Michael Bishop

Michael is married to Kym and they have three young children. Originally from Pietermaritzburg, Michael has served as a minister in the North-west Province, Gauteng and now here in KZN. His passion in ministry (and the focus of his Masters studies in 2016) is spiritual formation and the process of seeing people grow and mature as followers of Jesus.

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Sermons

Date Sermon Readings
Date Sermon Readings
2015-11-29 Advent 1 1 Thess 3:9-13 Luke 21: 25-36
2015-12-13 Advent 3 Zeph 3: 14-20 and Luke 3: 7-18
2015-11-15 Jonah Jonah 1: 1-17, 3: 1-10
2015-11-08 David and Goliath 1Sam 16:6-12, 17:32-40
2015-10-04 Simple faith Micah 6: 1-8, Luke 18: 10-17
2015-09-20 Creation matters 3 Genesis 25: 21-34, James 1: 19-25
2016-01-24 Why Jesus? 2 Isaiah 11: 1-9, Luke 15: 11-24
2016-02-07 Why Jesus? 4 Jer 31:31-34; John 15:1-17
2015-07-26 The human condition Rom 1:18-25; Rom 3:10-18
2015-08-09 Living under grace Romans 5: 1-11, 6: 1-14
2015-08-23 Pressing on to perfection Romans 12: 1-2, 9-21
2015-06-14 Transforming the mind Psalm 119:9-16, Philippians 4:4-9
2015-06-28 Transforming the body 2 Cor 4:7-18
2015-05-17 Esau Gen 25:19-34, Gen 33:1-4
2015-05-31 Barnabus Acts 4:32-37, 9:26-28, 11: 19-26
2015-05-10 Surprised by hope 4 John 21: 1-19, Colossians 3: 1-10
2015-02-18 Ash Wednesday Joel 2: 1-2,12-17 and Luke 15: 11-24
2015-03-01 Lent 2 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and Mark 8: 31-38
2015-03-15 Lent 4 Numbers 21: 4-9 ,John 3: 14-21
2015-03-30 Holy week: Monday John 20: 19-31
2015-02-08 Rest for the weary Isaiah 40: 21-31, Mark 1: 29-39
2016-02-21 Lent 2 Hebrews 11: 1-3, 32-40 and Matthew 17: 14-20
2015-01-11 Seek ye first the kingdom Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11, Matthew 6: 25-34
2015-01-25 First things first Haggai 1: 1-11, 1 Peter 1: 13-2:3
2014-12-28 Simeon Luke 2: 22-40
2014-11-02 Concerning hobbits Philippians 2: 1-16
2014-10-19 The glory of God Exodus 33: 12-23, Matthew 22: 15-22
2014-11-30 O that you would come down Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13: 24-37
2014-12-14 Pointing to the Christ Isaiah 61: 1-4,8-11 & John 1: 6-8, 19-28
2014-12-24 Christmas Eve Titus 2: 11-14, Luke 2: 1-14
2014-08-03 Wrath Gen 4:1-16, Jam 1:19-27
2014-08-17 Sloth Proverbs 24:30-34, Matthew 25:1-13
2014-09-07 Envy 1 Sam 18:1-9, James 3:13-18
2014-09-21 Lust 1 Thessalonians 4: 3-7 and Matthew 5: 27-30
2016-03-20 Palm Sunday Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19: 28-40
2016-03-23 Servant Songs 3 Isaiah 50: 4-9
2016-03-25 Good Friday Isaiah 51: 13-53: 12 and John 18: 1-19 : 42
2016-03-27 Easter Sunday 1 Corinthians 15: 19-26 & John 20: 1-18
2016-04-17 Sadness Psalm 6 and John 11: 17-37
2016-05-01 Fear Psalm 27 & 1 John 4: 7-21
2016-05-05 Ascension Day Luke 24: 44-53
2016-05-15 Philemon Philemon
2016-05-29 Aldersgate Sunday Phillippians 3: 7-17, John 10: 1-15
2016-06-12 Sermon on the Mount 2 Matthew 5: 17-37
2016-06-26 Sermon the Mount 4 Matthew 6: 1-18
2016-07-24 Your Work Matters Exodus 3:1-14 and Acts 18:1-4
2016-08-07 Work Matters 3 Matthew 26: 36-45 and Philippians 2: 1-11
