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Sermon 7 August 2022
The surprising reversal of the kingdom of God 
August 07, 2022
Sermon 31 July 2022
A reading of my Sunday Bible blog entry for the Gospel text for this week. What makes a person a fool?
July 31, 2022
Sermon 24 July 2022
What does Jesus mean when he says ask and you shall receive? What is prayer?
July 24, 2022
Sermon 17 July 2022
What if we treated the Martha and Mary story differently? What if we saw them as exemplars of the duality within each person?
July 17, 2022
Sermon 10 July 2022
This is not the story of the Good Samaritan. It is the story of the Ordinary Samaritan, the Hollow Men, and the Wrong Direction 
July 10, 2022
Sermon 3 July 2022
Another reading on first-century discipleship that needs translation to the twenty-first century. The base unit of first-century life was the family, the base unit of twenty-first-century life is the individual.
July 03, 2022
Sermon 26 June 2022
Jesus, in the reading for this week, Luke 9:51-62 is talking about living in fear
June 26, 2022
Sermon 19 June 2022
Jesus goes to the region of the Gerasenes. there he deals with possession, oppression and occupation.
June 19, 2022
Sermon 5 June 2022
What can the Day of Pentecost mean today?
June 05, 2022
Sermon 29 May 2022
The last part of Jesus's prayer in John 17 is about unity and oneness. What does that look like for us?
May 29, 2022
Sermon 15 May 2022
The New Commandment in Jon's Gospel, why did Jesus call it a commandment and why new?
May 15, 2022
Sermon 8 May 2022
'My sheep hear my voice.' What does it mean to hear Jesus's voice?
May 08, 2022
That was my last sermon, for a while
I'll be posting less often on this podcast as I won't be preaching weekly for a little while. I'm continuing to write about the week's lectionary reading at
April 12, 2022
Sermon 3 April 2022
What should we make of Mary anointing Jesus with precious perfume?
April 03, 2022
Sermon 27 March 2022
The story of the prodigal father 
March 27, 2022
Sermon 20 March 2022
What does Jesus mean when he tells his listeners: "unless you repent, you will all perish as they did"?
March 20, 2022
Sermon 13 March 2022
A tale of two cities in the second Sunday of Lent
March 13, 2022
Sermon 6 March 2022
The first week of Lent. How might we read the temptation of Christ for our time?
March 06, 2022
Sermon 27 February 2022
The Transfiguration is a model for epiphanies 
February 27, 2022
Sermon 20 February 2022
What was Jesus reaching for when he said, "love your enemies"?
February 20, 2022
Sermon 13 February 2022
In Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, Jesus speaks to a deep truth about humanity
February 13, 2022
Sermon 2 February 2022
Jesus calls his disciples in Luke's gospel into a whole new world
February 06, 2022
Sermon 30 January 2022
Jesus is presented at the Temple. Clayton Wesley rededicates its sculpture of the event. And we talk about ritual. 
January 30, 2022
Sermon 23 January 2022
Jesus uses the words of Isaiah as his first words, his manifesto
January 23, 2022
Sermon 16 January 2022
The Gospel of John says that Jesus turning the water to wine is a sign. What does that mean?
January 16, 2022
Sermon 9 January 2022
A way of thinking about the strange story of the wise men at Epiphany 
January 09, 2022
Sermon 26 December 2021
The twelve-year-old Jesus is at the temple, growing in wisdom. How might we do the same?
December 26, 2021
Sermon 25 December 2021
Luke’s story of Jesus begins with a shock: it’s for everyone!
December 25, 2021
Sermon 19 December 2021
What if we saw ourselves in Elizabeth and Mary?
December 19, 2021
Sermon 12 December 2021
What should we do? This people asked John the Baptist. His answer? Be human.
December 13, 2021
Sermon 5 December 2021
"The word of God comes to John." This simple statement is the beginning of a revolution
December 05, 2021
Sermon 28 November 2021
The first Sunday of Advent and we get more about the destruction of the world. What is that about?
