Sermons

My passion is to preach Christ from all of Scripture. Should you wish to listen, I invite your reflection (and comments if you wish) as to whether the words you hear bear His character. Are they, like him, “full of grace and truth”? (John 1:14)

Note: If my sermons look to have been few and far between lately, it’s because they are. Since July 2012 I’ve been in a kind of unofficial sabbatical, with only a little formal ministry engagement. During that time I’ve joined my family in worshipping in our local Anglican parish. I’ve been pleased to occupy the pulpit there, as a guest from time to time.

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Why aren’t you crying?

Palm Sunday
It’s relatively easy to join the crowds who praised Jesus, God’s king, as he entered Jerusalem to take up the throne of his father David on the Cross. It’s much harder to weep with him for the lost souls of our city and region.

The loser who came first

  • Series: Lenten series #4
  • Scripture: Lk 18:9-14
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The kind of righteousness the Heavenly Father recognises isn’t the kind a person may claim to have in themselves. Rather it’s the kind that rests entirely on God’s mercy.

The judge is on your side

  • Series: Lentens series #3
  • Scripture: Lk 18:1-8
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Jesus tells a story which teaches that the Heavenly Father will not drag his feet in responding to his children who cry to him. But the sting in the tail is the sober question whether we will still be people of persistent prayerful faith to the very end …

God’s party

  • Series: Lentens series #2
  • Scripture: Lk 14:15-24
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The coming of Jesus among his people meant that the “feast of rich food for all peoples” (God’s salvation) promised by Isaiah is now spread. But in contrast with the common expectation in Jesus’ time, it’s basis is pure grace and it’s scope is all peoples. No one is qualified, but all may come. To reject Jesus is to reject God’s salvation. In light of this parable, may we be fashioned as a community in which no one is ‘good enough’ yet all may come.

Open all hours

  • Series: Lentens series #1
  • Scripture: Lk 11:5-13
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Beginning a Lenten series on Jesus’ teaching on Christian discipleship, through several parables in Luke. Today: Is it the way of a middle-eastern villager to treat a guest honourably? And is it the way of a parent to give good things to their child? Then why expect less of your heavenly Father?!

A waiting church

  • Series: Foundations #3
  • Scripture: Ac 1:1-14
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

In a culture that conditions us to be ‘activists’, one of our great challenges is simply waiting on God. But we must overcome it to be a praying community, after the pattern of the first church.

Loving imperfect people

  • Series: Foundations #2
  • Scripture: Eph 4:25-5:2
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Three prescriptions for keeping the church community healthy:

  • keep short accounts
  • be aware of one another’s needs
  • keep feeding your own spirit on the gospel

The heart of ministry

  • Series: Foundations #1
  • Scripture: Ac 6:1-7
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

My first sermon as Senior Minister (Rector) of Cooma Anglican Parish.

The response of the Apostles to the infant church’s first recorded pastoral crisis teaches us both the great dignity of what we today call ‘pastoral care’ and the uncompromising centrality of prayer and the service of the Word, for pastoral leaders.

No ordinary mediator

  • Series: Hebrews
  • Scripture: Heb 7:1-10
  • Location: St Thomas' Werribee

When you’ve come to God through Jesus, you will never need another mediator. Jesus and he alone can can reconcile you to God forever! [Final of three sermons from Hebrews 6 & 7 as relieving minister.]

There will be justice

God will not allow injustice to persist forever in his universe. Those who live unjustly now, and whose fortunes will be reversed when God comes as judge to bring history to a close, are those who have the Scriptures but do not obey them.