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30th April 2017 – Walk and talk

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Apr 27, 2017 | Comments Off on 30th April 2017 – Walk and talk

Jesus’ walk to Emmaus with two disciples is one of Scripture’s ‘heavy lifters’.  Not only is the resurrected Christ present, but he is the teacher. Christ’s topic is no less that his own fulfilment of the Old Testament promises of God’s forgiveness through his suffering and entering into glory (Luke 24: 25-26).  Christ’s teaching causes…

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23rd April 2017 – Safer than houses

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Apr 22, 2017 | Comments Off on 23rd April 2017 – Safer than houses

Today we hear from the Lord’s disciple Peter in his first letter to the churches of Asia Minor.  He is at pains to point out the difference the resurrection makes.  As a man who experienced deeply the gospel after his denial of Christ and subsequent restoration (see John 18:15-18, 25-27; 21:15-24), he wants Christians to…

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Easter 13, 14 & 16th April 2017

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Apr 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Easter 13, 14 & 16th April 2017

The best part of us: Being the 500th anniversary since the commencement of the reformation, I’ll pass over to Dr Luther, for it is hard to find a sweeter set of words summing up what Christ achieved this big Easter weekend for all who trust in his Word of promise: ‘There is also a second half…

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9th April 2017 – ‘… gentle and riding on a donkey’ Matthew 21:5.

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Apr 7, 2017 | Comments Off on 9th April 2017 – ‘… gentle and riding on a donkey’ Matthew 21:5.

It’s a fact of history that the crowds got it wrong on Palm Sunday. They were right to acclaim Jesus as king. The way they did it, however, showed a misguided earthly and political understanding. The reality is that Jesus was coming into Jerusalem to die. A restrained and sombre atmosphere of the walk of…

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2nd April 2017 – Death Stinks

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Mar 30, 2017 | Comments Off on 2nd April 2017 – Death Stinks

In the Authorised King James translation “He stinketh” is what Martha protests as Jesus orders the stone to be rolled away from the tomb holding Lazarus’ now rapidly decomposing body.  The old english of “He stinketh” sounds a little amusing today. Yet death remains anything but.  Put simply, death does stink.  It is the wages…

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26th March 2017 – Spiritually Blind?

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Mar 23, 2017 | Comments Off on 26th March 2017 – Spiritually Blind?

Today’s Gospel is the whole of John chapter 9. Just like last week with the Samaritan woman, it is an account that drips with meaning as it twists and turns. It starts with a conversation about sin and finishes with a statement about spiritual blindness. Essentially, those who remain spiritually blind to who Jesus is…

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19th March 2017 – Be kind and compassionate to one another

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Mar 23, 2017 | Comments Off on 19th March 2017 – Be kind and compassionate to one another

‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you’ (Ephesians 4:32). This morning we are blessed to have Bishop-elect Mike Fulwood of the LCA’s Reconciliation Ministry team take our service and lead us in a day of teaching about God’s gift of reconciliation with him and each…

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12th March 2017 – The nub of the Gospel

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Mar 11, 2017 | Comments Off on 12th March 2017 – The nub of the Gospel

John 3:16 is arguably the most famous text in Scripture. Indeed, it sits in the wider consciousness of society, including in ways like at American sporting events where often there is someone in the crowd holding up a sign that simply says ‘John 3:16’. It speaks of love, the Son, gift, belief and life eternal….

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19th Feb 2017 – ‘For the wisdom of the world is foolishness in God’s sight’ (1 Corinthians 3:19, NIV)

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Feb 16, 2017 | Comments Off on 19th Feb 2017 – ‘For the wisdom of the world is foolishness in God’s sight’ (1 Corinthians 3:19, NIV)

For the past few weeks in our Epistle (second) reading we’ve been hearing from the opening chapters of the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth.  A recurring theme is that the things of God are essentially opposite to those of the world… for example, its values, wisdom, and ways of succeeding.  This…

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12th Feb 2017 – Jesus’ lesson in anger and faith

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Feb 9, 2017 | Comments Off on 12th Feb 2017 – Jesus’ lesson in anger and faith

This week’s Gospel lesson (Matthew 5:21-37) is the middle of a large unit (Matthew 5:17-48) within the Sermon on the Mount on the law and Jesus’ interpretation of a number of Old Testament commands.  Our gospel reading next week completes this unit.  However, next week I think it important to look at the wisdom/foolishness theme…

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