Sunday, 09 July 2017
Duration: 13 mins 27 secs
In this week's Gospel, Jesus compares the religious leaders of the day to children in the market shouting and complaining that other people won't care and respond the way they want them to. It reminds me of some of the threads I've read on social media. Most people want to be good moral people, but in a sea of competing, conflicting, inconsistent world views, pleasing everyone is a hopeless endeavor. Someone will always be disappointed in you, someone will always be judging you. In response, Jesus invites us to be yoked with him... to hear and follow one voice, one heart, one love.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
When we become a Christian, we accept the forgiveness and the lordship of Jesus Christ. The forgiveness frees us to live a life of joy and peace and to experience the love of God. Accepting the lordship of Christ means choosing to follow him; allowing God to reshape our hearts, our minds, our priorities, passions, and dreams. We choose to use our life and our voice for the Kingdom of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, amazing things are accomplished. But the mighty works of God do come at a cost.
This week we have dramatic readings about the cost of following the Lord: Jeremiah for whom the word of God becomes a fire in his bones if he does not speak it… The Psalmist recounting how he has been rejected by all for his worship of God… Paul, teaching about how our old self is crucified with Jesus, so the we may no longer be slave to sin… and the challenging words of Jesus to his disciples:
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Duration: 15 mins 23 secs
After the excitement of Pentecost, and the coming of the Holy Spirit poured out on all the disciples, with wind and flame, and in our case, baptism… this week we turn to the complexity of the Trinity. This is one of the most difficult and yet most central doctrines of Christianity. Trying to understand it fully is like trying to carry the ocean in a bucket. There are some who would like to diminish by calling it a post-canonical innovation, but this week we look at three of the readings which support this complex but important revelation of God. We also hear the Great Commission in this week’s Gospel reading, and it is all the more important to know the triune God in whom we baptize and make disciples.
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Duration: 13 mins 31 secs
God is not shaped by our desires and plans. He is not a pocket god, a small god, that we can carry around as part of our plans. At the same time, God is not unknown to us, unknowable, or inaccessible. To know the Father, we need to know and love the Son, to love the Son is to follow His commandments, to follow His commandments requires allowing the deepest parts of us to be transformed; to live a life that reflects the wholeness, beauty, grace and love of God Himself. But by ourselves we are helpless to change the fundamental shape and desires of our soul. So our efforts at keeping His commandments either fail and fade away or fall into the legalism of fixing only the most visible parts of our life. This is where the Holy Spirit, the apparently elusive Third Person of the Trinity saves us. After our creation, after our redemption, we are invited to be transformed by the abiding presence of the Spirit of Truth into the likeness of Christ.
Sunday, 07 May 2017
Duration: 11 mins 26 secs
He is the gate to a life in pasture, the voice we know and follow, our provider and also and our model for our own life in Christ. But what does that look like? If that means that our lives are to be full of only green pastures, lands of milk and honey, with no drama, or heartache, then apparently many of us are in the wrong pasture. But if our lives are also to be modeled on His life and the life of the early church, then perhaps it is time to let go of false expectations and hold on to the voice of our Lord, speaking to us and guiding us in the midst of our actual life.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
The moment before the world changed...
Sunday, 09 April 2017
Donkeys and palm branches, the king who brings peace… Hosanna!
Wait! Who is this? The city is in an uproar…
What is he doing, we didn’t authorize this impending disaster!
We must stop him…
arrest him, send him to Pilate…
Who do you say that you are?
What shall I do with this man?
A purple cloak, a crown of thorns, mocking voices
And then stripped, beaten, and led to the place of his execution…
At noon, darkness for three hours…
A proclamation of surrender
a loud cry, a last breath…
and then the witness:
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Palm Sunday is the preview of Holy Week, the most dramatic week in human history; it is enough to give us emotional whiplash! But this is also the first part of the climax of God’s redemption of the world; it is the story that should be defining and shaping our hearts and very lives. So please take time this week, in preparation for Palm Sunday, for Holy Week, and for Easter, to read the full account in Matthew 21:1-11: & 26:14 – 27:66; Of Jesus, God incarnate, walking in obedience, humility and love, laying down his life as willing sacrifice, in the midst of the praise, cries, jeers, and condemnations of the very ones He came to save.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Duration: 16 mins 16 secs
In the midst of Lent, the season in which we contemplate ashes, mortality, repentance, fasting, and penitence, this Sunday we read about blessings, protection, faith, mercy and being born of the spirit. Our readings culminate in the book of John with a familiar passage:
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:14-16
Come join us this week to continue the adventure of a Holy Lent.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Duration: 12 mins 58 secs