Lamentations 2: 18-22; Ezekiel 37: 1-14. An Anzac Day Sermon.

I don’t know about anyone else here today, but ANZAC Day always fills me with feelings of deep ambivalence. On the one hand, I want to honour all those people – combatants and non-combatants alike – who endured the trauma of war; I want to acknowledge their suffering; and I want also to pay tribute to the resilience that carried them through conflict and into the possibility of peace. I also want to reflect on their experience, and discern its meaning for myself and my nation, both in the present, and for the future. Continue reading “Lamentations 2: 18-22; Ezekiel 37: 1-14. An Anzac Day Sermon.”

Luke 24: 36-48

In the Australian legal system, as with most legal systems around the world, a premium is placed on the importance of witnesses, and on the evidence they present to proceedings before a court[1]. This importance resides in the fact that, based on what different witnesses saw or heard at different times and places, a timeline can be established which indicates where different individuals were, and what they were doing, at a particular time on a particular day. Such a timeline can then help a prosecutor establish that an accused was involved in the commission of a crime; or it can aid a defense team in demonstrating that their client is innocent of the charges against them. Continue reading “Luke 24: 36-48”

Easter Sermon 2015: Mark 16: 1-8

Some of you will be aware that one of my literary loves is poetry, and that one of my favourite poets is the great 19th century English Romantic poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. One of Tennyson’s most famous poems is In Memorium A.H.H, a long series of lyric poems written as a tribute to Tennyson’s friend and fellow poet, Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly at the age of 22. Written over a period of 17 years, In Memorium charts Tennyson’s struggle with grief, and his quest for hope in the face of the loss of a dearly beloved friend.[1] Continue reading “Easter Sermon 2015: Mark 16: 1-8”