Sermons & Seminars

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
As Christians we are all ‘called’ (and I use a vocational word) to show in our lives the love of God (which is not an attribute of or adjective for God but the essence, the very identity of God).  And we occasionally succeed in this showing the love...
Glynn Cardy
“Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.” Those haunting words of the Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemöller, came after the Second World War. They express his coming to terms with the catastrophic events which impacted on him...
Allan Davidson Acts 2.1-18
On Easter Sunday, I was conducting the service at St Andrew’s in Symond Street, and after the Service while we were having a cup of tea, a woman and her son, who were visitors, spoke to me. They were from Serbia, Orthodox Christians, who since...
Graham Whaley
In the Book of Exodus, chapter 32, there is the story of how the Hebrew people out of their needs and fear created a golden calf to worship.  It was a fake god – fake good news. 
Glynn Cardy
There is a little prayer that one of our fellow parishioners was taught by her mother in the early 1930s.   It went like this: “Father Mother God, loving me, guard me while I sleep, guide my little feet up to Thee”.
Glynn Cardy
  Introduction: Today we have a collection of Bibles in church.  They evoke memories for us, and the people connected with those memories.  Some of those memories are good, some not so. I have two Bibles from my family.  One, dating from 1889, has...
Glynn Cardy
Before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus was proclaimed as Divine, Son of God, God, and God from God, as Lord, Redeemer, and Saviour of the World.  Those claims of Roman imperial theology were found everywhere in the Mediterranean world in texts,...
Glynn Cardy
Usually the meaning of Easter is couched in language that suggests that a dead man (Jesus) came literally back to life again.  The important question that gives rise from such literalism is, ‘So what?’  What difference does it make?  Of course there...
Glynn Cardy
I was talking with a teenager about death.  From his perspective death was the worst thing that could happen.  It would be the end of everything – dreams, hopes, plans, pleasure, purpose…  I’m glad he thought that way.  I wish every young person...
Glynn Cardy
The image of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, with palms being waved, is an enduring one.  It always looks slightly ridiculous for an adult to ride a donkey: the adult looks too big, his or her feet almost touching the ground; and we feel...
Glynn Cardy
The reading for today is the well-known story of a woman pouring expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus.  This story appears in all the four gospels in our Bible, though it is portrayed differently in each. 
Glynn Cardy
There are many ways to read the parable of what has long been called the prodigal son – ‘prodigal’ meaning of course ‘extravagant and wasteful’.  Yes, the interpreters blamed the youngest from the beginning!
Glynn Cardy
We are reeling from the shock and tragedy of the massacre on March 15th, trying to show solidarity with the suffering and grieving, and trying to come to terms with the questions it asks of us as a nation.  I saw that someone had calculated the...
Glynn Cardy
Welcome and Introduction  You may ask what has the horrors of Christchurch got to do with Irish blessing?  Quite a bit actually.  For Ireland, as any brief journey into its history will show, is littered with sectarian hatred, prejudice, violence –...
Glynn Cardy
I read a revision of a parable the other day.  It is interesting how just one new sentence can affect the meaning, helping us see something that maybe was always there but largely unnoticed. The parable was a re-telling of the first section of Luke...
Glynn Cardy
There is a little verse right at the start of the 4th Gospel that in English says “In the beginning was the Word”.  In a literal sense its wrong.  For words, including the written words in the Bible, are descriptors, describing or pointing to an...
Glynn Cardy

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