Sermons & Seminars

  Introduction: Today we have a collection of Bibles in church.  They evoke memories for us, and the people connected with those memories.  Some of those memories are good, some not so. I have two Bibles from my family.  One, dating from 1889, has...
Glynn Cardy
Before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus was proclaimed as Divine, Son of God, God, and God from God, as Lord, Redeemer, and Saviour of the World.  Those claims of Roman imperial theology were found everywhere in the Mediterranean world in texts,...
Glynn Cardy
Usually the meaning of Easter is couched in language that suggests that a dead man (Jesus) came literally back to life again.  The important question that gives rise from such literalism is, ‘So what?’  What difference does it make?  Of course there...
Glynn Cardy
I was talking with a teenager about death.  From his perspective death was the worst thing that could happen.  It would be the end of everything – dreams, hopes, plans, pleasure, purpose…  I’m glad he thought that way.  I wish every young person...
Glynn Cardy
The image of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, with palms being waved, is an enduring one.  It always looks slightly ridiculous for an adult to ride a donkey: the adult looks too big, his or her feet almost touching the ground; and we feel...
Glynn Cardy
The reading for today is the well-known story of a woman pouring expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus.  This story appears in all the four gospels in our Bible, though it is portrayed differently in each. 
Glynn Cardy
There are many ways to read the parable of what has long been called the prodigal son – ‘prodigal’ meaning of course ‘extravagant and wasteful’.  Yes, the interpreters blamed the youngest from the beginning!
Glynn Cardy
We are reeling from the shock and tragedy of the massacre on March 15th, trying to show solidarity with the suffering and grieving, and trying to come to terms with the questions it asks of us as a nation.  I saw that someone had calculated the...
Glynn Cardy
Welcome and Introduction  You may ask what has the horrors of Christchurch got to do with Irish blessing?  Quite a bit actually.  For Ireland, as any brief journey into its history will show, is littered with sectarian hatred, prejudice, violence –...
Glynn Cardy
I read a revision of a parable the other day.  It is interesting how just one new sentence can affect the meaning, helping us see something that maybe was always there but largely unnoticed. The parable was a re-telling of the first section of Luke...
Glynn Cardy
There is a little verse right at the start of the 4th Gospel that in English says “In the beginning was the Word”.  In a literal sense its wrong.  For words, including the written words in the Bible, are descriptors, describing or pointing to an...
Glynn Cardy
The spiritual life is a journey from here to God knows where.  It’s an individual journey, but often done in the company of others.  This morning we’ve heard Malcolm make a public commitment to that journey – a journey that began many years ago and...
Glynn Cardy
The Maori word 'taura' means a rope and 'whiri' means 'to plait', the technical process used in rope making.  He taura whiri is a plaited rope.[i] He taura whiri is a metaphor used by orators to express the art of peoples – as strands in the rope -...
Glynn Cardy
The reading from Luke this morning talks about Jesus being a bringer of good news to the poor.  The author is quoting from Isaiah 61, and taking licence to thread in a bit of Isaiah 58.   He defines the poor as those who are captive, downtrodden,...
Good News - transforming hearts and lives
Isaiah 42:1-9 Luke 3:21-23   In Luke’s gospel for today we hear a statement of fact following Jesus’ baptism by His cousin John. The writer, who we call Luke says                “the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily...
Susan Adams
I grew up in a church that said a creed every Sunday.  Sometimes it started with ‘I believe’, and sometimes with ‘We believe’.  I learned though early on that actually very few of those sitting in pews literally believed the words they were saying...
Glynn Cardy
Christmas music is full of regal imagery for Jesus – “King of kings, Lord of lords”, “Glory to the new-born King”, “born the King of Angels”, and the like.  Such imagery shouldn’t surprise us.  The gospels are full of words and phrases that point to...
Glynn Cardy
It is a mistake to underestimate Santa Claus.  He didn't get a part in the Bible, but he's sure a big part of Christmas. I was amused and sobered by the news item a couple of weeks back about an American man being arrested after telling children...
Glynn Cardy
Christmas is not a date.  It is a statement about the Christian understanding of God.  And theologically we call that understanding ‘incarnation’. 
Glynn Cardy
Joy Cowley writes:   Happy Birthday Jesus! We come like children to a party, bearing gifts in your honour, no surprises among them. They’re much the same as last year and all the years before that.             The gifts Joy Cowley is referring to...
Glynn Cardy

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