Sermons & Seminars

There are 44 days to Christmas.  The decorations are already up in shops, and I heard a Christmas carol on the radio last week. Christmas is certainly the most popular Christian festival and almost everyone in the world will be affected by it.  But...
Allan Jones
Today in the Church calendar is the nearest Sunday to All Saints Day.  I call it ‘All Crazies Day’; for most of them were.  They, like us, are on the long road, the windy one, that doesn’t avoid suffering nor joy. I think Zaccheus was crazy.  He was...
Glynn Cardy
The story of the Pharisee and the Toll Collector is for Luke, most commentators, and most audiences, a simple story with a ‘baddie’ and a ‘goodie’.  The ‘baddie’ is pious, recounting to God his good deeds (as if God didn’t know), and comparing his...
Glynn Cardy (Luke 18:9-15)
Last Sunday I spoke about Paul’s belief, hope, and goal: that love should conquer violence and hatred.  He tried actioning that belief by getting Jewish and Greek followers of Jesus to dine together.  It sounds simple, easy even.  But, as I said,...
Glynn Cardy
In the year 48 CE Paul was in Antioch (now called Antakya, in Turkey), and he was trying to get Jews and Greeks to sit down for a meal together.  It was proving difficult.
Glynn Cardy
  There was an old woman I knew.  She had fostered and cared for countless numbers of animals.  Although she was a gentle soul the words her son said at her funeral have stayed with me:  ‘She cared enough to be angry’. There is an anger that...
Glynn Cardy
‘One day you will have to face up to the truth about yourself’.  A favourite way of making this point in the ancient world was to imagine what happened to people when they died.  Then their true reward would come.  Such thinking inspired visions of...
Glynn Cardy Luke 16:19-31
One of the most popular images of the church in the New Testament, is Paul’s description of the Church as “the Body of Christ”. Paul uses this image in Romans and Corinthians and it also appears in Ephesians and Colossians. The Church for Paul was...
Allan Davidson Romans 12.3-13
Three weeks ago I spoke briefly about the three parables in Luke 15 (the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son) set in the context of dinner conversation, and how Luke shapes these parables to fit with his vision of everyone belonging,...
Glynn Cardy Luke 15:11-32
Homily One In the early second century Pliny the Younger, the Roman governor of Bithynia et Pontus (now in modern Turkey) wrote a letter to Emperor Trajan and asked for counsel on dealing with followers of Jesus.  He’d captured for interrogation two...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: You might be wondering about the gingerbread this morning, and what its connection with Father’s Day is.  Well, there are a couple of things we know about gingerbread.  One of the good things the Romans did was bring from Africa; and...
Glynn Cardy
The three parables in Luke 15 are addressed to Jesus’ opponents, the Pharisees, who object to eating at table with ‘sinners’.  Thus Luke’s objective in his narrative is to entice the Pharisees to table fellowship with those they reject.  In the...
Glynn Cardy
August 15th is one of the feast days in the church calendar for remembering Mary, the mother of Jesus.  In Advent-tide, the days leading up to Christmas, Mary is part of a tableau of characters arrayed around the manger.  She adorns Christmas cards...
Glynn Cardy
A story from Anthony De Mello: “Excuse me,” said one ocean fish to another, “You are older and more experienced than I, and you will probably be able to help me.  Tell me: where can I find this thing they call the Ocean?  I’ve been searching for it...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction Our theme today is ekklesia, a Greek word that has been translated as ‘church’.   It has three meanings: a vocation, a community, and a building.  The literal meaning of ekklesia is ‘called out’, referring to people who are given or...
Glynn Cardy
Prayer Glynn Cardy 28/7/2019   Introduction Many of us have grown up with the religious framing that prayer is a form of communication to God.  Mostly this is understood as words, whether said or sung, whether privately, publicly, or silently.  And...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: Our theme today is hospitality; and our biblical texts are a Jesus parable about a dinner party, Abraham’s and Sarah’s dinner party at the Oaks of Mamre (‘the Oaks’ being not the name of a pub), and Luke the gospel writer praising Mary...
Glynn Cardy Luke 14:15-24, 10:38-42, Genesis 18:1-15
In the name of God, Creating, Redeeming, and Giving us Life.  Amen.             In recent years a lot of my inspiration for sermons has come from whatever books I’ve been reading.  What that means is that while I quietly like to think of myself as...
Richard Bonifant
The term of ‘kingdom of God’ was a way of posing the question: ‘What would the world be like if God was in charge?’  The answer, as proclaimed in the Hebrew Scriptures, was ‘justice’ and ‘compassion’.  But how that would be delivered was Jesus’...
Glynn Cardy
On the first weekend of July Matthew Fox will be at St Luke’s.  For the last 45 years he has developed and taught Creation Spirituality, which is rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions...
Glynn Cardy

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