Letter in the Herald

Got another letter in today's smh. Over Easter Archbishop Jensen's Easter message was quoted in the paper, Meanwhile, the subject of death dominated the Easter message from the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Dr Peter Jensen, who also took on a sombre note. “People talk glibly about 'death with dignity'. I can take the idea of […]

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More Irony in the Trial of Jesus

The chief priests and elders are determined to convict Jesus of blasphemy for claiming to be the Christ. They muster numerous false witnesses to their cause, but all are unnecessary – they simply needed to accept the evidence already in front of them; Jesus Himself, His words and His actions.

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Irony upon Irony in the Trial of Jesus

Tomorrow morning I preach on the trial of Jesus in Matthew's gospel. The event is, of course, laden with irony. Here's one that I can't see in any commentary but seems quite striking. Pilate was renowned for being corrupt and having the innocent put to death. But when Jesus stands before him he is both […]

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No More Acting - the Humility of Grace

Who wants to be an actor? (picture above from State Library of NSW archives on flickr. h/t Dave Miers). I had a fascinating conversation this weekend about what it means to live the Christian life. My conversation partner came from a religious background that put the emphasis on what we need to do to please […]

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Jewish Rejection in Acts

One thing that continues to strike me as we wrap up our current sermon series in Acts (12:19b-13:12 here and 13:13-52 here) is the almost continual theme of Jewish division and rejection which hangs over from Luke's gospel. We saw this topic raise it's head again recently. First, there's Paul's encounter with the false prophet, Bar-Jesus, […]

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A Key Implication of the Resurrection

We've started preaching through Acts at church. There's a repeated theme that will keep cropping up, because the Apostles insist on saying it a lot… Acts 17:31 For [God] has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man [Jesus] he has appointed. He has given proof of this to […]

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