A130 – Trinity Sunday (Gen 1:1-2:4a & Matt 28:16-20)

A130 – Trinity Sunday (Gen 1:1-2:4a & Matt 28:16-20)

 
 
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Do you have to talk about the Doctrine of the Trinity on Trinity Sunday? Well, no. But this Sunday, in particular, invites us to explore our image(s) of God and what it means for humans to be in that image (Genesis 1). We discuss the relational nature of the God revealed in these texts, how we keep sabbath, and the call to mission in Matthew 28:16-20. We refer to the Enuma Elish and Ben Myers’ tweets on the Trinity.
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A129 – Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21 with John Flett

A129 – Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21 with John Flett

 
 

00:00 / 00:39:08
 

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John Flett joins us this week for a rich conversation about Pentecost and mission. We focus Acts 2:1-21 and John 20:19-23, drawing similarities and contrasts in the way the Spirit is portrayed in each text. We talk joy, peace, freedom, and being sent for the sake of the world, not for our own sake. John outlines ‘what not to do’ in a Pentecost sermon, and then offers a more faithful, radical alternative. We mention John’s latest book Questions of Context, and an article by Craig Barnes, The Spirituality of Quarantine.

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A128 – Easter 7: 1 Peter 4-5 with Ian Paul

A128 – Easter 7: 1 Peter 4-5 with Ian Paul

 
 

00:00 / 00:30:09
 

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Ian Paul joins the conversation to discuss suffering, hope, glory, and discipleship in 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11. We ask what it means to share in Christ’s suffering (specifically) and how we sustain hope in the midst of suffering. We also touch on the ascension in Acts 1:6-14.

Ian Paul blogs about the Bible, theology, and preaching at Psephiz0. You can find a full list of his publications here. We mention this commentary by Ben Witherington and this NYT article by David Brooks.

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A127 – Easter 6: Divine comfort & unjust suffering (1 Peter 3:13-22)

A127 – Easter 6: Divine comfort & unjust suffering (1 Peter 3:13-22)

 
 

00:00 / 00:25:53
 

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For Easter 6 (Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 and  Psalm 66)  Robyn and I begin our discussion with 1 Peter 3 by exploring Peter’s description of, and word of comfort for, the unjust suffering in his community. We look at the curious verse 19 “the spirits in prison” and talk about the significance of Christ descending to the dead.  We talk about the way the scriptures are realistic about what it is like to live in a world we can’t control, but which shapes and affects us. What is constant is the abiding presence of God and his call on our lives. In this podcast we refer to NT Wright’s article about Christianity and suffering; Leigh Sales’ book Any Ordinary Day; Julia Baird’s book Phosphorescence and William Willimon’s Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized.

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A126 – Easter 5: Living Stones and Christian Identity (1 Peter 2:2-10)

A126 – Easter 5: Living Stones and Christian Identity (1 Peter 2:2-10)

 
 

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Christian identity and the nature of Christian community in the midst of suffering are themes that run throughout this week’s readings.  Fran and Robyn discuss Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts 7), John 14:1-14, and 1 Peter 2:2-10 to unpack the numerous metaphors used throughout.

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A125: Easter 4 – Imitating Christ with Mike Bird (1 Peter 2:19-25, Ps 23, John 10)

A125: Easter 4 – Imitating Christ with Mike Bird (1 Peter 2:19-25, Ps 23, John 10)

 
 

00:00 / 00:30:38
 

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Michael Bird joins the podcast to discuss how he approaches preaching, the image of the Good Shepherd (Ps 23, John 10), the utopian vision of Acts 2, and what we do with the teaching addressed to slaves in 1 Peter 2:18-25.  We explore Peter’s teaching on not retaliating, non-violence, and imitating Christ.

Mike blogs at Euangelion and his most recent book, co-authored with N.T.Wright, is The New Testament in its World. We refer to Dennis Edwards’ 1 Peter Commentary. 

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A124 – Easter 3: Holiness in 1 Peter 1:17-23

A124 – Easter 3: Holiness in 1 Peter 1:17-23

 
 

00:00 / 00:26:20
 

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Sean Winter joins us this week to continue our focus on 1 Peter, specifically 1 Peter 1:17-23 set for Easter 3. We talk about the nature of holiness as Peter conceives it; the way holiness refers not to individual moral perfection, but to a community’s identity as a consequence of what God has done for us.  We discuss exile, and the particular way it is used in 1 Peter, as distinct from Isaiah. In these trying times of isolation, 1 Peter draws us back to see that the Scripture points to that which is enduring: the love of Christ, and the love we are called to give to one another.

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A123 – Easter 2: Resurrection hope in dark times (1 Peter 1:3-9)

A123 – Easter 2: Resurrection hope in dark times (1 Peter 1:3-9)

 
 

00:00 / 00:27:28
 

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How do we proclaim the Good News in the midst of dark times? This episode begins a series focussing on the letter known as 1 Peter, an epistle that appears for several weeks during Easter season this lectionary year. The first epistle of Peter is a letter written to dispersed Christians facing suffering and persecution. We focus here on 1 Peter 1:3-9 and the paradox of rejoicing and finding joy in hard times.

