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C107 Epiphany 5

By Robyn Whitaker | January 27, 2022 | Comments Off on C107 Epiphany 5
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Isaiah 6:1-13, Psalm 138, 1 Cor 15:1-11, and Luke 5:1-11 all pick up epiphany themes of divine manifestation, glory, and transformative revelation. We discuss the paradox that encounter with the divine both affirms human frailty (framed as uncleanliness, sinfulness, or wretchedness in the readings) as well as our worthiness to be called to participate in…

C106 – Epiphany 4

By Robyn Whitaker | January 20, 2022 | Comments Off on C106 – Epiphany 4
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Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, and Luke 4:21-30 are the focus this episode. We discuss Paul’s ode to love and locate this ethic within his and other Christian teaching. Jeremiah and Luke both point to the challenge of prophetic call. Luke 4 continues to reveal Jesus’ identity and ministry focus. We refer to bell hooks…

C105 – Epiphany 3

By Robyn Whitaker | January 16, 2022 | Comments Off on C105 – Epiphany 3
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Nehemiah 8:1-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, and Luke 4:14-21 are discussed this week. Luke and Nehemiah invite reflection on how we interpret Scripture and its fundamental role in grounding and forming the gathered people of God. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul offers the metaphor of the body to describe the way the Christian community is in…

C 104 – Advent 4

By Robyn Whitaker | December 9, 2021 | Comments Off on C 104 – Advent 4
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Dr Anne Elvey joins Kylie and Fran for Advent 4 to talk about Mary’s visit to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45) and Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1: 46-59). We mention Anne’s book Reading the Magnificat in Australia; Anne’s poem Sun Glint Drift: On visiting Elizabeth in the Western Australian Wheatbelt Mary sings a Song, and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s poem…

C 103 – Advent 3

By Robyn Whitaker | December 2, 2021 | Comments Off on C 103 – Advent 3
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Fiona Winn, Kylie and Fran explore the readings for Advent 3 focussing particularly on Zephaniah 3:14-20 and Luke 3:7-18. We mention Christopher M. Hays’ Renouncing Everything: Money and Discipleship in Luke

C 102 – Advent 2

By Robyn Whitaker | November 25, 2021 | Comments Off on C 102 – Advent 2
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Fran and Kylie discuss Malachi 3:1-4, Zechariah’s song in Luke 1:68-79, and the gospel reading Luke 3:1-6. We focus on the reckoning of Advent, properly understood: opening ourselves to God’s cleansing fire through which we come face to face with God’s grace and kindness. We mention: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Advent sermon, 1928, as found inĀ  Kathryn…

C 101 – Advent 1

By Robyn Whitaker | November 18, 2021 | Comments Off on C 101 – Advent 1
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Fran and Kylie focus on Psalm 25:1-10 and Luke 21: 21-36 and talk about hope and revelation as they appear in both texts. What is it to wait on God, according to the Psalmist? And what does Luke say about our waiting in the light of Christ’s coming? We mention Howard Wallace’s Commentary on Psalms…

B 148 – Pentecost 26 (Proper 29) Reign of Christ

By Robyn Whitaker | November 11, 2021 | Comments Off on B 148 – Pentecost 26 (Proper 29) Reign of Christ
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Carolyn and Fran take a more thematic approach to this week’s readings (Revelation 1:4b-8 and John 18:33-37) on the occasion of Reign of Christ Sunday, and explore the subversive intent behind the church’s establishment of the celebration. We note the enigmatic character of the book of Revelation, but highlight the very worldly and promisory message…

B 147 – Pentecost 25

By Robyn Whitaker | November 4, 2021 | Comments Off on B 147 – Pentecost 25
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Carolyn and Fran explore the profound suffering and faithful persistence that Hannah embodies in 1 Samuel 1:4-20; we note the evocative language used in the passage to describe her relentless ordeal of infertility and talk about the pastoral implications of preaching on the text. We note the abundant hope and thankfulness expressed in Hannah’s song…

B 146 – Pentecost 24 (Proper 27)

By Robyn Whitaker | October 27, 2021 | Comments Off on B 146 – Pentecost 24 (Proper 27)
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Rachel and Fran continue exploring the beautiful but enigmatic and challenging story of Ruth, focusing on 3:1-6; 4:13-17. We note the lengths to which Naomi had to go to secure her and Ruth’s future; we highlight the euphemistic language in the text, and underline the theme of redemption that runs through the whole narrative. We…