A148 – Pentecost 17 (Exod 20:1-20; Matt 21:33-46)

A148 – Pentecost 17 (Exod 20:1-20; Matt 21:33-46)

 
 
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Megan Turton, a specialist on law in the Hebrew Bible, joins us to talk about the Decalogue and legal narrative in Exodus. Holiness, identity, and mutual covenant are key themes to explore. In the gospel reading, conflict continues between Jesus and the other Jewish leaders. We discuss the parable of the vineyard in Matthew 21…

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A147 – Pentecost 17 (Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32)

A147 – Pentecost 17 (Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32)

 
 
00:00 / 00:27:10
 
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Questions of Jesus’ authority – an ongoing focus in Matthew –  now come to the fore in the parable from chapter 21, as Jesus’ challenge to the temple authorities escalates. The theme of consistency, being publicly honest about what one believes, emerges. The gospel is real about our ongoing failure to be consistent. We point…

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A146 – Pentecost 16: (Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105; Matthew 20:1-16)

A146 – Pentecost 16: (Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105; Matthew 20:1-16)

 
 
00:00 / 00:25:47
 
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The Israelites’ journey to freedom in Exodus is hard and their complaints understandable. The providence of God dominates the passage. God hears and responds to the people, providing what they need and testing their willingness to trust him into the future. God offers equity not ‘equality’ as we understand it, and how that can rile…

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A145 – Bonus Episode: Philippians with Sean Winter

A145 – Bonus Episode: Philippians with Sean Winter

 
 
00:00 / 00:41:41
 
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Sean Winter, Head of Pilgrim Theological College and Pauline scholar, sits down with Robyn to discuss the themes and setting of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. After some general overview we discuss possible preaching themes in each of the four weeks that Philippians appears in the Year A lectionary – Phil 1:21-30; 2:1-13; 3:4b-14; and…

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A144 – Pentecost 15 (Exodus 14:19-31 (15:1b-11); Matt 18:21-35)

A144 – Pentecost 15 (Exodus 14:19-31 (15:1b-11); Matt 18:21-35)

 
 
00:00 / 00:30:30
 
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Themes of divine power, liberation, creation and salvation weave throughout the Exodus text. We talk about the ways the Crossing of the Red/Reed Sea has been used by oppressed communities to speak into their hope of freedom, and we also name the real violence that is implicit in the story. We note the echoes of…

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A143 – Pentecost 14 (Exod 12:1-14, Matt 18:15-20)

A143 – Pentecost 14 (Exod 12:1-14, Matt 18:15-20)

 
 
00:00 / 00:28:48
 
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Bill Loader joins the podcast this week to help unpack Matthew’s advice in resolving Christian conflict without gossiping (Mt 18:15-20). We discuss the tension between forgiveness and judgment in this section of Matthew’s Gospel, between holding offenders accountable and the ongoing demand to love them. Exodus 12 tells the story of Passover, a story that…

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A142 – Pentecost 13 (Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 16:21-26)

A142 – Pentecost 13 (Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 16:21-26)

 
 
00:00 / 00:29:54
 
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Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush is a both a theophany and call story. We note that Moses wasn’t looking for God, rather God took the initiative and sought him out. We unpack the mysterious and playful I AM name for God, and highlight its uniqueness as a verb. God’s dynamic character comes…

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A141 – Pentecost 12 (Exod 1:8-2:10, Ps 124, Mt 16:13-20)

A141 – Pentecost 12 (Exod 1:8-2:10, Ps 124, Mt 16:13-20)

 
 
00:00 / 00:33:44
 
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Themes of fear, power, enslavement, genocide, and hope for liberation begin early in Exodus setting the tone for what will follow. We focus on the midwives who use their domestic context and skills to thwart the plans of powerful men by rescuing Moses, much like Irena Sendler during WW2.  We unpack some of the images…

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A140 – Pentecost 11 (Gen 45:1-15, Matt 15:21-28)

A140 – Pentecost 11 (Gen 45:1-15, Matt 15:21-28)

 
 
00:00 / 00:28:43
 
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Meg Warner unpacks the Joseph story through the lens of trauma, noting this is a turning point in the story where reconciliation occurs. We discuss Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 which crosses geographic, ethnic, religious, and purity boundaries. Despite their differences, Jesus recognises her faith and praises her for it in…

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A139 – Pentecost 10 (Gen 37, Matt 14:22-33)

A139 – Pentecost 10 (Gen 37, Matt 14:22-33)

 
 
00:00 / 00:29:31
 
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Meg Warner joins the podcast to talk about Joseph, favoritism, family dissension and trauma. We discuss how Joseph’s story is contradictory and ambiguous; that Joseph himself is an enigma – which attention to the nuances of his dreams illustrates. We note that though his story is as long as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s, Joseph is…

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A138 – Pentecost 9 (Gen 32, Matt 14)

A138 – Pentecost 9 (Gen 32, Matt 14)

 
 
00:00 / 00:29:16
 
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Brian Kolia joins the podcast to discuss Jacob’s wrestle with God in Genesis 32:22-31. We point to the humour in this story where God takes on some human characteristics and becomes the trickster, a role that has previously been Jacob’s. Relationship with God is associated with both struggle and blessing here, as well as a…

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A137 – Pentecost 8 (Genesis 29, Romans 8, Matthew 13)

A137 – Pentecost 8 (Genesis 29, Romans 8, Matthew 13)

 
 
00:00 / 00:27:39
 
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We continue with the Jacob story in Genesis 29:15-28 where themes emerge about God choosing the unlikely person, that God’s plan does not depend on our righteousness, and that God “sees” those whom the world deems unloveable or unimportant. Romans 8:26-39 speaks to the impossibility of us being separated from God’s love and the parables…

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A136 – Pentecost 7 (Gen 28, Roms 8, Matt 13)

A136 – Pentecost 7 (Gen 28, Roms 8, Matt 13)

 
 
00:00 / 00:28:24
 
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The Genesis narrative continues as Jacob encounters God in his dream (Gen 28:10-19a). Key themes here include God’s unfailing faithfulness to his covenant and the unexpected places God encounters us – in vulnerability and in the ordinary. Theologically it is significant that God found Jacob, not the other way round. Romans 8:12-29 continues the focus…

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A135 – Pentecost 6 (Gen 25, Roms 8 & Matt 13)

A135 – Pentecost 6 (Gen 25, Roms 8 & Matt 13)

 
 
00:00 / 00:26:46
 
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The Genesis reading takes us into the “Jacob Cycle” with the story of the twins, Jacob and Esau (Gen 25:19-34).  Themes of miraculous births, younger sons usurping older sons, and duelling nations continue. Theologically, these passages affirm that God chooses the frail, sinful, and broken to receive God’s promises and partner in God’s mission, a…

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A134 – Pentecost 5 (Song 2, Genesis 24, and Matt 11)

A134 – Pentecost 5 (Song 2, Genesis 24, and Matt 11)

 
 
00:00 / 00:30:57
 
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This week the lectionary offers a rare chance to preach on the love poetry known as Song of Songs (Song of Solomon). Hebrew Bible scholar, Brian Kolia, joins the podcast to unpack Genesis 24:34-38, 58-67, Song of Songs 2:8-13, and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. We compare Abraham’s quest to get a wife for his son with…

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