I was reminded in preparing this sermon of a book written by Umberto Eco about a tale of plots and threats, a tale invented in the nineteenth century to justify the persecution of the Jews, a tale of their threatened takeover of the world – ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’. … More Thus Esau despised his birthright.
For a preacher, the use of the lectionary has many advantages. But it can also be somewhat challenging, trying to discern and understand what the central theme, which unifies a set of readings which don’t obviously at first cohere, actually is. … More May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God our strength and our redeemer. Amen
In 1990 we as a family were on holiday in Canada and, on Sunday, we went to church. The bible reading was the same one we heard this morning, about Abraham and Isaac, about sacrifice and the voice of God. The minister said that there was provision in the church hall for children during the sermon – and he encouraged parents to send their children to use that provision because, he said, what he was going to say might not be for young ears. So, of course, our 8 year-old and 6 year-old decided they were going to stay. … More By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac.
It is typical. Typical of God’s calling to us that is. That on the day of Pentecost, instead of being allowed to dwell on what it feels like and, means to have tongues of fire resting on you, the disciples have to go straight out and start preaching. … More
So Matthew’s gospel begins with the promise of the Messiah, whose name will be Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us’; and it ends with the words of that Messiah: ‘and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ And the way the church found to talk about this creator who is with us, in the flesh and in the spirit, is the doctrine of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Spirit; creator, redeemer, sustainer. … More Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
It’s not the first question asked in the story of the Ascension; in some ways it’s the answer to the first question. The first question, you will remember was this: ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ It’s the equivalent of the children in the back of the car who, after a short time on the journey, ask: ‘are we there yet?’ … More Why do you stand looking up towards heaven?
Preached on Sunday, 21.05.2017 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair We went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. We celebrate this year as the 60th year of Christian Aid Week, but Christian Aid (under a couple of other names) goes back to 1945. Christian Aid … More We went through fire and through water
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.’
Sunday to Thursday, 7pm Palm Sunday 9 April Wellington, Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ Monday 10 April St John’s Renfield Tuesday 11 April Kelvinside Hillhead, service hosted by Hillhead Baptist Church Wednesday 12 April Wellington Thursday 13 April … More Holy Week services
As part of a series of discussion events, the Congregational Life Committee will be organising a short afternoon discussion on older people and the church after the lunch on Sunday 2nd April at 1.30pm in the Library. We will be using resources produced by the Church of Scotland and looking in particular at what the … More OLDER PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH
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