SERMON: Do Not Add or Take Away

Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Jeremiah 26:2; Revelation 22:18-19 A. INTRODUCTION Whether we like it or not we live in a world of change. And to a large extent that change is of our own making. We change our landscape: we clear trees, we mine for minerals,...

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DEVOTION: The Call for a King

1 Samuel 8:1-22 Today, a glimpse of what it means to have a monarchy, but from an Old Testament perspective: Because, for a thousand years—since the time of Abraham—the people had lived and done well under God’s guidance. They hadn’t needed an earthly king. Indeed,...

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SERMON: The Two Great Commandments

Luke 10:25-37 A. INTRODUCTION One of the great traditions of the church—and amongst Anglican’s in particular—has been the reciting of the commandments. Indeed, in the Book of Common Prayer, the Ten Commandments were required to be recited at every single communion...

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DEVOTION: The Spiritual Journey

Matthew 7:13-14 One of the things about life is that it can seem to be smoothly rolling along—like we haven’t a care in the world—when all of a sudden it comes to a screeching halt, and we are forced to take a change in direction. It can happen when we are young, when...

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QUESTION: Retirement

It is often said that there is no such thing as retirement in the church. But, if so, why does the church behave differently to its workers who have technically “retired” but are still willing to help? Where, in biblical terms, is the respect and care that is due to...

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QUESTION: Caring for One Another

The issue of child abuse continues to be part of our everyday news. But does the church really believe that saying sorry, paying reparations to the victims, and bringing in preventative measures, alone, will change the church into an institution that really cares?...

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QUESTION: Death Penalty

There is a movement, these days, against the use of the death penalty. And yet God, on Mount Sinai, proclaimed its use for those who undermine his authority and for those who attack the stability of the community. Does that suggest that we are missing something in our...

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OPINION: No Appetite for Change

With all the publicity about child abuse in the church, with the church having to deal with what happened on its watch, it would be easy to think that there might be a mood to consider the wider implications. After all, the abuse of children (and other vulnerable...

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STORY: My Καπρικορνιαn Diary

Nisan 4. Arrived on Καπρικορνια. Living on a planet where the day is twenty-two Earth hours long will certainly make life interesting. After all, should I keep Earth time or Καπρικορνιαn time? I will need to keep Καπρικορνιαn time to do my job, but I will also need...

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SERMON: Another Counsellor

John 14:16 A. INTRODUCTION These days we seem to have become a nation of Do-It-Yourself-ers. Or that’s what the TV tries to tell us. If something breaks, we try to fix it: If there’s a problem with the car, we become mechanics. If we have a minor electrical fault or...

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