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About fancourt

I'm the Parish Priest of St Luke with St Bartholomew in Reading, U.K ( This is mainly a blog of sermons, and I'd welcome your thoughts on what I write. I've taken a bit more time to write about my thoughts about the church in today's world in a little book called Brand New Church? (Review of it here:

Not The Future I See, Nor Want To See

In 2013, I heard that some groups were putting together a vision of what Reading could be in 2050. Four years later, a large glossy document has been released with much fanfare. And my only response was to ask: Is … Continue reading

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After Brexit

I’m struck by the number of people saying they neither expected Brexit, nor understand why people voted for it, especially as the people they had spoken to about it were voting remain. This seems to exemplify the network society we … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Way To Water: A Theopoetics Primer’, by Callid Keefe-Perry

This review copy of the book was sent by Wipf & Stock. In studying the idea of love, definitions can be offered; when one actually encounters love, definitions fail, sparks fly, one of which is poetry. Poetry is able to … Continue reading

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What I call God: What Miranda might teach us about the weakness of God

The Vicarage is on the edge of its seat; this is the year we say farewell to that Miranda off of the telly. We have loved following her and her bizarre, clumsy ways, her ridiculous story lines, and most of … Continue reading

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God is not your trump card: a parable of the king’s servants

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a banquet for his son. He sent his servants to call all those who had been invited. On reading the invitation list, his servants were appalled to see … Continue reading

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Mixed doubles are an abomination

Apparently it was newsworthy enough for there to be a discussion on this morning’s Today programme on Radio 4 around Andy Murray’s decision to hire a female coach. At first, I didn’t really understand why it was a story at … Continue reading

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NT Wright and Equal Marriage: “You really should watch out.”

More important to me than being pro- or anti-Equal Marriage, is that a person’s position is considered and respectful. I genuinely thought somebody of NT Wright’s stature would be able to do better than this. Whether deliberate or not, his … Continue reading

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