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sowing, reaping, preaching – geoff new

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12) “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it […]

geoff new – the rising cost of electricity

I wonder how many sermons could still be preached this week if the national power grid failed early Sunday morning. I wonder how many preachers would be wailing and gnashing their teeth because their sermon depended upon PowerPoint, YouTube or that must-see-movie-clip? But now there is no data-projector which means there is no multi-media which […]

geoff new: the life and times of the preacher

In a sermon entitled, “The Real Point of Conflict Between Science and Religion”, Harry Emerson Fosdick said: What areas of human need science has met in my lifetime! When I was born, Edison was thirty-one years old; Sigmund Freud was twenty-two; Henry Ford was fifteen; Charles Steinmetz, thirteen; Madam Curie, eleven; Orville Wright, seven; Marconi, […]

geoff new: a funny thing happened on the way to the pulpit

What’s the funniest sermon you’ve heard? Who’s the funniest preacher you know? What’s the funniest thing you’ve said in a sermon? As far as sermons and humour go, I suggest there are four main types of “funnies” which emerge.

geoff new: why preachers make lousy paparazzi

So here’s the thing. As good and responsible preachers we beaver away with our exegesis for the sermon and utilise all that we learnt in our training. We gain a good understanding of what the text meant “back then” and discover various meanings of Hebrew and Greek words and are now somewhat an expert on […]