Category: Sermons

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 […]

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 […]

Making the best of things

1 Samuel 8:1-22 Her father was an alcoholic. Her mother worked most all the time. She had little choice. Her brother had recently been killed. Things were chaotic at home. She felt she had to get out. So she decided she could finish school later. After all, the guy she was dating had asked her […]

Being there

Psalm 139 Matthew 11:28-30 The last film which Peter Sellers made was Being There in 1980, and I don’t suppose it’s the one for which he’ll be most remembered. He played an intellectually challenged gardener whose entire knowledge of life came from watching television. It’s not the content of the film that caught my attention, […]

Who am I?

1 Samuel 3:1-10 Psalm 139 Galatians 2:15-21 The search for identity and purpose is all around us. You only have to look at the situation in Italy, as those with vastly different visions of what it means to be Italian compete to run the country. You only have to look at the Russian billionaire Roman […]