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

Mar 9, 2019

Focus readings: a. Deuteronomy 26:1-11 a. Deuteronomy 26:1-11 b. Romans 10:8b-13 c. Luke 4:1-13

sorry about the length this week!!

Like many of you when I grew up I was heavily influenced by the idea that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for my sins, who’s death on the cross “paid the price” for my sin and the sin...

Feb 25, 2019

Key Reading : 1 Corinthians 15:35–38, 42–50, 57-58 (see also Lk 6:27-38.)

Some parts of Paul's letters are difficult to interpret. 1 Cor 15 is no exception especially when Paul starts talking about "physical" and "spiritual" bodies in the resurrection. When we are all raised to new life Paul says we will all have...

Feb 25, 2019

Focus readings: 1 Corinthians 15:12–20, Luke 6:17–26

There is a temptation to see today’s readings as being about life beyond this life, or about what happens in some far but glorious future. The Corinthians reading is focussed on the future and the resurrection of the dead at the end of time. Jesus’ words about...

Feb 11, 2019

Focus Reading: 1 Cor 12:31b-14:1a  (1 Cor 13)

I Corinthians is a book of the Bible all about a divided church which does not understand that its unity is not in the gifts or clever and eloquent words or even in self sacrificing service. Their unity is in Jesus who is the head of the body the source through the spirit of...

Feb 11, 2019

Focus readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19;1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

Today’s Psalm describes the Law as being sweeter than honey from the comb. That sounds strange but when the Bible talks about the Law it's talking about much more than the Rules that we find in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. The Law the...