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Steve's Short Sermons for Everyday Life
St Andrew's Church, Enfield
Practical Christian thinking for everyday life, through short sermons. Some episodes come in two, separate, versions: English language and Esperanto language.
May 28, 2021
Jesaja 6:1-8: Jen mi estas! Sendu min! (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri la alvoko al niaj vivoj rakonti al aliaj pri la amo de Dio. Vi estas preta - nun. Do kion vi atendas?
May 28, 2021
Isaiah 6:1-8 - Here I am! Send me!
In this podcast, we think about the call on our lives to tell others about the love of God. You are ready and equipped - now. So what are you waiting for?
May 21, 2021
1 Johano 4:16-21 - Unuaj paŝoj por ami aliajn pli bone (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri la interna laboro de la koro, kiun ni unue devas fari, se ni volas pli ami aliajn homojn. Por konsideri ĉi tion, ni uzas belan fragmenton de la unua letero de Johano.
May 21, 2021
1 John 4:16-21 - First steps towards loving others better
In this podcast, we think about the interior work of the heart that we first need to do if we want to love other people better. To consider this, we use a beautiful passage from the first letter of John
May 11, 2021
James 1:16-19 - Have a good heart
In this podcast, we think about the importance of showing love, kindness and generosity of spirit towards others.
May 10, 2021
Jakobo 1:16-19 - Havu bonan koron (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pro tio, kiom grave estas havi bonan koron kaj montri bonkorecon al aliaj.
Apr 23, 2021
La Agoj 3:11-16 - La resaniga potenco de Dio (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri tio, kiel Dio volas resanigi nin en korpo, menso kaj spirito, por ke ni sciu plenecon de vivo.
Apr 22, 2021
Acts 3:11-16 - God's healing power
From this passage in Acts 3, we think about how God wants to heal us - body, mind and spirit - so that we can know fulness of life.
Apr 14, 2021
Johano 20:19-31 - Nova komenco kun Dio (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri kiel ni havas novan komencon kun Dio per la morto de Jesuo. La amo al Dio estas nova ĉiumatene.
Apr 4, 2021
Mark 16:1-8: Happy Easter! - Jesus is alive!
As Christians, are we on a wild goose chase, or are we chasing the Wild Goose? Find out in this podcast...
Apr 4, 2021
Marko 16:1-8: Feliĉan Paskon - Jesuo vivas! (Esperanto)
La rakonto de Pasko lau Marko
Mar 28, 2021
Matthew 21:1-11 - Palm Sunday and Jesus
Palm Sunday has a lot to teach us about Jesus - particularly the qualities that so attracted people to him. We reflect on our own approach to Jesus and how those qualities that he exhibited spur us on in our discipleship.
Mar 28, 2021
Mateo 21:1-11 - Palmofesto kaj Jesuo (Esperanto)
Palmofesto rakontas al ni multon pri Jesuo. En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri la kvalitoj de Jesuo, kiujn ni vidas dum Palmofesto. Ĉi tiuj estas kvalitoj, kiuj inspiras nin esti disĉiploj de Jesuo.
Mar 6, 2021
John 2:13-22 - Social justice and purity in worship
In this episode, we think about Jesus cleansing the Temple. We think about the relationship between purity of worship and the attitudes and behaviours that we hold through the week; the pursuit of justice, kindness, humility, care for the poor etc.
Mar 6, 2021
Johano 2:13-22 - Jesuo en la Templo (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri Jesuo en la Templo kaj kiel Dio volas, ke nia kultado ampleksu valorojn kiel justecon, bonkorecon, humilecon, kaj serĉado de paco.
Feb 21, 2021
2 John - Truth and Love
In this podcast episode, we think about the importance of Truth and Love for the Christian faith. In his 2nd letter, John tell us that Truth and Love are foundation stones for the Christian life.
Feb 21, 2021
2 Johano - Vero kaj Amo (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri la graveco de Vero kaj Amo por la kristana kredo. En sia dua letero, Johano diras al ni, ke Vero kaj Amo estas fundamentaj ŝtonoj por la kristana vivo
Feb 8, 2021
Colossians 1:12-20 - Who is Jesus for you?
