Sermon Archives

27/08/2018

Mark’s Sandwich

There are many places in Mark’s gospel where a story starts and then is quickly interrupted by another story.  But each time this happens there is a common theme between the initial story and the interrupting one—this is Mark’s way of highlighting the main point.  The structure of the story goes like this: the initial […]

03/07/2018

Persevere

The second-last book in the bible has no chapters, it’s so short it only has verses. Though it’s short, it’s sweet and packs a critical message for our times. In the Western world, we may have thought that as Christians we could pretty much just go with the cultural flow. Recent events have caused us […]

06/06/2018

The Way of Wisdom

In a TED talk given by Barry Schwartz the argument is made that the modern west has gone mad with bureaucracy because of our loss of “practical wisdom” (see here). Schwartz argues clearly that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire and yet we continue with them, in the vain hope that a few more […]

03/04/2018

Practical: Faith, Hope and Love

Acts 17 tells of a church that Paul and his companions started in Thessalonica as the gospel of Jesus Christ went out from Jerusalem.  However Paul was forced to leave Thessalonica because of persecution.  This historical background positions the first letter to the Thessalonians as Paul’s pastoral concern to these new believers in Jesus Christ […]

05/02/2018

The heart

What is the Christian life? Getting better at following a bunch of rules by trying harder? Just doing stuff the church says you should?  For the period of Lent we are going to look at what the bible says about the human heart.  Traditionally Lent is the period when Christians reflect on the Cross of […]

03/01/2018

Formed in our frailties

It’s the beginning of a new year, it’s “shiny and new – so going well” someone told me yesterday as I sold them a sausage at Bunnings! It was January the 2nd. New things start with promise and with anticipation that something good will come. Yet I’ve noticed many social commentators get to the end […]

27/11/2017

Subversive Baby Jesus

Christmas is coming again! How do you feel about that announcement? There are mixed feelings: some people look forward to Christmas, others are glad for it to be done. Often overlooked is the subversive nature of the original announcement of Jesus’ birth. See, news of Jesus birth brought change to how the world was understood, […]

16/10/2017

Constantly Reforming

October 31st 2017 marks the 500th anniversary since the German monk Martin Luther published his famous 95 Theses against the practice of selling indulgences.  While no movement flows from a singular event or person, Luther’s 95 Theses were a significant catalyst for great change and reformation of the church of the time. In the 16th […]

08/08/2017

The Desired King

There seems a growing consensus about a vacuum of leadership within our society. Where things different for Israel in Old Testament times? There is much in common to today. As Israel searches for a leader in the middle chapters of 1 Samuel, we see what they desired in a king, and how their leadership vacuum […]

13/06/2017

The Gospel

“The gospel” is often said around churches, but what is it? What is “the gospel”? It’s a critical question because “the gospel” is referred to as the power of God in Romans 1:16. That would mean “the gospel” is powerful. Secondly in Colossians 1:5-6 we learn that it is “the gospel” which bears fruit in […]

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