November 28, 2021
Sermon 21 November 2021
Why is Jesus, in Christ the king Sunday, such a reluctant king?
November 21, 2021
Sermon 14 November 2021
What learning can we take from Mark chapter 13? To know the truth, to beware, and to have hope.
November 14, 2021
Sermon 7 November 2021
The contrast between the rich and the poor in Mark 12:38-44 is also a contrast between the truth and the lie
November 07, 2021
Sermon 31 October 2021
The greatest commandment turns out to be the only one we need
October 31, 2021
Sermon 24 October 2021
There’s more to Bartimaeus seeing than meets the eye
October 24, 2021
Sermon 17 October 2021
What could Jesus possibly mean by telling his followers that they need to the everyone's slave?
October 17, 2021
Sermon 10 October 2021
Why is it impossible for the rich to enter the kingdom of God?
October 10, 2021
Sermon 19 September 2021
Jesus turns the world upside down when calls a child great
September 19, 2021
Sermon 12 September 2021
Take up your cross if you want to follow Jesus? What on earth do we do that?
September 12, 2021
Sermon 5 September 2021
Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman. What good can come out of this horrible story?
September 05, 2021
Sermon 29 August 2021
What is wrong with the washing rituals of the Jews? Why is Jesus so hard on them?
August 29, 2021
Sermon 22 August 2021
The last week of John chapter six and it's all about grace!
August 22, 2021
Sermon 15 August 2021
Why the shocking image of eating Jesus's flesh and drinking his blood? What is Jesus saying?
August 15, 2021
Sermon 8 August 2021
We continue on with Jesus's universalising metaphor of bread of life
August 08, 2021
Sermon 1 August 2021
The story of the feeding of the five thousand continues with Jesus spelling out a radically new and different world.
August 01, 2021
Sermon 25 July 2021
Why is the story of Jesus walking on the sea in a chapter of John that is all about Jesus as the bread of life?
July 24, 2021
Sermon 18 July 2021
What does calling Jesus the good shepherd actually mean for us?
July 18, 2021
Sermon 11 July 2021
The death of John the Baptist. What can we make of it? Why is it in the gospel?
July 11, 2021
Sermon 4 July 2021
A prophet/truth-teller gets no respect in her own home. What are we missing?
July 04, 2021
Sermon 27 June 2021
two stories of women. one inside community and one out and how Jesus meets them
June 27, 2021
Sermon 20 June 2021
Another way to read Jesus calming the storm in Mark's gospel
June 20, 2021
Sermon 13 June 2021
Why did Jesus say the mustard seed is the smallest in the world when it isn't?
June 13, 2021
Sermon 30 May 2021
Why was Nicodemus so literal? What was he missing? 
May 30, 2021
Sermon 23 May 2021
Pentecost is about truth telling in John and in Acts 
May 23, 2021
Sermon 16 May 2021
Trying to make some sense of Jesus final prayer in John 17
May 16, 2021
Sermon 9 May 2021
In this section of his farewell discourse in John’s Gospel, Jesus is concerned with abiding.
May 09, 2021
Sermon 2 May 2021
Jesus is the true vine. It’s all about love and justice in John’s Gospel
May 02, 2021
Sermon 25 April 2021
What did Jesus's audience hear when they heard him say, 'I am the good shepherd'?
April 25, 2021
Sermon 18 April 2021
Why do the Gospel seems to insist on a bodily resurrection?
April 18, 2021
Sermon 4 April 2021
talking again about the resurrection on Easter Day 
April 04, 2021
Sermon 28 March 2021
What was Jesus about when he rode into Jerusalem on a colt?
March 28, 2021
Sermon 21 March 2021
what does it mean to love life and lose it and to hate life and keep it?
March 21, 2021
Sermon 14 March 2021
Looking for deeper meaning in John 3:16
March 14, 2021
Sermon 7 March 2021
John's retelling of Jesus clearing the temple represents a total shift in understanding the centre of the universe and the experience of God. in the sermon I refer to the painting, Christ Overturning the Money Changers’ Table, 1921, by Stanley Spencer. you can find it online.
