Sermons & Seminars

  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
Homily One In the early second century Pliny the Younger, the Roman governor of Bithynia et Pontus (now in modern Turkey) wrote a letter to Emperor Trajan and asked for counsel on dealing with followers of Jesus.  He’d captured for interrogation two...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: You might be wondering about the gingerbread this morning, and what its connection with Father’s Day is.  Well, there are a couple of things we know about gingerbread.  One of the good things the Romans did was bring from Africa; and...
Glynn Cardy
The three parables in Luke 15 are addressed to Jesus’ opponents, the Pharisees, who object to eating at table with ‘sinners’.  Thus Luke’s objective in his narrative is to entice the Pharisees to table fellowship with those they reject.  In the...
Glynn Cardy
August 15th is one of the feast days in the church calendar for remembering Mary, the mother of Jesus.  In Advent-tide, the days leading up to Christmas, Mary is part of a tableau of characters arrayed around the manger.  She adorns Christmas cards...
Glynn Cardy
A story from Anthony De Mello: “Excuse me,” said one ocean fish to another, “You are older and more experienced than I, and you will probably be able to help me.  Tell me: where can I find this thing they call the Ocean?  I’ve been searching for it...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction Our theme today is ekklesia, a Greek word that has been translated as ‘church’.   It has three meanings: a vocation, a community, and a building.  The literal meaning of ekklesia is ‘called out’, referring to people who are given or...
Glynn Cardy
Prayer Glynn Cardy 28/7/2019   Introduction Many of us have grown up with the religious framing that prayer is a form of communication to God.  Mostly this is understood as words, whether said or sung, whether privately, publicly, or silently.  And...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: Our theme today is hospitality; and our biblical texts are a Jesus parable about a dinner party, Abraham’s and Sarah’s dinner party at the Oaks of Mamre (‘the Oaks’ being not the name of a pub), and Luke the gospel writer praising Mary...
Glynn Cardy Luke 14:15-24, 10:38-42, Genesis 18:1-15
In the name of God, Creating, Redeeming, and Giving us Life.  Amen.             In recent years a lot of my inspiration for sermons has come from whatever books I’ve been reading.  What that means is that while I quietly like to think of myself as...
Richard Bonifant
The term of ‘kingdom of God’ was a way of posing the question: ‘What would the world be like if God was in charge?’  The answer, as proclaimed in the Hebrew Scriptures, was ‘justice’ and ‘compassion’.  But how that would be delivered was Jesus’...
Glynn Cardy
On the first weekend of July Matthew Fox will be at St Luke’s.  For the last 45 years he has developed and taught Creation Spirituality, which is rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions...
Glynn Cardy
As Christians we are all ‘called’ (and I use a vocational word) to show in our lives the love of God (which is not an attribute of or adjective for God but the essence, the very identity of God).  And we occasionally succeed in this showing the love...
Glynn Cardy
“Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.” Those haunting words of the Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemöller, came after the Second World War. They express his coming to terms with the catastrophic events which impacted on him...
Allan Davidson Acts 2.1-18
On Easter Sunday, I was conducting the service at St Andrew’s in Symond Street, and after the Service while we were having a cup of tea, a woman and her son, who were visitors, spoke to me. They were from Serbia, Orthodox Christians, who since...
Graham Whaley
In the Book of Exodus, chapter 32, there is the story of how the Hebrew people out of their needs and fear created a golden calf to worship.  It was a fake god – fake good news. 
Glynn Cardy
There is a little prayer that one of our fellow parishioners was taught by her mother in the early 1930s.   It went like this: “Father Mother God, loving me, guard me while I sleep, guide my little feet up to Thee”.
Glynn Cardy

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