There are two small differences in Matthew’s story of the Last Supper. Judas asks, “Is it I, Lord?” Jesus would have been extremely tempted to rescue Judas from what he’d got himself into, and preserve the unity of the group.
This parable contains some astonishing numbers – how did a servant rack up a debt of $8 billion dollars? (That’s how much 10,000 talents is in current Australian dollars.) The lesson of the parable is clear – forgive as we have
What’s in a name? And what does God’s name have to do with idolatry? And why does Jesus give Peter such a roasting in our passage from Matthew? It’s all about God’s name. But this God isn’t defined by a name.
We often find it difficult to be grateful. But Jesus thanked God before he created enough food for more than 5000 people. Why did Jesus say thank you? And why do we say thank you? What are we really saying
At the beginning of Matthew’s gospel Jesus is described as “the son of David, the son of Abraham”. So how do we get from a Jewish Messiah, to a worldwide religion? Chapters 14, 15 and 16 of Matthew’s gospel form the
The kingdom of God is like [Ctrl] + z. Or [Cmd] + z if you’re using a Mac computer. What is a parable anyway? Why did Jesus tell them? And why didn’t people seem to understand what Jesus was saying? God’s Kingdom is
“Who do people say that I am?… Who do you say that I am?” We usually focus on the second of the two questions Jesus asked, and we often answer it by using CS Lewis’s formula of “Liar, Lunatic, or
Some very strange things happen in this parable Jesus told about weeds. Where can you get weed seeds anyway – even the biggest hardware store in Newcastle doesn’t stock them! But those strange parts of the parable are particularly significant
The parable of the sower is one of Jesus’ most popular and many of us know it well. But do we realise that the sower expects a crop – the seed isn’t just fertiliser to improve the soil! So, are
Jesus is very critical of the “tradition of the elders”. But what’s the difference between honouring God with our lips, and honouring God with our hearts? Listen to the sermon preached by Revd Bryce Amner on Sunday 9 July 2017.