Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Meanings of the Atonement

This morning we grappled with Jeremiah's teachings about a new Covenant, the Writer to the Hebrews description of Jesus as a 'priest forever in the order of Melchizedek, and John's recording of Jesus' ideas about the significance of his own death.  It was all terribly theological!  I did my best to cut through all the complex theology, with this sermon on the Atonement.  Do let me know whether it helped you!  Please click here to read it.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

"My house should be a house of prayer!"

How does one get the balance right between running a holy building and a useful building?  Here are a my thoughts from this morning's sermon:  please click here

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Take up your cross

What does it mean to 'take up your cross'?  Where is God in the suffering of so many lives?  Why is suffering, apparently, required of us.  These and other fascinating questions are touched upon in today's sermon:  please click here.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

John 1: The Sacrifice of Stars

Today, the Lectionary-makers invited us to think about the theme of light, by hearing once more that famous passage from the beginning of John's Gospel.  Here is a link to the sermon I gave on the topic:  click here.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Can anything good come out of Havant?

I wonder whether we all have a tendency towards cynicism, sometimes.  Or is it just me?  Whatever you think, how might you answer the question 'can anything good come out of Havant?'.  Here's how I attempted to answer it today...please click here to read today's sermon.

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Power of the Christmas Story

The Christmas story is chocked-full of powerful images - each on of which has the power to amaze and transform us.  Here's the sermon I preached at this year's Midnight Mass, in an attempt to unpack some of the depths of the story.  To read it, please click here.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Will the real St Nicholas please stand up?!

Today, I gave a talk about St Nicholas to our chapel-congregation at Langstone.  (The chapel is dedicated to St Nicholas, patron saint of children and sailors.)  If you would like to learn a bit more about St Nicholas, please click here.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Violence of Christmas

Tonight, I gave a 'meditation' on violence at our Community Carol service.  Have you ever pondered just how much human violence is woven into the Christmas story - and what God's response to human violence is?  To read tonight's meditation, please click here.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Baptist or Baptiser

There's a new trend in biblical translation - to rename 'John the Baptist' as 'John the Baptiser'.  What's this about?  Who was John - and why didn't he become one of Jesus' disciples?  Fascinating questions, I think - and the themes of today's sermon, which can be found by clicking HERE.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Advent: Are we there yet?

What's the Second Coming all about?  Why does Jesus say that 'this generation will not pass away' until he has returned in glory and power in the clouds?  Ever thought of the church as a 'Love Factory'?  To muse on these and other issues, please click here to read today's sermon.