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“How Can We Ever Do That?”

I have preached over 800 times in my ministerial career. Of all those sermons, none has stuck in my memory as much as the one I preached on September 23, 2001, 12 days after 9/11. 2,521 more words

Faith And Values

Sermon: Noticing

Sermon. 31 August 2014
Rev Felicity O’Brien
St Mary’s Whitby
Exod 3:1-15, Rom 12:9-21, Matt 16:21-28

Moses was a man who noticed things. Maybe this was to do with his upbringing – at first he was raised by his mother, in the Hebrew culture, and then he was returned to the princess who had adopted him when she took him out of the river. 1,157 more words

New Zealand Aotearoa

Count the Costs

So, here I go calling for the universal church to turn toward discipleship and now I’m going to say “Count the cost!”

Most people don’t. American Christianity of the evangelical flavor tends to teach easy believism. 1,252 more words



12th Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

When He sees Crowds

You do not need much in a moment to create a situation where crowds will gather. Something as simple as a fender bender brings people to a slowing halt. 840 more words

Renewing Our Discipleship Mission

Matthew 16:24-26 NRSV

First Christian Church is a church on a mission.  As I said last week, and as our sign reads out front, we are on a mission to be a church of extravagant welcome. 1,824 more words

Sermons Non-Lectionary

Pastoral Prayer Inspired by Dietrich Bonheoffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer did not have to help Jews escape Nazi Germany and flee to Switzerland.  After all, he was safe and sound in New York in the early 1940’s. 557 more words

Just A Thought