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)
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Beginning a series in the Gospel of Mark, honouring the spirit if not the letter of the Lectionary in the ‘Year of Mark’. Before Jesus Christ, the central character of history, steps onto the stage, he is introduced first by Mark and then by John the Baptist. The two witnesses combined let us know at the outset that following Jesus is a radical and possibly dangerous pursuit. Even insiders must be made clean in order to receive him. And following him means choosing him ahead of every other claim to supremacy – including the Emperor of Rome.
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Jesus is the doctor whose word is the only cure for sin, and the bridegroom whose arrival changes everything. If you have a hunch that Jesus really is the only doctor whose word can cure the spiritual sickness that your sin is, then is there really any change that wouldn’t be worth it, to be made well spiritually, forever?
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The new year “proper” (when things start happening) is an apt time to make a conscious choice to serve the Lord only. Consider the Lord, consider your heart, and consider this moment. Then do what you’ve said you’ll do, in his service.
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Ordinary Sunday 4, Yr B
What is God like and how should we humans most fittingly respond? That is the burden of Psalm 111. We are invited to come and see God’s magnificent character in his magnificent works, and to become like him through true awe-filled worship and adoration, joining in his eternal praise.
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Ordinary Sunday 3, Yr B
If the chatter in your head is incessant, chances are you’re stressed. Your ‘soul’, your inner self, is not at rest in God. What that means is that your ‘soul’ doesn’t believe that God is enough. It’s only as the truth that God, his power and his love are enough properly sinks in, that we become able to say with David, “I will never be shaken”.
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Jesus came to set people free from empty, lifeless forms of religion, such as the kind that predominated in first century Judaism, and also the kind that predominates in our world today. That is to say, any religious system in which human performance is the critical factor. In this passage, the Jewish religious system was on trial, and found wanting. With it fall all systems of human performance. Jesus will free you from all of that.
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Psalm 2 is an enthronement psalm, probably written in honour of the accession of a Davidic (descended from David) king to the throne of Judah. Like other royal psalms it speaks of the human king of the time, whilst also pointing past that king to the ‘ultimate David’, Jesus Christ. Let this royal psalm stoke our confidence in God’s sovereign supremacy, so we would pray and plan accordingly. The God who laughs at all human presumption, and has already installed his ultimate King.
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Christmas 1, Yr B
What happened that night in Bethlehem? God became as you are. What changed? You received the extraordinary gift of being called his child.
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At the first Christmas, the world experienced love at it’s most real. Christmas tells us that love isn’t what we do for God or for people, but rather what God has already done for us. Christmas means we never need to ask God how much he loves us.
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Advent 4, Yr B
However mighty and all-conquering they may have been at their best, no kingdom, empire, civilisation, ruler, dictator, president, political or economic system or human philosophy has lasted. Is there anything that lasts, when so much is fragile. Yes there is: the kingdom of Christ.
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