Remember War, Make Peace

Isaiah 65.17-25 / James 3.13-18 / Luke 6.27-38 A Tale of Two Mothers Two mothers tell their stories. “I’m an Iraqi mother. I was full of joy each time I had a child. But I’ve wept so many tears for them. I lost my first son when he was sent to fight against Iran. He … Continue reading Remember War, Make Peace

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

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?

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