Sermon on the Parable of the Mustard Seed

Reading

Mark 4:30-32

 

Today our minister, Peter, spoke about the parable of the mustard seed, examining its context and meaning and using it to explore Jesus’s teaching on the Kingdom of God.

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Sermon on the Parable of the Lost Sheep- 6th August 2017

Readings;

Matthew 18:12-14

Luke 15:1-7

In his sermon this morning, Rev. Bluett looked at the meaning of, and the different perspectives of the characters in, the parable of the Lost Sheep.

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Hands held together in prayer

Message on Creation and Community- 16th July 2017

Reading

Colossians 1:15-20

In todays’s message, one of our elders, Colin MacNeill, spoke on the subject of “Creation and Community.” Reflecting on Paul’s rebuttal to the perceived spiritual elitism of Gnosticism contained in his letter to the Collosians, Colin explored the theme of how Christ holds all things together, and how this affects our relationships, not only with God but in our calling to a church community.

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Sermon on Non-Violent Resistance- 9th July 2017

Readings

Matthew 5:38-42

Matthew 10:24-31

 

In today’s sermon, our Minister, Peter, continued his series on the myth of redemptive violence, by looking at real life examples of successful alternatives to violent resistance, and how Jesus prepared his disciples for the path of non-violence.

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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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