Merry Christmas! This is the sermon I delivered at Midnight Communion at Putney Methodist Church. The texts were Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-14. One of the pleasures of Advent for me every year is to tell the stories of the season to children in schools and in our churches. To talk about our advent traditions, our … Continue reading “How silently, how silently”
Amid the excitement of advent and the busy activity of nativity plays and carol concerts, it is good sometimes to reflect more deeply on what our Biblical texts actually tell us about the birth of Jesus. To think about how the two different evangelists who chose to write about Christ’s nativity presented their material. What … Continue reading Looking backwards and forwards in Luke
This is a personal review of a recent resource produced by the Bible Society called 'The Bible Course'. I hope it's helpful to others either considering running it, or those looking for new teaching material for their churches. The problem One of the greatest challenges I face as a preacher and small group leader is … Continue reading The Bible Course: a review
This is the sermon I preached today at Putney Methodist Church. It is Advent Sunday today, traditionally the start of the Christian liturgical year. The set readings were Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” (Luke 21:25) Our readings this morning are a vivid reminder that … Continue reading Our everyday (Advent) God
This is the sermon I preached at Putney Methodist Church on Sunday, 25 November. This is the Sunday usually called 'Christ the King' in the Christian calendar. It is the day when we reflect on the Kingdom of God, about which Jesus preached so often, and what it means for us as Jesus' followers to … Continue reading Not fake news, but good news!
Are these the 'end times'? Despite appearances, probably not! This is the sermon I preached today about some of the apocalyptic writings we find in our Bible, at Barnes Methodist Church. The texts were: Daniel 12:1-13 and Mark 13:1-8. Introduction “There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first … Continue reading Texts for troubling times
This is the sermon I delivered today at Putney Methodist Church. Today is Remembrance Sunday and, of course, the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One. The set texts were: Micah 4:1-7 and John 15:9-17. As a church here in Putney, we should be very grateful to one of our members for his … Continue reading Have we been moved?
Can some of the most ancient texts in our Bible still speak to our modern culture about the need for rest and renewal? Over the last few months, I have explored with various congregations in my area the meaning and importance of ‘the Sabbath’. This is a concept referred to throughout our scriptures, which has … Continue reading Sabbath rest
This is the sermon I preached today at Holy Trinity Roehampton Anglican Church, part of the Roehampton Ecumenical Parish. The set texts for this this day were Hebrews 5:1-10 and Mark 10:35-40. It was inspired, though, by the recent canonisation of the Central American priest and martyr Oscar Romero. James and John in our lesson … Continue reading Oscar Romero: an outspoken saint
This is the sermon I delivered at Barnes Methodist Church on Prison Sunday. This is the Sunday each year that churches of all denominations are invited to reflect upon the life and work of our prisons, and all those affected by crime - both victims and perpetrators. Introduction On this Prison Sunday, there are many text … Continue reading Forgiveness and repentance