Being Beloved

A sermon for Morning Prayer, 19th February 2020 Psalm 72 / James 1.19-27 / Mark 8.22-26 Introduction A friend of mine has been having a difficult time recently and ended up in hospital for two weeks. She’s now back home and getting better but it was a massive shock to her and her family. A … Continue reading Being Beloved

Salt and Light

Isaiah 58.1-9a / Matthew 5.13-20 Introduction A story is told about a church that was having a special Saturday night service. Towards the end of the service a thunderstorm unleashed a bolt of lightning that plunged the building into darkness. So, the minister carefully felt his way through the church to find some candles and … Continue reading Salt and Light

Fruit of the Spirit: Reflections on Growing in Christ

My book 'Fruit of the Spirit: Reflections on Growing in Christ' is now available on Amazon! How can we grow to become more like Christ? Is it just a matter of keeping rules or is there a better way? This collection of reflections on Christian life and growth explores each aspect of the fruit of … Continue reading Fruit of the Spirit: Reflections on Growing in Christ

‘Why do you come to me?’ The Baptism of Christ

Matthew 3.13-17 Jesus came to John to be baptised. John tried to stop him, saying, ‘Why do you come to me to be baptised?’. What kind of world - and what kind of God? This year has got off to a difficult start. Wildfires in Australia have burnt an area almost the size of Ireland, … Continue reading ‘Why do you come to me?’ The Baptism of Christ

Judgement (don’t run away!)

A talk at Morning Prayer on 18th December 2019 Jeremiah 23.1-8 / Matthew 17.14-21 One of the four traditional themes of Advent is judgement, and specifically God’s judgement at the end of time. It’s not a fashionable thing to talk about in many church circles and I can see why. The idea of judgement can … Continue reading Judgement (don’t run away!)

John the Baptist

Isaiah 11.1-10 / Matthew 3.1-12 2nd Sunday of Advent / Year A Elections I’ve heard a rumour that there’s some kind of election coming up. I don’t want to speculate on what the result will be, but in this country, when there’s a change of government the changeover is instant. On polling day itself there … Continue reading John the Baptist

A Royal Priesthood

Isaiah 6.1-8 / 1 Peter 2.1-10, 25 A talk given at Morning Prayer, 27th November 2019 Being a priest - not just for those in funny collars I know that we all have things that we find difficult to understand, and I’m sure that there are things I think I understand but have completely wrong. … Continue reading A Royal Priesthood