C123 – Easter 6

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Sally and Robyn discuss the activity of the Holy Spirit, Lydia, New Jerusalem, and much more in this week’s jam-packed episode. The readings are Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Rev 21:10, 22-22:5, and John 5:1-9 or 14:23-29.

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C122 – Easter 5

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Fran and Monica discuss the readings for Easter 5: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148 and John 13:31-35.

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C121 – Easter 4

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Robyn and Fran sit down and talk about Acts 9:36-43, Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30. We mention Willie Jennings’ commentary on Acts, and our episode B118 on Psalm 23

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C120 – Easter 3

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In this episode, U-Wen and Robyn discuss the role of Ananias in bringing Saul into the Christian community (Acts 9:1-20), Peter’s restoration to discipleship and mission (John 21:1-19), and the entire creation’s worship of the Lamb and enthroned one in Revelation (Rev 5:11-14). All exemplify the kinds of faithful responses to the resurrection available to…

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C119 – Easter 2

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Robyn and U-Wen discuss the lectionary readings from Acts 5:27-32, Rev 1:4-8, and John 20:19-31. Each record responses to the resurrection, the activity of the Spirit, the role of forgiveness, and early Christian witness to the resurrection. We mention Willie Jenning’s Acts Commentary,  this book on Revelation, Frank Moloney’s Reading Revelation at Easter, and U-Wen’s…

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C118 – Easter Sunday

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This Easter, can we testify like Mary who declared “I have seen the Lord”?  How might we invite others into the posture of discipleship and invite them to “come and see”? Kylie and Robyn talk about preaching the meaning of the resurrection rather than trying to explain or defend it. Themes of new creation, promise,…

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C117 – Good Friday

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In this special, longer episode for Good Friday, Robyn Whitaker sits down with two guests:  Dorothy Lee brings her literary and theological insights to John’s passion (John 18-19)  and Andrew McGowan discusses preaching traditions for Good Friday, his book Seven Last Words, and atonement theologies.

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C116 – Palm Sunday

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Sean and Fran discuss the readings for Palm Sunday: Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29 and Luke 19:28-40.

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C115 – Lent 5 (Isaiah 43:16-21 & John 12:1-8)

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In this week’s podcast, Howard and Sally explore Isaiah 43:16-21 & John 12:1-8. We make mention of Sandra Schneiders “Written That You May Believe”.

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C114 – Lent 4

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U-Wen and Fran sit down to discuss Luke 15:1-3; 11-32 and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 for Lent 4.

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C113 – Lent 3

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Howard and Fran sat down to discuss three readings for Lent 3: Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; Luke 13:1-9.

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C112 – Lent 2

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We discuss Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Phil 3:17-4:1;  and Luke 13:31-35.

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C111 – Lent 1

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Robyn sits down with special guest Rev. Prof. Andrew McGowan from Yale University to discuss the nature of lent and the temptations of Jesus in Luke 4:1-13. We refer to Andrew’s book Seven Last Words: Cross and Creation.

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C110 – Transfiguration

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Fran and Robyn discuss themes of change and transformation after divine encounter in Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Cor 3:12-4:2, and Luke 9:28-36.

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C109 – Epiphany 7

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U-Wen and Robyn discuss Psalm 37, 1 Cor 15:35-50, and  Luke 6:27-38. Themes of ethical Christian living continue in the gospel and teaching on the centrality of the resurrection continue in Corinthians.  We discuss how concepts relating to heavenly bodies affect attitudes to earthly bodies and refer to Candida Moss’s Divine Bodies. 

