A151 – Pentecost 20 (Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90; 1 Thess 2; Matt 22:34-46)

 
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Rev Dev Anandarajan joins us for a conversation about Moses’ humble leadership in the story of his death in Deut 32. Moses is not heard bargaining with God over not getting into the promised land. The story stresses, instead, the centrality of the journey of obedience for a people ‘on the way’. Dev explores psalm…

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A150 – Pentecost 19 (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 18 (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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A148 – Pentecost 17 (Exod 20:1-20; Matt 21:33-46)

 
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Megan Turton, a specialist on law in the Hebrew Bible, joins us to talk about the Decalogue and legal narrative in Exodus. Holiness, identity, and mutual covenant are key themes to explore. In the gospel reading, conflict continues between Jesus and the other Jewish leaders. We discuss the parable of the vineyard in Matthew 21…

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A147 – Pentecost 17 (Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32)

 
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Questions of Jesus’ authority – an ongoing focus in Matthew –  now come to the fore in the parable from chapter 21, as Jesus’ challenge to the temple authorities escalates. The theme of consistency, being publicly honest about what one believes, emerges. The gospel is real about our ongoing failure to be consistent. We point…

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A146 – Pentecost 16: (Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105; Matthew 20:1-16)

 
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The Israelites’ journey to freedom in Exodus is hard and their complaints understandable. The providence of God dominates the passage. God hears and responds to the people, providing what they need and testing their willingness to trust him into the future. God offers equity not ‘equality’ as we understand it, and how that can rile…

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A145 – Bonus Episode: Philippians with Sean Winter

 
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Sean Winter, Head of Pilgrim Theological College and Pauline scholar, sits down with Robyn to discuss the themes and setting of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. After some general overview we discuss possible preaching themes in each of the four weeks that Philippians appears in the Year A lectionary – Phil 1:21-30; 2:1-13; 3:4b-14; and…

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A144 – Pentecost 15 (Exodus 14:19-31 (15:1b-11); Matt 18:21-35)

 
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Themes of divine power, liberation, creation and salvation weave throughout the Exodus text. We talk about the ways the Crossing of the Red/Reed Sea has been used by oppressed communities to speak into their hope of freedom, and we also name the real violence that is implicit in the story. We note the echoes of…

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A143 – Pentecost 14 (Exod 12:1-14, Matt 18:15-20)

 
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Bill Loader joins the podcast this week to help unpack Matthew’s advice in resolving Christian conflict without gossiping (Mt 18:15-20). We discuss the tension between forgiveness and judgment in this section of Matthew’s Gospel, between holding offenders accountable and the ongoing demand to love them. Exodus 12 tells the story of Passover, a story that…

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A142 – Pentecost 13 (Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 16:21-26)

 
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Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush is a both a theophany and call story. We note that Moses wasn’t looking for God, rather God took the initiative and sought him out. We unpack the mysterious and playful I AM name for God, and highlight its uniqueness as a verb. God’s dynamic character comes…

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