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Insights - 2008 Archive



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   This page contains all the available sermon recordings from 2008.  If you're looking for a particular sermon and it isn't here, then it probably wasn't taped.  (A few recordings have not been placed on the website, either because they are of very poor sound quality or because they contain substantial quotations from copyright material.)

   The table below also lists the Gospel reading for each service (which is often, although not always, the subject of the sermon), and sometimes other relevant readings as well.

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title

date

readings

summary

file size

Why Here?  Why Tonight?
24-Dec-08
11:30 p.m.
John 1: 1-14
Relationship with the Almighty; two ways in which religion can go astray, and the real purpose of Christianity.
10:50/
1.86 MB
Christmas Present
21-Dec-08
Luke 1: 26-38
Living in the present - the tiny sliver of time that is the only part of our existence available to us.
14:18/
2.45 MB
Prophecy 101
7-Dec-08
Isaiah 40: 1-11; 2 Peter 3: 8-15a; Mark 1: 1-8
Easy methods of prophecy.  Why real prediction is difficult, and some things that we do know about the future.
16:35/
2.84 MB
Three Dimensions
30-Nov-08
Isaiah 64: 1-9; Mark 13: 24-37
Different types of Trinity.  Looking at our own histories as part of our preparation for the wonder of Christmas.
19:30/
3.34 MB
The Barnabas Fund
23-Nov-08
Matthew 25: 31-46
The Revd Canon Ron Taylor speaks about an organisation which supports persecuted Christians worldwide.
21:48/
3.74 MB
Water, Blood and Spirit
16-Nov-08
7:00 p.m.
1 John 5: 1-12
Three themes brought together in one life: why our beliefs about Jesus are at the heart of Christianity.
11:30/
1.97 MB
Are You Ready?
9-Nov-08
1 Thessalonians 4: 9-18; Matthew 25: 1-13
Politicians, pilots and St Francis of Assisi; being prepared at all times.
14:23/
2.46 MB
Fear and Anger
2-Nov-08
7:00 p.m.
1 John 4: 13-21
Our response to threats.  The security that comes from recognising that God is not threatening but loving.
9:37/
1.65 MB
Past, Present and Future
2-Nov-08
Revelation 7: 9-17; Matthew 5: 1-12
All saints: three pieces of good news from a fellowship that spans both space and time.
13:29/
2.31 MB
The Acid Test
26-Oct-08
Matthew 22: 34-46
Religion and politics: when talking becomes a substitute for action.
11:28/
1.96 MB
Tangled Love
19-Oct-08
7:00 p.m.
1 John 4: 13-21
God's type of love, and the many human things which get mixed up with it.
14:23/
2.46 MB
A Rough Party
12-Oct-08
Philippians 4: 1-9; Matthew 22: 1-14
Tragedy and redemption: the wedding feast and the fall of Jerusalem.
12:54/
2.21 MB
Tracks
5-Oct-08
Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Matthew 21: 33-46
Sensing the underlying direction - Galileo, the Ten Commandments and the alignment of cows.
10:55/
1.87 MB
Breaking the Pattern
28-Sep-08
Philippians 2: 1-13; Matthew 21: 23-32
Learning to see: the habitual patterns which obscure the underlying reality.
11:46/
2.02 MB
Walking in the Light
21-Sep-08
7:00 p.m.
1 John 2: 1-17
The characteristics and different types of guilt, and the cure.
13:59/
2.40 MB
The Way of the Cross
14-Sep-08
John 3: 13-17
Offering up the good with the bad: the danger of using our own better qualities selfishly.
12:55/
2.21 MB
One Word for Love
7-Sep-08
Romans 13: 8-14; Matthew 18: 15-20
Extending yourself for the sake of another: different types of love, and some things which they have in common.
12:29/
2.14 MB
Shipwreck
31-Aug-08
7:00 p.m.
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St Paul's interrupted voyage to Rome in the final chapters of Acts, and its lessons for us.
14:45/
2.53 MB
True and Secret Names
24-Aug-08
7:00 p.m.
Matthew 16: 13-25
The significance of names, and of our choice of names for others.
14:12/
2.43 MB
Our Safe Little Ships
10-Aug-08
Matthew 14: 22-33
The comfortable illusions we live in, and Jesus' call to something larger, more dangerous and more real.
13:26/
2.30 MB
Wrestling With God
3-Aug-08
Matthew 14: 13-21
Jesus finds abundance in the wilderness: a miracle and its neglected context.  (Ven Jan Clark)
13:48/
2.36 MB
Uphill All the Way
27-Jul-08
Genesis 29: 15-28; Romans 8: 26-39; Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
Perils and promises: the difficulty of Christian life, and the little things which carry the weight of the Kingdom.  (Revd Pamela Welch)
14:30/
2.49 MB
The Simple Truth
20-Jul-08
7:00 p.m.
Acts 4: 1-22
St Peter's irrefutable message, and our opportunity to follow his example in the modern world.  (Ven Jan Clark)
16:37/
2.85 MB
New Life in Christ
13-Jul-08
