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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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 in  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…

B 145 – Pentecost 23 (Proper 26)

By Fran Barber | October 21, 2021 | Comments Off on B 145 – Pentecost 23 (Proper 26)
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For Pentecost 23 Rachel Kronberger and Fran delve into the book of Ruth (1:1-18), noting the word plays in the text and the larger themes of feast and famine, love and loss, emptiness and abundance that weave throughout the story. We focus on Ruth’s outsider status, and her gracious covenant with ‘bitter’ Naomi, and note…

B144 – Pentecost 22 (Proper 25)

By Robyn Whitaker | October 14, 2021 | Comments Off on B144 – Pentecost 22 (Proper 25)
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Sean and Fran explore the final episode in the book of Job (42:1-6; 10-17), noting the ‘happily ever after’ narrative resolution, the pastoral minefield that this poses in preaching, and the apparent theological inconsistency that Job’s blessing represents. We emphasise the vulnerability Job displays in his story and how counter cultural that is for wealthy,…

B143 – Pentecost 21 (Proper 24)

By Fran Barber | October 7, 2021 | Comments Off on B143 – Pentecost 21 (Proper 24)
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Fran and Sean continue the conversation on Job for Pentecost 21, namely on Job 38:1-7 (34-41) when God recounts the wonders of her creation to Job. God reminds Job of his creatureliness. We discuss the comfort amidst suffering that might be derived for Job, and us, to be reminded of God’s care at every juncture…

B 142 – Pentecost 20 (Proper 23)

By Fran Barber | September 30, 2021 | Comments Off on B 142 – Pentecost 20 (Proper 23)
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For Pentecost 20 Fran and Sean focus on Job’s profound sense of God’s absence in Job 23:1-9; 16-17. We note that Job has loudly rejected the theology  of his friends, who all assert that Job’s suffering is the result of his sin. Job’s is a bold and courageous stance is to defy them, and to…