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As an ethicist and an ordained Baptist minister, Rod preaches and teaches the Bible in churches and elsewhere. Here are transcripts of some of his sermons:

Mission 2017: Reflections on Luke 10:1-12

  • Getting our hands dirty (Lithgow Baptist Church, 30 Oct 2016)
  • How can I learn to travel lightly? (Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Nov 2016)
  • How do I become a person of peace? (Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Nov 2016)
  • How can I be part of the solution? (Lithgow Baptist Church, 20 Nov 2016)

The display of God’s splendour (Isa 61:1-4; Lithgow Baptist Church, Wed 2 Nov 2016)

Participation in the divine nature (2 Pet 1:1-4; Lithgow Baptist Church, Wed 5 Oct 2016)

What’s in a benediction? (Jude 24-25; Lithgow Baptist Church, Wed 7 Sep 2016)

Walking Together with God: Deuteronomy 1-11

  • On the plains of Moab (Deut 30:11-20; Lithgow Baptist Church, 3 Aug 2016)
  • Time to move forward (Deut 1:1-8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 7 Aug 2016)
  • The tragedy of missed opportunities (Deut 1:9-46; Lithgow Baptist Church, 14 Aug 2016)
  • The power of past victories (Deut 2:1-3:29; Lithgow Baptist Church, 21 Aug 2016)
  • Loyal and true (Deut 4:1-31; Lithgow Baptist Church, 28 Aug 2016)
  • God is great, God is good (Deut 4:32-49; Lithgow Baptist Church, 4 Sep 2016)
  • Striking the balance (Deut 5:1-33; Lithgow Baptist Church, 11 Sep 2016)
  • Loving God with my whole person (Deut 6:1-25; Lithgow Baptist Church, 18 Sep 2016)
  • God’s sovereignty and my responsibility (Deut 7:1-26; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Sep 2016)
  • Our Father in heaven (Deut 8:1-20; Lithgow Baptist Church, 2 Oct 2016)
  • Sinners in the hands of a gracious God (Deut 9:1-10:11; Lithgow Baptist Church, 9 Oct 2016)
  • Saints in the hands of a holy God (Deut 10:12-22; Lithgow Baptist Church, 16 Oct 2016 – guest preacher)
  • The choices we face (Deut 11:1-32; Lithgow Baptist Church, 23 Oct 2016)

A biblical history of praise (Lithgow Baptist Church mid-week service, 6 Jul 2016)

Christian basics: What do Christians really believe?

Praying the prayers of Jesus (Lithgow Baptist Church mid-week service, 7 May 2016)

What makes us who we are? Five Baptist distinctives

The consolation of Job (Lithgow Baptist Church mid-week service, 7 Apr 2016)

What is justification? (Easter Sunday) (Rom 4:25-5:2; Lithgow Baptist Church, 27 Mar 2016)

In the shadow of death (Good Friday) (Rom 5:6-8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Mar 2016)

Praying when God is silent (Mk 15:21-39; Lithgow Baptist Church, 20 Mar 2016)

Praying when evil is near (Eph 6:10-26; Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Mar 2016)

Praying when life is unfair (Lk 18:1-8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Mar 2016)

Praying when church is boring (Mt 6:5-15; Lithgow Baptist Church, 28 Feb 2016)

Wisdom for church conflict (Prov 29:20; Lithgow Baptist Church, 21 Feb 2016)

Wisdom for church planning (Prov 21:5; Lithgow Baptist Church, 14 Feb 2016)

Wisdom for church health (Prov 15:8; Lithgow Baptist Church, 7 Feb 2016)

Being old, being Christian (topical; Lithgow Baptist Church, 31 Jan 2016)

Being Australian, being Christian (topical; Lithgow Baptist Church, 24 Jan 2016)

Being single, being Christian (topical; Lithgow Baptist Church, 17 Jan 2016)

Why forgive? (Mt 18:21-35; Lithgow Baptist Church, 10 Jan 2016)

Guess how much God loves you (Gal 4:1-7; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Dec 2015)

A happy ending (Ruth 4:1-22; Lithgow Baptist Church, 20 Dec 2015)

A planned meeting (Ruth 3:1-18; Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Dec 2015)

A chance meeting (Ruth 2:1-23; Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Dec 2015)

An odd couple (Ruth 1:1-22; Lithgow Baptist Church, 29 Nov 2015)

Investment advice you can trust (1 Tim 6:17-21; Lithgow Baptist Church, 22 Nov 2015)

Things worth fighting for (1 Tim 6:11-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 15 Nov 2015)

The path to peace and tranquility (1 Tim 6:1-10; Lithgow Baptist Church, 8 Nov 2015)

