Category Archives: Christianity

Lectionary Sermon 8 September 2019 (Year C) Luke 14:25-33

The Embarrassing Side of the Ledger When Karen Armstrong, one of the most respected modern theologians and specialists in comparative religion, was speaking about her latest book “ The Lost Art of Scripture” she said “there’s a lot of bad … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 1 September 2019 on Luke 14:1,7-14

On Taking the Message Seriously While most Christians claim to believe that Jesus was the way, the truth and the life, in reality, followers who genuinely try to follow his teaching tend to be so far out of step with … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 25 August 2019 (year c) on Luke 13: 10 – 17

The Modern Sceptic and the Miracles from Yesterday Are we meant to simply praise or worship Jesus for his words and actions – or do we ourselves expect to be challenged by what he is reported to have said or … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 18 August 2019 (Year C) on Luke 12:49-56

An Unvarnished Truth A Bible quiz question: in terms of the total pages written, which New Testament author wrote the most? No not Paul! Luke as the only systematic historian of the emerging Christian Church with his detailed “Acts of … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 11 August 2019 on Luke 12:32-40

I have heard it argued that the typical obsession with gathering possessions and money is to somehow put off the risks involved in growing older. And yet as people approach the end of their lives, all those possessions and even … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon 28 July 2019 (Year C) on Luke 11:1-13

Jesus on Prayer Perhaps like me you have come across the statement: “Prayer doesn’t change things. Prayer changes people and people change things”. A fine sentiment, but perhaps it leaves out one factor. Prayer can only find its meaning for … Continue reading

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Sermon for 21 July 2019 on Luke 10:38-42 (48 C, Pentecost 6)

Mary and Martha Reconsidered For such a fleeting encounter with Jesus, Mary and Martha get an incredible pulpit exposure. Last time I put “Mary and Martha” into Google I discovered that there were then more than 55,800,000 references including quite … Continue reading

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