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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Choosing trust

  • Scripture: Psalm 16
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Trust is a choice. And not to choose is to choose unwisely. David chooses the Lord as God, as sufficient and as the source of joy. If God seems hard to trust, have you chosen to trust him?

Before it’s too late

  • Series: Making sense of a senseless world [Ecclesiastes] #6 of 6
  • Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11,12
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The final two chapters of the Teacher’s exhaustive inquiry into life. First a look at technology. Then the conclusion. Know who’s in charge (hint: it’s not you). Then do what most matters – to centre your life on God, and do it now.

A pocketful of change

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 19:1-10
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Jesus’ encounter with chief tax collector Zacchaeus, a hated outcast, shows what’s possible when any sinner experiences the acceptance and love Jesus came to bring. You know a person has really been transformed when their behaviour changes. Zacchaeus  – a man transformed by grace. The same grace that still transforms people who meet Jesus.

How to win with nothing

  • Series: Making sense of a senseless world [Ecclesiastes] #5 of 6
  • Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

There are just two approaches to living in a material world. You could be a restless grabber for more … never satisfied, and always disappointed.  Or you could be a thankful recipient of God’s kindness. Then you can be rich with nothing.

More than Sunday

  • Series: Making sense of a senseless world [Ecclesiastes] #4 of 6
  • Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Just when you thought the Teacher’s cry of “meaningless” (NIV) was reserved for those who ignore God, today he takes up his clipboard, pen and voice recorder and shows up at church. And he finds meaninglessness even there. Here are four tests of whether your worship has real substance:

  1. Do you hear God?
  2. Are you hushed by his holiness?
  3. Do you say ‘Amen’ on Monday?
  4. Do you fear God?

All the lonely people

  • Series: Making sense of a senseless world [Ecclesiastes] #3 of 6
  • Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

From the riddle of time (chapter 3) to the riddle of human loneliness. You could be lonely because you’re a powerless victim of injustice, or because the rat-race of life has killed your spirit, drawing you away from the image of God in community. A partial solution: recognise that humans are meant to be in relationship, and so find, join or create a community – the church being the best place on earth. Full solution (of which the partial is but a shadow): the final satisfaction of the friendship of Christ, who laid down his life for those he called friends.

It’s a giveaway

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 18:18-34
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

A series of conversations between Jesus and, first, one man, then two groups of hearers. We learn that eternal life is not a reward for the self-made, but God’s gracious gift to the open and empty-handed.

The God-shaped hole

  • Series: Making sense of a senseless world [Ecclesiastes] #2 of 6
  • Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

After the riddle of life’s seeming monotony in chapter 1, and the dead-end non-solutions of philosophy, wealth, pleasure and achievement in chapter 2, “the Teacher” now turns to the great riddle of time. We so wish we could control our time; but rather time seems to control us. Ecclesiastes offers little clues to what the answers might be, along the way. Here are two:

  1. Receive life with thankfulness to God the giver;
  2. Only God himself can truly satisfy the hunger of the human spirit.

Why bother?

  • Series: Making sense of a senseless world [Ecclesiastes] #1 of 6
  • Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1,2
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Beginning a series from the Old Testament wisdom book of Ecclesiastes. Wisdom literature is about life and how to live it. Neither life in general nor your life in particular will make sense if viewed only in terms of what your five senses can apprehend. But wisdom, wealth, pleasure and achievement can all mean something if we recognise them as gifts from God, pointing us ultimately to him.

Finding mercy

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 18:9-14
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Most people in our culture believe instinctively that a place in God’s kingdom (roughly equals ‘heaven’), something they desperately want for themselves and for their loved ones, is something a person must qualify for on their merits. Heaven, in other words, is awarded on interview. Jesus’ illustrative story of two people who went to God’s temple destroys that deadly myth in a few lines. It’s not your merits; it’s God’s mercy, freely given to those who seek it.