2016-08-21 The Synagogue Leader Isaiah 58:9-14, Luke 13: 10-17
2016-09-04 Hands and feet in this world Acts 3:1-10
2016-09-18 Calling Sending Spirit Acts 13: 1-5
2016-10-02 Surprised by Joy Philippians 1:1-19
2016-12-11 Advent 3 Isaiah 35: 1-10 , Matthew 11: 2-11
2017-01-15 Deeper - Worship John 4: 1-30
2017-02-12 Called by God Genesis 12: 1-9
2017-02-26 The Binding of Isaac Genesis 22: 1-18
2017-03-12 Lent 2 - Jesus Saviour of the World Romans 4: 1-5, John 3: 1-7
2017-03-26 Lent 3 - Jesus Saviour of the World 1 Sam 16: 1-13, John 9: 1-25
2017-04-09 Palm Sunday - Jesus Saviour of the World Psalm 118: 19-29 and Matthew 21: 1-11
2017-04-30 Forgiveness Matthew 18: 21-35
2017-05-14 Identity Judges 6: 11-18, John 10: 1-11
2017-06-04 Pentecost Acts2: 1-11
2017-07-02 Hagar and Ishmael Genesis 21: 8-21, Matthew 10: 29-39
2017-08-06 Wesley in action Mark 6: 7-13
2017-08-20 Being a Methodist today Titus 2: 11-15, Luke 6:46-49
2017-09-10 Where two or three gather Exodus 12: 1-14, Matthew 18: 15-20
2017-09-17 Basking in forgiveness Matthew 18: 21-35
2017-10-08 Galatians Gal 2:11-21
2017-10-15 Letter to the Phiippians Philippians 2: 1-11
2017-12-03 Mary - Interrupted by God Luke 1: 26-38
2017-12-10 Joseph Matthew 1:18-25
2017-12-25 Good News John 1:1-14
2017-12-31 Faithfulness - Doing the Right Thing Colossians 3: 12-17, Luke 2: 22-35
2018-01-07 Epiphany Isaiah 60: 1-6, Matthew 2: 1-12
2018-02-04 Covenant Service Isaiah 40: 21-31 , Mark 1: 29-39
2018-02-18 Covenant with Noah Genises 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15
2018-03-04 Life-giving laws Exodus 20: 1-17 , John 2: 13-22
2018-03-18 God Who Keeps Coming Back Jeremiah 31: 31-34, John 12: 20-28
2018-03-30 Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12
2018-04-01 Easter Sunday Isaiah 25: 6-9, John 20:1-18
2018-04-22 The risen Christ among us Acts 4: 5-12, John 10: 11-18
2018-05-06 A new commandment Acts 10: 44-48, John 15: 9-17
2018-05-10 Ascension's gifts Acts 1: 1-11
2018-05-20 Pentecost Acts 2: 1-21
2018-06-10 Lord, liar or lunatic? Mark 3: 20-35
2018-06-24 Fight or Flight or Faith 1Samuel 17:32-49 , Mark 4: 35-41
2018-07-22 Sheep without a shepherd Jeremiah 23: 1-6, Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56
2018-08-05 Bread of life Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 & John 6: 24-35
2018-08-19 Feeding on Christ Proverbs 9: 1-6, John 6: 51-58
2018-09-09 Invited to the table Mark 7: 24-37;James 2: 1-10, 14-17
2018-10-21 Greatness redefined Mark 10:35-45, Isaiah 53: 4-12, Hebrews 5: 1-10
2018-11-04 The Greatest Commandment Deut 6:1-9;Mark 12: 28-34
2018-12-02 Ready? Luke 21: 25-36 and Jer 33: 14-16
2018-12-16 Why are you smiling? (Poor audio quality) Isaiah 12: 2-6, Luke 3: 7-18
2019-01-13 Unconditional Love Isaiah 43:1-7 and Luke 3: 15-15, 21-22
2019-01-27 A story of two congregations Nehemiah 8:1-10; Luke 4:14-21
2019-02-17 Re-ordered loves Jeremiah 17: 5-10;Luke 6: 17-26
2019-03-03 The mountain and the valley Exodus 34:29-35;Luke 9:28-43
2019-03-17 Lent 2 Genesis 15:1-12,17-18;Luke 13: 31-35
2019-04-07 Lent 5 Isaiah 43:16-21;John 12: 1-8
2019-05-12 Easter 4 Rev 7:9-17, John 10:22-30

