Pentecost +13 – Sermon

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 8th September 2019 Jeremiah 18:1-11 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 There was a curious piece of publicity being shown on the television which was intended to advertise an investment or an insurance company – I forget precisely which. It showed two people at a table sitting across from each other. An older…

Pentecots +12 – Sermon

Pentecost +12 September 1st, 2019 Jeremiah 2:4-13 Hebrews 13:1-8 Luke 14:1-14 I am always puzzled by the programs that public television chooses to show during a fund-drive.  In order to solicit contributions from viewers, the managers of the stations concerned invariably air some guru or other who tells us how we can change our lives…

Pentecost +11 – Sermon

Pentecost XI August 25, 2019 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 In the town where I grew up, Sunday was a day for going to church, eating a long lunch around the table with the extended family, and refraining from shopping (the stores were all closed anyway). If possible, all tedious work-related tasks were to…

Pentecost +10 – Sermon

Pentecost X August 18, 2019 Isaiah 5:1-7   Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2   Luke 12:49-56 As we studied the gospels of the New Testament this last spring, we discovered that the four gospels are not really ‘biographies’ of Jesus. Unlike most modern biographies of famous people, they don’t explore Jesus’ psychological development or the key moments of…

Sermon – Pentecost +9

Pentecost 9 11th August 2019 Genesis 15:1-6  Hebrews 11:1-16  Luke 12:32-40 Nobody really knows who the author of the book of Hebrews was. It was certainly not Paul; the book dates from a later period, and its main purpose is to inform the Christian communities all over the Greco-Roman world of their Hebrew origins. After…

Pentecost +8 – Sermon

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost August 4, 2019 Hosea 11:1-11 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 Jesus’ parable of the rich fool which we heard in our Gospel reading this morning is the only one of the parables in the New Testament where God himself has a speaking role. Of course, God appears in the other parables –…

Sermon – Pentecost +7 – Afrique Fête

Afrique fête July 28, 2019 Hosea 1 :2-10    Colossians 2 :6-19     Luke 11 :1-13   When I studied the history and language of ancient Egypt I spent three months in the guest house of Anglican cathedral of All Saints on the island of Zamalek in Cairo.  There was a beautiful little garden attached to the guest house, at…