Sermon series: ‘Things We’d Rather Not think About …’

This year the team at St Mark’s preached a series of sermons before Advent on the theme of ‘Things We’d Rather Not think About …’, which took a fresh look at the traditional Advent themes: death, judgement, dying, heaven & hell. The texts of the sermons may be found below.

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Ian and Sue talking by the garden of Remembrance

Sermon series: ‘Why don’t we…?’

Ian is preaching a series of sermons over the summer on the theme of “why don’t we…?”, in which he responds to some of the questions about worship that have been raised by members of the congregation. The texts of the sermons may be found below. Why don’t we always

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Climate, Sustainability and the Future

The climate crisis is seen as being intimately linked to the economic crisis, which, with its inexorable drive for growth, fuels the climate crisis. The case is argued that rather than the unsatisfying drive for prosperity as growth, we should be striving for prosperity as human flourishing with emphasis on

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A Journey through Mark

Notes to accompany the reading of Mark’s Gospel These notes have been prepared to help you study the Gospel of Mark.  You are encouraged to read through the portion of Mark specified under each heading and then to consult these notes before returning to the text for further reflection.  A

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Before ‘Big Bang’

THE SCHOLARLY SEARCH for Jesus of Nazareth can be likened to a cosmologist’s quest for the origins of the universe. Billions of years ago, an high-temperature explosion of super-dense matter occurred, the so-called ‘Big Bang’, giving rise to all that exists. The enormity of this split-second wonder makes investigation into

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A Journey through Mark – Part VIII

The foreknowledge attributed to Jesus is these verses is extraordinary, including predictions of betrayal and denial by his followers (vv. 18-21; 27-31). Had things been as Mark records here it is difficult to understand why Jesus didn’t withdraw from Jerusalem and avoid arrest. Unless, of course, he intended this course

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A Journey through Mark – Part VII

From what we can gather the belief that God would bodily resurrect his people from Sheol, the shadowy existence that awaits all at death, came to expression within the Jewish faith at a relatively late stage. We can see signs of it taking shape in the Psalms with believers struggling

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A Journey through Mark – Part VI

The story of Bartimaeus is one of the great testimonies of faith recorded in the gospels and Mark uses it to form a transition from his ‘discipleship course’ (see comment on 8:22-26) to the culmination of Jesus’ ministry in Jerusalem. Here, as in Mark 8:22-26, the contrast between different types

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A Journey through Mark – Part V

These verses contain the second of three predictions relating to Jesus’ fate (cf. 8:31; 10:32-34). The structure of each is similar, with Jesus referring to himself as the Son of Man and describing how he is to be handed over to face suffering and death before rising again on the

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