Genesis 25: 19-34; Romans 8: 1-11; Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
Esau and food, or Lucy and Aslan - baptism, hope, and a different way of life.  (Revd Stephen White)
17:59/
3.08 MB
Refugee Sunday
6-Jul-08
Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30
Silenced people and silenced texts.  Looking beyond ranting when faced with the world's problems.  (Jolyon White)
8:38/
1.48 MB
Responding to God's Faithfulness
29-Jun-08
Genesis 22: 1-14; Romans 6: 12-23; Matthew 10: 40-42
Passing on God's love to others, even in difficult times.  (Revd Helen Metzger)
10:48/
1.85 MB
What St John's Roslyn Means to Me - 2008
22-Jun-08
John 21: 19b-25
At the annual Patronal Festival service, parishioners Alan Edwards, Chris Sole and Talita Aitken talk about their connections to the parish.
12:11/
2.09 MB
Valued Traditions
15-Jun-08
7:00 p.m.
1 Samuel 21: 1-15; Psalm 43
The Anglican tradition of Evensong, and an example of the scriptural traditions to which Jesus looked back.  (Revd Pamela Welch)  (poor sound quality)
17:13/
2.95 MB
Offerings of Grief and Joy
15-Jun-08
John 6: 51-58
The Eucharist.  Symbolic acts which bind the church community together.
10:21/
1.77 MB
Welcome Home
8-Jun-08
Genesis 12: 1-9; Matthew 9: 9-13, 18-26
Abram, Matthew the tax collector and others: God makes a place for His people.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)
9:53/
1.69 MB
Saints from Saints
25-May-08
John 21: 20-25
The Venerable Bede of Jarrow, and some modern-day saints he inspired.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)
9:47/
1.68 MB
The Holy Spirit
11-May-08
Acts 2: 1-21; 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13; John 20: 19-23
The historical background to Pentecost, and the birth of a church where God is present in everyone.  (Robert Budd)
15:09/
2.60 MB
A Whisper of Truth
4-May-08
Acts 1: 6-14; John 17: 1-11
Living in the gap: the time of waiting and prayer between Ascension and Pentecost.  (Ven Jan Clark)
13:31/
2.32 MB
Perfecting the Image
27-Apr-08
Acts 17: 22-31; John 14: 15-21
Light, lens and image: how a changing world-view causes problems for religion.
17:13/
2.95 MB
It Finds You Mad or it Leaves You Mad
20-Apr-08
7:00 p.m.
Zechariah 4: 1-10; Revelation 21: 1-14
Understanding the Book of Revelation - apocalyptic writing, its historical context, and how to interpret it.
20:38/
3.54 MB
Good and Bad Shepherds
13-Apr-08
Luke 15: 1-7
Who lost the sheep?  Jesus' attack on some religious leaders, and the implications for the 21st-century Church.
16:03/
2.75 MB
Where is Emmaus?
6-Apr-08
Luke 24: 13-35
Easter for ordinary people - how perception can change everything.
11:48/
2.02 MB
Patterns of the Universe
30-Mar-08
1 Peter 1: 3-9; John 20: 19-31
Life, death and resurrection: endings and the glorious beginnings that follow them.
14:00/
2.40 MB
To Thine Own Self Be True
16-Mar-08
7:00 p.m.
 -
Palm Sunday: the influence of others, and the one person who wasn't swayed by the crowd.
11:53/
2.04 MB
Is There Life Before Death?
9-Mar-08
Ezekiel 37: 1-14; John 11: 1-16
Ezekiel, Lazarus and Ignatius Loyola: why external circumstances aren't what makes life worth living.
14:46/
2.53 MB
Who is Really Blind?
2-Mar-08
John 9: 13-34
How our mental pictures of reality can get in the way of the truth.
14:44/
2.52 MB
Well?  Well . . .  Well!
24-Feb-08
John 4: 5-24
The woman at the well: living and still water in reality and in metaphor.
11:47/
2.02 MB
Ah . . . To Be Young Again
17-Feb-08
7:00 p.m.
 -
Life Stages 2: the transitions of adolescence, and the role of the Church.
13:55/
2.39 MB
Childlike Faith
10-Feb-08
7:00 p.m.
Mark 10: 13-16
Life Stages 1: faith and belief, and the development of faith in childhood.
18:17/
3.14 MB
Struggling With God
10-Feb-08
Genesis 2: 15-17, 3: 1-7; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4: 1-11
Big and little temptations: what really matters is a person's essential character.
12:17/
2.10 MB
The Lens of the Cross
3-Feb-08
Micah 6: 1-8; 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31; Matthew 5: 1-12
The presentation of Jesus in the temple, the date of Easter, and some tips for rededication in Lent.  (Bishop George Connor)
26:52/
4.61 MB
Choosing For the Best
27-Jan-08
Matthew 4: 12-22
Simon becomes St Peter: following the call of Jesus despite the cost.
9:05/
1.56 MB
Getting Our Bearings
20-Jan-08
John 1: 29-42
Reconciling the southern-hemisphere summer holiday with the Christian calendar.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)
8:53/
1.52 MB
Outside In
6-Jan-08
Matthew 2: 1-12
The way of the Magi: how followers of a different faith could recognise and reach the Messiah.
17:29/
3.00 MB



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