Tag Archives: Bible

Advent hope

I wonder what you are looking forward to. Christmas? A holiday? Seeing friends or family? A medical procedure that you hope will make life easier? Maybe there isn’t anything. You are finding life hard, and seeing hope or joy in the future is just beyond you. Perhaps when you look forward all you see is […]

Job – All of it

This evening we are diving into the story of Job. We’ve had two readings from the book of Job, but actually we are going to take the opportunity to look at the whole of the book. Even for one of our longer, Dive, sermons, this is quite an undertaking, and we’re not going to be […]

Mountaintops

I was talking to my family this week about the preparation I was doing for this sermon. I explained that I had read some commentaries and written some notes, but that I was struggling a bit. What’s the Bible passage, and what’s it about. Well, I said. It’s towards the end of Hebrews, it draws […]

Mark 9 – Salt and Fire

I wonder how you feel about salt. I have what I think is slightly love/hate relationship with it. On the one hand I know that too much salt is bad for me – high blood pressure etc. So, I don’t usually cook with salt – I just leave it out when recipes list it. My […]

Heroes of Faith – Joseph

Occasionally on my day off in the summer I enjoy watching the coverage of the cycling grand tours, the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, or the Vuelta Espana. There’s something about watching the beautiful continental landscape slide by, with the gentle commentary passing the hours. However, the coverage in the UK is never on […]

Walk the Way

Last week we were exploring what it means for us to prepare the way of the Lord now. We talked about the importance of believing that Jesus is going to return, of sharing that good news with others, and of being that good news by caring tenderly for others. This week, we’re thinking about another […]

Who gives a fig?

Welcome to Advent. I’m not sure why, but I do seem to have a habit of turning up at St Catherine’s on the first Sunday of Advent. And here we are again, at the beginning of a new church year, looking forward to Christmas. In previous years, I’ve brought along a round tuit, talked about […]

Facing Opposition

I wonder if you ever get the feeling that there’s always something getting in the way. Somehow life has become one big obstacle course. Now obstacle races can be fun at a school sports day, and some people enjoy adventure racing over assault courses, but when life itself – work, family life, friendships, projects, become […]

Centered on the Word

I feel like recently I’ve been starting a lot of sermons with references to TV programmes. I wonder if that’s anything to do with lock down? Anyway, I wonder if there are any other fans of the The Great Pottery Throwdown out there? For those of you not in the know, it’s like Bakeoff, but […]

That you might believe

“These are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” This is why John wrote what we now call John’s gospel. The word, “gospel” means, “good news”, and the good news that John saw in […]