Pentecost 136 – (Proper 14)

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Fran and Kylie explore the relationship between hearing and doing ‘the law of liberty’ in James 1:17-27, and reflect on the two emphases in the Jewish and Christian traditions of faith and works. We note that James may not be as anthropologically focused as it first appears. We re-engage with Mark’s gospel, where Jesus challenges…

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B 135 – Pentecost 13 (Proper 16)

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We explore themes of incarnation, belief and salvation in John 6:56-69, noting the pattern of rejection that Jesus experiences throughout chapter 6 as the twelve ‘come to believe and know’. We touch on how to talk about the particularity of Jesus and the universal invitation in John’s gospel, and highlight the inseparability of spirit and…

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B 134 – Pentecost 12 (Proper 15)

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Howard Wallace joins Kylie and Fran to explore the end of David’s and beginning of Solomon’s reigns in 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. We talk about the biased picture the lectionary provides of Solomon. We look at the call pattern evident in Solomon’s taking up the kingship and the model of leadership which 1 Kings portrays…

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B 133 – Pentecost 11 (Proper 14)

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Dorothy Lee joins Kylie and Fran to explore major themes in John 6, focusing on the gospel reading for the day (John 6:35,41-51), but taking in passages throughout the five weeks of John in the lectionary. We touch on the broader structure of this section of John’s gospel, and the relationship of John 6 to…

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B 132 – Pentecost 10 (Proper 13)

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Martin Wright joins Fran and Kylie to unpack the Letter to the Ephesians, focusing on Ephesians 4: 1-16. Martin talks about the issue of authorship, and the distinct way in which the Body of Christ imagery is used in Ephesians compared to other parts of the Pauline Corpus. We highlight the cosmic dimension of God’s…

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B118 – Easter 4 (Good Shepherd)

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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…

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

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

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

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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…

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A150 – Pentecost 20 (Exod 33; 1 Thess 1; Matt 22:15-22)

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Kylie Crabbe returns as guest co-host to discuss Moses’ request to see God (Exod 33:12-23), Paul’s opening thanksgiving and affirmation in 1 Thessalonians (1:1-10), and Jesus’ “test” about paying Roman taxes (Matthew 22:15-22). Exodus invites us to explore how we discern divine presence – how do we know God is with us? Jesus’ teaching to…

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A149 – Pentecost 19 (Exod 32:1-14; Matt 22:1-14)

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Kylie Crabbe steps in as co-host to discuss the episode with the Golden Calf (Exod 32) and the difficult parable of Matthew 22. No one in the parable gets it right. Many are invited to the wedding banquet but few are “chosen,” inviting us to ponder what a response worthy of acceptance would look like? …

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

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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…

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