Author Archives: Alister Pate

What do you want? A Sermon on John 1:29-42

What do you are you looking for? It’s a fundamental question. What is it that you really, deep down, under all the surface nonsense and trivia of your life, long for?

Christmas: Ambivalence and Joy

For a lot of people, Christmas is an ambivalent time. Emotionally complex. It holds a lot of stuff – both good and bad. For some, it is easy to enter into the spirit of it, perhaps reclaiming that childish delight. For others, it is marred by grief or difficult family relationships. As children we might […]

Joseph and the Kingdom

Joseph went to bed that night with a lot on his mind. If it wasn’t enough that the Romans were propping up that blasphemous charlatan Herod, his own fiancee, Mary, was pregnant – and not to him. What on earth was God up to? My sermon on Matthew 1:18-25 from Preston High Street UCA A […]

When Christian Leadership Goes Wrong

Christian leaders go wrong. We should talk about it. A few unstructured thoughts from a Cafechurch session.

The Good News and the Anxiety of Choice

What is the Gospel in our age of anxiety?

Practice Resurrection: Easter Morning Sermon

What does the resurrection of Jesus mean? What is it to “believe” in the resurrection? Ultimately, does it, or anything, really matter?

Who is this Jesus person?

Who is this Jesus person? And what does a parade held on the other side of the world two thousand years ago have to do with us?