Sermons

“QUESTIONS?”

“QUESTIONS?” Sunday 27 September 2020 Jesus is sometimes referred to as Rabbi, so it is no surprise that he uses the rabbinic technique of asking questions in order to teach. The opening question, addressed to the chief priests and elders…

“MATTHEW”

“MATTHEW” Sunday 20 September 2020 Don’t you think it is a peculiar expression – patronal feast. It’s not something that runs off the tongues of most Australians very easily. But it is not an expression that should be totally unfamiliar…

“FORGIVENESS”

“FORGIVENESS” Sunday 13 September 2020 I’m sure that many of you can remember the coordinated bombings on the public transport system in London on 7 July 2005. They remain in my memory because my mother and sister were on holiday…

“REMEMBER”

“REMEMBER” Sunday 6 September 2020 The Bible is full of instances where God is seen to be giving instructions to some chosen mouthpiece as to something that God is not happy with or that God wants to be done. I…

“HOLY”

“HOLY” Sunday 30 August 2020 The saying: “Familiarity breeds contempt” is basically self-fulfilling. We are so familiar with it that we tend to regard it as some sort of cliché. Cliché or not, I think the saying is all too…

“DO IT”

“DO IT” Sunday 23 August 2020 One of the complaints of feminist biblical scholars and theologians is that the voice of women is often silenced in the Bible. They suggest that the Bible is written from within a patriarchal society…

“PUPPIES”

“PUPPIES”   Sunday 16 August 2020   This morning’s gospel reading provides us with a very complex task of interpretation. The story we are told is complex in itself and it contains images that we sometimes struggle to associate with…

“SINKING”

“SINKING” Sunday 9 August 2020 The personality of Peter the Apostle at as it emerges in the Gospels is interesting indeed. You can almost always rely on him to jump in head first where others feared to tread. Or, as…

“WRESTLING”

“WRESTLING” Sunday 2 August 2020 What do you think of when you hear reference to “wrestling”? Do you think of the razzamatazz of the various iterations of professional wrestling that take place in large stadiums, with exotically costumed male and…

“PARABLES”

“PARABLES” Sunday 26 July 2020 Before we consider the contents of the Gospel reading from today, I think, from past experience, that we need to settle two questions first. We will be considering today what are commonly referred to as…