The fine art of managing leaders (1 Tim 5:17-25; Lithgow Baptist Church, 1 Nov 2015)

Wisdom for life in community (1 Tim 5:1-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 25 Oct 2015)

On lifelong Christian learning (1 Tim 4:11-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 18 Oct 2015)

Foundations for human flourishing (1 Tim 4:1-10; Lithgow Baptist Church, 4 Oct 2015)

Knowing a majestic God (Psalm 113; Lithgow Baptist Church, 27 Sep 2015)

Knowing a just God (Psalm 94; Lithgow Baptist Church, 20 Sep 2015)

Knowing a gracious God (Psalm 78; Lithgow Baptist Church, 13 Sep 2015)

Knowing a faithful God (Psalm 62; Lithgow Baptist Church, 6 Sep 2015)

Knowing a holy God (Psalm 15; Lithgow Baptist Church, 30 Aug 2015)

The church’s one foundation (1 Tim 3:14-16; Lithgow Baptist Church, 23 Aug 2015)

Standards for deacons (1 Tim 3:8-13; Lithgow Baptist Church, 16 Aug 2015)

Standards for pastors and elders (1 Tim 3:1-7; Lithgow Baptist Church, 9 Aug 2015)

Standards for men and women (1 Tim 2:8-15; Lithgow Baptist Church, 2 Aug 2015)

Sex, marriage and social change (Frenchs Forest Baptist Church, 26 Jul 2015)

Experiencing God’s grace and mercy (1 Tim 1:12-17; Lithgow Baptist Church, 19 Jul 2015)

The purpose of Christian preaching (1 Tim 1:1-11; Lithgow Baptist Church, 12 Jul 2015)

Stop the boat! (Springwood Baptist Church, 22 Feb 2015)

A pastoral response to same sex marriage (Toongabbie Baptist Church, Sydney, 28 Sep 2014)

Living counter-culturally in the world (Lake Joondalup Baptist Church, 21 Sep 2014)

The heart of Christian ethics (Batemans Bay Baptist Church, 20 Oct 2013)

Getting to know the Holy Spirit (Mosman Baptist Church, Sydney, 23 Jun 2013)

Should we design our descendants? (Morling College Chapel, Sydney 28 May 2013)

Care (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 25 Nov 2012)

Justice (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 18 Nov 2012)

Generosity (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 11 Nov 2012)

Three men and a mission (Faith Bible Baptist Church, Castle Hill, Sydney, 30 Sep 2012)

The new way: Romans 12:3 (Eastwood Baptist Church, Sydney, 15 Jan 2012)

The new day: Romans 12:1-2 (Mosman Baptist Church, Sydney, 13 Nov 2011)

What Jesus would say about immigration (Hornsby Baptist Church, Sydney, 9 Oct 2011)

How to be like God (Pendle Hill Baptist Church, 9 Jan 2011)

A biblical view of death (New College, University of NSW, Sydney, 27 Mar 2010)

Choosing the butter (Morling College Chapel, Sydney, 29 May 2007)

Reflection for Good Friday (Compass Church, Sydney, 18 Apr 2003)

Gandalf, Galadriel and God  (Thornleigh Community Baptist Church, Sydney, 5 Mar 2003)

Reading Harry Potter with Christian eyes  (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 6 Jan 2002)

Away from the manger (3 of 3 on consumerism; Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 16 Dec 2001)

Joy to the mall (2 of 3 on consumerism; Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 9 Dec 2001)

Land of the spree (1 of 3 on consumerism; Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 2 Dec 2001)

A walk with God (Job 42:7-17) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 18 Nov 2001)

A word from God (Job 38:1-42:6) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 11 Nov 2001)

A young person’s wisdom (Job 32, 36-37) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 28 Oct 2001)

Where Job got it right (Job 9:32-35) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 2 Sep 2001)

Where Job got it wrong (Job 16-17) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 19 Aug 2001)

When theology meets reality (Job 4-26) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 12 Aug 2001)

Thin red line – part 2 (Job 1:1-3:26) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 22 Jul 2001)

Thin red line – part 1 (Job 1:1-3:26) (Blakehurst Baptist Church, Sydney, 22 Jul 2001)

Reflections on ordination (Blakehurst Baptist Church, 10 Oct 1999)

Why was the death of Jesus unique? (Flinders Baptist Community Church, Ipswich, Queensland, 28 Mar 1997)

Racism and reconciliation (Murri Evangelical Church, Ipswich, Queensland, 2 Mar 1997)

Finding God in the most unlikely places (Flinders Baptist Community Church, Ipswich, Queensland, 8 Jan 1995)

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