Contributing sermons since Jul 7, 2013
Contributed on Aug 18, 2018
Of such is the kingdom of God.
THE TRUST OF A LITTLE CHILD Mark 10:13-16 In one of our previous readings, Jesus set a little child in the midst of His disciples (Mark 9:36). Now such children, in the ancient world, had no rights: yet Jesus was happy to scoop such a one up into His holy arms and teach. We noticed then ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2018
A reward for those who welcome Jesus' disciples. A warning for those who lead them astray.
A SEQUENCE OF SAYINGS Mark 9:38-50 1. John informed Jesus of “one casting out devils in Your name; and we forbad him because he follows not with us” (Mark 9:38). Perhaps John’s jealousy was fired by the failure of the nine members of the team who - whilst Jesus, Peter, James and John ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2018
If you want to be first, learn to be last!
A CHILD-LIKE HUMILITY Mark 9:30-37 1. CONTEXT (Mark 8:29-34). On the back of Peter’s famous confession of faith (Mark 8:29), Jesus began to teach His disciples about His upcoming death and resurrection (Mark 8:31). About this the disciples were, to say the least, slow on the uptake: ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2018
Wisdom's plaintive plea. The danger of refusal. A promise to those who will hear.
THE ALLURE OF WISDOM Proverbs 1:20-33 One day I was out shopping on one of the pedestrianised streets of Norwich, England, when a sudden commotion stopped me in my tracks. The City Crier’s vigorous ringing of his hand-bell, and his cry of ‘Oh Yay! Oh Yay!’ seemed to be right in my ear, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2018
The obverse side of the previous conversation: what comes out of the mouth when the heart is full of faith.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FAITH COMES FROM WITHIN Mark 7:24-37 In the earlier part of this chapter Jesus had disputed with some Scribes and Pharisees about ritual and tradition; and had taught those who would hear that defilement does not come from without, but from within (Mark 7:1-23). ...read more