The God who turns things right-side up

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.

Sermon: The God who turns things right side up

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The beginning of all our woe

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

Creation waits

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

Faith in the unseen – Hebrews 11

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