Category: Sermons

The best father

Genesis 1: 1–2:4a Matthew 6: 24-34 An educational psychologist got on the train home to Edinburgh, and began preparing notes for a seminar. An elderly lady sat next to him, and explained that she was returning home after two weeks visiting her six children, 18 grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. When she discovered she was sitting […]

What shall we name God?

John 16:12-15 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Names come and go. A century ago my predecessors were baptising plenty of children called Ada, Esme, Edith, and Agnes; and Tom, Fred, Arthur, and Alfred. Thirty years ago, there were plenty of children called Gary, Jason, Kylie, and Tracey. Now it’s Tom and Jack, Olivia and Emily; not forgetting […]

The unknown God?

Acts 17:22-34 John 14:15-21 Conspiracy theories abound. There are people who believe that the moon landings were faked in television studios. I can remember seeing moon rock when I was an undergraduate in the Geology Department at Durham University, and seeing how they examined made me reasonably confident it was what it claimed to be. […]

The radical sower

When you the parable of the sower, I wonder what picture comes into your mind? I’ve always seen someone walking along with a basket of seeds, scattering handfuls of them. I wonder what the parable means to you? I’ve often heard this parable explained in a spiritual way, the idea being that the way people […]

Is there any point in eco-church?

2 Chronicles 7:12-14 Romans 8:18-25 I wonder what you put in your dustbins? Recently Waverley Council employed a couple of people to come around and put stickers on the grey bins reminding us not to put food waste in them, leaving us a few disposable bags. Clearly not enough people have been using their food […]

Your will be done, on earth as in heaven

Genesis 45:4-8 Romans 8:26-28 I’m, sure we’ve all encountered the story of Joseph and his brothers. It’s a family story, so it’s about misunderstanding, envy, and violence. Young Joseph antagonized his older brothers, and was daddy’s favourite. And those dreams! To cut a long story short, the brother’s faked Joseph’s death, and sold him into […]