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Sermon: With gentleness and reverence
I have also found it incredibly heartening to hear why these people believe that they have been called into ministry in the Uniting Church. Most often, they talk of the inclusivity of the Uniting Church, of our diversity, of the way in which we respect each other’s differences and do not demand that everyone follow our way of being Christian. We are an entire Church that shares our faith ‘with gentleness and reverence’; that seeks to find common ground between us and those who are not Christian. Continue reading
Posted in Sermons Tagged Acts 17:22-31, Apostle Paul, Areopagus, culture, Easter 6, ministry, preaching, Roman Empire, Year of Matthew 1 Comment
Sermon: Salvation and Liberation
God’s love does not save us from suffering. God’s love does, however, accompany us as we suffer. God suffers with us. Continue reading
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Sermon: The Unexpected Lydia
One of the reasons for declining church membership is simply that in twenty-first century Australia there is declining membership of everything. But unlike unions, sports clubs, and political parties, churches believe that we have God on our side, which leaves us with Judas’ question: ‘Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?’ Continue reading
Posted in Sermons Tagged Acts 16:9-15, Apostle Paul, Book of Acts, Farewell Discourse, John 14:23-39, Lydia, women in the bible, Year of Luke Leave a comment
Sermon: Thank goodness for Peter
There is a lovely line in a poem called A Vision of Piers Plowman, written in about 1400 by a man called William Langland: ‘And all the wickedness in this world that man might work or think/Is no more to the mercy of God than a live coal in the sea.’ That is what this epilogue to the Gospel according to John tells us; no human crime, sin or failing can outweigh the graciousness of God. Continue reading
Posted in Sermons Tagged A Vision of Piers Plowman, Acts 9:1-20, Apostle Paul, Apostle Peter, Easter 3, forgiveness, John 21:1-19 1 Comment
Sermon: Is the poor widow a good example or an awful warning?
If we read the story this way, then Jesus’ attitude to the widow’s gift is disapproval rather than admiration. The story is not about the difference between arrogant scribes and poor widows, or about the relative value of the gifts of the rich and the poor. Instead, it is an example of the ways that the official religion of the time was oppressing the poorest members of society. Continue reading
Posted in Sermons Tagged Apostle Paul, giving, Mark 12:38-44, Poverty, rich and poor, sacrifice, widow's mite, widows, Year of Mark 1 Comment
Sermon: Freedom, love, covid19 … and Margaret Court
Commentators from outside Melbourne were appalled that we were willing to follow such draconian rules and accused us of having Stockholm Syndrome. It was not Stockholm Syndrome. It was love. Continue reading
Posted in Sermons Tagged 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Apostle Paul, covid19, Freedom, love, Margaret Court, Mark 1:21-28, religious freedom Leave a comment
Reflection: What is that ‘wedding robe’ all about?
I hope that I have made it clear that while Matthew and Paul might disagree on the route of the journey, they are in full agreement about the destination. Continue reading
Posted in Sermons Tagged Apostle Paul, feasting, good works, Joy, kingdom of heaven, Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Salvation, Year of Matthew Leave a comment
Reflection: Matthew versus Paul?
Matthew and Paul might have vehemently disagreed about whether we need to obey the Torah, whether we had freedom from the Law, but when it comes to how we should live they are in complete agreement. We are to love one another. Continue reading
Reflection: From prison comes joy
Reflection for North Balwyn Uniting Church27th of September, 2020 Matthew 21:23-32Philippians 2:1-13 Between last week’s reading from the Gospel according to Matthew, when Jesus told those around him the parable of merciful employer, and this week’s reading, in which there … Continue reading
Posted in Sermons Tagged Apostle Paul, humility, imprisonment, Joy, Letter to the Philippians, lockdown, Matthew 21:23-32, Philippians 2:1-13 1 Comment
Reflection: To argue or not to argue?
Reading this passage, we might think that we are left with a church in which nothing is to be condemned. However, compare today’s reading with Paul’s response to another question about food, the question of whether Jews and Gentiles can eat together. Continue reading