Our Gospel reading places us as a sheep belonging to Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Those who have been coming for a while know that I sometimes like to start my sermons with a joke, just to wake everyone up if the readings were dull or no one knew the last hymn.
I try to find a joke that somehow cleverly fits the theme of the sermon. This week I was trying to find sheep jokes and failed to find anything remotely relevant. But this is Marathon Sunday, and lots of our regulars are cut off or at least have their transport here disrupted… I was tempted to treat it as a teacher treats the last day of term and suggest that you all just “bring in games.” I have no excuse for the following jokes, other than that I am bringing in games!
So: What do you get if you cross an angry sheep and a moody cow?
John 3:1-17Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no oneContinue reading “Nicodemus must be Born Again after dark”
Today is the first Inclusive Church Sunday. As a Church we are very involved in Inclusive Church and are very committed to its cause. However, as as a white married man I have been asked by several people (including more than one Bishop!) why this maters to me. So I hope you will forgive my selfContinue reading “Inclusive Church Sunday 2013”
Luke 12:49-56 And Jesus said to them, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth?Continue reading “Embracing the Apocalypse”
Luke 10.38-42 38 Now as Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by herContinue reading “Mary, Martha and the Good Samaritan”
Mary Magdalene, was one of Jesus’s most celebrated disciples, and the most important female disciple in the Jesus movement. Luke’s gospel in chapter 8 tells us: He made his way through towns and villages , preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve as well as certainContinue reading “Mary Magdalene – a sermon by Margaret Offerman”