March 07, 2021
Sermon 28 February 2021
How are we to make sense today of Jesus's call to 'deny ourselves and take up our cross'?
February 28, 2021
Sermon 21 February 2021
What does Jesus' testing in the desert mean for us today, here, at the beginning of the season of Lent?
February 21, 2021
Sermon 7 February 2021
Mark's gospel gives us a glimpse of the kingdom/world of God; the world as God wants it to be
February 07, 2021
Sermon 31 January 2021
Some background on Mark’s Gospel and Jesus driving out an unclean spirit
January 31, 2021
Sermon 24 January 2021
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
January 24, 2021
Sermon 10 January 2021
Why did John baptise Jesus? Why did he baptise anyone for that matter...?
January 10, 2021
Sermon 3 January 2021
The Prologue of John's gospel. What does the gospel mean by the use of the word 'Word'?
January 03, 2021
Sermon 27 December 2020
Simeon and Anna experience something extraordinary in the ordinary. How does that happen?
December 27, 2020
Sermon 25 December 2020
Christmas and the Wise Men. What can we gain from their strange arrival and disappearance?
December 25, 2020
Sermon 20 December 2020
How do we make sense of Mary being visited by an angel?
December 20, 2020
Sermon 13 December 2020
What might it mean that John's Gospel tells us, 'there was a man sent from God, whose name was John'?
December 13, 2020
Sermon 6 December 2020
The first words of the Gospel of Mark are earth shattering in their audacity and breadth 
December 06, 2020
Sermon 29 November 2020
The first Sunday of Advent and we have an apocalyptic reading. What can we take from it?
November 29, 2020
Sermon 15 November 2020
Having another look at the Parable of the Talents. Is there any good news?
November 15, 2020
Sermon 8 November 2020
Why exactly were the foolish bridesmaids foolish?
November 08, 2020
Sermon 1 November 2020
The Beatitudes are not a list of things to do but a window into a world view 
November 01, 2020
Sermon 25 October 2020
How can there be more that one 'greatest commandment'? Jesus is thinking radically different things about the Law
October 25, 2020
Sermon 18 October 2020
A dispute between two divinities, one real and one false. What does it mean for us today?
October 18, 2020
Sermon 11 October 2020
A way into the parable of the wedding feast and the man who doesn’t have the correct outfit. A story of resistance and courage.
October 11, 2020
Sermon 4 October 2020
Jesus breaks the cycle of violence in this week’s reading (sorry for the two week break. I was on holiday)
October 04, 2020
Sermon 13 September 2020
Getting forgiveness sin wrong and what seeing them differently might mean
September 13, 2020
Sermon 6 September 2020
What does it mean to take a bother or sister aside and show them their faults as Matthew's gospel advises?
September 06, 2020
Sermon 30 August 2020
What can we do with Jesus shocking call to ‘take up your cross’? Not much I think…
August 30, 2020
Sermon 23 August 2020
Jesus is in Caesarea Philippi and that matters when he tells the disciples that he is going to build the church 
August 23, 2020
Sermon 16 August 2020
The Canaanite woman is a story that turns her world, Jesus’s world and ours upside down
August 16, 2020
Sermon 9 August 2020
Jesus walks on the sea; Peter walks on water. What’s the difference? And what was Peter doing?
August 09, 2020
Sermon 2 August 2020
What can we take from Jesus feeding the 5000? In what ways are we fed in this story?
August 02, 2020
Sermon 26 July 2020
Jesus’s short parables of the kingdom, what do they have in common?
July 26, 2020
Sermon 19 July 2020
What to do about evil? The parable of the weeds and the wheat 
July 19, 2020
Sermon 12 July 2020
The Parable of the Sower. What does it mean that the seed is sown everywhere?
