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Pentecost 9

Readings: 2 Samuel 11:1–15; Ephesians 3:14–21 & John 6:1–21 Critics of the Bible often point out the apparent contradictions between stories that appear in more than one of the Gospels as proof that much of what is contained in the Bible is unreliable. Richard Dawkins, for example, argues that because the Gospels weren’t written until many years after the death of Jesus,…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1–14a, Ephesians 2:11–22 & Mark 6:30–34, 53–56 I’m sure we’re all familiar with the saying, “Home is where the heart is”. It’s thought to have originated in the mid-seventeenth century, but the first instances of it being recorded in writing apparently didn’t occur until the mid-nineteenth century. The saying has generally been interpreted to mean that your home is…

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19; Ephesians 1:1–14 & Mark 6:14–29 I recently started rewatching the TV series Game of Thrones with Jiayin because she has never seen it. For those of you who have seen the series yourselves, I’m sure you would agree with me that King Herod’s birthday banquet, which is described in today’s…

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10; 2 Corinthians 12:2–10 & Mark 6:1–13 My preparation as a candidate for ordination in the Diocese of Melbourne included participating in the Ministry Formation Program at Trinity College Theological School while I was studying for my degree in theology. A requirement of the Formation Program was to complete placements in…

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27; 2 Corinthians 8:7–15 & Mark 5:21–43 In the sermon I gave at St Aidan’s last Sunday, I suggested that a lot of people in the world are living in a more heightened state of anxiety now than they were 18 months ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Pre-COVID, people were…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 1 Samuel 17:32–49; 2 Corinthian 6:1–13 & Mark 4:35–41 Do you think people feel less secure about life, or less in control of their own lives, than they did before COVID-19? I imagine a lot of people in the world are living in a more heightened state of anxiety now than they were 18 months…

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Third Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6–10, 14–17 & Mark 4:26–34 Just over a year ago I became aware of the increasing popularity of YouTube reaction videos. If you’re wondering what reaction videos are, they’re essentially videos of other people watching videos, or listening to audio. The creators of these reaction videos record their spontaneous reactions…

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Second Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 1 Samuel 8:4–11, 16–20; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 & Mark 3:20–35 Life in the world in 2021 is very different to life in the 11th century BCE, when Saul was anointed the first King of Israel by the prophet Samuel, and it’s also very different to life in the time of Jesus in the 1st century…

Trinity Sunday

Sermon for Trinity Sunday Readings: Isaiah 6:1–8; Romans 8:12–17 & John 3:1–17 I’d like you to think for a moment, that living a life of faith is like driving a car. First we learn the road rules which, in the case of our faith, would be things like the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus. Next we take lessons on how…

The Day of Pentecost

Sermon for the Day of Pentecost  Readings: Acts 2:1–21; Romans 8:22–27 & John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15 When Jesus was talking with his disciples for the last time, he told them that he would send them the Paraclete, which means helper or advocate, who would teach them everything, and remind them of all that he said to them while he was with them. The…