Sermons on Luke 2:41-52

Epiphany 1 – Renewing our minds

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers,listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. [John 2] Epiphany season – it is the extension of Christmas, – the revealing who Jesus is – the drawing out of the implications of God taking flesh.  Our first encounter after his infancy, and only encounter in his youth – as a…

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…