As we come to celebrate Christmas, we reflect on the preparation God made for the coming of Christ into the world. In this sermon, I explore the Magnificat, the expression of praise by Mary when she met Elizabeth, who was to be the mother of John the Baptist.
As we enter the season of Advent, we reflect on the reason why Christ has come into the world: to deliver us from the consequences of our sin, to redeem us so we can live as obedient servants of God, and to undo the works of the devil. In this sermon I reflect on how all this became necessary, arising from the sin of Adam and Eve in Eden.
Sermon: The beginning of all our woe
In this sermon I reflect on the way in which kingship was understood in some crucial passages of the Old Testament, and in particular, the story of Ahab and Naboth’s vineyard, and what this teaches us of the limits which were placed on kings in Israel, and on governments everywhere.
Sermon: The limits of Government
This Easter sermon reminds us of the hope we have of the resurrection, which is the sure remedy against the fear of death. The resurrection of Jesus is our guarantee of immortality in resurrection, since all those who are his, who are joined to him in faith, will share the same blessing of resurrection which he has already been granted by God.
Sermon: The resurrection of the dead
The work we do in everyday life is important to God. As Christians we should seek empowerment for our daily work from the Spirit of God who works in and through us in our tasks of caring for the creation and for each other as the stewards of God.
Sermon: Sewing and Sowing in the Spirit
Much of the discussion about “spiritual warfare” is based on what we read in Ephesians 6 about the spiritual armour described by Paul. But if we look at what he says against the background of the Old Testament, we get quite a different perspective.
Sermon: Put on the whole armour of God
This short piece looks at a little of what we learn about the Kingdom of God from the Old Testament.
Sermon: Looking for the kingdom coming
What we believe about creation, and in particular, the first few chapters of Genesis, governs much of what we believe about the Christian life. It is critical that we read these chapters carefully to see what they are saying to us. The most important message they have is to situate us in our context, and to point out what it is we are to being doing, living as the stewards of God’s good creation. In many ways, the creation is waiting for us to step up to our responsibilities.
Sermon: Creation waits
In baptism we confess the grace of God who has brought us into the community of faith, and our identity as believers is expressed through baptism.
In Hebrews 11 we read about the faith of many of the forerunners of the gospel in the Old Testament. Faith has had a hard press in recent times, with it often described as “believing something which you know isn’t true.” But this misunderstands faith – it is not the opposite of knowledge but the opposite of mistrust and cynicism.
Sermon: Faith in the unseen – Hebrews 11