B120- Easter 6 (John 15:9-17, Acts 10:44-48)

By the Well
B120- Easter 6 (John 15:9-17, Acts 10:44-48)
/

The readings this week invite us to reflect on change, the role of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus’ commandment to love. Acts 10:44-48 narrates the “gentile pentecost”, the delightful interruption of the Holy Spirit who falls upon everyone while Peter is speaking. This is the fourth pouring out of the Spirit in Acts, this time…

Read More

B119 – Easter 5 (Acts 8:26-40; John 15:1-8)

By the Well
B119 - Easter 5 (Acts 8:26-40; John 15:1-8)
/

The universal embrace of the gospel is embodied in the Ethiopian Eunuch in the Acts 8 passage. The usual social barriers are no barriers to his baptism and the joy of faith. We talk about the communal context of interpretation of scripture, the importance of teaching, and the proclamatory, spoken nature of the good news.…

Read More

B118 – Easter 4 (Good Shepherd)

By the Well
B118 - Easter 4 (Good Shepherd)
/

Robyn and Fran unpack the good shepherd imagery used for God in Psalm 23 and Jesus in  John 10:11-18. We discuss the complexity of “laying down one’s life” and its afterlife in the way we talk about veterans and self-sacrifice (noting it is Anzac Day in Australia this Sunday). We refer to a discussion of…

Read More

B117 – Easter 3 (Acts 3:12-19, Luke 24:36-48)

By the Well
B117 - Easter 3 (Acts 3:12-19, Luke 24:36-48)
/

Kylie Crabbe returns to discuss the reaction to Peter healing a man with a mobility impairment in Acts 3. This is a conversation between Jews (Peter and other Israelites) about the nature of God’s power and the continuity between God’s action in the past and in Jesus. Glorifying God and the invitation to repentance are…

Read More

B116 – Easter 2 (John 20:19-31, Acts 4:32-35)

By the Well
B116 - Easter 2 (John 20:19-31, Acts 4:32-35)
/

Kylie Crabbe joins the podcast to unpack the Acts passages this week and in the weeks ahead. We discuss the dating and authorship of Acts, the key themes, and genre. Resurrection is the key theme in the speeches of Acts, indicating how important resurrection theology was in the preaching ministry of early Christianity. In Acts…

Read More

B115 Easter Sunday

By the Well
B115 Easter Sunday
/

We begin talking about preaching Christ is risen by looking at 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, an account of the resurrection that predates the gospels. We note Paul’s  repeated use of ‘appeared’; how this passive voice places the initiative with Jesus, not Paul’s capacity to ‘see’. We explore the different emphases in Mark and John’s account of…

Read More

B114 – Palm Sunday (Mk 11:1-11, Ps 118)

By the Well
B114 - Palm Sunday (Mk 11:1-11, Ps 118)
/

Rev. Carolyn Francis, Pastor at Collins Street Baptist Church, joins us to unpack preaching on Palm Sunday. We explore the Markan emphasis in this well-known story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he is lauded as king in the Davidic line. Jesus’ kingship will ultimately subvert worldly notions of kingship, rejecting military might and power…

Read More

B113 – Lent 5 (Jer 31; Heb 5; John 12)

By the Well
B113 - Lent 5 (Jer 31; Heb 5; John 12)
/

God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel is manifest in the Jeremiah reading with the promise of a new covenant that will not be broken – thanks to God’s radical forgiveness. Christians understand Christ partly through the lens of Jeremiah’s new covenant; in the paradoxical way the brokenness (of Christ’s body) makes up the un-breakability…

Read More

B112 – Lent 4 (Num 21:4-9, John 3:14-21)

By the Well
B112 - Lent 4 (Num 21:4-9, John 3:14-21)
/

Dorothy Lee joins us to unpack the themes and theology of John 3. We begin with the Numbers reading, looking at the people’s grumbling, the difficulty of transition, and the strange use of snakes as both punishment and redemption from punishment. Metaphorically, the lack of trust in God is poisonous for the community. John 3…

Read More

B111 – Lent 3 (Exod 20:1-17; 1 Cor 1:18-25; John 2:13-22)

By the Well
B111 - Lent 3 (Exod 20:1-17; 1 Cor 1:18-25; John 2:13-22)
/

Dorothy Lee joins us as we talk about the liberating force of the Ten Commandments as a grace-filled way to live out salvation. We touch on Paul’s counter-cultural theology of the cross in Corinthians: God goes with shame and undercuts our notions of strength and power. Dorothy outlines how worship and market places operated in…

Read More

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

By the Well
B110 - Lent 2 (Mark 8:31-38; Gen 17:1-7; 15-17)
/

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…

Read More

B100 – An introduction to Mark

By the Well
B100 - An introduction to Mark
/

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…

Read More

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

By the Well
B109 - Lent 1 (Gen 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15)
/

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.…

Read More

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

By the Well
B108 - Transfiguration (2 Kgs 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9)
/

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.

Read More

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

By the Well
B107 - Epiphany 5 (Mk 1:29-34, Isaiah 40:21-31)
/

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…

Read More