Have you noticed the mismatch between the question and the answer? Of course, it’s not unusual; Jesus often, with his disciples and with others, answers at a tangent, changing the direction, changing the ground of the conversation. Here, Thomas asks a question about a destination; and Jesus answers about a journey. He does talk about a destination, actually, but the destination he refers to is ‘the Father’. And then he says that if you want to know the way to the Father, then it’s the way to Jesus that you’re after. So where are you going, they ask him; and essentially he answers that he is going to himself. It’s all very confusing. … More ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.’
Today, the day that Jesus was raised, the first fruits of God’s promise, the ultimate sign that the temple curtain with all its divisions and barriers had indeed been destroyed, and destroyed forever. Today we gather to celebrate that destruction, to celebrate the end of division, to announce new life, new future, new hope. … More ‘The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.’
The story of Judas is the story of betrayal that informs all other stories of betrayal. No one is in any doubt what is meant when somebody is referred to, to their face or behind their back, as a ‘Judas’. It is in some ways the ultimate in accusations, the ultimate in insults.
Preached on Sunday, 02.04..2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair There are perhaps relatively few characters from the bible who have passed into common parlance in the English language. Jeremiah, from the Old Testament, might be one. Next week we will look at Judas, whose story is widely known (or at least an approximation of … More ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
Preached on Sunday, 05.03.2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair Today, the first Sunday of Lent, we begin our journey toward Golgotha and Gethsemane, toward defeat and despair, betrayal and denial, suffering and abandonment, wholeness and hope. Today we begin to consider again what a story from a different time and a … More Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness
Preached on Sunday, 26.02.2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. The story begins with Moses. Moses … More Until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts
Preached on Sunday, 19.02.2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair There was recently a captain of the Australian rugby team, admired by all, who always seemed to know the right thing to do, and was always able to do it. His nickname was ‘nobody’; because ‘nobody’s perfect’. ‘Perfect’ for most of us, however, is … More Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect
Preached on Sunday, 05.02.2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, … More You are the light of the world