A116 – Lent 2: Genesis 12:1-4a Faith and God’s Faithfulness

A116 – Lent 2: Genesis 12:1-4a Faith and God’s Faithfulness

 
 
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Abraham’s faith and God’s faithfulness are the focus on this week’s podcast. We discuss how radical the particularity of the covenant with Abraham in its ancient context and the theology it introduces which pervades so much of scripture. We refer to Fleming Rutledge’s And God Spoke to Abraham and Brueggemann’s Genesis commentary.
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A115 – Lent 1: Genesis 2, Romans 5, and Matthew 4

A115 – Lent 1: Genesis 2, Romans 5, and Matthew 4

 
 

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As Lent begins, we go back to the beginning with a focus on Genesis 2. Fran dispels some mistruths about this mythic tale. We ask what it reveals about human identity, freedom, and our propensity to alienate ourselves from one another and creation. We suggest that Genesis 2 and its reception in Romans 5 is more about human mortality than sin and that Paul presents Jesus’ gift of life is the answer to this problem.

If you want to hear our comments on Matt 4, go to minute 25 and listen to the last few mins.

Fleming Rutledge’s sermon can be found in this book.

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A114 – Transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-9 with Dorothy Lee

A114 – Transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-9 with Dorothy Lee

 
 

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Dorothy Lee joins Robyn and Fran to discuss the Transfiguration in Mathew 17:1-9.  What’s at stake in this unusual story?  We talk about the apocalyptic and aesthetic character of the Transfiguration, and about the way the story depicts the transformation of Jesus but also of us, the church, as we taken up into the beauty and majesty of God.

For further reading see Dorothy Lee’s book on the Transfiguration .

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A113 – Epiphany 6: Bill Loader on Matthew 5:21-37

A113 – Epiphany 6: Bill Loader on Matthew 5:21-37

 
 
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Bill Loader joins Robyn & Fran to discuss the part of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” which addresses anger, adultery, lust, divorce, and the possibility of hell. We discuss the tension between righteous anger and anger that leads to harm or hatred. Similarly, we unpack the difference between good desire and sexually objectifying or exploiting others in Jesus’ ethical teaching. Bill gives us insight into ancient divorce practices and how these teachings might apply today. 

You can find more of Bill Loader’s lectionary resources on his website. Follow us on Twitter @bythewellpod

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A112 – Epiphany 5: Matthew 5:13-20 with Sally Douglas

A112 – Epiphany 5: Matthew 5:13-20 with Sally Douglas

 
 

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Sally Douglas joins Robyn and Fran to discuss Christian identity, as Matthew portrays it and in our own post-Christendom context.  We talk about the relationship between belief and behaviour, and specifically what Matthew means by righteousness. In this podcast we refer to Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, David Bentley Hart’s New Testament: A Translation; Stanley Hauerwas’ Matthew: A Theological Commentary and Eugene Peterson’s translation The Message

Sally Douglas’ book Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine, can be found here.

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A111 – Epiphany 4: Matthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes with Sally Douglas

A111 – Epiphany 4: Matthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes with Sally Douglas

 
 

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Sally Douglas joins Robyn and Fran to talk about the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. We discuss how they are more than ethical aspirations, but instead descriptions of Kingdom life where nonviolence as embodied by Jesus upends the world’s ‘normal’ ordering of things. We talk about what blessedness means, and explore the profound transformation that results from encounter with Jesus and Jesus’ vision.

In this podcast we refer to David Bentley Hart’s New Testament: A Translation; Charles Talbert’s essay on Grace in the Sermon on the Mount, and Stanley Hauerwas’ Matthew: A Theological Commentary

Sally Douglas’ book Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine, can be found here.

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A110 – Epiphany 3: Calling Disciples (Matt 4:12-23)

A110 – Epiphany 3: Calling Disciples (Matt 4:12-23)

 
 

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Alistair Macrae, minister at Wesley Uniting Church,  joins Robyn & Fran to discuss discipleship, call, and repentance in Matthew 4. We discuss being disciples not admirers of Christ. As an experienced minister, Alistair shares his approach to preaching.

In this podcast we refer to Being Disciples by Rowan Williams, a terrific sermon by Rev Dr Craig Thompson, ‘Caught by Life‘, and Al reads a story from this commentary on Matthew by Stanley Hauerwas.

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A109 – Epiphany 2: John 1:29-42 with Dorothy Lee

A109 – Epiphany 2: John 1:29-42 with Dorothy Lee

 
 

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Dorothy Lee joins Robyn and Fran to discuss John 1:29-42 and baptism by the Holy Spirit. Desire, identity, invitational evangelism, sin, and purpose are discussed in relation to this passage. We also unpack the theology associated with the title “Lamb of God” for Jesus.

Dorothy Lee is author of The Gospels Speak: Addressing Life’s Questions.

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A108 – Baptism of the Lord in Matthew 3:13-17

A108 – Baptism of the Lord in Matthew 3:13-17

 
 

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Why does Jesus come to John for a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”? And, how is Jesus’ baptism similar or different to our own? What does baptism mean for our identity? In this episode Fran and Robyn discuss Jesus’ baptism as presented in Matthew 3. We suggest the  water is not the point, but that we might better think of Jesus’ baptism as an anointing by the Holy Spirit.

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