Sermons & Seminars

Marriage is in the news.  Marriage has been talked about more in the last two years than the last twenty.  Marriage in New Zealand though is statistically on the decline.  It’s been declining for many years.  The sharpest decline is marriages in...
Isaiah 43: 14 - 21 1 Corinthians 13: 1 - 13
Prayer and power are intimately linked for Christians.  But I don’t understand prayer as talking to God; or power as persuading others to do what we want.   Rather prayer is more like being in time with a rhythm; and power is like an energy that...
Mark 6: 1 - 13
The debate about physician assisted dying has been given added impetus with the recent trial in the High Court regarding Lecretia Seales.  Those who are seeking a change in the law wish that no prosecution would follow if a terminally ill person had...
Colossians 3:12-15 Luke 5:25-34
There is an old African proverb: “When elephants fight the grass suffers”.  It’s important when considering wars, like the situation in Syria and Iraq, Yemen, Eritrea, and South Sudan that we not only listen to varied voices of political and...
1 Samuel 17:32, 38-43, 48-49 Matthew 15:21-28
On Passion Sunday, or on Good Friday, it is not unusual to hear the entire account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion read.  One church l visited had a very long reading – the Passion narrative from all four gospels read consecutively!  It took well...
1 Samuel 15: 34 - 16: 13
Easter is not a statement of metaphysical profundity; it’s a commitment to a way of living.  To say ‘Jesus is risen’ is a commitment to living the way of Jesus, despite all that happened to him.  It is about celebrating that even though justice-love...
Matthew 28: 1 - 10
Today I take off my shoes and walk for a short while on that uncertain, stony, and hallowed ground called suffering.  It’s a ground where expertise counts for naught, the power of influence is laughable, and empathy is the paramount currency.
John 18: 1 - 19: 42

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