Category: Sermons

Silver spoons

Romans 9:1-5 I used to envy those who appeared to have been born with silver spoons in their mouths. They had everything going for them, they didn’t want for anything, and their life-style always seemed to me to be exotic and sophisticated. But as I’ve grown older I’ve discovered that such people are no happier […]

Charging our batteries

Matthew 14:13-21 It was a miniature golf course, on a brutally hot day, when I saw a father on his own with three children. “Who’s winning?” I asked cheerfully. “I am” said one child. “No, I am” said another. “No,” the father said “their mother is!” There comes a time, I think, when most people […]

We have an obligation

Romans 8:12-25 As some of you know, my mother-in-law was a doctor. I think it’s fair to say that she more than enough paper and pens in her house supplied by drug companies to see out most of. And mugs. And sponges and brushes. Once drug companies started giving doctors long golfing holidays in sunny […]

The awkward one

Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 I’m sure I’m not alone in having had that experience when someone on another table in the pub or restaurant, or on the train (most often in the quiet coach!) holds forth very loudly and at great length, so that the whole room can hear what he or she is saying. […]

There is no condemnation

Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-23 As some of you know, I really rather enjoy word puzzles, most especially the cryptic crossword. Although I enjoy them, I don’t always succeed with them, but I enjoy puzzling over them and having a go. At least with a cryptic crossword, you know when you’ve got the answer right. Another […]


Psalm 145:8-15 Matthew 11:25-30 He spent his youth, like so many other young people, in the restless pursuit of pleasure. He studied at university, he went to plenty of wild and generous parties, he got drunk quite a lot quite often, and of course he chased women. He had a long-term mistress, and he was […]

The challenge of welcome

Matthew 10:40-42 Exodus 22:21-23 Hebrews 13:1-2 There is a well-known story about two British sailors who, finding themselves at a loose end in Copenhagen on a Sunday morning, decide to go to church. Being unfamiliar with Lutheran services and speaking no Danish, they spot a young man sitting in front of them and they decide […]

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 […]