Sermon Blog

15
Sep

Evening Prayer, week of September 15th

The whole emphasis of St. Paul’s first letter to his church in Corinth is the critical importance of keeping the community of believers together. Dissent risks rupturing the community. Image: St. Paul, painting by Peter Paul Rubens  

12
Sep

But who do you say that I am?

Scripture: Mark 8: 27-33 Nigel Bunce Who do you say that I am?  Today’s Gospel is very familiar. Jesus asks the disciples who people think he is, and who they, the disciples think he is. I’ve spoken before about how Peter, the impetuous disciple, jumped in feet first. He was the first to recognize Jesus’ […]

08
Sep

Online evening Prayer for September 8th

Image from www.JW.org: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail. In tonight’s Scripture and meditation, we consider why the prophet Elijah fell into the bad books of Queen Jezebel.

05
Sep

Faith and works when belief is hard

Scripture: Mark 7: 24-30; James 2: 1-4; 8-10; 14-18 Nigel Bunce Faith and works.  A Gospel story about healing a Gentile, and James’ assertion that faith without works is dead.  These ideas come together in today’s readings, with the problem of how to sustain faith in the face of personal disaster.  But these issues are […]

01
Sep

Celtic Evening Prayer for September 1st

  Tonight’s meditation is on the Epistle of James and the significance of why “faith without works is dead”. Photograph is by Sandy Millar from unsplash.com

29
Aug

Tradition of the Elders

Scripture: Mark 7: 1-8 and 14-23 Nigel Bunce The Tradition of the Elders The Tradition of the Elders is the heading of today’s section of Mark’s Gospel in my Bible. For the Pharisees, it was their duty to follow all the Laws written in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. They followed […]

25
Aug

Evening Prayer August 25th

In this evening’s service of Evening Prayer, we reflect on the famous story in which King Solomon must decide which of two mothers has the rightful claim to her baby, Image: detail of the Judgement of Solomon.  

22
Aug

What is the Bread of Life?

Scripture: John 6: 52-69 Nigel Bunce Here is one possible answer to the question ‘What is the Bread of Life?’  The Eucharist.    Jesus told the disciples, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry.” This “Bread of Life” discourse is a lengthy set-piece speech. In it, the Gospel […]

18
Aug

Celtic Midweek Evening Prayer August 18

  This evening’s meditation concerns the practice of baptism through the centuries, starting with tonight’s Scripture, in which the apostle Philip baptizes an Ethiopian official. Image: www.freebibleimages.org

15
Aug

Meeting St. Mary outside Christmas

Feast Day of St. Mary, mother of Jesus: Nigel Bunce Today, August 15, we celebrate St. Mary outside Christmas. We usually meet the mother of Jesus in the Advent story of the Annunciation, and on Christmas Eve. Today, I want to explore where the Christmas story comes from. This is definitely not a homily for […]