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A common misconception about Christianity is that it is a Western religion. In fact this could not be further from the truth. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes Christianity as the first world religion. The notion that a religion could be across the nations, across cultures was a new thing. Christianity redefined what a religion was. It also happens to...Continue Reading
Posted: 11 November 2011 / Mark 3:28–29
This Sunday we come to one of the hardest sayings of Jesus in the whole gospel. He says,
"Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” (Mark 3:28–29)
The greatest atheist of the 20th Century, Bertrand...Continue Reading
Posted: 14 October 2011 / Mark 2:1-12
‘Everything I learned about human nature I learned from me,’ wrote the playwright Anton Chekhov, and the characters he so vividly created – with all their selfishness, their hatred, their dark and desperate desires, their hopelessness – they do rather well to describe us all. Imagine a story whose characters are taken from your own inner life and blown up...Continue Reading
Posted: 16 September 2011 / Mark 1:1-15
This Sunday we are beginning a new series on Mark’s gospel called ‘King’s Cross’. This is the title of a new book by Tim Keller, which would be good to read alongside the sermon series, but it also reflects what the gospel of Mark is about. Mark presents Jesus’ life in two symmetrical acts:
Act 1 relates to his identity as King over all things (Mark...
Posted: 09 September 2011 / Titus 1:1-4
Nick Cave wrote a song which is realistic about the grit of life:
In heaven His throne is made of gold,
Where the ark of His testament is stowed,
A throne from which I'm told all history does unfold,
Down here it's made of wood and wire,
And my body is on fire,
And God is never far away.
Nick Cave is dealing with the fact that there is a sense...
Posted: 02 September 2011
C.S. Lewis famously said:
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice.
This Sunday we are looking at Jesus' most devilish, most insane, or most...Continue Reading
Posted: 29 July 2011 / Jonah 4
Jonathan Swift once famously said:
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
That line could sum up the problem in the life of Jonah. His hatred ate away at the walls of his soul. Nowhere is that more clear than in Jonah 4 (this Sunday). In this chapter, he prays:
Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it...Continue Reading
Posted: 06 July 2011 / 1 Peter 3:8 - 4:19
Last week I spoke about men, women and marriage in the city. One of the most striking examples of a beautiful and fearless woman who hopes in God is that of Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni grew up riding horses, hiking, playing tennis and loving to swim. One summer day in July 1967, while on a beach with some friends, Joni dove into the bay not knowing how...Continue Reading
Posted: 04 July 2011
Does he exist? Does he care?
Why doesn’t he make himself clearer?
Why doesn’t he end all the pain?
Do I care?
Join us this August for the opening of Vine Church, a new urban church in Surry Hills. We surveyed people in the area and hope to begin a conversation about our four most common questions for God.
- Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?...
Posted: 30 June 2011 / 1 Peter 3:1-7
Someone once said, ‘Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy.’ Sadly this is often the case, even in Christian marriages.
In fact, marriage is in a bad way in Australia with rates have fallen to 5.5 per thousand in 2007, coupled with a divorce rate of 2.3 per thousand in 2007, the seventh highest in the world. In 2008, this affected a...Continue Reading