The Danger of Giving

The Danger of Giving by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 2:8-20 “Lo, I have come to do thy will.” — Hebrews 10:7; Psalm 40:7 The danger of giving is that it will displace and spoil receiving, and receiving is far more important than giving. High on the list of things that make Christmas time […]

The Salvation of Our God

The Salvation of Our God by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3: 1-6 “All flesh shall see the salvation of our God.” — Luke 3:6/Isaiah 40:3 Our last sermon was based on the scene of Jesus before Pilate, as set by John in ch.18 of his gospel. I missed an obvious point in the […]

Symbols of Power

Symbols of Power by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Revelation 1:4-8; John 18:33-37 “My Kingdom is not of this world…My Kingdom is not from here.” — John 18:36 God is ineffable so all our talk about God must be metaphorical or in some other way symbolic. Something in the world that we know stands in the place […]

Beware the Scribes

Beware the Scribes by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 “Beware the scribes, who like to walk about wearing stoles of authority and love to be greeted deferentially in the market place, to sit in the seats of prestige in synagogues, and the seats of honor at banquets.” — Mark 12:38-39 (paraphrase) The scribes […]

Losing and Saving One’s Life

Losing and Saving One’s Life by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 “Where’s the profit in gaining the world and losing your soul?” — Mark 8:36 Dorothy Parker the sardonic wit of the Algonquin circle in New York in the 20’s of last century said, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor and rich […]

A Ransom for Many

A Ransom for Many by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: James 5: 13-29; Mark 10: 35-45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:45 This passage reveals how human the disciples were and how divine Jesus is. They […]

Jesus, Giver of Life

Jesus, Giver of Life by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 “Little girl I say to you arise.” — Mark 5:41 Today Mark gives us two stories to contemplate, one set within the other. The overarching story is of Jesus raising the twelve-year-old daughter of the synagogue leader Jairus from the dead, and […]

Rattlesnake Flats

Rattlesnake Flats by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16 This is one of the best-known texts in the Bible. If you watch professional football you […]

Interpretation and Tradition

Interpretation and Tradition by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name […]