“Love one another” says Jesus. But what is love? How can we love one another? This was my sermon on the different types of love and how that makes a difference to us.
Pentecost is one of the major festivals in the church’s year. Unfortunately, it’s often the least celebrated of the festivals, so this is my exploration of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, and the difference that he can make to us.
After the resurrection, Jesus appears to his disciples by the Sea of Galilee. What were the disciples doing there? What do Jesus’ actions and words teach us about him and about us? These are some of the questions I thought about in this sermon.
Many people enjoy coming to Carols by Candlelight as part of their Christmas celebrations. It’s a great opportunity to help people reflect on the difference that first Christmas can make to our lives.
Telling stories is an important part of how the Bible was written. But how reliable were those stories before they were written down? Recent research on the accuracy of Indigenous Australian story-telling shows how reliable it can be!
What’s the point of harvest festivals? Why should we celebrate them? How should we mark harvest and what are the problems with the ways that we often do mark it?
Living water is one of the images for God, particularly the Holy Spirit, that we are given in the Bible. What does that tell us about what God is like? What does that mean for our faith?
Jesus encourages his disciples to “bear much fruit”. The challenge is how we can and should do this! That’s particularly the case during Christian Aid week, when we can be challenged again to work for God’s kingdom to come.
Jesus shows his love for Peter by challenging him as well as forgiving him. What does that look like for us? And, as we prepare for a General Election, what does that tell us about our actions and how to use our vote?
How do we remember? What do we remember? Why do we remember? And what do we do when we have remembered?
What is wholeness? What does it look like? The answer to that depends on your eschatology! (On what you think happens at the end of time) It depends on what you think God’s ultimate purpose is and what he is planning to do with his creation.
The Trinity is always a hard subject to preach about and think about, but one that’s at the heart of our faith! So, it’s something that we need to spend time thinking about and letting shape us. This is a sermon that I preached on the Trinity a month or so ago.
We misunderstand Jesus’ words to the disciples after his resurrection. We often think it’s about our mission, not about him mission, which we’re invited to be a part of. We’re also too hard on Thomas!
Holiness is one of those things that perhaps we don’t think about enough, or perhaps don’t really know what to do about it… Maundy Thursday seemed like a good time to think about some of these things.
How do you best help people reflect on the importance and meaning of Good Friday? One traditional way of doing this has been by using the ‘Seven Last Words’, the seven things that the gospels report the Jesus said when he was on the cross. Between them, they sum what the good news of Easter…