There is an obligation on the preacher to be interesting - to have done his homework, to make a workmanlike job of it - as a very minimum.

Equally, it has to be said, from the congregation's point of view - it is not the best preparation for listening to sermon to have been up till 2-00 a.m. watching the midnight movie!!

 

 

 

 

 

We cannot, as we see the great tables of the moneychangers crash to the ground, reconcile the young man, white with sorrow, disappointment and anger, who sends them toppling... we cannot reconcile that, with the shrinking violet of popular Victorian Christianity - with its harmless lily-white Jesus looking like a pre-Raphaelite consumptive, clutching a dewy eyed lamb to his gentle bosom.

 

 

 

When the walking wounded of our world come to church for a service, they don't want to play theological games, and they don't want some superficial analysis of the latest political issue. They need something far more far-reaching and profound.

They need, these heroes and heroines of living, they need a word of comfort. They need to widen their perspective, and put their life where it belongs, in the setting of the power and majesty and love of God.

 

 

 

 

 

Christ began his revolution that was to sweep the world, there on the lonely hill of Calvary.

 

 

God does not demand that we be famous, just that we be alive.

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When a person has no clear goal, no defining impulse, no fundamental direction, he drifts, he stumbles through life.

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The great tragedy of our culture is the fashionable denigration of enthusiasm.

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We are not disqualified from life in all its fullness because we are old, or because we are shy.

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The life of faith is not purely and simply an academic exercise of the mind, where our questions are answered and our emotions are left out of the equation altogether. It is a heart thing too. A feelings thing. Faith takes the whole of us seriously and that means that it engages our emotions as well as our thought processes...holding the two in a creative balance.

 

When worship comes from the heart, when prayer comes from the deep places within us…and when the Spirit of Jesus inspires our worship - the whole of who we are shares in that praise, is caught up in that worship. It stops being about control and restraint and becomes about freedom - the liberty of the Spirit. And who dares set the limits on

that?

 

 


 

 

 

The thing about museums is that you can wander in and no-one bothers you.  But the Church is not the custodian of ancient exhibits and sacred relics…but a living force for God...where all the wounded can come for healing.  The Church is there to make a difference - to be an agent of rebirth and reconciliation - not simply to cling by the fingertips to the fading memories of past glories.

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