B140 – Pentecost 18, Proper 21

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Sally Douglas continues in the co-host chair this week, Pentecost 18. She and Fran talk about the enigmatic and troubling story of Esther (7:1-6, 9-10). We note the dynamics of diaspora; the role of human ingenuity and faithfulness in the face of appalling oppression, and name the challenges and possibilities of preaching from Esther. James…

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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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A141 – Pentecost 12 (Exod 1:8-2:10, Ps 124, Mt 16:13-20)

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A141 - Pentecost 12 (Exod 1:8-2:10, Ps 124, Mt 16:13-20)
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Themes of fear, power, enslavement, genocide, and hope for liberation begin early in Exodus setting the tone for what will follow. We focus on the midwives who use their domestic context and skills to thwart the plans of powerful men by rescuing Moses, much like Irena Sendler during WW2.  We unpack some of the images…

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