There are great video resources on 1 Peter from the Lambeth Conference group as well as a commentary, 2 chapters of which can be downloaded for free. We mention and recommend this commentary by Eugene Boring on 1 Peter. Here is the link to Garry Worete Deverell’s article on deferring Easter.

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A122 – Easter Sunday (Mt 28:1-10)

A122 – Easter Sunday (Mt 28:1-10)

 
 

00:00 / 00:27:27
 

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Rev Dr Craig Thompson joins us this week to talk about preaching the Resurrection on Easter Sunday – on what may be the strangest Easter for most of us as the covid epidemic rages.  Robyn talks about the apocalyptic, cosmic account of the resurrection in Matthew. Craig talks about the Resurrection being ‘God’s yes’ to those who have died’.  How might we react to an experience of the presence of God – with fear or joy? What is it to be resurrected with Christ?

In this episode we mentioned Rowan Williams’ The Sign and Sacrifice. You can read many of Craig’s sermons here.

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A120 – Palm Sunday: Matthew 21:1-11 and Philippians 2

A120 – Palm Sunday: Matthew 21:1-11 and Philippians 2

 
 

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Fran and Robyn discuss the scandalous way kingship is radically subverted in both Matthew 21 and Philippians 2:5-11, unpacking both the historical context and the theological presentation of Christ in these texts. Robyn points out the apocalyptic elements in Matthew’s version of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his use of Zechariah. Fran wonders what Jesus would not do (WWJND?) in pondering what it means to have the “same mind” as Christ (Phil 2:5-7).

If you are looking for a discussion on the Passion, please see our Good Friday episode with theologian Frank Rees.

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A121 – Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42 with Frank Rees

A121 – Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42 with Frank Rees

 
 

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Rev Dr Frank Rees joins us this week to talk about preaching on Good Friday. We focus on the Hebrews readings (ch. 4 & 10) and John 18-19, discussing the strange, to modern ears, notion of sacrifice, and how Christ’s death might transform our understanding of it. We talk about the importance of preaching on Good Friday, proclaiming the strange good news of a God who suffers and enters death, and resisting the temptation to explain. Frank’s question, ‘to what prayer would you hope this sermon leads?’ is a wonderful way to direct your preaching.  We mention Rowan Williams’ book The Sign and Sacrifice, and Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion: Understanding the death of Jesus Christ.

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A119 – Lent 5: John 11:1-45 and Ezekiel 37:1-14

A119 – Lent 5: John 11:1-45 and Ezekiel 37:1-14

 
 

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Dr Liz Boase brings insights from trauma studies to illuminate Ezekiel 37.  Both Ezekiel and John 11 testify to God’s power to bring life from utter hopelessness.

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A118 – Lent 4: John 9:1-41 with Liam Miller

A118 – Lent 4: John 9:1-41 with Liam Miller

 
 

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“Who sinned, this man or his parents?” is a question posed to Jesus in John 9. We deconstruct fixed, individual notions of sin and imagine what a deeper theology of sin might mean. Liam Miller from @loverinserepeat podcast joins us in this episode. If you want to know more, you can read his article on the theology of James Cone and systematic sin or listen to Lisa Sharon Harper talk about it in this episode of his podcast.

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A117 – Lent 3: John 4 with Carolyn Francis

A117 – Lent 3: John 4 with Carolyn Francis

 
 

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Rev Carolyn Francis, co-pastor at Collins Street Baptist Church joins Robyn and Fran to talk about the woman at the well in John 4 – the story which inspired the name of this podcast. We discuss the vulnerability and transformation in the encounter between Jesus and the woman. We touch on the profundity of the metaphor of water, and the way the story asks us to let go of that which we think is important, to find what really is life giving and truthful.

We refer to Rev Dr Craig Thompson’s sermon on John 4 that challenges the moralistic approaches to interpreting the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus.

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

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

 
 

00:00 / 00:26:36
 

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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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A129 – Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21 with John Flett

A129 – Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21 with John Flett

 
 

00:00 / 00:39:08
 

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John Flett joins us this week for a rich conversation about Pentecost and mission. We focus Acts 2:1-21 and John 20:19-23, drawing similarities and contrasts in the way the Spirit is portrayed in each text. We talk joy, peace, freedom, and being sent for the sake of the world, not for our own sake. John outlines ‘what not to do’ in a Pentecost sermon, and then offers a more faithful, radical alternative. We mention John’s latest book Questions of Context, and an article by Craig Barnes, The Spirituality of Quarantine.

