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When Jesus is asked by the Pharisees whether or not they should pay taxes to Caesar, it seems simply like a tricky question and a perfect comeback. But there is a lot more going on here than there first appears to be.

Jesus in his reply touches on foundational aspects of human life, including truthfulness, idolatry, and true worship.

This sermon was preached at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church on October 16th, 2011.

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When Jesus is asked in Matthew 22 about which is the greatest commandment in the law, he gives an answer that seems to be very simple: Love God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.

Yet this simple answer leads us into mysterious and beautiful territory, as we enter a response to God's initiating covenant love for us.

Just as in mathematics, simple rules can sometimes lead to great complexity and beauty (think of the Mandelbrot Set), so Jesus' seemingly simple 'Two Greatest Commandments'  lead to a Christian ethical response that is both complex, nuanced, and beautiful.

This sermon was preached at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church on Sunday 23rd October.

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What do Monty Python, a Canadian hog-farmer's wife, and Luke 17 have to do with LSF Victoria's 50th anniversary?

In Luke 17, we find the beginnings of a theology of thanksgiving for a 'borderline community.' In some ways Tertiary Ministry will always be on the margins, on the borders between 'in' and 'out' of the church. And that's great, because the borderlines and the margins are where Jesus is found. Like the Samaritan leper, we too can immerse ourselves in thanksgiving rather than anxiety and fear, or discontent.

This sermon, based on Luke 17:11-19, was preached at LSF-Victoria's 50th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 18th September 2011 at St John's Southgate.

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