readings for this service: Deuteronomy 4. 1-2, 6-9; James 1. 1-17; Mark 7. 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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