B113 – Lent 5 (Jer 31; Heb 5; John 12)

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B113 - Lent 5 (Jer 31; Heb 5; John 12)
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God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel is manifest in the Jeremiah reading with the promise of a new covenant that will not be broken – thanks to God’s radical forgiveness. Christians understand Christ partly through the lens of Jeremiah’s new covenant; in the paradoxical way the brokenness (of Christ’s body) makes up the un-breakability…

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B112 – Lent 4 (Num 21:4-9, John 3:14-21)

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B112 - Lent 4 (Num 21:4-9, John 3:14-21)
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Dorothy Lee joins us to unpack the themes and theology of John 3. We begin with the Numbers reading, looking at the people’s grumbling, the difficulty of transition, and the strange use of snakes as both punishment and redemption from punishment. Metaphorically, the lack of trust in God is poisonous for the community. John 3…

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B111 – Lent 3 (Exod 20:1-17; 1 Cor 1:18-25; John 2:13-22)

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B111 - Lent 3 (Exod 20:1-17; 1 Cor 1:18-25; John 2:13-22)
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Dorothy Lee joins us as we talk about the liberating force of the Ten Commandments as a grace-filled way to live out salvation. We touch on Paul’s counter-cultural theology of the cross in Corinthians: God goes with shame and undercuts our notions of strength and power. Dorothy outlines how worship and market places operated in…

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B110 – Lent 2 (Mark 8:31-38; Gen 17:1-7; 15-17)

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B110 - Lent 2 (Mark 8:31-38; Gen 17:1-7; 15-17)
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God comes to Abraham with the promise of a new future, one where God is present and faithful. We talk about covenant, the paradox of walking before God and following the call. We mention the nature of human response to God: Abram falls on his face – laughing, Peter (in Mark) rebukes Jesus. God’s faithfulness…

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

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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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