Sermons by Trevor Whitfield

Trinity 9 – Stewards of Pain

Parable of the dishonest steward. What a difficult passage we have as today’s Gospel!  Jesus told this parable specifically to his disciples, to those who had already committed themselves to following him. They must have been a bit taken aback and maybe were thinking, ‘Surely, Jesus, you are not saying we should be dishonest and underhand in our dealings with one people? That goes against all that we have understood of your life and teaching…

Easter 4 – Our Cloak of Comfort

I don’t know what the student film night is showing next, but may I suggest they view ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ if they have not already done so. In fact, I would go so far as to recommend this film to any of you, even if not a student. At the very beginning of the film, Red an old prisoner describes how he first meets Andy (the hero of the film) as this new prisoner comes…

Maundy Thursday – Allowing Jesus to wash our feet

If you knew you were going to die in under a week, wouldn’t you prioritize and take care of the really important things?  So what would they be for you? John Robinson, Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge in my time of theological study and earlier Bishop of Woolwich whose little book ‘Honest to God’ caused such an uproar in the 1960’s comes to my mind when I think about that question of priorities.  Robinson was…

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…