Tag Archives: Matthew 6

You don’t know the truth about you

On looking at our blind spots and coming to terms with who we really are.

9th March 2014 and transcript is here: http://www.mppc.org/sites/default/files/transcripts/140309_jortberg.pdf

Talks about David and Bathsheba and our infinite capacity for self deception:

Talks about the scriptures and also brilliant picture of Eustace from CS Lewis, and how he is painfully transformed.

Plunge into the pool of grace which stings and smarts and makes us better.



Where Barbara Has Been Preaching

The last part of Barbara Brown Taylor’s marvellous book on preaching (the first part is really about vocation) is a selection of her sermons.

These are:

One step at a time – Mark 3:38-39 – It takes a lot of courage to be a human being

The Fourth Watch – Mark 6:48-50 – a discussion of Mark’s shorter story

I am who I am – John 8:25 – Talks about her own conversion experience, the world was different

The Tenth Leper – Luke 17 – The awkward man who came into the Church – we know where the nine are

Do Love – Luke 10:36-37

The opposite of rich – Mark 10:22-23 – The rich young man

The One to Watch – Mark 12:41-42 – On the widow’s mite

Knowing Glances – Matthew 25:37-38 – The parable of the sheep and the goats

The Voice Of The Shepherd – John 10:25-27

The Lost and Found Department – Luke 15:4-5

None of Us Is Home Yet – Matthew 6:26

The Prodigal Father – Luke 15:11-12

Surviving Eden – Genesis 3:6 – We got out of Eden, another story about Adam and Eve, making the most of the life that we have



Give us our daily bread


There is the idea that Jesus is celebrating with the wrong people and at the wrong time, because he is anticipating the kingdom.


The prayer also exists on a number of other levels.


It is about “All desires known”, the deepest of desires being given to God so that they might be untangled and affirmed and given, that the deepest desires we offer (like Naomi in the story of Ruth) are answered in very profound ways.


It is about praying for specific needs – for world peace as well as for the parking place.


Then there is the level that we are asking for others, that we are conscious of those who pray that prayer with very little bread, and we pray alongside them.  It is also about offering ourselves as the answer to that prayer, in the quest for justice.


And then there is the level of the Eucharist in which we are satisfied with the deepest of gifts for the deepest of needs and desires.

Becoming Less Human

Having become a neighbour through Jesus’ story, we find another neighbour to love at the every turn of the road. [the link with the Good Samaritan] (page 45)

So Luke, as he composes his Travel Narrative, recounts a Jesus story that does for a depersonalised God what the Samaritan story did for all our depersonalised neighbours.  Jesus immerses us in a way of language that keeps us thoroughly and absolutely personal in our approach to God, which is to say, in our prayers. (page 46)


Reveal who you are.

Set the world right

Keep us alive with three square meals.

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil” (page 46)

Hallowed Be Your Name

Pray Like This: Hallowed Be Your Name

John Piper – 30th December 2007

Comparing John Piper and John Ortberg is like the classic comparison between the bludgeon and the rapier, the powerfully effective and charismatically mercurial.

The closest Piper comes to Ortberg-esque anecdotage is a story about leaving his mobile phone after his wife has called (don’t leave the phone on with your wife, but you can leave it on with God).

Prayer can be one of five things: petition, confession, thanks, praise and complaint (do not to add to the sin of a complaining heart with the sin of hypocrisy).

A powerful section is on James 4:2 – you do not have because you do not ask, and the causality of prayer, its effect. Into the ordained plan of the world is included the prayers of the people of God.

Piper ends with a meditation on the first line of the Lord’s prayer “God has commanded us to ask God that God’s glorify God’s name”.