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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Friend of sinners

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 15:1-10
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The religious leaders charged Jesus with keeping bad company. He responded with the same story told three times in three ways. The message: Lost people matter to God.

Holy & gracious

  • Series: Exodus #10
  • Scripture: Exod 19
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The giving of God’s Law to Israel, beginning with the ten commandments in Exodus 20, did not and could not happen in a vacuum. It required first that the people meet with God. God reveals himself in power as both holy and gracious.

When God turns up the heat

  • Series: Exodus #9
  • Scripture: Exod 16,17
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

God uses deserts to test and refine the people he loves. The Son of God named Israel largely failed the 40-year test in the desert. The true Son of God and true Israel named Jesus was also tested in the desert (for 40 days) and remained faithful and obedient to his Father. Will the people God loves today be like the first Israel, or like the true Israel? How are you travelling in the desert?

From slaving to praising

  • Series: Exodus #8
  • Scripture: Exod 15
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Exodus 15 is a psalm which gives voice to Israel’s praise of God’s salvation, wrought in the crossing of the Red Sea and the defeat of Pharaoh’s army. As God’s saved people, the people of Israel were given reason for worship and reason for witness. The greater salvation of Good Friday and Easter gives Christians the same causes, that the world may know.

From the bottom up

Easter Sunday
God specialises in people at the bottom of life’s heap. Through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, God provides a way out of hopelessness and despair. Jesus was thrown out on the rubbish heap as worthless, but the third day demonstrated that he was and is in fact the key to all of history. For a life filled with hope and the promise of glory, you need only come to him.

A very unpleasant truth

The Good Friday story with its images of horror reminds us powerfully of two Gospel truths: The spectre of sin, and the extravagance of love. Both are seen in the Cross, and both expressed in this passage from Rom 5 …  

A rescue story

  • Series: Exodus #7
  • Scripture: Exod 13,14
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The Exodus story is in a sense a template for the whole biblical story of salvation. It’s the story of a father’s love, of a sovereign’s power, and of a people’s trust. God’s redemption makes the impossible possible. Therefore put your trust in him to redeem you.

Redeeming blood

  • Series: Exodus #6
  • Scripture: Exod 12
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The Jewish Passover was instituted by God through Moses as an annual observance, to ensure that God’s people could never forget the cost paid to redeem them. The night God visited Egypt in judgement, every Israelite household was spared the just sentence of death, because a lamb was slaughtered in substitution. A millennium and a half later Jesus observed the Jewish Passover with his friends, instituting a new ‘passover’ for a New Covenant. For he was the true and final Lamb of God whose shed blood would once and for all take away the sin of the whole world.

A tale of two securities

  • Series: Exodus #5
  • Scripture: Exod 7-11
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The “plagues of Egypt” as they’re generally titled were a series of mighty acts of God against Pharaoh & Egypt. Mighty acts which speak a consistent message from God to Pharaoh, through Moses’ words & actions as God’s agent. The message they speak is that the Lord God of Israel, and not Pharaoh king of Egypt, is supreme over all the forces of nature and over the land of Egypt itself. That God, not Pharaoh, is in charge. The message however is not only for Pharaoh. It’s also for Israel .. that they might know who’s in charge, and whose plans succeed, and so learn to trust their God. We the church of today are their inheritors, and we too no less must know that he is the Lord.

Doing the one thing that matters

In a busy culture, and indeed a busy church, what matters most? Jesus gave a clear message on the subject by his deeds and his words. Hearing the word of the Lord matters more than being busy in his service.