July 12, 2020
Sermon 5 July 2020
In this week's text Jesus, in a counter-cultural move, invites us to rest
July 05, 2020
Sermon 28 June 2020
What does it mean to welcome God?
June 28, 2020
Sermon 21 June 2020
Do you hate your parents? Jesus said you should. Or, maybe he was saying something else...
June 21, 2020
Sermon June 14 2020
The reading for this week is Matthew 9:35-10:8 Jesus sending out the twelve disciples 
June 14, 2020
Sermon June 7 2020
A short reflection (we’ve returned to public worship in a limited and very short service this week) on the trinity for Trinity Sunday.
June 07, 2020
Sermon May 31 2020
It is Pentecost. Happy Birthday! Let's have a bit of a look at some of what it means to be Church 
May 30, 2020
Sermon May 24 2020
The last Sunday of Easter 2020 and the last words of Jesus in John's Gospel. What does Jesus want for his disciples? He wants them, and us, to know God. 
May 23, 2020
Sermon May 17 2020
In the third quarter of the Gospel of John, Jesus continues to invite his followers into his abundant, grace-filled life and world-view. 
May 16, 2020
Bonus episode May 10 2020
Jesus said, 'I will do whatever you ask in my name.' what are we to do with this strange and unsettling statement?
May 09, 2020
Sermon May 10 2020
What does Jesus mean when he says, 'I am the way, and the truth and the life'? What does it mean to live in the way?
May 09, 2020
Sermon May 3 2020
Where are used to Jesus as the Good Shepherd, in this week's text he calls himself the gate. We explore that a little.
May 02, 2020
Sermon April 26 2020
Hope is hard to abandon. That is the experience of the disciple on the road to Emmaus in this week's text
April 25, 2020
Sermon April 19 2020
This week we have the story of Thomas’s encounter with Jesus. Sometimes called doubting Thomas, as if doubt were a bad thing!
April 18, 2020
Sermon April 12 2020
It is Easter Day 2020 and once more we are invited to look at one of the strangest gospel stories of all; Jesus resurrection. Today’s sermon, in the midst of our strange lives at the moment, invites us to sit with the strangeness of the story and let it reveal its self to us.
April 11, 2020
Sermon April 5 2020
It is Palm Sunday and we have the extraordinary story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. This brave move offers a direct challenge to the world view of Rome and a glimpse of the world that Jesus believes God is bringing into existence. 
April 04, 2020
Sermon March 29 2020
How should we understand the story of Lazarus? And why does Jesus say those who believe will not die?
March 28, 2020
Sermon March 22 2020
The story of the man born blind whom Jesus heals with a mud pack (John chapter 9) is a story about how we can see and not see all at the same time. 
March 22, 2020
Sermon March 15 2020
In the story of the woman at the well, what did Jesus mean when he said, God is spirit?
March 15, 2020
Sermon March 1 2020
What better reading first Sunday of Lent than one of the origin stories from the book of Genesis. And a look at the question, what was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
March 01, 2020
Sermon February 23 2020
How can the gospel story we call the Transfiguration have meaning for us today?
February 23, 2020
Sermon February 16 2020
The last part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus taels about things that don't seem to have much relevance to us 2000 years later but perhaps we can see behind some of cultural specifics to things that are true for all times
February 16, 2020
Sermon February 9 2020
Part two of the Beatitudes and so thoughts on being salt of the earth and light of the world 
February 10, 2020
Sermon February 2 2020
The Beatitudes are not a list of things you must get right but an insight into Jesus' radically different view of the world of of people
February 02, 2020
Sermon January 26 2020
Australia Day. It's complicated. Except that, according to Matthew 25, its really not
January 26, 2020
Sermon January 19 2020
At our place on Sunday we had a service made up entirely of music. Classical, roots, Jazz and more. So, it was only right that the sermon should be music too. This is Water Into Wine by Bruce Cockburn. It is an interpretation in music of Jesus' first miracle in the Gospel of John where he turned water into wine at a wedding. 
