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St Ninian's Online

St Ninian's Online

By Stewart Cutler

Weekly sermons and thoughts from St Ninian's Church in Stonehouse, Scotland.
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A threshold moment

A threshold moment

The writer of Mark’s Gospel seems not to have been interested in Christmas.  He jumps straight in to the story with a strange man out in the wilderness, at one of those threshold places where the story of their people took a new turn generations before.  Today the same story calls us to another threshold… But will we step through it?

Dec 09, 202322:21
Wait Here...

Wait Here...

It's Advent... and so we wait.  But we don't wait for Christmas... so, what do we wait for?

Dec 02, 202325:00
king of kings

king of kings

When we call Jesus 'king of kings' what do we mean? And what does that mean for us? Join Stewart as we explore Matthew 25:31-46.

Nov 25, 202323:57
What is God like?

What is God like?

I wonder what you think God is like?  It’s one of those big questions and our answer to it shapes our response to all kinds of things, probably more than we imagine.  Do you think God is an angry absentee landlord?  Or kind and loving?

Nov 18, 202317:09
Required?

Required?

What does God require of you as we stand in silence to remember?

Nov 11, 202329:53
do as they say...

do as they say...

What’s your reaction when leaders set hard rules and then don’t follow them?  Should we ignore the rules too?  But what if the rules are good rules?  Rules to help us live well together or to keep us safe?  And what does Jesus have to say about it?

Nov 04, 202324:47
love, love, love...

love, love, love...

What’s the most important commandment? It seems like such a straightforward question, especially if you know about these things. It’s got to be the first one… Right?

Oct 28, 202317:10
whose image?

whose image?

Should you pay tax?  For most of us the answer is,”Yes, we have to.”   But for some people the answer is “only if you have to.”  And this was a question in Jesus’ time too.  Should you pay tax to the Romans?  It’s a trap.  It’s a question that Jesus is supposed to stumble over.  But he doesn’t.  Instead, he sets his own trap.

Oct 20, 202324:40
what not to wear

what not to wear

Weddings are fascinating!  Who gets invited and who doesn’t can cause family rifts that echo for generations.  If you do get an invite there’s the dilemma of what to wear!  Who else will be there?  What table will I be at?


A king throws a wedding party for his son and the people he has invited don’t show up!  Worse they assault the people who brought their invitations… You can bet he’s going to be livid with them but he has all this food prepared… and it would be a shame for it to go to waste… wouldn’t it?

Oct 14, 202320:50
Speaking truth to power

Speaking truth to power

They say power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Speaking truth to that kind of power can be dangerous. But if nobody ever does then nothing will every change.

Oct 07, 202320:47
authority

authority

On who’s authority? It’s a good question. One the should ask. But why would you ask. question when you’ve already made up your mind what you think. But as usual the answer from Jesus is an even better question.

Sep 30, 202319:39
How much money is enough?

How much money is enough?


How much is enough?  And when you think about your answer to that are you wondering how much is enough for you?  Or are you thinking about how some people have too much?  Or are you wondering what a fair share for everyone would be?

Sep 23, 202320:37
repair shop

repair shop

Forgiveness is hard. Really hard. And yet Jesus seems very serious about how important it is.

Sep 16, 202322:27
how to end an argument!

how to end an argument!

Do you argue a lot?  Get frustrated by other people who are obviously wrong?  Wonder how we ended up in a world where everyone takes sides? What can we do about it?  How can we settle our arguments in a way that’s fair?

Sep 09, 202324:34
what does your cross look like?

what does your cross look like?

Have you ever felt on such a high one minute only to be brought down a peg or two the next? To be praised one minute and chastised the next? Well, in today’s reading that’s exactly what happened to Peter.

Sep 01, 202331:09
Who am I?

Who am I?

Jesus asks, 'Who do people say I am? And what about you? Who do you say that I am?' Identity is a big deal. We all want to be known… and known for the right things, but who is Jesus? And what difference does that make to me? Stewart Cutler explores a big question for all of us.

Aug 26, 202319:50
Crumbs of Mercy

Crumbs of Mercy

Clean hearts. There’s a phrase that gets used often in churches. But what does it mean to have a clean heart? Today Jesus takes on the idea that it is practices and rituals that make our hearts pure… It’s not the things that go in but what comes out that shows what we are really like. But then the very next thing he does is have a really awkward conversation with a woman from a different culture to his. He calls her a dog. Not exactly a great example of what he’s just been talking about. So what’s going on?

Aug 19, 202322:39
water walking

water walking

When Jesus walks on the water we’re less than surprised. Sure, it’s unusual, but he’s the son of God and earlier that day he fed 5,000 men, along with all the women and children there with a few loaves and a couple of fish and he healed many diseases. So when Peter is bold enough to get out of a perfectly good boat so he can do some water walking we need to ask some big questions about what’s going on.

Aug 12, 202321:38
your daily bread

your daily bread

Jesus feeds 5,000 men.  And there were woman and children there too, but only men counted.  Some things haven’t changed much.  They were hungry… but I think we perhaps forget to ask why?  Why were they hungry?  And what does Jesus do to change that?

