Category: Sermons

Wisdom

1 Kings 3:15-28 Ephesians 3:8-13 There was once a young prince whose distant uncle was king of a great empire. The prince was carefree and happy, neither very rich nor very poor. One day, a great disaster struck. The king, his uncle, was killed in an earthquake, and all the senior members of the royal […]

Love is…

There was a newly married couple who arrived very late indeed at the hotel for their honeymoon, after a terrible journey.  It was really late, and the couple were so tired after their horrific journey that they just wanted to go to sleep.  They were shown to their room, and it was smaller than they […]

Is there an app for that?

Ephesians 2:11-22 The last time I watched a soccer match it was West Germany versus the USSR, so I’d be lying if I told you that I followed the World Cup. Indeed, having grown up in Rugby, and attended Rugby School, I really should say that I don’t accept the heretical breakaway version football that […]

The choice

Ephesians 1:4-10 It’s been another ridiculously hot day.  The room you’ve been in all day was too hot and airless.  The bus was rammed full of people, only marginally less hot than the Bakerloo line which was the ante room of hell, hotter than a sauna at seven in the morning.  You get back to […]

For the children

Mark 6:14-29 Amos 7:7-9 I did think I’d begin with the dance of the seven veils this morning, but you’ll be relieved to know that I thought better of it. We have this wonderful story which has been painted, made in to a play by Oscar Wilde, and the famous opera by Strauss with the […]

Even a tiny scrap of hope

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 In this reading we hear about David’s grief at the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, which leads to a poetic lament, which is a tribute to the fallen father and son. What surprises me is the fact that David eulogises so eloquently about his arch enemy Saul, who wanted him dead. […]

Servant Leaders

You might remember that Boris Johnson said that he would chain himself to the bulldozers in order to stop a third runway being built at Heathrow Airport. And you might have noticed that this week, when parliament voted on whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow, instead of voting as he’d said he […]

I Am Who I Am

What’s your name?  Why were you given that name?  What does it mean? Maybe you have several names.  Why were you given those?  What do they mean? Maybe you have children.  What did you call them?  Why?  What do their names mean? There’s a long tradition of giving people names which mean something.  We see […]

Protect the children

You may have noticed that the Bible made the news headlines this week. The United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted Romans chapter 13, which is about obeying civil authorities, to back up the Trump administration’s immigration policy, in particular the hotly disputed policy of separating children from their parents. That Bible verse was often […]