Sermons by David Grainger

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Nationalism

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As we near Brexit nationalistic and patriotic passions abound in the world, sometimes whipped up by populist political leaders. How should we respond as Christians? Einstein called nationalism “an infantile disease. The measles of mankind.” C. S. Lewis wrote: that “love of country becomes a demon when it becomes a god.” What would Jesus do? […]

Why did Jesus come? – to bring judgement

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It might seem unusual to discuss judgement in the midst of our Advent celebrations. But it lies at the heart of the meaning of the incarnation. The so-called ‘paradox of revelation’ observes that in order to bring grace, it must also give offence. In order to be grace, it must uncover sin. The gospel brings […]

Remembrance Sunday (AM)

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As we reflect on the reality and horror of war, as we remember those who gave everything and those who still give of themselves, as we remember those who suffer – we also look to Jesus who came to bring peace and pray for that peace to come. Reading: John 14:23-27

Being called to serve

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It is often said that “you never know what a day will bring.” That is certainly the case of this memorable and life-changing encounter between Jesus and two pairs of brothers, Simon (Peter) and Andrew, and James and John. Simon and Andrew were hard at work as fishermen, casting their nets into the sea. Jesus […]

Right relationships

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In the early years of the Church, there was a continuous effort to relate Christian faith to the daily lives experienced in the midst of the variety of cultures and customs where they were located. At the heart of this was their desire to fulfil the teaching of Christ and his lordship over their lives. […]

Spiritual weapons not of this world

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Our war and our weapons are not of this world. Paul experienced a struggle in Corinth. A group of preachers and teachers arrived from Judea with a letter of recommendation and practised ecstatic and visionary experiences. To them Paul was an enigma. In person he seemed to be timid. Yet in his writings he was […]

Changing the rules

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As the early church Christians move out with the news of the Gospel, they faced serious limitations in their engagement. Were they supposed to reach mainly Jews, or was the good new of Jesus Christ also meant for Gentiles? In Acts 10 faces this issue head on. And everything changed, in both the locus and […]

Why was the Incarnation necessary?

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To some folk Christmas is a mainly social celebration, a good time to see us through the dark and cold end of the year. To others it is a mainly commercial opportunity, which seems to be starting earlier each year. But at the heart of the Christian celebration of Christmas is the truth expressed in […]

Sheep and goats

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The Sunday before Advent celebrates the feast of Christ the King, which ‘begins at the end’. In the words of I Corinthians 15:24: ‘Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.’ It describes the second Advent of Christ the […]