Aug 05, 202320:17
the kingdom of heaven is like...

the kingdom of heaven is like...

The kingdom of heaven is like… well, like what?  It’s like a mustard seed, yeast, treasure found by accident, a pearl found after a long search and fish caught in a net.  But how?  How can it be like those things?

Jul 29, 202323:19
Don't be hasty!
Jul 22, 202317:11
scatter

scatter

Jesus tells a story about a farmer who sows some seed.  He throws the seed everywhere. and some doesn’t go where it’s meant to… and some lands on good soil and is fruitful.  But I’m not a farmer so what does this have to do with me?

Jul 15, 202322:05
is it really that simple?

is it really that simple?

Have you ever been offered a fix for something, a solution to a problem that just seems too simple so you reject it? I wonder why we do that?

Jul 08, 202320:41
Are you welcome?

Are you welcome?

You are welcome here. No really. You are. But how would you know that you are welcome? How do we show welcome? And why does it matter?

Jul 01, 202319:20
Do not be afraid!

Do not be afraid!

Go and tell your friends, neighbours and even strangers that their worldview is wrong and a new way is possible... and, the the way, some of them won't like it!

Jun 24, 202324:42
What does compassion feel like?

What does compassion feel like?

We talk about feelings all the time... but they are called feelings because we physically feel something. The emotion has an impact on our body. So, what does compassion feel like?

Jun 17, 202328:20
Who are you here for?

Who are you here for?

When Jesus comes for Matthew it's a statement. I'm here for people like him... who are you here for?

Jun 10, 202326:53
Go!

Go!

Go. Yes you!  Go and make disciples… But how?  How would we even begin to do that?

Jun 03, 202321:14
forgiveness is healing

forgiveness is healing

Jesus stands among his friends and speaks words of peace and forgiveness... because forgiving is healing!

May 26, 202321:47
glory

glory

Want to know what God is like? Just look at Jesus!

May 20, 202324:34
Just Breathe

Just Breathe

Breath is life... but for Jesus it's more... more life that you could ever imagine!

May 13, 202327:38
embody

embody

Thrown back into the events of Holy Week we find ourselves confronted by familiar words, but in a different context.  Jesus’ talks of many houses, mansions or dwelling places, and of leaving, going somewhere else but at the same time remaining.  It’s confusing, sometimes difficult stuff so what does it all mean?  And what does any of it have to do with us?

May 06, 202334:42
slow down & listen

slow down & listen

Jesus is in sheep and shepherd mode... but his disciples have no idea what he's talking about. Do you?

Apr 29, 202319:11
Burning Hearts

Burning Hearts

An encounter with Jesus leaves a couple of his followers with burning hearts... will it do the same for us?

Apr 21, 202319:22
rumours of resurrection

rumours of resurrection

It's almost the end of the day. It's getting dark... and Jesus appears to 10 of the disciples... but Thomas isn't there. He's out. And he misses out!

Apr 15, 202323:08
resurrection

resurrection

It's Easter Sunday!

Apr 08, 202318:42
Good Friday

Good Friday

Jesus trail and crucifixion...

Apr 07, 202316:53
Thursday of Holy Week

Thursday of Holy Week

Bread, wine, washing of feet and betrayal...

Apr 06, 202307:30
Wednesday of Holy Week

Wednesday of Holy Week

Judas wrestles with his decision...

Apr 06, 202308:10
Tuesday of Holy Week

Tuesday of Holy Week

Some Greeks come to see Jesus and kick off a strange conversation about life and death, darkness and light...

Apr 04, 202306:53
Monday of Holy Week

Monday of Holy Week

Mary anoints Jesus... and Judas is annoyed...

Apr 03, 202305:52
his love endures forever

his love endures forever

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey. People sing and cheer... and hope! Could this be the moment that everything changes?

Apr 01, 202330:13
love unbound

love unbound

Why did God let that happen? Why didn’t God do something? Jesus’ friend Lazarus has died. And Jesus wasn’t there. And now he is… The tomb has been sealed. It’s too late. Or is it?

Mar 25, 202331:45
well-being

well-being

When Jesus asks a woman for a drink from the well it's her that gets more than she could have imagined... but what about us?

Mar 10, 202324:56
Go!!!

Go!!!

Abram is just minding his own business, getting on with life... when God says "go!".  And Abram goes...  I wonder... would you?

Mar 04, 202324:15
Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Temptation... that's a thing we all face all the time. But the Bible makes a big deal of it.  Why?  And why does that matter to us?

Feb 25, 202321:09
transfigured

transfigured

What does it mean when Jesus is transfigured?  And can we be changed?  And into what?

Feb 18, 202320:38
Anger and lust... Choose life instead

Anger and lust... Choose life instead

Jesus keeps pulling the thread of the commandments and gets to the heart of all our problems...

Feb 11, 202329:39
Salt & Light

Salt & Light

YOU are salt and light.  Yes... you!!!  But how? and why?

Feb 04, 202328:30
What does blessing look like?

What does blessing look like?

We all want to be blessed.  Why wouldn't you?  But what does blessing actually look like? And why is it so controversial?

Jan 28, 202325:55