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Rules and Relationships – a sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will … Continue reading

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What kind of crazy story is this – a sermon on the virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-25)?!

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being … Continue reading

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Christ is King! (a sermon on Luke 23:33-43)

We have reached the end of another ecclesiastical year. The church year differs from the calendar year, of course, because it is structured around the life of Jesus rather than around the movement of the stars. It begins with the … Continue reading

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Talking about Mordechai Vanunu on the set of Hamghesse

In August 2016 I had the privilege to travelling to Iran to be featured in an episode of ‘Hamghesse’ (which means ‘stories’ in Farsi). You can read my reflections on the trip as a whole in my blog (here). What … Continue reading

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Some questions about Zacchaeus! (a sermon on Luke 19:1-10)

  I read what I felt was an excellent article by John Pilger yesterday, entitled “Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump” where he gave a very good analysis of the way media propaganda works: “Imagine two cities. … Continue reading

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If there’s no hell, what’s the point in being good? (a sermon on Luke 17:1-10)

  Here we are on the most depressing Sunday of the year. It’s a long weekend, which is one reason why I anticipated a drop in attendance today. Any number of our flock have taken off for the weekend with … Continue reading

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Power, wealth and self-deception (a sermon on Luke 16:19-31)

I’ve read two books recently by Nabeel Qureshi, who is an Islamic-Christian convert – that is, he was a Muslim who has converted to Christianity – and I’ve gained some real insight from his work. One area though where I … Continue reading

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Jesus told them another joke (a sermon on Luke 18:9-14)

Luke chapter 18: “Jesus told them another joke”, we are told, “and He told this one to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and looked down on others.”  Did you hear the one about the Pharisee and … Continue reading

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Fighting Father Dave on Outlook (BBC World Service)

I had hoped that when a larger-than-life portrait of myself in my boxing gear appeared in the middle of the Sydney CBD (see my mural story) that it might lead to me getting a high-profile boxing match. Well … nothing so far. … Continue reading

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