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
Preached on Sunday, 06.11.16 By the Reverend Dr. David Sinclair In what tense do you live? Our readings this morning offer us a choice of tenses, all of which can grab our attention – even perhaps our loyalty. Haggai, whose words (it must be said) do not often detain us, speaks of the past: … More God is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive
How keen are you on law? Let me put that another way: are you a ‘letter of the law’ person, or are you a ‘spirit of the law’ person? Or: how often do you read the small print of a contract? Do you see regulations and rules as enabling or as debilitating? Do they smooth the way, or do they get in the way? Do you think of codes of conduct, or legal stipulations, as ‘necessary safeguards’ or as ‘unnecessary red tape’. Are you a stickler for the rules, or a bender of the boundaries? And how are you when it comes to the idea of the law requiring to be interpreted? Would you see that as a recognition that principles have to be applied, but that the application will be influenced by the context? Or would you take the view that if a law requires to be interpreted, it must be a badly drafted law? … More I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people
The church does not live in exile in a strange and hostile land. The church lives and breathes to give thanks to God for the divine love which is for all people, whether or not they feel the need to give thanks themselves, whether or not they feel the need even occasionally to go to church to do it. Jeremiah speaks to us when he writes to those in Babylon: settle down, join in the life of the world, put down roots, make your place and your home with those by whom God has surrounded you. Work for their welfare, not just your own; give thanks for their blessings, not just your own; think of healing as communal, not only individual. You are all in this together, because God has put you here together. So don’t think of yourselves as ‘different’ or ‘special’ or ‘especially loved’; praise the God who loves you all, cares for you all, and the one who works through you for the welfare of all the city, so that through you the city of God may yet be built and revealed in all God’s glory. … More Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile
Our biblical readings may not have obvious harvest references in them, but we can have a look; we can look for clues about how we approach and understand harvests. Look first at the reading from Lamentations; look there, and you find the talk is of patience – of waiting for the Lord to produce the harvest. It is therefore about trust. Harvests are all about trust. Producing a harvest involves work and skill and dedication – but above all it needs patience and trust. You need to wait, and let the harvest grow – dig, pick, crop too early, and all will be lost. In other words, if you run out of trust and start poking around, there will be no harvest at all. … More We have done only what we ought to have done!