All were fed

Matthew 14:13-21 So, the feeding of the five thousand. Surely a Sunday School favourite – all those people, a small boy with a packed lunch (although he doesn’t get a mention in Matthew’s gospel), Jesus says grace and five thousand people have enough to eat with twelve baskets left over.

Nothing can separate us

Romans 8:26-39 And so today we come to the last of our series on the promises of God from these few chapters of the book of Romans.

Children of God

Romans 8:12-25 So after all his talk of grace taking the place of law in control of our lives and our destinies, after all the talk of freedom from addiction to sin, and from the condemnation that is the logical consequence of the harm that we do one another and the world – after all […]

Creation and Beyond

I’ve just published my second collection of sermons (all of which are freely available here on the website) – “Creation and Beyond”. If you are in Australia and would like a copy, please let me know as I’ve done a bulk order and can ship it to you more cheaply 🙂

Freedom from slavery

Listen! Romans 7:15-25a | Matthew 11:25-30 Last week we talked about how Paul describes the fundamental difference between the status, the reality, of the believer, the one who is, and knows that he or she is, no longer under law; no longer bound by the rules of transaction, of “if I do this then God […]

The free gift of eternal life

Listen! Romans 6:12-23 So today we begin a new series of services in which we’re going to be focussing on these three amazing chapters in the book of Romans, and in particular on the promises of God found in this, often convoluted, certainly very compact, piece of writing.

40 years

Listen! So just over 40 years ago, in 1977 – the year of Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Uniting Church in Australia came into existence; merging the Methodist Church, most of the Presbyterian Church, and most of the Congregational Churches in Australia […]

Go global

Matthew 28:16-20 | Acts 1:8 Listen! Oh Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Be Spirit-Filled

Acts 2:1-21 Listen! In the very opening words of the Bible, the Spirit of God was there, active, creating: “When God began to create the heavens and the earth—the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and the Spirit of God swept over the waters” When the earth was […]

Be Empowered

Listen! Acts 1:1-11 So how should we live? If you’re ever going to murder someone – and let me just make it absolutely clear that I am not recommending this course of action – but if you ever did, one of the problems that you would have to deal with is what to do with […]

Be witnesses

Listen! Acts 17:22-31 So how should we live? Last week we heard the story of Stephen, the first to die because of his insistence that he would both live and speak his faith in Jesus Christ, whatever the consequences. Today our story moves to another witness to Jesus – Paul, the great evangelist of the […]

Be Brave

Listen! Acts 7:55-60 So how should we live? Over the six weeks of this series, leading up to Pentecost, we’re focussing on a series of stories of the early Church, exploring how they, the first believers in Jesus, responded to the life changing – world changing – events of Easter.

Be together

Listen! Acts 2:42-47 So how should we live? Last week we reflected on Peter’s words at Pentecost, calling upon the faithful Jews of the day to recognise their need to change; to repent; to live differently. He called on them to mark this change of life in the symbol of baptism; and we read that […]

Repent

Listen! Acts 2:14a, 36-41 So how should we live? The theme for the 5pm and 6:30 services over the past five weeks, through the end of lent and across the Easter celebration, has been “this changes everything”.

God’s “Yes”

Listen! Matthew 28:1-10 | Colossians 3:1-4 The whole of creation must have held its breath, waiting through two long nights and a day, waiting for the answer to the question posed by Good Friday. What would happen next?