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  • Who?

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on May 26, 2013

    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

    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

    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 Wa Shidden Has Been Reveled

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jan 7, 2013

    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, ...read more

  • The Mystery Of The Incarnation Made Real

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jan 4, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    2 Kings 5.1-15 2 Timothy 2.8-15 Luke 17.11-19 I wonder if you’ve ever watched I’m a celebrity…get me out of here? Selected celebrities are expected to face things most of us would rather avoid, like putting one’s arm into a tank full of writhing snakes, or handling a ...read more

  • What Is Our Church For?

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Sep 9, 2010
    based on 3 ratings

    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 11 ratings

    A Sermon for Reformation Sunday - the last Sunday in October

    At St. Columba’s United Reformed Church in Oxford, where I spent many happy years, the premises are a little bit old and rambling. In a far away corner, not often visited was a hidden away toilet. This was always known as the Calvinist toilet, because it was very dark and gloomy. It’s a sure ...read more

  • The Significance Of Questions

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jun 18, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Lookign at questions in the context of Job 38, and Jesus stilling the storm in Mark 4

    One of the most unhelpful ideas about Christianity, indeed about faith in general, is that doubt is the opposite of faith. It is not. Certainty is the opposite of faith. Doubt is an intrinsic part of faith, for by definition faith is about making a commitment and a decision about matters that ...read more

  • Sowing Seeds Of God's Kingdom

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jun 11, 2009
    based on 8 ratings

    Mustard seed and the kingdom with practical examples

    I’ll begin by saying that our second reading is a very complicated passage indeed. Indeed, it’s so complicated and obscure that I’ve decided to say nothing about this morning, and concentrate on our gospel reading, because it would be too long and involved to try and make sense of it now. So, ...read more

  • God: Father, Son, And Holy Spirit

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Jun 10, 2009
    based on 5 ratings

    A sermon on the doctrine of the Trinity

    The story is told of a man feeling suicidal, who climbed from his office window onto the ledge outside. Naturally his colleagues were concerned, and one climbed out and sat next to him on the window ledge. After a few words the conversation went something like this: “I get a lot of strength from ...read more

  • Being And Becoming

    Contributed by Michael Hopkins on Feb 2, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    A sermon on the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (also called Candlemas)

    I wonder if you’re familiar with fresh lychees? The fresh fruit is much more pleasant than the tinned variety. They are small fruit about the size of a walnut. On the outside is rough and robust skin, which might lead you think it wasn’t worth opening, but when one peels it, inside is a soft, ...read more