Sermons on Matthew
We’re talking God’s economy here.
“Why is ‘evil’ allowed to exist?”
What is our role? How aware are you of the influence your life is having there where you are?
Three questions to ask ourselves.
‘The Great Commission’ is about Jesus telling us NOT to be silent! We have our instructions: May God’s smiling on us be the result of our good and faithful response to all of what Christ instructed those 1000s of years ago, and what he still so clearly instructs today – that our lives come to model all of the loving justice, compassion and healing hope that Our Trinity God intends, the Redeeming Christ has secured, and the Empowering Holy Spirit has sealed for us all.
Summary Today’s passage (Matthew 4:1-11) reveals for us both the nature of temptation and the wiles of how we are led into temptation. Temptation draws from what we know – in Christ’s case it was his own authority as well as his deep knowledge of scripture – but then twists those things in our minds towards some toxic, nefarious end for which they were certainly not intended. There’s the Tempter’s straw man argument of ‘…if you are…then…’ To which Christ’s…
Christ’s transfiguration is presented as God’s endorsement of who Jesus is
We are invited to “chew” on the difficult text.
Following Christ is meant to be what makes life worth living
What is the food Christ longs for you to be eating?
we are being urged NOT to hold back
to help us wrestle with what we may learn from Mary and Joseph
There are so many things that scream for our attention, that it’s almost impossible to notice which points us to Christ!
How are we ‘getting ready’ for the celebration of Christ’s birth?
Most of us have never really met ourselves…We’ve met who we pretend to be, and who others have said who we are, or even who we’ve aspired to be, but not ourselves!
Those on the outside come somehow more equipped to recognize the glory of God’s love in Jesus so much more quickly than those on the inside.
Every good mother wants the best for her children, right?
Thanksgiving Sunday is always one of my favourites in the church calendar year as we gather to give thanks and praise for the harvest. It’s one of my favourite days as we begin to notice the cooler mornings and longer nights and all this in the midst of revelling in the brilliant hues of the autumnal colours. Thanksgiving Sunday is one of my favourites because it brings back so many memories from my childhood when I attended South Burnaby United…
There are so many interesting, beautiful, perplexing stories told around the birth of Jesus. But one that has fascinated me for a long time is the genealogy of Jesus, which opens the Gospel of Matthew.
the paradox at the heart of our tradition, that our God is a merciful judge; that the one who preaches a way that is narrow has a love that reaches wide; the one who is all powerful walks each day beside us.
These stories are a wake-up call for us, a reminder to keep awake to what God has done.
Go and do that which is still left undone to do.
This time of big change in our church is an opportunity for us to re-centre ourselves in the radical heart of our faith, this story of a powerful, saving, reconciling love that knows no limits.
Church is a holy mess. And it always has been. We come as patches of the quilt, willing to be formed into God’s beautiful tapestry.
God is alive and active, roving amongst us even today.
Our opportunity today is to recover this sense of what the church is, an outpost of the kingdom of heaven, a community unlike any other, a place where God’s will is done on earth, as in heaven.
For God’s will to be done on earth, here in the church, as it is in heaven, then love must always be our guide!
I’ve come to believe that how we answer these two questions—Who is Jesus? and What is the purpose of the Church?—is of fundamental importance to us as a church.