Who is Jesus? And why is he so important for us? In this podcast we explore 4 themes from this passage in Colossians 1 that give us some ideas from the writing of Paul.
Feb 8, 2021
Koloseanoj 1:12-20 - Kiu estas Jesuo por vi? (Esperanto)
Kiu estas Jesuo? Kaj kial li gravas por ni? En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni esploras kvar temoj de Paulo en sia letero al la Eklezio ĉe Kolose.
Jan 31, 2021
Marko 1:21-28 - Jesuo estas Sinjoro
En ĉi tiu epizodo, ni esploras la rakonton de Jesuo resaniganta la viron kun malpura spirito por ekzameni kiel 'kapscio' pri Jesuo ne sufiĉas: li volas ke ni submetiĝu al li ankaŭ kiel Sinjoro. Ĉu Jesuo estas via Sinjoro?
Jan 31, 2021
Mark 1:21-28 - Jesus is Lord
In this episode, we explore the story of Jesus healing the man with an unclean spirit to examine how 'head knowledge' of Jesus is not enough: he wants us to submit to him as Lord too. Is Jesus your Lord?
Jan 24, 2021
Mateo 8:8-13 - Praktiku tion, kion vi predikas (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri Mateo 8:8-13. Jesuo resanigis la leprulon kaj la sklavon de la roma soldato. Li praktikis tion kion vi predikis. Ĉu ni?
Jan 24, 2021
Matthew 8:8-13 - Practice what you preach
In this episode, we think about Jesus healing the leper and the Roman soldier's slave in Matthew 8. This is a classic 'practice what you preach' moment for Jesus - happening immediately after the Sermon on the Mount. He practiced what he preached. Do we?
Jan 12, 2021
Isaiah 35:1 - Hope for the future
We think about the promise of God in Isaiah 35:1 - the promise of hope for the future
Jan 12, 2021
Jesaja 35:1 - Espero por la estonteco (Esperanto)
Ni pensas pri Jesaja 35:1 kaj la promeso de Dio - espero por la estonteco.
Jan 4, 2021
Luko 7:11-17 - Kie estas Dio en niaj suferoj? (Esperanto)
En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri Luko 7:11-17, la rakonto de la vidvino de Nain. Ni demandas, "Kie estas Dio en niaj suferoj?"
Dec 31, 2020
Mateo 2:1-12 - Nova jaro: kion instruas al ni la saĝuloj (Esperanto)
2020 estis malfacila jaro por ni ĉiuj. En ĉi tiu podkasto, ni pensas pri kion instruas al ni la saĝuloj en Mateo 2 por 2021.
Dec 31, 2020
Matthew 2:1-12 - A New Year: Learning lessons from the Wise Men
2020 was a difficult year for us all. As we prepare to enter 2021, this podcast explores lessons that we may learn from the story of the Wise Men who visited Jesus. We consider three personal attributes the Wise Men had that can help us in our own spiritual journey at this time.
Dec 13, 2020
Christmas: A time to tell the Good News!
We think about the ministry of John the Baptist in John 1:19-28. We consider how Christmas is a time to tell the Good News!
Dec 13, 2020
Kristnasko - tempo por rakonti la Evangelion (Esperanto)
Ni pensas pri la ministerio de Johano Baptisto en John 1:19-28. Kristnasko estas la tempo por rakonti la Evangelion!
Dec 6, 2020
Mark 1:1-8 - Jesus: the new spirituality
In this episode, we think about how John the Baptist pointed the way to a new spirituality, embodied in Jesus.
Dec 6, 2020
Marko 1:1-8 - La komenco de la evangelio de Jesuo Kristo (Esperanto)
Ni pensas pri la ministerio de Johano Baptisto kaj la komenco de la evangelio de Jesuo Kristo
Nov 30, 2020
Mateo 25:1-13 - La sezono de Advento (Esperanto)
Ni pensas pri la parabolo de Jesuo pri la dek virgulinoj kaj la sezono de Advento
Nov 30, 2020
Bitesize Theology: The Season of Advent, Matt 25:1-13
In this episode, we think about Jesus' parable of the ten bridesmaids and its implications for us as we learn to wait on Christ during Advent.
