Sermons given at the 10.30 am Sunday service are regularly available as audio downloads and some in written form below.


Jacob’s Ladder

Michaelmas

(Genesis 28.10-17)

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Christian faith isn’t only an assemblage of ideas and commitments. It’s also a world of images. Through history the Bible has been the treasure chest from which Christians have found the images with which we picture the world from our faith’s point of view.

Christianity & Community

What Christianity offers Civic Life

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Today’s sermon will be a bit different. Usually I have a case to make or want to share something inspirational. Today, instead, I leave the work to you.

As mentioned in today’s Newsletter, our Mayor and Town Council have chosen not to join us for a service of prayer, praise and thanksgiving to the Almighty to mark the mayoral year. I regret that but respect the right so to choose. But all the more reason, I think, to reflect on why our forebears, and many today still, thought and think that Christian faith has something important to bring to the civic sphere of life in which, obviously, all of us have a stake.

A 'New Self' Being Renewed


(Colossians 3.10)

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In chapter three of the Letter to the Colossians St Paul carries on what he began toward the end of chapter two, namely, working out the implications of his teaching about who Jesus is and how he has 'saved' us. Chapter three is rich indeed, but for my brief word this morning I want (as I've done in weeks past) to focus on a single verse where he says: you 'have clothed yourself with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the Creator's image'.

“Tomorrow’s another Day”

(Colossians 2.13-14)

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We heard last week a whopping passage from the Letter to the Colossians, and we met the challenge by focusing on one verse. I’d like to take the same approach this week, since the portion from chapter two we heard a moment ago is also both dense and theological. Whereas in last week’s reading from chapter 1 St Paul was considering Jesus Christ’s status—‘who’ he is; in today’s part of chapter 2 Paul describes Jesus’ ‘work’, that is, what he’s done as lord and saviour. In other words, Paul’s interest here is to describe Christ’s redemption of humankind.

The Purpose-Driven Disciple

(Galatians 5.22-23)

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After twelve years in Britain I returned to the United States in 1996 to teach in a theological college. When I arrived the college was a-buzz—but not I soon learned because of my arrival. The buzz was because in the same year an American evangelical pastor, Rick Warren, published a book entitled The Purpose Driven Church. He subtitled it ‘Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission’. Whether in praise or condemnation, everyone was interested in it. Publicity for the book said, and still says, this:

The Purpose Driven Church shifts the focus away from church building programs to a people- building process. “If you will concentrate on people-building”, Warren is quoted saying, “God will build the Church”.