Author Archives: Alister Pate

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?

Preparation

What’s the most precious thing you own? Would you give it up? Would you give it to the man who saved your brother’s life?

Faith After Christchurch

A broken, inarticulate sermon preached in the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch Mosque shootings. The world can seem like a very dark place some days, and it is hard to preach a message of hope. Nonetheless, this is what I am called to do.

Why Does God Need Us To Tell Him How Good He Is All The Time?

Someone asked me once “why does God need us to tell Him how wonderful He is? Does He have some sort of ego problem?” Apart from the regrettable use of gendered language for God, it is a fair point. If God is a personal, as Christians like to insist, then it’s a bit weird. Surely […]

Encountering Christ in the Wilderness

Jesus, led by the Spirit, was tempted in the wilderness for forty days. It’s all very well for him – he is, after all, God’s son. But what does it mean for us?

Jesus Christ and the Meaningful Universe

The story of Jesus’ transfiguration is, even by Scriptural standards, pretty mysterious. What does it mean for the disciples to see Jesus’ “glory”? Why did his face shine? Why were Moses and Elijah there? And, most of all, why were they terrified when the cloud came down?