Published: Saturday, 26 December 2015

completoThis short sermon was presented by Geoff Pound at the Christmas Day Service at the Ashburton Baptist Church, 25 December 2015.

Reading: Luke 2:1-20

About two years ago my wife and I walked the Camino from the Pyrenees in France to the Spanish city of Santiago.

Probably because of the popular movie entitled The Way, there were plenty of others who had the same idea.

I’ll never forget one Friday early on our walk. We got to our destination in the middle of the afternoon.

Because a pilgrimage encourages you to live in the moment we had neither a detailed itinerary nor booked accommodation. We turned up at a pilgrim hostel and they said, ‘Completo’, full up.

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There's Something About Mary

Published: Monday, 21 December 2015

maryThis is the fourth sermon in our Advent journey in 2015 and was given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 20 December 2015.

Reading: Luke 1:39-55

I remember one night when I was first getting into this preaching caper. It was a Saturday night and I was struggling to pull my sermon together. The Sunday morning deadline was looming all too fast. I looked around my study for that imaginary treasure trove of great sermons stacked behind the sign that read, “In case of emergency break glass.”

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John and Donald

Published: Monday, 14 December 2015

JBThis is the third sermon in our Advent journey in 2015 and was given by Garry Lock at Ashburton Baptist Church on 13 December 2015. 

Reading: Luke 3:18

It’s a bit of a shock in the lead up to Christmas to encounter John the Baptist!

We just read: ‘So, with many exhortations he preached good news to the people’.


Doesn’t sound like good news to me. Certainly preaching, certainly riveting for the crowd, but good? More like Donald Trump scaring people than Jesus calling people to live life to the full, or to follow him.

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Where were you?

Published: Monday, 07 December 2015

This is the second sermon in our Advent journey in 2015 and was given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 6 December 2015. 

Luke 3:1-6 Plane 1215

Where were you?

Where were you when you heard the news on 9/11 of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York?

Where were you when you heard the news of Lady Diana’s car accident that led to the announcement of her death?

For those of you a little older, where were you when astronauts first set foot upon the moon?

Those of you older still, where were you when you heard of the assassination of President John F Kennedy?

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Emoji Expositions

Published: Monday, 30 November 2015

This is the first sermon in our Advent journey in 2015 and was given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on the first Sunday in Advent, 29 November 2015. 

Reading: Luke 21:25-36 Emoji GP 1115

At this season the major dictionaries are coming up with the most popular or the most overused word of the year. In recent years they’ve voted words and phrases such as ‘the mother of all’ or ‘tweet’ and ‘selfie’.[1]

In 2015 the Oxford Dictionary has selected a ‘word of the year’ which isn’t a word at all. It’s an ‘emoji’. Not just any ‘emoji’ but the most-used emoji around the globe, the one bearing a face with tears of joy. [pictured][2]                        

Just in case you’re not sure, an emoji is a ‘small digital image or icon’ used to express electronically an idea, an emotion or both. It comes from the Japanese, ‘e’ meaning picture and ‘moji’ meaning letter or character.

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Christ the King

Published: Tuesday, 24 November 2015

towelThis is the seventh sermon in a series on the Psalms and was given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 22 November 2015. 

Reading: Psalm 93

93:1 The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved;

93:2 your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

93:3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.

93:4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD!

93:5 Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

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Published: Monday, 09 November 2015

This is the sixth sermon in a series on the Psalms, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 8 November 2015. 

Reading: Psalm 127 dog in sleep

In Scottsboro, Alabama, there’s a huge, 40,000 square feet store, called the Unclaimed Baggage Center.[1] It’s brimming with items people have left on planes and trains—lost luggage that’s now made available at greatly reduced prices.[2]

It’s so fascinating to visit that it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state.

Some of the orphaned items are the stuff of fashion dreams. Most of them are ordinary. Sometimes the lost baggage involves weird things like a turtle shell, a Samurai sword, a unicycle and even a live snake that turned up in a duffle bag.

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Exclaiming the Faith!

Published: Monday, 02 November 2015

This is the fifth sermon in a series on the Psalms, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 1 November 2015. Reading: Psalm 146

Exclaiming GP 1115

A few decades ago a father asked his son, “What did you do at Kinder today?” The little boy said, “We did painting.” His father asked to see his son’s artwork. He hoped he might have a Picasso in the making who would grow up to sell masterpieces to fund his retirement.

The boy showed him his creation and there were colourful brushstrokes everywhere. Dad said, “What’s that? He said, “It’s a stereo. Here are the big speakers. You put the cassette in here, turn it on and the music comes out of here.”

“That’s a wonderful painting,” said his father, “Can I have it?”

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