Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mothering Sunday 2017

Here, rather belatedly, is a link to the sermon I preached on Mothering Sunday:  click here

Sunday, February 26, 2017

From the Mountain-top

Here is today's sermon:  please click here .  (It is a repeat of the same sermon I gave last year - somewhat enlivened in the preaching itself by off the cuff stories of my daughter's recent wedding).

Too lazy to write a fresh sermon?  Well, I remember the story of a preacher who preached the same sermon for one month in a row...week by week.  When a congregation member finally had the courage to ask him what he was doing, the preacher replied "I'll keep on preaching the same sermon until the congregation starts to act as though they have heard it!".

In our days of 24 hour news and continuous novelty,  many preachers spend hours every week trying to come up with a new angle on an essential truth that they have already expounded...forgetting that oftentimes, the key to effective learning is repetition.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Adultery, sin, grace and mercy

Here's yesterday's sermon, tackling the long list of 'righteous' deeds (or sins to watch out for) given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.  How many of us can possibly live up to this list?!  Please click here for my thoughts on that topic.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Epiphany 2017 - The 'Bottom-Up' God revealed

Today, I had the great pleasure of visiting the parish which I served as Curate, from 2005 to 2008 - 'Warblington-with-Emsworth' - (which happens to also be our neighbouring parish to Havant).  It was lovely to see old friends and to minister to them in what is a difficult time for the whole parish at present.  To read my sermon for this Epiphany Sunday, preached this morning, please click here.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

At the Name of Jesus (New Year 2017)

Here's a link to Sunday's New Year sermon - focusing on the meaning of the Name of Jesus, but also thinking about the importance of other words, like 'church' and 'parish', as we head off into 2017.  To ready the sermon, please click here.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Sermon 2016: John Chapter 1

Have you ever tried to grapple with the most theological reading that ends all Carol services?  The first chapter of John?  Well, here's a little meditation that I'll be preaching at our Midnight Mass this year - an attempt to get under the skin of those deep and profound (yet complex and challenging) words.  Please click here to read it.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Repent or Repent?

What is the difference between John the Baptist and Jesus?  How did they speak their word 'Repent'?  To explore this idea, please click here to read today's sermon.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sunday, August 07, 2016

What do you believe?

Here's today's sermon - thinking about belief and faith.  What do you believe?  Please click here