Sermon for Advent Sunday, 29th November 2009 (First Sunday of Advent) — 8 Comments

  1. All interesting.
    I’d recommend a visit to the Birmingham Museum & art Gallery. I’ve nipped in there a few times when in the city for work or stag dos. Often fascinating temporary exhibitions.

  2. You went to an art gallery on a stag trip! They must be considerably more refined gatherings than some of the groups who frequent Temple Bar!

    The city centre there reminded me of history lessons about Joseph Chmaberlain and his desire to build a great city in the midst of 19th century industrial dreariness.

  3. Your Rwandan experience certainly seems to weigh on you. “If at the end a child murdered with a machete, and the child’s killer, both receive the same reward, then what meaning or purpose is there “? is quite an emotive question. But you posit that there is a reward, and then on to relate the matter of death with Scripture and God’s dealings. But are you not, in your sermon, preaching to the converted (to use that phrase!) ?
    “Why would we try to lead good and faithful lives if our actions have no consequence?” I would contend (and believe) that we must try lead ‘good’ lives because, at the end of the day, it is self-serving. We have to live with each other. The ‘reward’ to be gained is in this life – hopefully a better quality of life. “Do to others…..” maybe it’s charter for revenge, but I don’t take it that way.
    When the child is dead, the child is dead. Likewise the machete weilding murderer. What matters is what society does about it.

  4. Most people believe in a life beyond this one. Perhaps through fear or superstition, surveys show a great deal of belief in an after life, but there is a widespread universalism, a belief that we all go to ‘heaven’, even amongst church people, so I am very much not preaching to the converted in saying to a congregation that I believe there is a judgment.

    I don’t subscribe to Plato’s arguments about virtue being its own reward.

  5. Fair enough! Most people believe in an afterlife. That’s OK with me. I wasn’t quite quoting or interpreting Plato but let it lie.
    Onwards to next Sunday! I’m off for a stiffener.

  6. Sorry, wasn’t attributing your comment to Plato’s argument – it was more of an aside. I studied the Republic as a first year undergraduate thirty years ago – I would have believed it in those days.

    Are you allowed to drink on a Thursday?!

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