Sermons

28th March 2021 Russell Braund

Mark 11:1-11 Palm Sunday

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How do you imagine Palm Sunday? Were there crowds of people welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem or just the disciples and a few extras? Is this an act of celebration of the coming King, and act of defiance or both? Is it just symbolic, adopting the images portrayed in the prophets or is it to be…
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14th March 2021 Russell Braund

Parables: Mark 12:1-12

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We consider a specific parable this week as we begin to look towards Good Friday. We will be jumping around a bit in Mark, but all is building towards the climax of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday and the victory of the resurrection on Easter Sunday. This parable comes after the entry of…
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7th February 2021 Russell Braund

Mark 2:23-3:6 Power and Authority

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If you have checked out the preaching the series on the website, you will have seen that two weeks are given over to each theme before the focus on Easter. On the website you will find recordings of the sermons and the text so they can be revisited. Do raise questions with me if you…
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31st January 2021 Russell Braund

Healing (2) Mark 2:1-12

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This is the second part of our focus on healing. I don’t pretend that I will have said all that needs to be said, but we need to move on in Mark’s Gospel. I would like to remind you of the opening points I made at the beginning of last week, which express my position…
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24th January 2021 Russell Braund

Healing (1) Mark 1:21-34

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The backdrop to our reading and today’s message is the current pandemic. I am not going to talk about the passage particularly today but reflect on the question of healing, which will continue next week. Healing can be a stumbling block for so many people who are faithful Christians, because they don’t see it happen.…
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17th January 2021 Russell Braund

Preparing the Way – Mark 1:9-14

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As I said last week, in this first chapter Mark is laying the foundations of the account of Jesus’ life and mission, he is about to unfold. He is concise and bold in this opening chapter, which will be reflected throughout the gospel. He wants this chapter to be the one through which you read…
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10th January 2021 Russell Braund

Preparing the Way – Mark 1:1-8

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We begin a new series in Mark today, reflecting on the mission of Jesus. Details can be found on the website. You will remember that when we started morning prayer early last year, we began with reading through Mark. It would be worth reading the gospel again as a whole, to get the big picture,…
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3rd January 2021 Russell Braund

Matthew 2: ‘From you shall come a ruler…’

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The New Year in the Christian calendar begins with the account of the visit of the Magi and Herod’s slaughter of children two years old or younger. It is not a particularly cheerful start and maybe not the passage you would hope for at the beginning of the year. In many parts of the Christian…
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20th December 2020 Russell Braund

Advent 4: John 1 In the beginning

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If asked for my favourite passage in the Bible I would be torn between Philippians 2:5-11 and these opening verses of John’s gospel. I lik-e the language, the play on words and the fact that it states the light shone in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it/cannot extinguish it/has never put it…
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