A pastoral response to same sex marriage

A sermon preached at Toongabbie Baptist Church, Sydney, 28 September 2014 Genesis 1:27-2:1; Romans 12:18-21  In an episode of The Simpsons, Springfield’s mayor calls for ideas to promote tourism, and Lisa Simpson suggests allowing same-sex marriages. The idea is approved and Springfield becomes the place to be for same-sex nuptials. When Rev Lovejoy refuses to …

Reflections on ordination

A sermon by Rod Benson Sunday 10 October 1999 The great nineteenth-century Christian leader, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, described by many as “the prince of preachers,” occupied the pulpit of London’s New Park Street Baptist Church and its successor, the renowned Metropolitan Tabernacle, from 1854 to 1892. When asked if he were a Doctor of Divinity, …

Justice for the unborn

A sermon by Rod Benson, 8 June 2014 Job 31:13-15 According to new Family Planning data, NSW teenagers have the highest abortion rates in the country, with more teens ending pregnancies than choosing to become parents.  Estimates suggest there were 4053 abortions among NSW teens aged 15-19 in 2009, roughly double the number in Victoria, Tasmania …

How to be like God

Ephesians 4:32-5:2 New Year’s resolutions: one of those things that always looks better in prospect than in hindsight, like over-indulgent desserts, or mothers-in-law. How many of you made resolutions this New Year’s Eve?  Last year?  Did you keep them?  I am reminded of a woman concerned about her weight: Five years ago:  I will get …