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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God desires to restore our fractured world to oneness under Christ, and to display and effect that oneness through the church. How are we to do that? By dedication to building an unearthly yet very real unity.
A wisdom psalm. Psalm 15 tells us how unholy people like you and me can live at all times in the presence of our holy God. The key is a “blameless” life, which means not “perfect” but more a life marked by integrity. For such a life, the promise is that, whatever God allows He will never fail us.
Light shining in darkness is one of the basic metaphors in the Bible. ‘Light’ evokes a sense of what’s true, right, good or pure. ‘Darkness’, by contrast, suggests what’s evil, false or even scandalous. Jesus declares himself the world’s true light. If you follow him, you’ll find the way through the encroaching darkness of this world to his glorious kingdom.
It doesn’t matter who you are, who or what you’ve been, or how long it takes. But it matters inestimably where you end up. The story of the Magi, the first Gentiles to see and worship God’s promised Messiah-King, teaches us that Jesus is the end of every search for truth or wisdom, and worship is the only response for those who come to him.
First Sunday after Christmas
Simeon and Anna tell us more about the significance of the birth of Jesus for God’s great saving purposes. They inspire us to be people who believe God’s promises and keep praying faithfully and patiently for his kingdom to come in full.
John gives us the meaning behind the events and characters of Christmas. God became one of us so that we may see him, know him and become his children forever.
Advent 4, Year B
Jesus came to a people chronically disappointed, and with reason to wonder whether anything or anyone – even God himself – could ultimately be trusted. David’s kingdom and dynasty, despite all expectation, had failed. Does anything last? Then came God’s messenger to announce the birth of a child, a descendant of David, whose kingdom would last forever …
Advent 1, Year B
What do you say to a very imperfect church? For all the correction and rebuke that may be necessary, the Apostle Paul’s starting point is to tell them they’re the Church of God, made holy through Christ. Don’t give up on the church, however imperfect it may be. It’s there among God’s people that you can know Christ, and his power to transform people and change the world.
The Reign of Christ (last Sunday of the church year)
The Cross brings together the earthly appearance of a world out of control with the heavenly reality of a world truly ruled by Christ, the King enthroned on a cross. Like the second thief crucified with Jesus, anyone who wishes may now receive from the hand of this true King the right to eat from the tree of life and live forever in God’s Paradise.
The church exists to demonstrate, by practical unity, that God was supremely wise in sending his Son to the Cross for the reconciliation of divided people.