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A107 – Epiphany: Ephesians 3:1-12 & Matthew 2:1-12

By Adrian Jackson | December 26, 2019 | Comments Off on A107 – Epiphany: Ephesians 3:1-12 & Matthew 2:1-12
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Sharon Hollis joins Fran and Robyn in Epiphany – the season of  revelation – to talk about the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles in the letter to the Ephesians 3:1-12. We talk about the radical universality of the gospel and the mystery of grace in both Ephesians and Matthew 2, as well as the…

A106 – Christmas 1 and the Slaughter of the Innocents

By Adrian Jackson | December 20, 2019 | Comments Off on A106 – Christmas 1 and the Slaughter of the Innocents
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How do you preach a text of terror? In this episode we discuss the possibilities and problems of preaching about the Slaughter of the Innocents, the challenges this text presents to us in a world with more refugees than ever before, and how religion and politics relate when we stand in the pulpit. In this…

A105 – Christmas: John 1:1-14 with Geoff Thompson

By Adrian Jackson | December 12, 2019 | Comments Off on A105 – Christmas: John 1:1-14 with Geoff Thompson
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Theologian Geoff Thompson joins Robyn and Fran to talk about preaching at Christmas and how we communicate the profound mystery of the incarnation in a way that connects. In this episode we refer to William Willimon’s “Christmas parable”, Les Murray’s poem “The Barranong Angel Case”, an ancient text known as the Physiologus that describes Jesus…

A104 – Advent 4: Virgin births in Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matt 1:18-25

By Adrian Jackson | December 10, 2019 | Comments Off on A104 – Advent 4: Virgin births in Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matt 1:18-25
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Rev. Rachel Kronberger joins Fran and Robyn to discuss miraculous births, barren women, and why Mary’s virginity matters (theologically, not gynaecologically!).  Fran references Ben Myer’s book The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism. You can find out more at bythewell.com.au Follow us on Twitter: @bythewellpod

A103 – Advent 3: Isaiah 35:1-10 with Kylie Crabbe

By Adrian Jackson | December 1, 2019 | Comments Off on A103 – Advent 3: Isaiah 35:1-10 with Kylie Crabbe
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Kylie Crabbe joins Fran and Robyn to discuss hope, repentance, and anticipation in Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matt 11:2-11. Kylie issues a “health warning” and we discuss how disability studies might inform how we interpret and preach passages about the blind, lame, or deaf being healed.  You can find out more at bythewell.com.au Follow us on…

A102 – Advent 2: Isaiah 11:1-10 with Sean Winter

By Adrian Jackson | November 24, 2019 | Comments Off on A102 – Advent 2: Isaiah 11:1-10 with Sean Winter
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Sean Winter joins Fran and Robyn to discuss the shoot that springs from the “stump of Jesse” passage in Isaiah 11:1-10. Isaiah here offers a vision of a promised, righteous king from the Davidic line; a passage that would be later be applied to Jesus. We discuss the use of Isaiah’s arboreal images as picked…

A101 – Advent 1: Isaiah 2:1-5

By Adrian Jackson | November 17, 2019 | Comments Off on A101 – Advent 1: Isaiah 2:1-5
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Fran Barber and Robyn Whitaker discuss the meaning of Advent, Jesus’ second coming, and how we live as Christians who believe in the visions of hope Isaiah offers. Robyn tweets @robynjwhitaker. You can read more about her research here. We refer to this commentary on Isaiah by Patricia Tull. You can find out more at…

A100 – Bonus Episode: Preaching Matthew in Year A with Bill Loader

By Adrian Jackson | November 11, 2019 | Comments Off on A100 – Bonus Episode: Preaching Matthew in Year A with Bill Loader
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Professor William (Bill) Loader joins Robyn and Fran in this bonus extra episode on the theology and themes of Matthew’s Gospel. Bill Loader’s website, with a range of resources on Matthew can be found here. You can find out more at bythewell.com.auFollow us on Twitter: @bythewellpod By the Well is supported by Pilgrim Theological College…

By the Well Podcast Trailer

By Adrian Jackson | November 7, 2019 | Comments Off on By the Well Podcast Trailer
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By the Well is a weekly lectionary podcast following the Revised Common Lectionary. Subscribe now in time for Advent in Year A to ensure you are resourced to preach the Word in your community. By the Well is hosted by Rev Fran Barber, who is Coordinator of Continuing Education for Ministers in the Uniting Church…