Sermons on Acts

Sermons on Acts

A Small Part in a Big Story

Nativity of John the Baptist Readings: Isaiah 40. 1-11; Psalm 85. 5-12; Acts 13. 14b-26; Luke 1. 57-66, 80 (view all) As I’m sure you can imagine, my wife Amy and I have lots of conversations about our daughter, Evie. What kind of person would we like her to grow up to become? What will she be like when she’s older? What career path will she choose? Who is it that God might be calling her to be? In this…

The Game-Changing Spirit

Pentecost Readings: Acts 2. 1-21; Psalm 104. 24-36; Romans 8. 22-27; John 15. 26-27; 16. 4b-15 (view all) I wonder whether you managed to catch the Royal Wedding yesterday? It’s one of those events, depending on what kind of person you are, where you either have to catch it at all costs or you’ve been desperately trying to avoid it. As I was watching the wedding, the thing that all the TV commentators kept saying was that it was a…

A Distinctive Calling

Sunday After Ascension Readings: Acts 1. 15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5. 9-13; John 17. 6-19 (view all) One of the most sacred tasks in priestly ministry is to minister to those who are close to death. I can still remember the first time I was asked to visit someone, a lady, who knew she only had a few more days to live. She was there in bed, with her daughter gathered in close to her, and there was…

Revolutionary Love

Sixth Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 10. 44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5. 1-6; John 15. 9-17 (view all) Love! It’s a word used so often in our world today that in some ways it has lost its meaning. I love my wife, Amy, and often tell her, and I love my daughter, Evie, but I’ve also been known to wax lyrical about my love of music, of football, or even a good burger! In our gospel reading, Jesus repeats that famous command made…

Ordinary Witnesses

Third Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 3. 12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3. 1-7; Luke 24. 36b-48 (view all) One of the most exciting pieces of news I’ve ever had to share was the birth of our daughter, Evie. I don’t know whether you know this, but Evie is her nickname — her full name is Evangeline, which comes from the Greek word in the bible for ‘good news’. We wanted the world to know that she is good news, and…

Our Resurrection Family

Easter Day Readings: Isaiah 25.6-9; Psalm 118.14-21; Acts 10.34-43; John 20.1-18 (view all) I love this time of year, and I’m always reminded of being outside back home in Mid Wales, where I grew up. There are two things that always straight away let me know that it’s Spring time. The first is that there are daffodils springing up everywhere — all around the edges of my parents’ garden and on the grass verges on the side of the roads. And…

Beloved

Epiphany One: The Baptism of Christ Readings: Genesis 1.1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19.1-7; Mark 1.4-11 (view all) I’ve always had a really healthy relationship with my parents, but growing up there have been phases when things have been more strained and there has been tension. I remember particularly a phase during my teenage years where I felt under a lot of pressure – pressure to achieve at school, pressure to make a success of things. There was a particular moment…