February 3, 2019

St Nicholas of Flüe is the patron saint of Switzerland.  He lived in the 15th century, and he was a farmer who became a military leader, a member of local government, and a judge.  He was also a devout Christian, who was respected as a man of complete moral integrity....

January 27, 2019

Luke 4.14-21

We are due to have a federal election this year in Australia, and it must be held by the 2nd of November.  Now suppose I decide to put myself forward as a candidate to become your local member in parliament.  For my election campaign I could probably afford...

January 20, 2019

John 2.1-11

The account of the wedding at Cana is a fascinating look into everyday life in the days of Jesus, and it sounds in some ways very similar to our own experience. 

Weddings were a very important part of social life in the first century, as they are now.  Can we...

January 13, 2019

Luke 3.15-22

What is the first thing you see when you come into St Mary Mag?  Maybe lots of things.  But right there in the middle of our vision is usually the baptism font.  Maybe we are so used to it is why we don’t see it anymore.  This can happen with our own baptis...

January 6, 2019

Matthew 2.1-12

There are two quite different accounts of the birth of Jesus in the bible, one in the gospel of Luke, and the other in the gospel of Matthew.  

Luke shows us the lowliness of Jesus’ birth, so totally unexpected for a messiah.  In Luke’s picture, Jesus iden...

December 30, 2018

Luke 2.41-52

I hope that Christmas this year for you was everything that you hoped it would be.  Christmas can be a joyful time, and it can also be a challenging time, as I know it was within my own family.

And now it is over.  All the Christmas excitement has ended - an...

December 23, 2018

Luke 1.39-45

How much world history do you know?  Do you know who was the Roman emperor around 4BC?  Neither do I.  But we could look it up in the bible.  It comes at the beginning of Luke’s story about the birth of Jesus.  Was the emperor at that time someone worth rem...

December 16, 2018

Philippians 4.4-7

If a pilot of an aeroplane says he has ‘no joy,’ he doesn’t mean he is sad and depressed.  He just means that he can’t see or hear something.  So if the ground controller says ‘You have traffic at 3 o’clock’ (which means on his right) and the pilot can...

December 9, 2018

Luke 3.1-6

My first property was an old house that I bought to let.  But before I could rent it out, I had to get it up to legal standard.  The previous owners had made it attractive.  But over the years they had done some things on the cheap.  I didn’t want to spend wh...

December 2, 2018

Luke 21.25-38

Hollywood disaster films: before they begin, you know the ending.  Every now and then I like to watch one, just to relax and not have to think.  Not long ago there was one on TV called Dante’s Peak.  The story was set in a very pretty but imaginary town in...

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