Sermon on the Just War Theory- 25th June 2017

Readings

Ecclesiastes 9:13-18

1 Peter 3:8-19

In today’s sermon, our minister, Peter, continued his series on the myth of redemptive violence by looking at the issue of war, and in particular, the just war theory. By tracing the history of Christian thought on war and violence back to its roots, he presented a challenge to much of the teaching which has been mainstream since, at least, the time of Augustine.

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Sermon on Dying to Self- 18th June 2017

Reading

John 12:20-26

In this morning’s sermon, Rev. Bluett continued his theme of challenging domination systems by looking at what the phrase “dying to self” means.

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Sermon on the meaning of the Cross 11th June 2017

Readings

Luke 4:1-21

John 13:31-35

This morning, Peter, our Minister, continued his series on domination systems and the myth of redemptive violence, by considering the meaning of the Cross of Christ and challenging the view that it was an example of Godly violence.

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Sermon on challenging domination systems 28th May 2017

Readings

Luke 7:18-50

Matthew 12:46-50

In this morning’s sermon, Rev. Peter Bluett continued his series on the myth of redemptive violence by looking at Jesus’s challenge to the patriarchal domination system found in family life in his day.

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Sermon on the Myth of Redemptive Violence, part 2, 14th May 2017

Mother and children at a Batak Negrito Village, Malaysia. Photo by Brandon Newberg. CC licence, Flikr.

 

Readings

Psalm 23

John 4:1-30

In today’s sermon, our minister, Peter Bluett, continued the theme of the myth of redemptive violence, by looking at an example used by the theologian Walter Wink of a society which has traditionally been non-hierarchical and non-violent, namely, the Batek Negrito people of the Malaysian peninsula. Contrasting this with the domination systems identified by Wink, common in Western culture, he then went on to explore Jesus’ vision for society.

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Sermon on the Myth of Redemptive Violence, part one, 30 April 2017

Readings

Micah 4: 1-4

Matthew 5:38 – 6:4

In this morning’s sermon, the first of a series, Rev. Peter Bluett began to explore what the American theologian, activist and writer, Walter Wink, called “the Myth of Redemptive Violence.” In the sermon he looked at the Babylonian creation myth,  the Enûma Eliš, highlighting the violent underpinnings of the birth of the cosmos in this myth, and exploring the structure of societies which use violence as a tool for bringing peace and order.

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Sermon on vision- 23rd April 2017

Reading

Isaiah 43: 14-21

 

Today our Session Clerk, John Hodge, spoke about vision, looking at how we might recognise God’s presence and working, and how we can seek to answer God’s call.

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Palm Sunday Message- 9th April 2017

In today’s All Age Service, we watched a re-enactment of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and considered some objects closely associated with the final week of Jesus’ life. Our minister, Peter, then spoke about those objects, and what we might like to consider when thinking about the significance of the events of that last week.

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Sermon on God’s Inclusivity- 2nd April 2017

Readings

Luke 5:27-39

Matthew 5:43-48

In a powerful sermon this morning, Rev. Peter Bluett spoke about the inclusivity of God, challenging some of the preconceived ideas about God’s judgment which people have had, and opening up a deeper insight into the nature of God’s love.

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