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Irresistible Obedience

This talk, part of the series ‘Irresistible: Jesus in the Gospel of Mark’ is called ‘Irresistible Obedience’ from Mark 14:12-42. In this talk I remind everyone that Jesus says if we love him then we’ll obey him, but recognise the truth that we all find obedience difficult. I suggest that it gets easier if we nurture a subversive imagination, employ visceral symbols and practice costly obedience.

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Irresistibly Glorious

This talk, from the series ‘Irresistible: Jesus in the Gospel of Mark’, is called ‘Irresistibly Glorious’ from Mark 9:2-13. In this talk I ask how we can renew our sense of wonder and awe. I argue that, because of the person of the presence, we no longer need protection from the presence, so can enjoy participation in the presence, the place where we really can encounter the glory of God and recover our wonder.

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Irresistibly Clean

This talk from the series ‘Irresistible: Jesus in the Gospel of Mark’ is called ‘Irresistibly Clean’ from Mark 7:1-23. In this talk I explore the notion of spiritual hygiene, the shift in the West from a culture of guilt to a culture of shame and the way in which a new identity in Christ located within the community of the church gives us everything we need to live an unashamed life.

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Irresistible Faith

This talk from the series ‘Irresistible: Jesus in the Gospel of Mark’ is called ‘Irresistible Faith’ from Mark 5:21-43. I explore the stories of the healing of Jairus daughter and the healing of the woman subject to bleeding that Mark sandwiches together and map the journey Jairus and the woman make from fear to faith.

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Irresistible Healer

This talk is part of the series ‘Irresistible: Jesus in the Gospel of Mark’. In this talk called ‘Irresistible Healer’ I explore the healing of the paralysed man from Mark 2:1-17 arguing that they came looking for a healing, see the seriousness of sin, the real sickness, before finding forgiveness, the real healing.

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Room Without A Roof

This talk, from the series ‘What Matters to me’ is called ‘Room without a Roof’. In this talk I look at Paul’s advice to the Philippians in chapter 4:6-9. He encourages them not to live with a low ceiling but to live like a room without a roof. I explore how we can raise the roof and live in a completely different way.

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Everyone Gets to Play

This talk, from the series ‘What Matters to Me’ is called ’Everyone Gets to Play’. In this talk I look at the anointing of David by Samuel in 1 Samuel 16 as the prophet bypasses all the obvious royal contenders and opts for the shepherd boy out in the fields. I introduce the idea that we are all leaders now; sheep from the front and shepherds from behind, before exploring the roots of the leader, the stem of the leader and the blooms of leadership.

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The World We All Want

This talk, from the series ‘What Matters to Me’ is entitled ’The World We All Want’. In this talk I look at Isaiah 58:6-14. The talk begins with the reality of the world as it is and the feelings of rage, frustration and helplessness that provokes. I then explore the two responses Isaiah calls us to; mercy and justice. In the final part of the talk I explore what that might mean for St Peter’s Harrow as we seek to be a sign of the world to come.

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The Glory of God is a Human Being Fully Alive

This talk, from the series ‘What Matters to Me’ is entitled ’The Glory of God is a Human Being Fully Alive’. In this talk we look at The transfiguration of Jesus from Luke 9:28-36. We explore life as it is supposed to be in contrast to life as it is. We then explore life as it could be, before looking at what it might mean to live life together.

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Joining God in the Renewal of All Things

This talk from the sermon series ‘What Matters to me’ is entitled ‘Joining God in the renewal of all things’. In this talk from Colossians 1:15-20 we explore salvation as cosmic renewal, our calling as culture makers and the mission of the church to release creativity and innovation into the city we live in.

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