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A128 – Easter 7: 1 Peter 4-5 with Ian Paul

A128 – Easter 7: 1 Peter 4-5 with Ian Paul

 
 

00:00 / 00:30:09
 

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Ian Paul joins the conversation to discuss suffering, hope, glory, and discipleship in 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11. We ask what it means to share in Christ’s suffering (specifically) and how we sustain hope in the midst of suffering. We also touch on the ascension in Acts 1:6-14.

Ian Paul blogs about the Bible, theology, and preaching at Psephiz0. You can find a full list of his publications here. We mention this commentary by Ben Witherington and this NYT article by David Brooks.

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A127 – Easter 6: Divine comfort & unjust suffering (1 Peter 3:13-22)

A127 – Easter 6: Divine comfort & unjust suffering (1 Peter 3:13-22)

 
 

00:00 / 00:25:53
 

1X

 

For Easter 6 (Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 and  Psalm 66)  Robyn and I begin our discussion with 1 Peter 3 by exploring Peter’s description of, and word of comfort for, the unjust suffering in his community. We look at the curious verse 19 “the spirits in prison” and talk about the significance of Christ descending to the dead.  We talk about the way the scriptures are realistic about what it is like to live in a world we can’t control, but which shapes and affects us. What is constant is the abiding presence of God and his call on our lives. In this podcast we refer to NT Wright’s article about Christianity and suffering; Leigh Sales’ book Any Ordinary Day; Julia Baird’s book Phosphorescence and William Willimon’s Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized.

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A126 – Easter 5: Living Stones and Christian Identity (1 Peter 2:2-10)

A126 – Easter 5: Living Stones and Christian Identity (1 Peter 2:2-10)

 
 

00:00 / 00:28:36
 

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Christian identity and the nature of Christian community in the midst of suffering are themes that run throughout this week’s readings.  Fran and Robyn discuss Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts 7), John 14:1-14, and 1 Peter 2:2-10 to unpack the numerous metaphors used throughout.

Read More

A125: Easter 4 – Imitating Christ with Mike Bird (1 Peter 2:19-25, Ps 23, John 10)

A125: Easter 4 – Imitating Christ with Mike Bird (1 Peter 2:19-25, Ps 23, John 10)

 
 

00:00 / 00:30:38
 

1X

 

Michael Bird joins the podcast to discuss how he approaches preaching, the image of the Good Shepherd (Ps 23, John 10), the utopian vision of Acts 2, and what we do with the teaching addressed to slaves in 1 Peter 2:18-25.  We explore Peter’s teaching on not retaliating, non-violence, and imitating Christ.

Mike blogs at Euangelion and his most recent book, co-authored with N.T.Wright, is The New Testament in its World. We refer to Dennis Edwards’ 1 Peter Commentary. 

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A124 – Easter 3: Holiness in 1 Peter 1:17-23

A124 – Easter 3: Holiness in 1 Peter 1:17-23

 
 

00:00 / 00:26:20
 

1X

 

Sean Winter joins us this week to continue our focus on 1 Peter, specifically 1 Peter 1:17-23 set for Easter 3. We talk about the nature of holiness as Peter conceives it; the way holiness refers not to individual moral perfection, but to a community’s identity as a consequence of what God has done for us.  We discuss exile, and the particular way it is used in 1 Peter, as distinct from Isaiah. In these trying times of isolation, 1 Peter draws us back to see that the Scripture points to that which is enduring: the love of Christ, and the love we are called to give to one another.

Read More

A123 – Easter 2: Resurrection hope in dark times (1 Peter 1:3-9)

A123 – Easter 2: Resurrection hope in dark times (1 Peter 1:3-9)

 
 

00:00 / 00:27:28
 

1X

 

How do we proclaim the Good News in the midst of dark times? This episode begins a series focussing on the letter known as 1 Peter, an epistle that appears for several weeks during Easter season this lectionary year. The first epistle of Peter is a letter written to dispersed Christians facing suffering and persecution. We focus here on 1 Peter 1:3-9 and the paradox of rejoicing and finding joy in hard times.

There are great video resources on 1 Peter from the Lambeth Conference group as well as a commentary, 2 chapters of which can be downloaded for free. We mention and recommend this commentary by Eugene Boring on 1 Peter. Here is the link to Garry Worete Deverell’s article on deferring Easter.

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A122 – Easter Sunday (Mt 28:1-10)

A122 – Easter Sunday (Mt 28:1-10)

 
 

00:00 / 00:27:27
 

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Rev Dr Craig Thompson joins us this week to talk about preaching the Resurrection on Easter Sunday – on what may be the strangest Easter for most of us as the covid epidemic rages.  Robyn talks about the apocalyptic, cosmic account of the resurrection in Matthew. Craig talks about the Resurrection being ‘God’s yes’ to those who have died’.  How might we react to an experience of the presence of God – with fear or joy? What is it to be resurrected with Christ?

In this episode we mentioned Rowan Williams’ The Sign and Sacrifice. You can read many of Craig’s sermons here.

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