Read Mark in Lent 2021

I am preaching on Mark 1:9–15 this Sunday for All Saints’, Ealing, and got to thinking about how the focus of this passage is on Jesus and what happens to him—as opposed to the easy danger of assuming that the Gospels are all about us, our experience is just like that of Jesus, and the story is really about us hearing God say, ‘You are my son/daughter’ to us. Like all the stories in Mark, an ancient biography, the focus is on Jesus, and that Continue reading →

A sermon on Psalm 2

Here’s a sermon which is a touch over 25 minutes, and explores Psalm 2 both in its Old Testament setting and in the way Luke and Acts make use of the psalm. Thoughts and comments welcome! Warning for those who are sensitive to lack of political correctness: I start with a joke about a blonde, making clear in my introductory words that it trades on a caricature.

A two-part overview of the book of Ruth

We’re starting a sermon series on the book of Ruth at my church, All Saints, Ealing, this coming Sunday (10 January 2021), and I’ve done an overview of the book to orientate the congregation. It’s in these two videos: the first is just over 9 minutes, and the second is a little under 17 minutes. Comments very welcome!

A sermon on Luke 1:26-38

Here’s a video sermon (just over 20 minutes) which I have just recorded for a church in Pune, India (hence the greetings at the beginning) on Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38. Comments most welcome! Incidentally, I had two incidents in November of my blog being hacked. Following good help from my hosting company, InMotion, all now seems to be well. For those who know about such things, I’ve gone over to a secure URL—hence it now begins https, rather than http.