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

Jesus tempted in the wilderness

Opportunity Beckons

Luke 4.1-13 Introduction So, we have reached the season of Lent. We might see this time as a kind of spiritual detox, where we give up chocolate and pray a lot instead. Or we might see it as a drudge, or a duty, or just as irrelevant. Or we might think it’s all a bit … Continue reading Opportunity Beckons

A fisherman casting a net towards a crowd of people

Encounters with Glory

Isaiah 6.1-8(9-13) / 1 Corinthians 15.1-11 / Luke 5.1-11 Introduction On Wednesday I was driving into Cambridge early in the morning when, as I waited in the inevitable rush hour traffic jam on Madingley Road, I suddenly noticed that my fuel gauge was well into the red zone. Immediately I was anxiously watching the miles … Continue reading Encounters with Glory

Wedding at Cana

John 2.1-11 This is a sermon preached 6 years ago when I was first starting out as a Licensed Lay Minister/Reader. There’s an old Jewish saying that goes, “Without wine there is no joy”, and I’m sure many people would say ”hear, hear” to that! In today’s Gospel reading we heard the familiar story of … Continue reading Wedding at Cana

Baptism of Christ

Isaiah 43.1-7 / Luke 3.15-17, 21-2   When looking at today’s gospel reading the question that stuck in my mind was: “Why does it matter that Jesus was baptised?” It’s a very short story here but Luke obviously thought it was important enough to include, so there must be some purpose to it other than … Continue reading Baptism of Christ