Sermons & Seminars

                                       When I was a young minister, a much older minister gave me some advice about sermons. “Allan”, he said, “Talk about God, and talk about ten minutes”. I remembered his advice, but I have seldom adhered to it....
Allan Jones
One of the principal concepts in the Jesus texts we have is ‘kingdom’.  (And yes, I know there are problems with both the ‘king’ and ‘dom-ain’ parts of that word).  In the common day understanding of first century Jewish Galilee it meant there would...
Glynn Cardy
The text from the book of Isaiah needs some explanation.  It is part of what we call 2nd Isaiah – a group of anonymous writings, probably by a single author, penned nearly 200 years after 1st Isaiah.  The context is that the author has witnessed the...
Glynn Cardy
I was asked last week what was the job of a minister.  I gave a two-word answer: “To pray”.  However prayer is not only the job of a minister, it is the vocation of anyone who calls him or herself Christian.  And to pray is not primarily a bow-the-...
Glynn Cardy
Isaiah 60: 1-6 Matthew 2:1-12   Who are we? Did you have a happy Christmas Has the year got off to a good start? Are you back at work or waiting till all the madness on the roads is over so you can go on holiday? Did you spend too much money? Did...
Susan Adams
For parents and grandparents of kindergarten age children this is the season for Christmas shows.  Each kindy seems to have one.  Dressed in tinsel, brightly coloured robes and animal costumes the children parade in to a mix of catchy seasonal tunes...
Glynn Cardy
Two weeks ago I began talking about the incarnation; about Jesus as an icon (not an idol) through whom we can look into the wonder of excessive, extravagant, and extraordinary love.  This love is what we Christians call god.  It comes as an...
Glynn Cardy
I’ve been reading a little of the French philosopher and theologian Jean-Luc Marion who has written, amongst other things, a book called God Without Being.  You may remember the existential theologians who sought to harmonise the existentialism of...
Glynn Cardy
Pageants are fun, if slightly unbelievable.  Each year script writers (like me) take parts of the Luke and Matthew birth stories, interpret them in a modern or zany way, throw in some bad jokes and contemporary characters (this year a cat and two...
Glynn Cardy
Jeremiah 23: 1-6 Luke 33-43 It is quite difficult preparing to preach here knowing you have explored so many avenues to the Bible and to faith - and not knowing the prevailing acceptable hermeneutic!  It is difficult, not knowing what has been...
Susan Adams
Feast of St Margaret Psalm 139, particularly in the old language with the ‘thou’s and ‘knowest’s, is familiar to many of us.  You will notice though the G_d in the first and fourth verses is different for the ‘Lord’ in the authorised version.  G_d...
Glynn Cardy
There are 44 days to Christmas.  The decorations are already up in shops, and I heard a Christmas carol on the radio last week. Christmas is certainly the most popular Christian festival and almost everyone in the world will be affected by it.  But...
Allan Jones
Today in the Church calendar is the nearest Sunday to All Saints Day.  I call it ‘All Crazies Day’; for most of them were.  They, like us, are on the long road, the windy one, that doesn’t avoid suffering nor joy. I think Zaccheus was crazy.  He was...
Glynn Cardy
The story of the Pharisee and the Toll Collector is for Luke, most commentators, and most audiences, a simple story with a ‘baddie’ and a ‘goodie’.  The ‘baddie’ is pious, recounting to God his good deeds (as if God didn’t know), and comparing his...
Glynn Cardy (Luke 18:9-15)
Last Sunday I spoke about Paul’s belief, hope, and goal: that love should conquer violence and hatred.  He tried actioning that belief by getting Jewish and Greek followers of Jesus to dine together.  It sounds simple, easy even.  But, as I said,...
Glynn Cardy
In the year 48 CE Paul was in Antioch (now called Antakya, in Turkey), and he was trying to get Jews and Greeks to sit down for a meal together.  It was proving difficult.
Glynn Cardy
  There was an old woman I knew.  She had fostered and cared for countless numbers of animals.  Although she was a gentle soul the words her son said at her funeral have stayed with me:  ‘She cared enough to be angry’. There is an anger that...
Glynn Cardy
‘One day you will have to face up to the truth about yourself’.  A favourite way of making this point in the ancient world was to imagine what happened to people when they died.  Then their true reward would come.  Such thinking inspired visions of...
Glynn Cardy Luke 16:19-31
One of the most popular images of the church in the New Testament, is Paul’s description of the Church as “the Body of Christ”. Paul uses this image in Romans and Corinthians and it also appears in Ephesians and Colossians. The Church for Paul was...
Allan Davidson Romans 12.3-13
Three weeks ago I spoke briefly about the three parables in Luke 15 (the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son) set in the context of dinner conversation, and how Luke shapes these parables to fit with his vision of everyone belonging,...
Glynn Cardy Luke 15:11-32

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