Nov 8, 2020
Remembrance Day 2020
We give thanks for the sacrifice of the Fallen and resolve to honour their memory by building a better future.
Nov 2, 2020
Finding hope in the midst of Covid-19
As the UK prepares to move into a second National Lockdown in response to Covid-19, we reflect on the story in Luke 7 of the raising of the widow of Nain's son to think about how we can find hope and resilience at this time.
Nov 1, 2020
Bitesize Theology: Stewards of God's creation
Reflecting on Genesis 1:26-2:4, we think about the need for us to be wise stewards of God's beautiful creation.
Oct 25, 2020
Bitesize Theology: The centrality of worship
Thinking about Paul's teaching in Colossians 3:16-17, we reflect on how important it is to encourage one another into a deeper experience of worship, and how worship is our most ultimately fulfilling experience.
Oct 18, 2020
Bitesize Theology: Mission Shaped Church
Looking at the story of the sending out of the 70 from Luke 10, we explore some principles of what it means to be a Mission Shaped Church.
Oct 11, 2020
Bitesize Theology: 7 Day a Week Jesus
Drawing on the story of Jesus at the wedding in Cana from John's Gospel, we consider how we can respond to Jesus so that he is at the centre of our lives, 7 days a week.
Oct 4, 2020
Bitesize Theology: Hope for the future
We think about a couple of verses from 1 Peter 1 to reflect on how God gives us hope for the future, even when we may be going through tough times in our life.
Sep 27, 2020
Bitesize Theology: Praying for our politicians
In these difficult days of 2020, we really need to be praying for our politicians. Psalm 2 gives us some guidance on how to do that.
Sep 20, 2020
Bitesize Theology: All equal in God's sight
In this Bitesize episode, we think about Jesus' parable of the Vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16. We think about how all of us are equal in God's sight, regardless of how long we have been a follower of Jesus, regardless how long or short a time we have been active in our local church.
Sep 13, 2020
Bitesize Theology: The journey into forgiveness
Thinking about Jesus' teaching in Matthew 18:21-35, we reflect on the importance of learning how to forgive others - and perhaps ourselves too. Forgiveness is not a one-off act. It is a way of living. It can be a lifetime's journey to learn how to forgive - but it's a journey Jesus invites us on...
Sep 6, 2020
Bitesize Theology: God seeks us out
In this Bitesize episode, we think about Jesus' parable of the lost sheep and how God seeks us out when we have gone astray. It doesn't matter to God whether we have drifted from him due to the circumstances of life, or whether we have done something stupid and got lost as a result! Without judgement, he will seek us out, find us, and restore us
Aug 31, 2020
Bitesize Theology: Die to self, live to Christ
In this Bitesize episode, we think about Jesus' teaching in Matthew 16 in which he says that we must die in order to live. We need to forsake the ambitions of the ego, and live to Christ. Only then can we find our true identity and fulfil our desting in God.
Aug 28, 2020
Bitesize Theology: Finding our place in the church
In this Bitesize episode, we think about Paul's teaching in Romans 12 about how each one of us have gifts and talents to sytrengthen the life and ministry of the church. Have you discovered your place in the mission and ministry of the church yet?
Aug 26, 2020
Bitesize Theology: Showing thankfulness to God
In this Bitesize episode, we think about how important it is to show thankfulness to God. We reflect on the story of the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus.
Aug 22, 2020
Bitesize Theology: God's blessing at Pentecost
In this Bitesize episode, we think about the sending of God's Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the impact that had on the lives of the first believers. We think about the impact of the Holy Spirit in our lives too.
Aug 19, 2020
Bitesize Theology: The ascension of Jesus and you
The ascension is 'the forgotten doctrine' of the church - it makes sense of so much of what we believe. In this Bitesize episode, we think about the ascension of Jesus and what difference it makes to our lives.
Aug 18, 2020
Bitesize Theology: The centrality of love
In this bitesize episode, we think about the centrality of love for the Christian faith - summed up in the two commandments Jesus refers to in Matthew's Gospel.
Aug 18, 2020
Bitesize Theology: The messy Kingdom
In this Bitesize Theology episode, we think about how the Kingdom of God is sometimes a messy place!
