Sunday Reflections

Forgiving the Unforgivable

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Have you ever felt that someone else withheld forgiveness from you, or you from them? Scene 1 in today’s story is about the pressure on the small businessman hoping debtors will pay up before the creditors need payment. For us DEBT provides a metaphor for forgiveness.  Note that when the servant asks, he is totally for forgiven. But when we...
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The Church, The Poor & The Rich

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Everyone loves to eat. Over 20 years as shops change up the road, many new ones are for food and drink. Food is a social lubricant. As we eat together we relax and chat and build relationships.Jesus had a reputation for eating out, and drinking! His stories reflect his way of life – gregarious. And a congregation is to be...
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Living Church

Sunday, June 20, 2021

According to the NT, ‘Christians’ were first called ‘People of the Way’. This is how Paul identified the people he hunted down, and himself. No mention of the name Christ. A progressive view focuses on the teaching rather than the teacher. In this view, Ethics is primary and provides a level playing field for our working together with all people...
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Empowered to Live

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Our older son has given up church and God although he values his Christian heritage. Church that was empowering for him in early adulthood became disempowering. Thru our discussion I understood that Empowerment is a theme in which Jesus and Paul are united. Do you feel your faith empowers you?The gospels tell of many people set free from illness or...
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Oneness with others is oneness with God

Sunday, May 16, 2021

I ask myself: Am I a spiritual person? Are you? I am more a free spirit and not really religious. Still I think of myself and of each of you as essentially spiritual. I have friends who no longer go to church: ‘the church alumni society’! They have given up religion but not the spiritual. My atheist Humanist friends run a...
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How Do You Recognise God?

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Today the sermon asks, “How do you recognise God?”  In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples God will send them a helper: “This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”   It seems as if...
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Spiritual Connection for a Fruitful Life

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Part of our family is Julien, who was born in France and is studying wine production. Just as he will always be French, the identity of wine is given by the stock. Australian vintners can no longer name their wines after the regions of France where the grapes originated.How does Jesus as our root stock elucidate our identity and bear...
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Beyond Us and Them

Sunday, April 25, 2021

What is the most profound text in the Hebrew Bible? Deut 10:12-19 describes a God who has no favourites and loves not only Israel but also the stranger. Israel is commanded to do the same. The most profound OT text is matched by the most difficult in the NT: ‘Love your enemies and do good to your abusers’ (Matt.5). Jesus...
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Seeing Jesus As He Really Is

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Some years ago, a senior colleague in ministry was appreciating a communion liturgy I carefully prepared with a progressive and universal character. However, he shocked me with his question: ‘But why have you got that word ‘Christ’ in there?’ Perhaps he thought Jesus understood as Christ had lost its meaning.His question prompted me to further focus my language on the...
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Make it Happen

Sunday, April 11, 2021

In a subject I took at university, one student was late for every single lecture.   The lecturer would have given us the handouts.   The subject of the next essay would have been announced.  The class would have settled down to take notes on the day’s lecture.  Then the door would open and this woman would come in, all...
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