Sermons

I am a qualified, licensed lay preacher in the Church of England. I set out the original text of a number of my sermons. I would be happy to discuss anything in any of the sermons. It may be agreement or encouragement or it may be discussion of a different point of view.

Creation is groaning for redemption: Christian ecology

This Romans passage contains a vivid expression which has been relevant throughout the past 2000 years since it was written but perhaps never more so vital and relevant than now in late 2021.  From this weekend our news will be rightly dominated for the next fortnight with what is happening in Glasgow with the climate conference for which many world…

Solitude

  We are the most globally inter connected people in the history of our planet.  Statisticians have shown that for the vast majority of our world, connected to the Internet in any way, we are only six steps, intermediary people, away from being able to connect to everyone anywhere.  I am in contact with somebody who is in contact with…

“Live your life for what outlives life”: Succession planning for Christians

Leith Samuel, the Minister of Above Bar Church in Southampton in my 20s used to say: live your life for what outlives life.  A phrase which has stuck with me throughout my life.  Whatever we do here with our life should reap benefits longer term, if necessary beyond our mortal life.  This morning I want to look at succession planning…

Should have gone to Specsavers: when seeing seems impossible

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida   22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”   24 He looked up and said, “I…

Holding onto belief in tough times

Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman   21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him,…

What’s the point of Sunday?

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath   23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”   25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry…

Sowing isn’t easy

Matthew 13:1-23 (NIV): The Parable of the Sower   13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was…

Thanksgiving at a time of bewilderment

Psalm 116 New International Version (NIV) 1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of…

Live your life as foreigners here, as citizens of the kingdom of God

Acts 2:4 and 36-41 New International Version (NIV) 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart…

Remain in Jesus love

Isaiah 5:1-7 New International Version (NIV) The Song of the Vineyard 5 I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. 2 He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a…

Who is my neighbour

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…

Headhunted for the kingdom

Mark 3 7-19 New International Version (NIV) ;  Jesus disciples are both called and sent 7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of…

The truly great God

Isaiah 40. 6-31       Isaiah chapter 40 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass…

The heart of true worship: doing justice

Amos chapter 5   4-7 10-15   18-24 4 This is what the Lord says to Israel: “Seek me and live; 5     do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.[a]” 6 Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph…

The evidence for the …. Platypus

The evidence for the …. Platypus     In 1770 Captain Cook discovered Australia. Ignore the fact that the indigenous population, the aborigines, had discovered it thousands of years before and it was their home. Suddenly the Western world was fascinated by this cut-off continent with very different wildlife.   The early explorers were intrigued by mammals that hopped along…

The evidence for the resurrection

At the beginning of a service on this most glorious of Sundays in the Christian year, the leader continues a 2000-year tradition and says: The Lord is risen. And the congregation with hearty acclaim says: He is risen indeed. Hallelujah   Is he? Is that too scandalous to ask on this day of all days? How do you know?  …

The story of Mary and Martha

Luke 10:38-42 New International Version (NIV): At the Home of Martha and Mary 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all…

Scripture in song: In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found He is my light, my strength, my song; This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand.   2.1       In Christ…

The Cosmic Christ: an introduction to Christian theology on ecology

Colossians 1.15-20:   The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things…

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