Seeing and Believing

Luke 17.11-19 Introduction That great figure of the Reformation, Martin Luther, was once asked to describe the nature of true worship. He answered: the tenth leper turning back. Often when people talk about today’s gospel reading they focus on the importance of gratitude – I’ve done this myself before. But today I want to focus … Continue reading Seeing and Believing

What are your priorities?

Deuteronomy 30.15-20 / Luke 14.25-33 Good news and context When I was training to be an LLM I was given lots of good advice about preaching but two things in particular have stayed in my mind. One is, always look for the good news as that’s what the gospel is all about. The other is, … Continue reading What are your priorities?

Faith

Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16 Proper 14 / 8th Sunday after Trinity Introduction As some of you may know I have a flock of hens in my back garden. I find it fascinating to watch them going about their daily lives – they’re a lot more interesting and complicated than many people think. However, although hens have … Continue reading Faith

Yoked Together

A talk at Morning Prayer on 17th July 2019 Matthew 11.28-30 Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for … Continue reading Yoked Together

My Brother’s Keeper?

Deuteronomy 30.9-14 / Colossians 1.1-14 / Luke 10.25-37 Who are we? Who are they? If I asked you to describe yourself in just one word, which one would you choose? It’s a hard thing to do because we’re complicated people and we probably want to use many words to describe ourselves at different times. But … Continue reading My Brother’s Keeper?

Gathering the Scattered Ones

GENESIS 11.1-9 / Acts 2.1-21 / John 14.8-17 The Day of Pentecost When we say, “Come, Holy Spirit” what do we think will happen? What are we expecting? What are we hoping for? Perhaps a warm fuzzy feeling, maybe some divine inspiration, a little more confidence in our faith? When the Holy Spirit came to … Continue reading Gathering the Scattered Ones

Holiness

A talk at Morning Prayer on the 22nd May 2019 Do you have comments or questions about this post? Please comment below! Deuteronomy 18.9-22 / 1 Peter 2.1-10 Set Apart The common theme running through our two readings this morning is holiness. To be holy is to be set apart, to be different, to be … Continue reading Holiness

Picture showing a menorah with burning candles to celebrate Hanukkah

The Importance of Temples

John 10.22-30 This is not going to be a sermon about sheep. We hear a lot about sheep in the Bible, and they make for a good metaphor, but I want to talk about temples. HANUKKAH You see, I think it’s important that our gospel reading begins by mentioning the feast of the dedication, which … Continue reading The Importance of Temples

Embroidered cross with the words of Song of Solomon chapter 3 verse 4

A Love Song

Song of Solomon 3 / Matthew 28.16-end A talk for Morning Prayer on Wednesday of Easter Week Human Love We don’t hear much about the Song of Solomon in church. It’s a bit too romantic and passionate; even, if I dare use the word here, sexy. We hear it read at weddings a lot, and … Continue reading A Love Song