Category: Sermons


The end of Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship in Zimbabwe was greeted with acclaim, because, amongst many other things, people were tired of violence perpetrated by the Mugabe regime. The death penalty has not been used in Zimbabwe since 2005, but there have been significant numbers of what are euphemistically described as extra-judicial killings. There has also […]

The Sheep and the Goats

Matthew 25:31-46 Genesis 18:23-33 Colossians 3:12-17 A young couple invited their minister for dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. “Goat,” the little boy replied. “Goat?” replied the startled minister, “are you sure about that?” “Yep,” said the youngster. “I heard Dad say […]


In social media there is a trend for moaning about trivial things. In the last few years, in recognition of our triviality in the west in comparison with the problems of the developing world, it has now become a new trend: when people post about a trivial irk of theirs they follow it up with […]

Commitment for Life

Ruth 1:16-18 Mark 12:41-44 ‘Commitment for Life’: three words that to many people simply mean the United Reformed Church’s world development programme. But if you met those words outside that context, most of us would probably run a mile. Who wants to be committed to something for life? No right thinking advertiser would think of […]

Building with the Lord

Joel 2:21-29 Luke 4:14-21 145 years ago our ancestors laid the foundation stone of this edifice. The fourth building we’ve occupied, and one designed and located to tell the world that we’re a true church with a permanent presence. There can be a tendency on a Church Anniversary to think quite specifically about our building, […]

Why are we here?

Matthew 28:16-20 Last year I said that I hoped this would be our last Church Anniversary, not because we’d have closed, but because I hoped we might have united with Farnham Methodist Church, and become one new church. If only we’d been able to hold our Church meeting a few weeks ago, I might have […]

Changing your mind?

Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 4:18-22 Don’t be afraid to change your mind. Often the message of preachers is that we need to be firm in our faith, strong in our belief, and sure of where we stand what we believe. Popular culture, also, is against changing your mind. You may think today’s newspapers are bad, but […]

Joining in with God

Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 Driving in Florence turned out to be a little traumatic. We’d taken the Eurostar to Paris, dined well, and caught the overnight sleeper to Florence. Sleeper was a little bit too optimistic a description for that experience. We were frightened of oversleeping and ending up in Rome, […]