Blogs

Date Blog title
Date Blog title
2015-12-20 A visit to the Free State
2015-12-06 Exploring our circuit
2015-11-22 The CRL
2015-11-01 Planning day report back
2015-10-25 Game with minutes
2015-10-11 Counting our blessings
2015-09-27 News from UMC
2015-09-13 Prayer at UMC
2015-08-30 New horizons
2015-08-16 Late have I loved you
2015-08-02 Weeping and celebrating together
2015-07-19 A learning community
2015-07-05 Mysterious ways
2015-06-21 The sacrament of the present moment
2015-06-07 Run towards the problems
2015-05-24 Big rocks
2015-05-03 Freedom
2016-01-17 Up and running
2016-02-01 New website
2015-04-26 Leaders feedback
2015-04-05 Restoring order and beauty
2015-03-22 Taboo
2015-03-08 Action plans
2015-02-22 The Upper Room
2015-02-15 News
2015-02-01 No longer my own
2015-01-18 News
2014-12-21 Hacked
2014-12-07 Christmas parties
2014-11-23 Hospitality
2014-11-09 Annual society meeting
2014-11-02 ASM media
2014-10-26 Lamentations
2014-10-19 Plans, dreams and thanks
2014-10-28 New members
2014-08-24 UMC Staff
2014-08-31 New faces
2014-08-17 Zuki Nongoma
2014-08-10 Special needs
2014-09-28 New members
2014-07-27 Abandoning the Pygmalion project
2014-07-06 Affirmation
2014-06-22 The Disciple course
2014-06-15 Balance
2014-06-01 New tricks
2014-05-18 Westville synod
2014-05-04 Worship with our minds
2014-04-13 Meeting highlights
2016-02-16 A busy season
2014-03-30 Life in the kingdom
2014-03-23 Patsy Williams
2016-02-29 Better Together
2016-03-07 Student Again
2016-04-11 A Fresh Start
2016-04-24 Discernment
2016-05-09 Ascension Day 2016
2016-05-23 Ethnographic Research
2016-06-06 Synod 2016
2016-06-20 Making disciples
2016-07-04 Ultimate Reality
2016-08-01 One holy catholic Church
2016-08-15 Coalitions
2016-08-29 Youth plans
2016-09-12 Youth plans
2016-09-26 Non-dualistic thinking
2016-10-10 Wired for Community
2016-11-07 Recovering deists
2016-12-12 Jesse tree
2017-01-09 Resolutions
2017-01-23 Eskom Sabbath
2017-02-06 Renewing our covenant with God
2017-02-20 Listening
2017-03-06 Chocolate in Lent
2017-03-20 The power of hospitality
2017-04-03 Reshuffling
2017-04-17 Risus Paschalis
2017-05-01 Leaders meeting news
2017-05-07 Building community between Sundays
2017-05-22 Shaping Culture
2017-06-12 In the Deep End
2017-06-26 Better together
2017-07-10 Women in ministry
2017-07-31 News from our leaders meeting
2017-08-08 Creating culture
2017-08-14 Connecting in community
2017-08-24 Rhinos and hedgehogs
2017-08-28 Building bridges
2017-09-04 Take the plunge
2017-09-26 Soul Keeping
2017-10-02 Child-like trust
2017-10-23 Silver spoons
2017-10-30 In defence of fasting
2017-11-13 ASM highlights
2017-12-01 What is Truth
2018-01-15 An exciting year awaits
2018-01-22 The power of habit
2018-02-12 Praying for rain
2018-02-26 Lent course
2018-03-12 Noticing People
2018-03-26 A Rule of Life
2018-04-16 Noticing God
2018-05-02 Growing up
2018-05-14 Disturbance
2018-05-28 Synod opening service
2018-06-04 Torch-bearers
2018-06-18 Hidden life
2018-07-02 Welcoming newcomers
2018-07-23 What gives you life?
2018-07-30 Many Meetings
2018-08-20 Under construction
2018-08-27 Aspiring writers?
2018-10-01 R-I-S-K
2018-10-15 Confession
2018-10-30 A long obedience in the same direction
2018-11-12 A pool of tears
2018-11-19 All together
2018-12-10 The innkeeper
2019-01-07 New Year's Resolution
2019-02-11 Continual Ministerial Formation
2019-02-25 Poetry anyone?
2019-03-11 Home-coming
2019-04-15 Gospel contemplation
2019-05-06 Election day