I spoke at the women’s retreat for our Melbourne church last weekend. The topic was ‘The Psalms and Emotional Life’.
These talks are a little different from sermons at church, mainly owing to the fact that it’s a smaller crowd and the retreat atmosphere is more relaxed than a Sunday service. I didn’t have a microphone so I just recorded them on my laptop.
- Intro (Psalm 117)
- Dry (Psalm 42)
- Lament (Psalm 13)
- Praise (Psalm 100)
There’s also an accompanying booklet. (This booklet is slightly different to what we were using on the retreat so the page numbers don’t exactly match up.)
Observe God’s ways carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people…”
This sermon is from 24 July 2011 at Christ Church Hawthorn. Includes 9-minute, 40-verse reading from Deuteronomy 4!
A couple of weeks before Arthur preached on the parable of the tenants, I spoke on Luke 18:1-8, commonly called the parable of the persistent widow.
Here is the sermon.
I preached from my own translation of the passage, which is below along with the photo I refer to at the beginning.
The parable of the tenants (Luke 20:9-19) is the parable in which Jesus speaks most strongly about himself, claiming to be “son” and “cornerstone”.
It’s also an unrepeatable parable, inseparable from its historical context of Jesus’ attack on the Jerusalem temple system.
So, while it’s an immensely important part of Jesus’ teaching, it’s almost impossible to abstract and apply to ourselves.
Here is the sermon.
The revolutionary call and the revolutionary community. These small group materials pick up where the sermon leaves off. The two studies give a sense of how different parts of the New Testament relate to each other, and how the early Christians elaborated on the teaching of Jesus.
I was asked to pick a psalm for our home church in Adelaide and chose Psalm 24, one of the ascension songs.
The St Matt’s version (2 January) focuses on work and relationships. The first couple of minutes are missing from this recording.
The Christ Church Hawthorn version (6 February) focuses on work and how to wait for a new senior minister. The first 10 minutes are Nat interviewing me. There’s a chunk missing from the recording at 13:05.
I wrote this Bible study for Christ Church community groups to use during the week. I tried something different and made it a series of micro-studies.
Here‘s the sermon I preached on Nahum at Christ Church Hawthorn last Sunday. It’s the last in a series we’ve done called ‘Encountering God in the Old Testament’.