January 21, 2020
Sermon January 12 2020
Why was Jesus baptised? There are all kinds of ways into this question. Here is one
January 12, 2020
Sermon January 5 2020
Luke's Gospel tells the Christmas story with Mary and shepherds, Matthew's Gospel tells it with Joseph and wise visitors. John's Gospel begins the Christmas story with the word logos... 
January 05, 2020
Sermon December 29 2019
Matthew is telling us about a whole different kind of power in his ending to the Christmas story 
December 29, 2019
Sermon Christmas Day 2019
The three wise men.Were they men? Probably. Were there three? who knows? Were they wise? Let's see.
December 25, 2019
Sermon December 22 2019
Joseph is a bit player in the Jesus story except at the very beginning. It is his decision to listen to his dream and rethink how to experience what looked for all the world like disaster that changed everything.
December 22, 2019
Sermon December 15 2019
Mary's song and John the Baptist's question from prison are both readings for this week. An Advent of hope and doubt. An Advent of possibility.
December 15, 2019
Sermon December 8 2019
John the Baptist calls us to repent. Why? Because the world is changing. How? by letting go and clearing stuff out. A good idea just before Christmas!
December 08, 2019
Sermon December 1 2019
This week is the first week of Advent, the beginning of the church year. So why, in what should be a time of expectant waiting, do we have a reading about he end of the world? (sorry there was no sermon up for November 24, I had a Sunday off!)
December 01, 2019
Sermon November 17 2019
The reading is parts of Luke's apocalypse. How did the people of Jesus time have hope after the destruction of Jerusalem? How do we have hope in the face of the existential threat of climate change?
November 17, 2019
Sermon November 10 2019
Seven brides for seven brothers? Try one bride for seven brothers. Jesus deals with a hypothetical about what happens after death. It's not clear what Jesus thinks happens but there might be a few clues in his response... 
November 10, 2019
Sermon November 3 2019
A life of grace and the story of Zacchaeus
November 03, 2019
Sermon 27 October 2019
I wasn't preaching on the 27th so here's one I prepared earlier. Its from about this time last year and looks at the story of Bartimaeus
October 28, 2019
Sermon October 20 2019
Another reading from Luke, the upside down gospel. What does an upside down reading of the parable of the widows and the unjust judge offer us?
October 20, 2019
Sermon 13 October 2019
I wasn't preaching on Sunday, so here's one I prepared earlier. it's from about this time last year and it's about Jesus and his comments on divorce.
October 15, 2019
Sermon October 6 2019
Who would invite a slave to sit and be served? No one? Except we are reading Luke, the gospel that turns the world upside down...
October 06, 2019
Sermon September 29 2019
The cracking story of the rich man and Lazarus and what it means to really live!
September 29, 2019
Sermon 22 September 2019
Looking at the first letter to Timothy and what it means to pray for everyone
September 22, 2019
Sermon 15 September 2019
The lost sheep and the lost coin, another couple of stories where Luke's gospel upends the way we run the world.
September 15, 2019
Sermon September 8 2019
Unless you hate your folks, give away all your possessions and carry a cross, you can't be a disciple of Jesus. Seems pretty straightforward. If we're not planning on doing these things what does that mean for the rest of us?
September 08, 2019
Sermon 1 September 2019
Luke gives us a story (Luke 14:1, 7-14) about who to invite and who not to invite to dinner. What sense can we make of it today?
September 01, 2019
Sermon 25 August 2019
What was the significance of Jesus healing a woman on the sabbath?
August 25, 2019
Sermon 18 August 2019
What did Jesus mean when he said that he didn't come to bring peace to the earth?
August 18, 2019
Sermon 11 August 2019
What might Jesus have meant when he says in Luke that we should expect the unexpected?
August 11, 2019
Sermon 4 August 2019
We explore a passage from the ancient book of Deuteronomy and see how it relevant to our situation nearly 3000 years later
August 04, 2019
Sermon 28 July 2019
What did Jesus mean us to do when he taught us to pray? What does it mean that all who ask will receive?
