Too clever for Others’ Good?

A sermon on the Good Samaritan, perhaps the best-known story in the Bible! The Story of ‘the Good Samaritan’ in Luke 10: 25-37[1].      One of the legal experts asked Jesus a question to test his knowledge of the religious law. “Teacher,” he asked, “what do I need to do to inherit life without limit […]

Stick to Jesus Like Glue!

A sermon on the authority of Jesus, based on Colossians 2: 6-15 Introduction A friend once said to us ‘Stick to me like glue’ = (I will guide you and look after you).  Today’s gospel reading is Luke 11: 1-13 (the Lord’s Prayer), such a well-known passage, but let’s look at what Paul says. Colossians […]

The Cross of Jesus Points to God

A sermon for Holy Cross Sunday, based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-24. Aim: put human wisdom in it’s place, under the feet of the crucified Christ Introduction Paul writes to a Church in trouble. He corrects them on sexual immorality, divisions, one-upmanship over spiritual gifts, loving each other, orderly worship and wrong ideas on Christianity.  It’s […]

The Temptation to Weed

Message: The Church will always contain more than its fair share of nastiness, but weeding it out is a temptation to abandon the way of Christ and make things worse. This message is based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (Year A, Proper 11). Please note that this sermon is not advocating turning a blind eye to abuse or […]

Finding Meaning in the Story of Ruth

A sermon on finding meaning in the Book of Ruth, based on Ruth 3:1-9 (Proper 27B). Introduction The Book of Ruth is story about the harvest. A fortnight ago, we heard about Naomi’s husband taking them away during difficult times: ‘the grass is always greener somewhere else’. Last week, we heard that Naomi, embittered by […]

While you Wait…

Message:  While we wait between chapters, we grow closer to God, a sermon based on Acts 1:6-14 & John 17:1-11 (Easter 7A). Introduction Today we begin the last week of Pascha, the fifty-day celebration of Christ’s resurrection. The fifty days ends next Sunday with the Day of Pentecost.  On Thursday was Ascension Day: after walking […]

Strength and Authority

A message contrasting God’s pure, unblemished strength & authority with the way humans corrupt these blessings, based on Matthew 23:1-12 (Proper 26A). Introduction After the Pharisees had finished arguing with Jesus he was able to teach the disciples/people. The key to understanding the Pharisees is that they were politicians! Many people justifiably fear human power and […]

A Christian’s Duty

A sermon on a Christian’s duty, based on Romans 13:7-14 (Proper 18A). Scripture: Romans 13:7-14 ‘Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves […]

Following Christ’s Example

A message exploring the true aim of life, no less, following Christ’s example in Philippians 2:5-11 (Palm Sunday, Years A, B or C). Introduction Today is Palm/Passion Sunday.  We have had five Sundays in Lent and now we turn to Christ’s final week before Easter.  Philippians 2:5-11 is not from that time/place, but it captures […]

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