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

Mar 30, 2011

Focus reading: John 11:1-45

This week I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to do a narrative sermon. I will play the part of Lazarus, the friend Jesus raises from the dead in the story of John 11. Along the way I will reflect on who Jesus is and what life itself means. I try to reflect the kind...

Mar 24, 2011

Focus reading: John 9:1-42

All of us have blind spots about people. There are some groups of people who we don’t like or trust or look down on. Often this is quite irrational. I sometimes joke to Heather that people who have designer wall rugs "will be the first people lined up against the wall when the...

Mar 17, 2011

Focus reading: John 4:5-42

It’s hard to see just how amazing the events of today’s Bible story are. So what if Jesus talks to a woman at a well and tells her that she’s been married five times. If it was me I don’t think I’d run into town and tell everyone I’d met the most important person in history, the...

Mar 6, 2011

Focus reading: John 3:1-17 Presented @ St Stephen's Toowoomba 6 March 2011

I'm terrible at asking for help! In this I guess I'm like a lot of people. Most people would rather do things themselves than ask for help. More than that when we hear something is for free we tend to be suspicious and ask "What's the catch?" We...

Mar 3, 2011

Focus reading: Matthew 4:1-11


We all face temptation and we all give into it at least sometimes. The great temptation when we see this story about Jesus is to see it as primarily a set of principals to follow to help us to resist temptation. That's OK if you are good and never give in, but all of us sometimes...