We can't condone what Judas did, but we can understand it.
Thoughts on love, lust and a positive vision for life, from the Sermon on the Mount.
There are two competing narratives which explain and describe life on earth; the problem is that Christians we forget which one they are living in!
Dead people stay dead. But if one person didn't actually stay dead, then the whole world is a different place to the one we think we are living in.
Jesus wasn’t born in a nice unit in a modern hospital. He was born in a fairly primitive building, perhaps lit by smoky oil lamps. His mother was an unmarried teenage girl, in a town far away from her family and friends. I’ve no doubt that the women of the village gathered round to help the strange girl who found herself giving birth a long way from home. That's what happens in relational societies. When Jesus came into the world, he was a funny colour and if he didn’t start screaming immediately, a woman no-doubt smacked his bum to get his lungs working and some air flowing.
Here is my sermon from Christ Church Flackwell Heath on James 1:22-25.
I recently had the pleasure of preaching at Portswood Church in Southampton for their world mission Sunday. We looked at a passage to which I seem to be returning with great regularity, these days; Acts 8. For some reason, our podcast player doesn't seem to be working, but you can download the talk here.
Here is my sermon from this morning's service at Christ Church Flackwell Heath
This is a sermon I preached at Chinnor Congregational Church at a service celebrating the work of my colleague Ann Long. Ann was the Wycliffe administrator who took care of Sue and I before we went to Africa, and years later became the head of HR while I was director in Ivory Coast and latterly, … Continue reading Barnabas
Yesterday morning, I found myself facing something of a dilemma. I was due to preach at Christ Church Flackwell Heath (the church we attend, when we aren't speaking elsewhere), on Mission Through The Bible - part of a monthly series that will span the whole year. However, about an hour before heading out to church, … Continue reading Where Was God?