Apr 6, 2020
Psalm 27 - Finding God when life is tough
How do we find God when life is tough? In this episode, we consider Psalm 27 to draw out 2 principles that can be helpful when we are struggling in life.
Mar 25, 2020
Matthew 18:10-14 - Faith and the Coronavirus 2
We continue thinking about how we can respond in faith to the growing Coronavirus crisis. In this episode, we think about Jesus' parable of the lost sheep, and how God is there for us as a Good Shepherd to care for us when we are feeling lost and afraid.
Mar 18, 2020
Psalm 121 - Faith and the Coronavirus 1
How are we to hold on to faith in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis? Where is God? What assurance can we get from Scripture that God is with us? In this episode, we look at Psalm 121 to be assured of God's presence and keeping power in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 13, 2020
Mark 2: 23-28 - How to observe the Sabbath
Observing the Sabbath is such an important spiritual discipline. But what is the Sabbath? How does it relate to Sunday? How should we observe it as Christians? All these questions, and more, are addressed in this episode as we look together at a passage from Mark 2.
Mar 4, 2020
Luke 18:35-43 - How to approach God in prayer 1
In this episode, we look at the story of Jesus healing the blind man in Luke 18:35-43. The way in which the blind man approached Jesus can teach us four valuable lessons about how we might approach God when we come to pray.
Feb 18, 2020
Matthew 6:24-34 - Coping with worry and anxiety 2
In the second of a 2-part podcast series, we revisit Matthew 6:24-34 to see what Jesus has to teach us about coping with stress, worry and anxiety in our lives
Feb 12, 2020
Matthew 6:24-34 - Coping with worry and anxiety 1
In the first of two related podcasts, we think about Jesus' teaching on how to cope with stress, worry and anxiety in life. In this first part, we think about two basic principles that Jesus teaches in Matthew 6
Feb 4, 2020
1 Peter 4:1-11 - How to resist peer pressure
Peer pressure is a problem for adults just as much as for children and young people. In this episode, we explore 1 Peter 4:1-11 to consider some principles about how we can resist peer pressure and stay disciplined in our Christian faith
Jan 29, 2020
Exodus 33:12-23 - Clinging to God in life's struggles
In this episode, we consider a story from the life of Moses in which he had to cling on to God, despite his struggles and doubts. We all face times like that in life - and this story from Exodus gives us some lessons about how to cling on to God in the midst of life's struggles.
Jan 21, 2020
2 Timothy 2:1-10 - How to leave a good legacy
We all leave an imprint on the world with every social interaction, with every word we speak, and with every action we do. In this episode, we look at Paul's teaching in 2 Timothy 2:1-10 to think about how we can leave a good legacy and make the world a better place.
Jan 16, 2020
John 20:19-31 - A fresh start with God
In this episode, we use the story in John 20:19-31 - Jesus meeting with the disciples in the Upper Room - to think about how we can always have a fresh start with God; that he doesn't hold our past mistakes and failures against us but is always willing to forgive and help us move on to a better future with him.
Jan 10, 2020
Luke 17:11-19 - Showing gratitude to God
Looking at the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers - and how only one of them returned to say 'thank you' - we think about the importance of showing gratitude to God
Aug 9, 2019
Joshua 3:1-9 - How to develop as a disciple 2
Despite our best intentions to become more faithful in our discipleship, we sometimes struggle to overcome particular obstacles; a state of mind, an inability to forgive, a particular sin that we fall into time and time again. In this podcast, we think about the story recorded in Joshua 3:1-9 and consider lessons that we can learn from that to help us overcome those obstacles and grow in our discipleship.
Jul 17, 2019
Psalm 2 - Praying for our political leaders
Politics across the world is going through a major cultural transformation. There is a lot of fear and anxiety across the globe, and real uncertainty about the future. As Christians, we must be praying for our political leaders. In this episode, we explore Psalm 2 to find out why we should be praying and what we should be praying for.
Jul 1, 2019
Exodus 17:8-16 - How to pray in a crisis
All of us face crises in our lives. It is part of the human condition to do so. But when we are going through difficult times, it is hard to know how to pray, or even how to begin approaching God with our situation. In this podcast, we explore a story from the life of Moses recorded in Exodus 17:8-16 to see how we can pray when we are facing a crisis in our lives.
