Category Archives: Sermons

Lectionary Sermon for 14 May 2017 (Easter 5A) on John 14:1-14

It seems to me that there is always a danger that we risk turning our faith into something that sounds so spiritual and religious that it doesn’t have much to do with real life. For those of us who are attracted … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 23 April 2017 ( Year A Easter 2) on John 20: 19-31

The expression “Doubting Thomas” is traditionally used to heap scorn on those who question some aspect of faith. Yet I want to suggest this does a disservice to Thomas and even a disservice to those who want to question what is important about … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Good Friday Year A (14 April 2017) on selected passages from John Chs18 -19

Thoughts on Shifting the Wall There was unintentional irony in the place chosen for Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus had spent much of his mission identifying and breaking down the walls between people, and there he was, being crucified at Golgotha just … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 4, Year A, 26 March 2017 on John 9:1-41

Here we have a miracle story which worries many educated Church goers with good reason in that, at least as far as the modern mind is concerned, in the real world, nature is just not like that. Blind people may … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 3 A : 19 March 2017 on John 4:5-42

At a recent meeting of the South Auckland Writers’ Group a pleasant young Indian woman recounted how the day after the Twin Towers event she had encountered an abrupt and unpleasant change towards her from now suspicious classmates and teachers. … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 19 February 2017 on Matthew 5:38-48

When it comes to following Jesus, sorting out the detail of belief may have to take second place to reorienting our attitudes and actions, particularly if we are expecting to be numbered among those who think of themselves as potential … Continue reading

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Sermon for 29 January 2017 on Matthew 5:1-12

ADDRESS   I want to start with a confession. I guess I have become so accustomed to the very familiar passages in the New Testament that I keep forgetting how far we as a Church may have drifted in intention from … Continue reading

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