B110 – Lent 2 (Mark 8:31-38; Gen 17:1-7; 15-17)

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B110 - Lent 2 (Mark 8:31-38; Gen 17:1-7; 15-17)
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God comes to Abraham with the promise of a new future, one where God is present and faithful. We talk about covenant, the paradox of walking before God and following the call. We mention the nature of human response to God: Abram falls on his face – laughing, Peter (in Mark) rebukes Jesus. God’s faithfulness…

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B100 – An introduction to Mark

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B100 - An introduction to Mark
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A bonus episode for the lectionary Year of Mark.  Robyn sat down with Rev. Dr. Sally Douglas to unpack the themes and theology of Mark’s gospel. Mark is the earliest, shortest and perhaps most dramatic of the gospels. It proclaims the good news of liberation from evil through divine inversion of power, epitomised in the…

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B109 – Lent 1 (Gen 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15)

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B109 - Lent 1 (Gen 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15)
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Echoes from the first creation story ring throughout Genesis 9 as God establishes a renewed covenant with Noah and ‘every living creature’. We note the emphasis on God being the main player in this covenant; there is nothing expected of Noah or creation, except to receive God’s faithfulness. God’s faithfulness is in remembering God’s people.…

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B108 – Transfiguration (2 Kgs 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9)

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B108 - Transfiguration (2 Kgs 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9)
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Brian Kolia joins the podcast to discuss the unusual succession story in 2 Kings 2 and the Transfiguration in Mark 9. Whether it’s chariots of fire, separating water, heavenly ascent, or discovering God is in the dark shadow, these stories are rich with imagery and preaching themes.

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B107 – Epiphany 5 (Mk 1:29-34, Isaiah 40:21-31)

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B107 - Epiphany 5 (Mk 1:29-34, Isaiah 40:21-31)
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Both readings this week give profound insight into the nature of God in diverse and complementary ways. Robyn and Fran talk about “Jesus the exorcist” in Mark’s gospel and how healing and exorcism are signs of the capacity of Jesus to liberate humanity from evil. Isaiah 40 poses the question “to whom can you liken…

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B106 – Epiphany 4 (Mk 1:21-28, 1 Cor 8, Dt 18:15-20)

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B106 - Epiphany 4 (Mk 1:21-28, 1 Cor 8, Dt 18:15-20)
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Authority and identity emerge as key themes in Mark 1:21-28 as Jesus is portrayed as one powerful enough to cast out evil and liberate people from the power of evil. This is Mark’s Good News! We unpack ancient ideas of ‘unclean spirits’ or demons and discuss how our preaching and teaching might aspire to be…

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B105 – Repentence, Mercy, Call (Jonah 3 and Mark 1:14-20)

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B105 - Repentence, Mercy, Call (Jonah 3 and Mark 1:14-20)
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The book of Jonah is deceptively simple. It is often reduced to a children’s tale when, using the vehicle of humour, Jonah delivers challenging themes about the abundant mercy of God – mercy that sees not only our enemies blessed, but that we, like Jonah, might actually be the instrument of that blessing. Repentance, while…

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B104 – Advent 4 (Annunciation and Magnificat, Luke 1:26-38, 46-55)

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B104 - Advent 4 (Annunciation and Magnificat, Luke 1:26-38, 46-55)
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Rev. Sharon Hollis, President-elect of the Uniting Church, joins the conversation for Advent 4. We discuss how Mary is portrayed as a prophet in Luke 1 and the surprising agency she has (for that time) in speaking her consent (1:26-38) and her song of praise and protest (1:46-55). Her particularity as a young Jewish girl…

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B103 – Advent 3 (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28)

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B103 - Advent 3 (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28)
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Dr Angela Sawyer returns to speak about Isaiah 61, a passage that reflects the concerns of returned exiles, the difficulty of life under colonial rule, and hope in God reversing the fortunes of the marginalised. The alternate to the Psalm this week is Mary’s Magnificat, a song that continues these themes hundreds of years later.…

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B102 – Advent 2 (Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8)

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B102 - Advent 2 (Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8)
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Dr Angela Sawyer joins us to explore the tender and powerful image of God in Isaiah 40, as well as the cosmic and personal hope the end of exile represents to Israel. We talk about suffering and the yearning for freedom and fulfilment in Israel’s foundational story, and how it informs and shapes ours (communally).…

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B101 – Advent 1 (Isa 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37)

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B101 - Advent 1 (Isa 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37)
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The lectionary readings at the beginning of Advent invite us to ponder the inbreaking of God. What might it mean to live as watchful Christians, to raise our eyes above the fray and look for the presence of God in our world? We acknowledge that the cry for divine justice in Isaiah 64 is a…

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A155 – Reign of Christ (Ezek 34; Ps 100; Matt 25:31-46)

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A155 - Reign of Christ (Ezek 34; Ps 100; Matt 25:31-46)
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On the last week of the lectionary year, Fran and Robyn delve into the way the reign of God is described in these readings. Ezekiel 34:11-24 imagines God as a shepherd who protects the sheep, unlike the priests Ezekiel condemns as having failed as leaders. Matthew presents the Son of Man as a judge who…

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A154 – Pentecost 24 (Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Matthew 25: 14-30)

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A154 - Pentecost 24 (Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Matthew 25: 14-30)
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This week is the only chance in the RCL to preach on the book of Judges, specifically on a section about Deborah, the only female of the 6 judges named. We are joined by Monica Melanchthon, who talks about the importance of preaching from Judges, both in spite of its difficult, violent themes, and because…

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A153 – Pentecost 23 (Josh 24, 1 Thess 4, Matt 25:1-13)

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A153 - Pentecost 23 (Josh 24, 1 Thess 4, Matt 25:1-13)
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This week preachers are invited to think about taking the opportunity to talk about resurrection and what happens at “the end” through the parable of the ten wedding attendants in Matthew (25:1-13), which is a way to talk about entrance into the future kingdom of heaven, or Paul’s assurance to the Thessalonians (1 Thess 4:13-18)…

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A152 – All Saints / Pentecost 22 (1 John 3; Rev 7; Matt 23:1-12)

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A152 - All Saints / Pentecost 22 (1 John 3; Rev 7; Matt 23:1-12)
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Rev. Dr. Sunny Chen joins us for a conversation about the Greek words for love, resurrection promises, preaching for All Saints (All Souls) day, and Christian leadership.  The All Saints readings discussed are: 1 John 3:1-3, Revelation 7:19-17, and Matt 5:1-12. Those following the regular Sunday passages can hear a discussion of the Matthew 23…

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