Contributed on Jul 18, 2010
A fairly short talk given at an all-age baptism service as part of a series of talks entitled Jesus The Storyteller
It was a Saturday - the Jewish Sabbath - and Jesus had just had compassion on a lady who had been crippled "for 18 years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all" (13:11). Jesus did a wonderful thing. He placed his hands on her and healed her. She was delighted and praised God for her ...read more
Contributed on Aug 8, 2010
This sermon was deliberately intended to shock and shake up the Church. God’s priorities need to be our priorities - the Lost!
‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep’ (15:6). ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin’ (15:9). Rejoice with me; a young drug dealer is now clean. Rejoice with me; a former racist has completely changed his ways. Rejoice with me; a broken-hearted abused woman has found healing in body, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2010
God is liberal - and by that I mean generous, ample, extravagent in giving. Jesus told this parable ABOUT the crowd not TO the crowd. What is our response to the message of Jesus from the liberal God? What kind of soil are we?
God is liberal! God is not a Liberal Democrat, but God is liberal! God is not ’wishy-washy’, but God is liberal. God is incredibly generous and extravagant. God does not say, “Anything goes.” God is not that kind of liberal; but when the dictionary says ’abundant, ample, giving freely;[ and] ...read more