Sermons by Swee Ann Koh

Sermons by Swee Ann Koh

6 November

Introduction The gospel reading for this morning, Luke 20:27-38 quite frankly, most likely will sound odd, archaic, and even irrelevant to most of us. Stay with me and don’t switch off, together we will try to make sense of this passage. A bit of historical context. The primary historical element that will demand some attention is the role of the Sadducees, who though in some ways the rivals to the Pharisees, were united with them in their opposition to Jesus.…

16 October 2022

Texts: Luke 18:1-9Date:  13 October 2022 Introduction The parable in Luke 18:1-8, often known as the “Parable of the Unjust Judge”, is a familiar parable to many of us. The parable is about a “Persistent Woman.” Now there are only two characters in the parable itself: The unjust judge and the persistent widow. Which character do you identify with? Are you the judge or the widow? I might be wrong but I think most of us would identify with the…

2 October 2022

Texts:             Lamentations 1:1-6 and 3:19-26 Introduction How could this happen? How could this happen to our sixteen-year-old daughter? Why did it happen to us?Why did it happen to us,our family have served God all our lives. How could this happen? Why did it happen to us? Two very difficult questions to answer. The book of Lamentations is a problematic text. Written in the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE these five poems give voice to the pain…

18 September 2022

Text:   Luke 16:1-13 Introduction Every now and then, we come upon a passage of Scripture that is especially difficult to understand or challenging to preach on. This morning’s gospel passage – Luke 16:1- 13 is one such passage. Any commentator will tell you that this is a difficult text. The story itself sounds quite contemporary. Doesn’t it? Luke’s Gospel tells of a dishonest manager who is about to be fired for misappropriating company funds. He considers restitution for his embezzlement,…

21 August 2022

Text:  Luke 13:10-17Story: A Healing Story: Jesus Heals a Crippled WomanAuthor: LukeWhere:  Jesus was teaching in a SynagogueWhen: On Sabbath Luke describes Jesus’ teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath, but we are not informed about the content of his teaching. Background and situation:  The passage is Lukan. For the first time since 12:1,we have a change in venue. Jesus had been speaking to disciples and large crowds. Now, he appears in “one of the synagogues.” The story is one…

17 July 2022

Theme:        Meals as Enacted Salvation – Chapter 5 IntroductionToday we reflect on Chapter 5 of ‘A Meal with Jesus’ by Tim Chester. Chapter 5 is about Meals as enacted salvation. In Chapter 5 Chester explores the theology of food and meals, the Passoverand the Last Supper. According to Chester, “To understand the Lord’s Supper,  we need to sketch a biblical theology of food and meals.”His theology of good and meals are: We Use Food for Control Instead of Looking…

3 July 2022

Introduction Thursday morning, 30th of June 2022. 4.35 am at my desk seeking to write my reflection for today. I woke up around 2.30 am lying in the bed re-reading Chapter 3, of ‘A Meal with Jesus’ – Meals as Enacted Hope. After re-reading the chapter I got up and went to the kitchen. Washed the pots and wok, plates and bowls, and started making soup for Thursday’s study group. As I washed, I was reflecting on the chapter I…