A selection of sermons

TaranakiTaranaki Maunga  from Manganui Gorge

Not the only game in town
A sermon for Palm Sunday
Sunday 10 April 2022

Psalm enchanted evening
A sermon about the value of the Psalms
Sunday 13 March 2022

Blessed are you who are vaccinated
A sermon about vaccine mandates and the actions of some who oppose them
Sunday 13 February 2022

Come to the river
A sermon for the Baptism of Jesus
Sunday 9 January 2022

A modern Christmas miracle
A sermon for Christmas Eve
Friday 24 December 2021

When we stumble
A sermon about when we mess up, and why I don't believe in hell
Sunday 26 September 2021

Let's not reject grace
A sermon about hope and reconciliation
Sunday 8 August 2021

Whose side are we on?
A sermon about sexual abuse in the Church
Sunday 25 July 2021

They didn't know we were seeds
A sermon about the realisation of justice and peace
Sunday 13 June 2021

Be drunk with love
A sermon about accepting that the Bible has some erotic content.
Sunday 9 May 2021

Atonement demystified
A sermon about atonement theology.
Sunday 9 May 2021

It really is him
A sermon about the resurrection of Jesus.
Sunday 11 April 2021

Euology for Trace Ward, 1958 - 2021
An audio version is also available.

What have we done to the earth?
A sermon about our violence against the earth, and climate change.
Sunday 24 January 2021

Water, water, every where
A sermon for the Baptism of Jesus
Sunday 10 January 2021

Like the Virgin?
A sermon about Mary's pregnancy and purity culture.
Sunday 20 December 2020

Maybe he is already here?
A challenge to rapture theology
Sunday 8 November 2020

Hanging up our gloves
A Christian response to the violence of the Older Testament
Sunday 8 November 2020

On whose authority?
A sermon about authority in the Church.
Sunday 27 September  2020

One last time
A sermon about saying goodbye.
Sunday 13 September  2020

Virgins, whores, and tricksters: how the Bible objectifies women, and what we can do about it
A sermon about how women are portrayed in the Bible
Sunday 26 July  2020

The Story of the Bible
A sermon for National Bible Sunday
Sunday 19 July  2020

God in the time of pandemic
A sermon about what a Christian response to Covid 19 would look like
Sunday 12 July  2020

A strand of flax is nothing in itself
A sermon for Te Pouhere Sunday
Sunday 14 June 2020

One year on
A sermon for the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings
Sunday 15 March 2020

Salt of the earth and light to the world
A sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 9 February 2020

Sanctifying the waters
A sermon for the Baptism of Jesus
Sunday 12 January 2020

Every day will be Christmas
A sermon for Christmas Day
Wednesday 25 December 2019

When joy seems compulsory
A sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday 15 December 2019

Transforming the world through ordinary acts of grace
A sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday 8 December 2019

Remembering Parihaka
A sermon about Parihaka
Sunday 10 November 2019

Perspective is everything
A sermon about faith and gratitude
Sunday 13 October 2019

Counting the cost
A sermon about the cost of discipleship
Sunday 8 September 2019

To the Moon and back
A sermon about mission.
Sunday 11 August 2019

Keep on knocking
A sermon about persistence and prayer.
Sunday 28 July 2019

A wind from heaven
A sermon for the Day of Pentecost.
Sunday 9 June 2019

Nobody is excluded
A sermon about exclusion, persecution, and homophobia
Sunday 12 May 2019

Loving our Muslim brothers and sisters
A sermon about how we should love and care for our Muslim brothers and sisters following the terror attacks against Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand
Sunday 24 March 2019

Making it happen
A sermon for the First Sunday in Lent
Sunday 10 March 2019

What persecution REALLY looks like
A sermon about claims of Christian persecution in western countries.
Sunday 17 February 2019

Being saved
A sermon about what it REALLY means to be 'saved'.
Sunday 10 February 2019

Rejected by his own people
A sermon about rejection.
Sunday 27 January 2019

Where do we find God?
A sermon for the Feast of the Epiphany.
Sunday 6 January 2019

We don't have to agree
A sermon about living with disagreement.
Sunday 9 December 2018

