Homilies, public lectures and other provocations delivered at St Michael’s engaging with matters of faith
Galatians 6: Are We Carrying Each Others' Burdens? (Sam Jackson)
Sam Jackson wraps up our Galatians series by asking us if we really are carrying one another's burdens, and encouraging us with the reminder that God specialises in using broken vessels.
Galatians 4: St Paul Visits Love Island (sort of!) (Tim McKenzie)
In Galatians 4, Paul explores the idea of captivity to the "elemental principles/powers of the world". For some, that's captivity to the Law. For others, it's captivity to "gods who are not gods". In either case, Paul urges the Galatian converts to stay free. What might that mean for 21st Century people?
Why the Crucifixion of Jesus Changes Everything, Including Who Gets to Set the Rules in Church (Matthew Bartlett on Galatians 3)
In our 3rd installment of the Galatians series, Matthew Bartlett explains why the cross is the way past cultural imperialism. And why Paul is therefore so adamant that converts to the Jesus movement aren't obliged to follow Torah. .
Luke 23.32-34, 44-47
With help from Fleming Rutledge and Lamin Sanneh.
Māmari Stephens: Chewing our Fingers with Paul's Letter to the Galatians
Galatians 2, with Māmari Stephens
High Stakes! Introducing Paul's (Loud!) Letter to the Galatians (Tim McKenzie)
Galatians is Paul's loudest, fiercest, most polemical letter. Rev. Dr. Tim McKenzie gives us a short overview of the letter, and highlights three things to look out for as we read it.
Earlier in the service, we had watched the most excellent Bible Project overview of Galatians, and Tim refers to that a couple of times in the sermon.
Why Be a Christian in 2022? Part I: The Stories We Live By
Tim McKenzie opens the Why Be a Christian series by sketching four stories that people live by, out of the many available. Why do these stories appeal to people? And how do they stack up against the Christian story, the truest story of all?
Note: this sermon was rerecorded after the fact, as the original recording failed