Contributing sermons since Nov 6, 2010
Contributed on Jan 29, 2011
The beatitudes are radical challenges live as apprentices of Jesus
One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who ...read more
Contributed on Dec 5, 2010
Real change and growth means working with God to allow God to change your life, which requires acknowledging brokenness and sin.
John the Baptist tells it like it is. God’s kingdom is here and now, and you need to change your life. You’ll remember that we’re looking at Matthew’s Gospel through the lens of the question ‘how do we deal with change?’. This reading is all about change. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2010
Jesus' call to stay awake and keep watch is built on a living relationship with him.
Keep watch, stay awake... “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2010
Christ is the Servant King
The Sunday before the first Sunday in Advent is known as either Christ the King, the Reign of Christ, or the very prosaic Sunday next before Advent. When I was growing up it was also known as ‘Stir-up Sunday’, because in the Anglican tradition the collect appointed for the Sunday next ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2010
Jesus' call to us, in the face of wars and rumours of war, is to stay with it until the end - to continue on as servants.
This part of Luke’s gospel is a type of writing - a genre - called apocalyptic. Apocalyptic literature is found throughout the Bible - the most sustained example being the book we call ‘Revelation’. This type of writing focuses on the coming of God’s kingdom, or rule, in ...read more