The Holy Spirit in Context

A sermon preached on Exaudi, 12 May 2013, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Fareham Text: John 15:26—16:4 A recording of the sermon is available here. What follows below is unedited, typos and all. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. In the name of ✠ Jesus. But…

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Hearing Is Believing

Sermon preached on Quasimodo Geniti (Second Sunday of Easter) Text: John 20:19–31 (Ezekiel 37:1–14  1 John 5:4–10 ) 15 April 2012 Our Saviour Lutheran Church Fareham It’s one of my favourite paintings, and as far as I know one of the best known of Caravaggio’s many masterpieces: Doubting Thomas. Jesus is revealing the wound in…

Behold, your mother

A sermon preached at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Fareham, on Good Friday 22 April 2011 Text: John 19:26-27 In all the gruesome gore of the crucifixion, amidst the injustice and cruelty, and the terrible suffering and pain, John relates to us a most incongruous scene of touching affection: When Jesus saw his mother and the…

All things in his hands

A sermon preached at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Maundy Thursday 21 April 2011 Text: John 13:1-15 The more you think about it, the stranger this Gospel reading is. We are very used to it, and we have learned what it means, which is a very good thing. But it is also a good thing…

Faith-work

"And at the heart of [the] contrast [between Jesus and Moses as new vs. old] are the different functions assigned to obedience under the two mediators. 'For the Law was given by Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ' (Jn. 1:17). From the perspective of the first Moses, the question, 'What must we do,…