Jun 19, 2019
Luke 5:33-39 - New wine needs new wineskins
Whether it's the church or our own personal lives, we cannot just treat Jesus as an add-on to the old way of doing things. We must find a way of holding in tension all that is good from the past with the new wine of God's love in us. In this podcast, we explore Jesus' parable about new wine and the wineskins to think about how God wants to completely transform us and renew us - and our churches - so that we can experience fullness of life.
Jun 6, 2019
Psalm 141 - The world needs kindness
In a world where unkindness is the social norm, there is a deep need for a counter-cultural approach in which kindness is lived out through words and actions. Through this reflection on Psalm 141, we think about how we can live more kindly and transform our communities and the lives of others through that kindness, compassion and love.
May 16, 2019
Psalm 1 - Finding a happiness that lasts
We are all pursuing happiness. It is the one thing that unites us all as human beings. But where do we find a true happiness that lasts? In this episode, we explore Psalm 1 to find the answer...
Apr 17, 2019
John 20:1-18 - How to develop as a disciple 1
Growing as a disciple is a process - a journey that we go on through life. In this podcast, we look at the resurrection story, as told in John's Gospel, to learn lessons about how we actually grow in our understanding of God and as disciples of Jesus.
Apr 10, 2019
1 Kings 19:1-9 - Coping with depression and burnout
Many of us have personal experience of depression and/or burnout, either ourselves or someone we know. In this podcast, we consider a story from the life of Elijah, recorded in 1 Kings 19:1-9 and how he coped with his own burnout - and crucially, how God brought him healing and restoration. We consider some practical ideas about how we can move forward through such times towards our own healing.
Mar 29, 2019
Acts 17:16-32 - How to be effective in mission 1
The Church is called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word as well as in actions. In this episode, we consider Paul's approach to mission in Athens, recorded in Acts 17. From it, we learn three principles that will underpin an effective approach to mission in our own churches.
Mar 14, 2019
Mark 7:24-37 - How to live compassionately
In this episode, we think about three principles for living compassionately, based on Mark 7:24-37.
Feb 28, 2019
Genesis 1 - Finding meaning in life
What is the meaning of life? Why were we created? What are we here for? These are the most basic questions that we all ask ourselves at one time or another. In this episode, we look at Genesis 1 to discover what the meaning of life really is and how we can live life to its fullest potential.
Feb 14, 2019
Ephesians 4:17-32 - How to resolve conflict
All of us face conflict in life - and the world seems to be in a constant state of conflict. So how do we resolve conflict when we encounter it? What lessons can we learn from the Bible about how to combat conflict with wisdom, kindness and compassion?
Jan 31, 2019
John 14:15-21 - The Holy Spirit and you
Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit impact on our lives? How are we to relate to the Holy Spirit? In this episode, we explore some of these ideas as an introduction to the place of God's Holy Spirit in our lives.
Jan 17, 2019
Ephesians 5:15-20 - How to live a wise life
Wisdom is a wonderful thing! How good it would be to have a bit more wisdom so that we can live a better, and more effective, life! In this Podcast, we explore Ephesians 5:15-20 to discover some lessons about how to live life wisely.
Jan 3, 2019
Psalm 137 - How to pray when you are angry
All of us get angry at times. Some of us live our lives with anger eating away at us. It is often difficult to know how to pray when we are angry; how honest we can be to God about how we feel, and what language is acceptable to God when we pray in anger. In this episode, we think about how we can pray when we are angry, using Psalm 137 as a guide to our thinking.
Dec 20, 2018
Luke 2 - Christmas and Community Transformation
What can we learn from the Christmas Story about how to work for the transformation of our local community? Using Luke 2 as our text, we explore how God can use the marginalised and the young people in our community to build a better society. We also think about how love and kindness are at the heart of local community transformation.
Dec 10, 2018
John 8:12-20 - Learning to love ourselves
It is sometimes easier to love other people than to love ourselves. This episode explores what it means to learn to love ourselves. Exploring Jesus' words in the Gospel of John - "I am the light of the world" - we draw practical lessons on what that may mean for us to be more self-accepting, and to celebrate who we are as a child of God