Today, the story is simple. A man has a vineyard and he rents it to some farmers. They misuse his property and want to keep it for themselves. When he sends messengers to collect what is rightfully his, the farmers beat them and kill them. Eventually he sends his son and they kill him, too.
Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem and
We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and done
This is the final few days of Jesus before He is to be crucified. He and his followers are returning to the Temple for the third day in a row. This time He is met by the highest religious authorities who have had enough of this Jesus and his actions. They pose him a quite
God not only used Hosea’s words, but his very life to point out Israel’s unfaithfulness to him but also his great love for them. The book of Hosea foreshadows God’s redemptive work on the cross through Jesus Christ.
We have been dipping in and out of Mark’s gospel for some time. We left it last time, just before the Triumphal entry. We pick it up again, with the teaching of Jesus through the last week of His earthly life, the time between Palm Sunday and His crucifixion. Jesus packs a lot of activity
Can you imagine how you would react if your spiritual leader suggests that we should not fight your enemies – that we should simply give in – because that will save your life. How would you react? Jeremiah did just that and he suffered the consequences. In a time of war, what do we call
What happens in the Garden of Gethsemane is a particularly focused example of what had been going on throughout Jesus’ life. In the person of Jesus, we find the perfect relation of the divine will and a human will. The entire time Jesus was in the garden, there was a struggle for His will. Jesus
What does it mean when people or Christians say that we are justified by faith alone? Does this Biblical truth give you comfort or does it confuse you? You might believe this truth, but do your actions prove otherwise? This morning Pastor Jack De Vries will consider ‘by faith alone’ (sola fidein Latin) as weRead More +
We all love a good story. A good story can be retold over and over again and it never gets boring. A good movie can be watched again because the story captivates you. As we continue with the account of the 10 plagues in Exodus we get to the story of the locust plague thatRead More +
In recent weeks our church had a series of messages on socially sensitive issues such as abortion, refugees and gender equality etc. The larger Australian community is also currently debating on same sex marriage and whether a conscience vote is appropriate for our politicians. In a democracy everyone is entitled to their opinion but howRead More +
Do you ‘Do Justice’? This is not asking whether you want justice, but whether you act justly. Just think for a moment about how mad you got when somebody treated you unfairly. I’m sure you all have a story to tell and you might still get angry just thinking about it. God says…get that angry…notRead More +