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  • The Heartbreaking Messiah

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Sep 7, 2021
     | 316 views

    A sermon exploring heartbreak and suffering through peter and the disicples

    Mark 8:27-38 Have you ever heard the sound of a heart breaking? Do you remember what it sounds like? Maybe it was your child's heart breaking when they found that the job market had disappeared? Maybe it was your sister or brother's heart breaking when the test results were worse than ...read more

  • Psalm 1

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Sep 7, 2021
     | 313 views

    A short sermon exploring Psalm 1

    Psalm 1 Charles Wesley wrote the hymn O for a thousand tongues in 1739 on the anniversary of his conversion experience. It was published in the first collection of Methodist hymns in 1780 where it was number one, and for two centuries it was number one in every Methodist hymnbook since then until ...read more

  • Lent 2021

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Feb 17, 2021
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,590 views

    A sermon for the start of Lent 2021

    I think this is the point where I am supposed to talk about Lent being a penitential time, and time for giving things up, but that seems patent nonsense in 2021. In the last eleven months we have given up more than we ever wished for longer than we would have wished. And we have lost some people ...read more

  • Taking A Leap

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jan 26, 2020
     | 2,195 views

    A challenge to take leap of faith - a risk - for God

    Genesis 12:1-9 Hebrews 11:1-3 & 8-12 Psalm 91 Mark 1:16-20 This year is a leap year. 29 February is a special day which comes round only once every four years. 29 February is considered by some as a day to do something out of the usual, such as women proposing marriage to men. Radio 4’s PM ...read more

  • Who?

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on May 26, 2013
     | 2,321 views

    Use of Jeremiah, John, and Luke, to bring out three persons of the Trinity, and an analogy with TV programme Dr Who - different faces and mystery.

    Luke 19:1-10 Jeremiah 32:21-25 John 20:19-23 As a child, I always enjoyed Dr Who on a Saturday teatime. For me, Tom Baker was the doctor - the others who came after weren’t quite the same. Perhaps, for you it was Jon Pertwee who was the doctor, or Patrick Troughton, or William ...read more

  • Keep Calm And Carry On - A Sermon For Ash Wednesday

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Feb 17, 2013
     | 5,942 views

    A sermon for Ash Wednesday - for a UK congregation

    Joel 2:1-2 & 12-17 John 8:1-11 I’m beginning, totally unsuitably for Lent, with an expression of pride. I’m very proud of my collection of the complete set of Carry On films - it’s the earthy British humour of the 1960s and 1970s at its best (or worst, depending upon your ...read more

  • Calling In The Wilderness

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Feb 17, 2013
     | 4,620 views

    A sermon for the first Sunday of Lent

    Luke 4:1-13 Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Romans 10:9-13 I’m told that it’s impossible to be hungry in the desert because of the sand which is everywhere. Today our readings take us into the desert, or the wilderness if you prefer (the words are the same in the Greek and Hebrew). Why is ...read more

  • Was Was Hidden Has Been Reveled

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jan 7, 2013
     | 2,121 views

    A sermon for the epiphany

    A man was once eating fish and chips at the bus stop, and a lady with a small dog came along to wait for her bus. The dog clearly liked the smell of the fish and chips, and kept jumping up around the man’s legs to try and get at them. In the end the man smiled at the lady and asked, “do you mind ...read more

  • The Mystery Of The Incarnation Made Real

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jan 4, 2013
     | 2,162 views

    A short sermon contrasting a new born baby with the depth of the wonder of God's nature.

    As some of you know, my wife and I had our first baby in August - Joanna. She’s such a little thing: defenceless, can’t move very far on her own, can’t feed, drink or clothe herself, can’t talk, and doesn’t know the Christmas story. But she has got out attention, not ...read more

  • The Paradox Of The Gospel

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Aug 28, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,720 views

    The inherent paradox in scripture and Christian life

    Exodus 3:1-15 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This is probably the best known paradox of all time. Here are some more light-hearted paradoxes are that you might like to consider: Computer security Political science Tight slacks Definite ...read more

  • King David And His Relevance For Today

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Aug 25, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,162 views

    A look at the life of King David, and what that might have to say to Christians today.

    It hasn’t gone unnoticed that some of the MPs criticising the Murdochs and News International have a dubious track record in terms of expenses, and might therefore not be in a position to criticise the morals of others. Likewise, Stephen Fry remarked on the inappropriateness of any ...read more

  • Don't Assume

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Oct 14, 2010
    based on 8 ratings
     | 3,716 views

    A sermon for a school service of teenagers, not necessarily believers.

    I want to begin this morning thinking about assumptions. If I asked you what is about six inches long and produces a white, frothy substance when rubbed back and forth and in and out, I’m sure you’d all make an assumption, when the answer is in fact a toothbrush. Assumptions cause ...read more

  • Are There Limits?

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Oct 8, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,676 views

    The scripture reading show that God has no limits in the way that humans perceive them, and challenges listeners to consider their own limits.

  • What Is Our Church For?

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Sep 9, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,945 views

    How God seeks out the lost, through the only mediator - Jesus Christ.

    Luke 15:1-10 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Exodus 32:7-14 There’s a story told about the boss of a big company who needed to call one of his employees about an urgent problem with one of the main computers. He dialled the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whispered, ...read more

  • Reformation Sunday

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Oct 22, 2009
    based on 13 ratings
     | 10,427 views

    A Sermon for Reformation Sunday - the last Sunday in October