Not one stone left
A sermon about the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
Sunday 18 November 2018

The day the balloon burst
A sermon about why God allows suffering.
Sunday 14 October 2018

Following the Christ as children
A sermon about following the Christ with child-like qualities.
Sunday 24 September 2018

The Blasphemy Challenge
A sermon about blasphemy, and whether
there is such a thing as an 'eternal sin'.
Sunday 10 June 2018

Valleys of dry bones
A sermon for the Day of Pentecost
Sunday 20 May 2018

Where does Jesus go?
A sermon for Sunday after the Ascension
Sunday 13 May 2018

A different kind of body
A sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday 15 April 2018

Counting down his final days
A sermon for Passion Sunday
Sunday 18 March 2018

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid
A sermon for those who have loved ones nearing the end of life's journey
Sunday 4 March 2018

His true nature revealed
A sermon about the Transfiguration
Sunday 25 February 2018

A spiritual warrant of fitness
A sermon for the First Sunday in Lent
Sunday 18 February 2018

Into the River
Into the River (MP3)
A sermon for the Baptism of Jesus
Sunday 7 January 2018

And again I say Rejoice
A sermon for Gaudete Sunday
Sunday 17 December 2017

Leaving the rapture behind
A sermon for Christ the King Sunday
Sunday 26 November 2017

American Idol
A sermon about idolatry.
Sunday 15 October 2017

False prophets, charlatans, and politicians
A sermon about religious leaders and politics.
Sunday 10 September 2017

The most expensive bowl of lentils in the world
A sermon about Esau, Jacob, social justice, and climate change.
Sunday 16 July 2017

The real face of the persecuted
A sermon about what it really means to be perscuted for following Jesus today.
Sunday 21 May 2017

On earth as it is in heaven
A sermon about the realisation of God's kingdom
Sunday 14 May 2017

Whose side are we on?
A sermon for Palm Sunday
Sunday 9 April 2017

God is not a vending machine
A sermon about faith
Sunday 26 February 2017

Maybe he is already here
A sermon for the First Sunday of Advent.
Sunday 27 November 2016

Meeting the Christ on the margins
A sermon about discipleship amongst the lost, the last, and the least.
Sunday 30 October 2016

That's how the light gets in
A sermon about coping with serious offending by Church leaders
Sunday 23 October 2016

Faith requires action
A sermon about faith
Sunday 9 October 2016

Beggars on Lambton Quay
A sermon about how we should respond to begging
Sunday 25 September 2016)

Radical Hospitality
A sermon about radical hospitality
Sunday 28 August 2016

A Parable of Pokémon
A sermon about playing Pokémon Go
Sunday 7 August 2016

Prayer without works is dead
A sermon about backing up prayer with action
Sunday 24 July 2016

Two simple commandments
A sermon about loving God by loving our neighbour
Sunday 10 July 2016

Christ or the angry crowd?
A sermon about one church's response to the Orlando Nightclub Shootings
Sunday 26 June 2016

A marriage made in heaven
A sermon for Trinity Sunday
Sunday 22 May 2016

No doubt it really is him
A sermon for the Sunday of St Thomas
Sunday 3 April 2016

Scandalous and outrageous devotion (PDF)
A sermon for Passion Sunday
Sunday 13 March 2016

Fasting from Indifference (PDF)
A sermon for the First Sunday in Lent
Sunday 14 February 2016

Being there is everything (PDF)
A sermon about the sacrament of the Eucharist
Sunday 23 August 2015

The gift that was rejected (PDF)
A sermon about grace
Evensong, Sunday 9 August 2015

When Christmas isn't happy
A sermon for Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve Wednesday 24 December 2014

Those whom the world has forgotten (PDF)
A sermon about ministry to the marginalised
Sunday 23 March 2014

One holy catholic and apostolic Church (PDF)
A sermon about ecumenism and sectarianism
Sunday 26 January 2014

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid (PDF)
A sermon about being with people who are dying
Sunday 5 May 2013

Stoning the elephant in the room (PDF)
A sermon about scandal in the Church
Passion Sunday 17 March 2013



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