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

The whole armor of God! A reflection on Ephesians 6.10-20

Jun 27, 2020


I’ve no idea what Charles is preaching on this Sunday so this is a personal reflection on the passage he has chosen Ephesians 6:10-20. It is a passage about Spiritual warfare and how you can defend yourselves from the enemy with the armour of God. I think we are always in a spiritual...

Jun 26, 2020

“and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”” (Matthew 10:42, NRSV)

Matthew 10:40-42 is a strange and powerful passage! It essentially says that any Christian who goes anywhere consciously in the name of...

Jun 16, 2020

This week the Uniting Church will be 43 years old. So for today I am reprinting a short talk I gave at the 40th anniversary in Toowoomba.
Uc Anniversary
The overriding idea is that the church exists to proclaim the word of salvation to all people. This was the vision which sparked the uniting church off. I don't know if we have the...

Jun 13, 2020

As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (Matthew 10:7, NRSV)

Matthew 10.7

“The Kingdom of Heaven/God has come near,” would have been a radical thing for Jesus and the Disciples to say. When the disciples entered a village and said “the Kingdom of God has come near”. It would have...

Jun 5, 2020

Focus readings: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20

The Trinity is a difficult concept to understand. How can God be one and three at the same time. While the Trinity did not become "official" until about 300 years after Jesus, today’s readings show us that this way of understanding God had already begun among...