July 28, 2019
Sermon 21 July 2019
If one way of reading the Gospel of Luke is as a discipleship manual, what can this little story of Mary and Martha teach us?
July 21, 2019
Sermon 14 July 2019
A reading of the story of the Samaritan as an exploration of how to respond to existential fear and pain 
July 14, 2019
Sermon 7 July 2019
Jesus sent disciples out from town to town, house to house. But that was first century Palestine, what does that mean for disciples today? 
July 07, 2019
Sermon 30 June 2019
We are free but we don't always live like we are. Paul's letter to the Galatians invites us to see freedom as a experience of interconnectedness 
June 30, 2019
Sermon 23 June 2019
Jesus, Legion, the man, the pigs. What are we to make of it all?
June 23, 2019
Sermon 16 June 2016
At a time when we are talking about fake news, alternative facts and truthiness, what did Jesus mean when he talked about the Spirit of truth?
June 17, 2019
Sermon 9 June 2019
It is Pentecost Sunday and the disciples begin to understand their relation to god in newer and deeper ways 
June 09, 2019
Sermon 2 June 2019
Last week of the Easter season and Jesus is praying that his disciples and all who follow might be one. What did he mean?
June 02, 2019
Sermon 26 May 2019
We're still in the Easter season, still unpacking the incarnation and the resurrection. This time through the lens of John 14:23-29 BONUS! following the sermon, The Spire Quartet singing an ancient Icelandic hymn.
May 26, 2019
Sermon 19 May 2019
What does the world 'glory' mean in John's gospel? And what about the meaning of 'love'? how can we experience these terms when we are so used to hearing them over and over? What does it mean to love?
May 19, 2019
Sermon 12 May 2019
What does Jesus mean when he says that he and the Father are one?
May 12, 2019
Sermon 5 May 2019
I wasn't preaching on the 5th. Here's a sermon from back in October of 2018 when we baptised a little fella and looked at what greatness is according to Jesus 
May 06, 2019
Sermon 28 April 2019
Every year, on the Sunday following Easter Sunday, we hear the story of Thomas and his demand to experience the resurrection for himself. What does it mean for us to experience the risen Christ?
April 28, 2019
Sermon 21 April 2019
It's Easter, we need to talk about the story of the resurrection
April 21, 2019
Sermon 14 April 2019
It’s Palm Sunday, it’s Passion Sunday. Jesus wasn’t offering an alternative to the power of Rome, he was offering an alternative to power itself.
April 14, 2019
Sermon 4 April 2019
It's all about Mary and the expensive perfume she pours on Jesus. It's about living in reality not fantasy. It's about living with death and renewal. BONUS! at the end of the sermon, hear The Spire Quartet sing Ave Maria by Barrows.
April 07, 2019
Sermon 31 March 2019
The Prodigal Son, The Lost Son, The Lost Sons, take your pick!
March 31, 2019
Sermon 24 March 2019
Does everything happen for a reason? Not according to Jesus 
March 24, 2019
Sermon 17 March 2019
The reading this week is from near the end of Paul's letter to the Philippians. Paul makes the outrageous and dangerous claim that those he is writing to are citizens not of Rome but of heaven...
March 17, 2019
Sermon 10 March 2019
I wasn't at worship on Sunday March 10, so here's one I prepared earlier. It works for the beginning of Lent I think. It's from November of 2018 and the reading is from John 18 when Jesus is before Pilate and Pilate asks Jesus if he is a king...
March 11, 2019
Sermon 3 March 2019
It's Transfiguration Sunday. What are we to make of this experience/vision/event? 
March 03, 2019
Sermon 24 February 2019
The resurrection and the Big Bang, a way of thinking about them together 
February 24, 2019
Sermon 17 February 2019
What do we do with the resurrection? Is it something to be believed or somehow lived?
February 18, 2019
Sermon 10 February 2019
Jesus calling the disciples and the Hero Journey 
February 18, 2019