Contributed on Mar 8, 2014
A journey in our imagination into what would happen if The Wizard of Gallilee said "yes" to the Serpent's temptations in the desert, and what happens if we say "yes".
Hissss Hissss Imagine…. Imagine….. And the wizard of Gallillee waved his wand. And every church was full. The crowds packed in, acknowledging Jesus as the one true God. Every church was full. So many people crowding in, standing room only. The collection plate piled HIGH full of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2014
A sermon on death, friendship, and friendship with God
We begin with a friendship. “Jesus”, we read, “loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus”. Mary is the one who broke all social convention and annointed Jesus’s feet with perfume and wiped them with her hair. He is clearly close to her sister Martha and her brother ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2014
Why do we bring up the bread and wine from the back of church at the offertory? What is heaven like? Does God prefer a big splash and fanfare or big results done quietly?
If you are picking up an Agatha Christie and you are impatient you’ll turn to the last page of the novel to find the answer. But of course first of all you have to know the question, which in an Agatha Christie book is “Who was the murderer”.By the end of this morning sermons I ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2014
Drenched, cold and fearing for their lives, they bucket the water out the boat as figure comes towards them. Is it the ghost of a drowned sailor....?
“in the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless chaos and darkness covered the face of deep, while the Spirit/breath/wind of God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said “let there be light” (Genesis 1:1) So begins the first ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2014
How do we deal with anger, sin and disagreement in our communities? Does Matt 18:15-17 inspire us to deep dastedely discipline or do we need to read it in the context of the rest of Matthew 18?
How do we handle Sin? Anger? Conflict? Disagreement? Human beings are not very good at dealing with these things. “She’s not my friend any more” “She said this” “he did that” It happens at school, and we adults keep doing it. According to some ...read more
Contributed on Sep 20, 2014
An interwoven set of stories reflecting on the parable of the eccentric employer
We are in the one hundredth anniversary of the first World War at the moment, so I would like to take you back to an event that happened in the middle of it. When Emperor Franz-Josef I of Austria died in 1916, his was the last of the extravagant imperial funerals. A processional of dignitaries ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2014
For the answer, you'll have to read to the end of the sermon.
A question to ponder - “How do Gyms make their money?” We’ll come back to that…. Children - Have you have you ever gone up to your mum or dad and gone “Can we go to Disneyland this year?” “Can we go to the new film that’s out this weekend” ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2015
a sermon for ascension day
“Lord is this the time when you will restore the Kingdom to Israel?” It is 40 days after the most amazing surprise - Jesus came back from the dead. And now it is obvious what is going to happen next: Jesus is going to lead a massive army, possibly including angels and defeat the ...read more