Contributing sermons since Oct 9, 2005
Contributed on Jun 14, 2014
A short talk for Trinity Sunday on the occasion of the baptism of Larissa, encouraging the congregation to ask some questions about their own relationship with God.
I love the way that the Bible account of the life of Jesus doesn’t paper over the frailties and weaknesses of his followers. It seems that throughout their 3 years of intensive training with Jesus the 12 disciples were bumblers, stumblers and jumblers. They often didn’t know what to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2014
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given primarily for the common good, and primarily so that we can be His witnesses.
This section of Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church is about unity in diversity, serving the common good together, and being instruments of God’s grace by His Spirit at work to heal, to teach and to build up. The overall message is that God is in control. It is His church not yours ...read more
Contributed on May 11, 2014
These early believers were devoted to prayer, one another, God, and people were being added to their number. They showed up daily in the temple courts and shared what they had e.g with the paralysed man. What can we learn?
‘And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved’ (2:47)! People being saved daily! My brothers and sisters to what degree do you want to see people being saved daily in Billericay? It would mean we’d have to learn at least seven new names a week, and ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2014
A short talk given at a Wednesday morning communion service reflecting upon Jesus drawing alongside the disciples on the road to Emmaus. He listened, rebuked and ate with them. What can we learn from this?
Two disciples, not from the original band of 12, but two other disciples are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. It’s a little later on the same day that Jesus rose from the dead (24:13) and these two are discussing the events of recent days, including the fact that some of the women from their ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2014
A short talk asking what big buts we are carrying around with us. What big buts are looming in our lives? In the midst of our statements that start with, "But I can't ..." Jesus comes and says, "Shalom. Peace be with you!"
On the evening of that first day of the week the disciples were together, with the doors locked because they were afraid. I can imagine what they may have been thinking, and I guess there were some massive ‘buts’ in the room! But it wasn’t meant to be like this. We followed him ...read more
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Contributed on Dec 24, 2012
Two hundred years ago, in the early 19th Century, as astonishing as it may seem, Christmas in Great Britain had become almost extinct. The Times newspaper did not mention Christmas once between 1790 and 1835. Not once! However, Charles Dickens was instrumental in reviving Christmas during the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 5, 2012
THE JOURNEY OF JONATHAN AITKEN Jonathan Aitken was a British war correspondent in Viet Nam, Chief-Executive of TV-AM, and for 23 years an MP including time as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and a Defence Minister. Jonathan Aitken's life fell apart after he was caught telling a lie under ...read more
Contributed on Dec 23, 2011
Someone suggested to me recently that if money ever became tight I should consider becoming a joke writer for Christmas crackers. So, I turned to him and asked, "What did the grumpy sheep say when the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2011
HOW AMAZING WOULD IT BE For 33 years God lived on earth as a man – Jesus, and walked amongst us. How amazing would it be if Queen Elizabeth II decided to come and live here in Billericay? How amazing would it be if the Queen decided to come and live next to your school? How amazing would it be ...read more