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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

Jun 21, 2019

Focus Readings Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5 b. John 16:12-15


Today is Trinity Sunday. Sometimes people say that the doctrine of the Trinity is an abstract bit of theology invented by theologians. The truth is that it was actually the way the early church experienced God. They knew God as the Father in Heaven, God as one of...


Jun 21, 2019

Focus Reading Acts 2:1-21

When the Spirit is poured out in the Acts reading, the disciples begin to speak in other languages. The Jewish people gathered from all around the world for the Festival, probably spoke common Greek and they all would have known a little Hebrew, but their day to day language would have been the...


May 29, 2019

Focus Reading Jn 17:20-26 

John should have been a home shopping marketer! When we read some of the longer passages in John's gospel we hear Jesus and John, say something, then say it again and repeat it and so on. It's like those old TV ads. In Australia there was a telemarketing group called Demtel and the face of...


May 22, 2019

Focus reading: Rev 21:10, 21:22-22:5

In the history of our faith, God has been with people in lots of different ways.  In the Old Testament God was with people in some dramatic ways but it always seemed to be the select few and even then God was never with people face to face. In the New Testament, God was seen to be...


May 15, 2019

Focus readings: Rev 21:1-6 & John 13:31–35 

In 2016 I wrote:

It is just over 100 years since  men landed on the beaches of Gallipoli and began laying down their lives for the sake of others. At a time like this it is tempting to glorify war. There was nothing glorious about World War 1. It was all about great imperial...