Tag Archives: death

Sermon: Relying on Holy Wisdom

I know that this is true, that God can give us wisdom as a gift, because I became a minister in my early thirties, and even now, fifteen years later, I am still much younger than most of this congregation. Yet every week I stand up and preach to people who in some cases have exactly twice as much life experience as I have. Continue reading

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Sermon: A quieter Pentecost

There is no wrong way to feel when people we love have died. But my prayer whenever I sit by the side of the dying is that they may go gently and peacefully into the loving hands of God, and I believe with every fibre of my being that as we say good-bye to someone we love we are giving them into the arms of the God who has loved them all the days of their lives and who continues to love them after death. Continue reading

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Sermon: Don’t blame the victim

Reflection for North Balwyn Uniting ChurchThird Sunday of Lent, 20th of March, 2020 Isaiah 55:1-9Luke 13:1-9 Humans have a dreadful tendency, in our need to make sense of life, to blame victims. We tend to see it when a woman … Continue reading

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Reflection: More of the David Soap Opera – rape, rebellion, death, grief.

I think today’s passage is in our lectionary because in the depths of David’s love for Absalom we get a hint of the love God feels for us. Continue reading

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Sermon: The powerlessness and ugliness of God in Jesus

If we ignore the crucifixion’s horror we lose that solidarity between God and suffering humanity. If we make Jesus too attractive and powerful, we might think that ugly, suffering human beings are not part of the world that God so loves. Continue reading

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Sermon: Living in the face of death

I am almost sure that this was not what the writer of the books of Kings intended, but for me today’s story is a parable about love in the face of death. When everything tells us to turn back, not to take the hard journey of love, if we have the courage to continue to love we see a revelation of God. Continue reading

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Covid19 Diary 6

The dead were being raised from their graves! The angels were going to escort the white-robed death up (definitely up, look at all those raised arms and faces) to Jesus in heaven. Continue reading

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Sermon: Life and death and Lazarus

It is a story about death and darkness and mourning; about life and light and rejoicing; and so it is an almost uncannily suitable story for us to hear during this pandemic, as the world faces the prospect of thousands upon thousands of deaths from COVID19. Continue reading

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Sermon: Who is welcome? Sinners.

We can come to God with all our messiness and sickness and failure, and know that we are welcome. God’s door is open to us, and all we need to do is walk through it. Our sins are forgiven. Continue reading

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Sermon: Why I disagree with Israel Folau

It is only when we accept that God’s love is for us and for everyone that the news of the empty tomb becomes for us not simply an idle tale but the beginning of new life. Continue reading

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