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

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A148 - Pentecost 18 (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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A146 – Pentecost 16: (Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105; Matthew 20:1-16)

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

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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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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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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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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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