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  • The Parable Of The Two Sons Series

    Contributed by David Smith on May 31, 2018
    based on 7 ratings

    Jesus said "What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ’Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ’I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered

    My friend Kon used to say ’the more I see of kids today, the more I think about getting a dog’. Then he had a son. He doesn’t say that quite as much any more. His other great saying was ’I love children, but I can never finish a whole one’. He doesn’t say that much any more either. He might think more

  • No Rich People In Heaven Series

    Contributed by David Smith on May 31, 2018
    based on 4 ratings

    "Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom

    In any journey, such as a trek through the bush, there are exciting parts, such as when we start out (perhaps) and when we near your destination, there are relatively boring parts, and there are patches that are just hard work. In our journey through the Gospel of Mark we seem to have reached an more

  • Christ Is King! Series

    Contributed by David Smith on May 31, 2018
    based on 13 ratings

    Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ’Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ’Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ Pilate replied, ’I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief

    Welcome to the last Sunday of the Christian year - a day traditionally referred to as the feast of ’Christ the King’. I appreciate that there are probably not many here that manage their schedule according to the ecclesiastical calendar, yet I’m sure w are all familiar with the way in which more

  • Remarriage Is Adultery Series

    Contributed by David Smith on May 31, 2018
    based on 7 ratings

    Jesus said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."

    Every now and then you find yourself tacking a Bible passage that just doesn’t lend itself to starting your sermon with a joke. Today’s Gospel reading is one such passage. For divorce is no laughing matter, and of course I know that first-hand. Indeed, not only did I experience the divorce of more

  • The Law Of Love Series

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 18, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord you

    We’re in Matthew 22, and Jesus is brawling! To be exact, we’re in the last round of a three-round brawl, where over the chapter in Matthew’s Gospel we’ve seen Jesus do battle with a group known as ‘the Herodians’, followed by a round with the Sadducees, followed by this week’s third and more

  • Why Bad Things Happen To Good People

    Contributed by David Smith on Feb 26, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    It’s the age-old theological question - why do bad things happen to good people? Jesus, as ever, doesn’t give us the response we expect. ...

    They say that philosophy deals with two sorts of questions: * Questions to which everybody knows the answer (eg. Do I really exist?). * Questions to which nobody knows the answer (eg. Why do I exist?). Religious teachers tend to deal the same sorts of questions, perhaps particularly more

  • The Splendor And The Suffering! (Matthew 17:1-9)

    Contributed by David Smith on Feb 21, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    There is much about God and about Jesus Himself that I do not understand, but perhaps that’s because there’s a lot I’m not expected to understand and don’t need to understan...

    Welcome once again to Transfiguration Sunday. We remember the transfiguration every year at about this time, though frankly it snuck up on me this year, otherwise I probably would have flicked this week’s sermon over to one of my esteemed colleagues. Indeed, up till yesterday I thought we were more

  • A Tale Of Ten Lepers (A Sermon On Luke 17:11-19)

    Contributed by David Smith on Feb 21, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    We want to get on with life, and we should move forward with joy, but we must remember too to look back in thankfulness! Moving forward in faith while looking back in gratit...

    I remember hearing of a rural vicar in England whose bicycle went missing. The man relied exclusively on his bicycle to get around his little parish, and he knew things like bicycles didn’t just disappear into thin air, so he put two and two together and figured out that someone in the parish - more

  • Jacob Wrestles With God (Genesis 32:24-30)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 29, 2007
    based on 9 ratings

    Jacob, our Father in the fight, squares off against the Almighty on the field of combat....

    "Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. (25) When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. (26) Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I more

  • Genesis 21:8-21 (The God Of Ishmael)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 29, 2007
    based on 14 ratings

    The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob turns out the be the God of Ishmael too!! ...

    We continue our sojourn with Abraham today – Abraham, the ‘father of faith’. We’ve been working our way through the story of Abraham for some time now – stories about Abraham & Sarah, Abraham & his family, Abraham & his descendents, Abraham and the promises God made to him - Abraham the ‘father more

  • You Can't Have One Without The Other! (A Sermon On The Book Of Amos)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 15 ratings

    People says to me, "Dave, as a Christian I am not interested in politics", and I can say to them in all honesty, "neither am I". ...

    I sorta promised someone in the parish that I’d choose a more cheery passage next time I preached. “Come unto me all ye who labour and are heavy laden” was suggested - a message of encouragement and hope. This is not that sermon. Inspired by our set lectionary readings, for better or worse, I more

  • Genesis 25:19-34 (Jacob & Esau)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 14 ratings

    In a world marked by violence, the ancient story of Jacob and Esau reminds us that conflict has always been a part of the way God deals with his people, and it contains with...

    We gather together today in the wake of the terrible terrorist attacks in London - violence that I suspect has left none of us unaffected. Tony Blair said, “They will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear” , and it’s hard not to admire his resilience, even though we recognise, I think, more

  • Ephesians 6:10-20 (The Armour Of God)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 5 ratings

    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual...

    I’m reading from the Amnesty International report on the war on Lebanon, August 2006: "The Israeli Air Force launched more than 7,000 air attacks on about 7,000 targets in Lebanon between 12 July and 14 August, while the Navy conducted an additional 2,500 bombardments. The attacks, though more

  • The Stone That The Builders Rejected (Act 4:11-12)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 16, 2007
    based on 10 ratings

    The Stone that the builders rejected has become the head of the corner ...

    I must admit that I was drawn to this passage this morning because it had a refreshingly urban feel about it. If you’re familiar with the parables and metaphors used by Jesus, you know that He often spoke using rural images - speaking of shepherds and sheep and fields and harvests. And you could more

  • The Apostolic Invasion Of Europe (A Sermon On Acts 16:9-15)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 15, 2007
    based on 7 ratings

    Philippi was a tough place to start a mission - wrong type of people, wrong area, wrong timing! But it seems that God doesn’t need straightforward circumstances in or...

    We’re reading from the diary of St Paul, as given to us in the book of Acts - a section covering Paul’s second tour of duty in Asia Minor. In Acts Chapter 16, Paul begins what we might call the Apostolic invasion of Europe! In the diary entry that follows this one, Paul and his comrade Silas are more