Sermons on Luke 2:41-52

Epiphany 1 – Does it matter what we think?

[This sermon was preached in Arnhem in January 2015.] Be not conformed to this world; but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind Does it really matter what we think? I think we all know the experience of seeing a child puzzling over some matter, anxious.  And then, if the child trusts us, we give the child the courage to explain what is bothering him or her – and if we can answer that…

Epiphany 1 – About our Father’s business

In the gospel for today, Luke sets out to tell us about a particular event in Jesus’ life that takes place in what we might call ‘the hidden years’ – those childhood years between the events around the birth of Jesus and the beginning of his public ministry with his baptism by John, his cousin: this is the story of the 12 year old Jesus in the Temple. Stories of the childhood of important people…

Epiphany 1 – Be transformed by the renewal of your mind

Do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewal of your mind We are now in the season of Epiphany – the revealing of love of God in the life and witness of Jesus Christ.  Our season is short this year – only this Sunday and next!  It began last Wednesday with Jesus being revealed as the true King of Jew and Gentile alike.  Next Sunday Jesus will be revealed as…

Epiphany 1: Our minds His business

Do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewal of your mind In Epiphany season we don’t stay at the cradle, in a kind of sentimental beholding of the Christ child, but we are forced, in a sense, by our readings to quickly grow up with Jesus – moving from the cradle to the one story in Scripture of Jesus as a teenager. Some of you are teenagers now, the rest…