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
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Duration: 13 mins 19 secs
This Sunday, just before we begin our journey through Lent on our way to Holy Week, we celebrate the Transfiguration: the day Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem and his crucifixion, pauses to go up a mountain with his closest disciples, where He shines like the sun, speaks to Moses and Elijah, and is commended by the voice of God booming out of an overshadowing bright cloud. Unsurprisingly, the disciples fall on their faces in fear. Come join us in contemplating this remarkable moment and how it colors our view of Lent.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Duration: 16 mins 22 secs
This Sunday, we continue to sit at the feet of Jesus listening to the Sermon on the Mount. In this teaching, Jesus demolishes human wisdom and even exceeds Old Testament law regarding defending our rights, resisting evil and retaliation. Instead, we are called to give way, ignore insults and disarm our enemies by unexpected generosity and love. We are called to be the children of our Father in heaven, who extends costly self sacrificing love to the whole world; including those who rejected Him to the point of crucifixion. Would that we could live and speak in ways that point past our flaws of pride and selfishness to the perfect love of the Father.
Sunday, 29 January 2017
This week’s readings are a powerful summary of God’s call on us to live righteously. Please read them not as fodder for guilt, but as a clear image of who we are called to become by the grace and forgiveness of the crucifixion and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to live in truth, mercy, and justice, as peacemakers, in humility before God, following not the wisdom of men, but the crucified Son of God. As you have time this week, I invite you to consider and contemplate the core of our readings:
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;... Micah 6:8
O LORD, who may abide in your tent? .... Psalm 15
“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, ... but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles....” 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven..... Matthew 5:3-10