Why was the death of Jesus unique?

Sermon preached by Rod Benson, Good Friday, 28 March 1997 Alexander the Great once found his philosopher friend Diogenes standing in a field, looking intently at a large pile of bones.  Asked what he was doing, the old man turned to Alexander and replied, “I am searching for the bones of your father Philip, but …

Sermon: What Jesus would say about immigration

Sermon by Rod Benson Sunday 9 October 2011 Scripture reading: Hebrews 13:1-3 Australia is a nation of immigrants with links to almost every other country and culture.  Even the first Australians, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, came to this land from somewhere else. All of us here today are immigrants or the descendants …

A biblical view of death

A sermon by Rod Benson Writing on mortality in the journal First Things, graduate philosophy student Anna Mathie relates what she describes as “the most exquisitely sorrowful moment in a book filled with exquisitely beautiful sorrow” (the book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). In the story, Aragorn is at death’s door, and …