Tag Archives: giving

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

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For the newsletter: Let your light shine

Have you heard of ‘virtue signalling? The British journalist and author James Bartholomew claims to have coined it in The Spectator in 2015 after realising that Victorians gave much more to charity than contemporary British people do. He says that … Continue reading

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The Joy of Giving at Christmas (and I’m serious about that title)

I may pretend I’m a ‘Bah! Humbug!’ Scrooge, but, really, I’m the Scrooge who wakes up on Christmas morning and goes on a massive shopping spree. Continue reading

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Sermon: Giving ourselves, being with God

Sermon for Williamstown Uniting Church – Electra Street 28th of July 2013 Giving Ourselves 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Colossians 3:12-17 John 13:34-35 Today is the fourth and last week in our month of ‘giving’ services. So far this month we’ve looked … Continue reading

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Reflection: Practicing Sabbath

Sermon for Williamstown Uniting Church Giving our time and talents Achenkirche, Austria. A place where I found it easy to worship and rest. Leviticus 23:1-3 Acts 3:1-10 Luke 6:43-45 This is the second week in our month-long reflection on the … Continue reading

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Reflection: In which Avril has an epiphany and decides to tithe

Not so much a sermon as a meandering reflection on Christian attitudes to money, with possibly some over-sharing on my part. 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Luke 12:13-21 Earlier this week I had an epiphany; a sudden realisation about the way in … Continue reading

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