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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A140 – Pentecost 11 (Gen 45:1-15, Matt 15:21-28)

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A140 - Pentecost 11 (Gen 45:1-15, Matt 15:21-28)
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Meg Warner unpacks the Joseph story through the lens of trauma, noting this is a turning point in the story where reconciliation occurs. We discuss Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 which crosses geographic, ethnic, religious, and purity boundaries. Despite their differences, Jesus recognises her faith and praises her for it in…

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A139 – Pentecost 10 (Gen 37, Matt 14:22-33)

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A139 - Pentecost 10 (Gen 37, Matt 14:22-33)
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Meg Warner joins the podcast to talk about Joseph, favoritism, family dissension and trauma. We discuss how Joseph’s story is contradictory and ambiguous; that Joseph himself is an enigma – which attention to the nuances of his dreams illustrates. We note that though his story is as long as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s, Joseph is…

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A138 – Pentecost 9 (Gen 32, Matt 14)

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Brian Kolia joins the podcast to discuss Jacob’s wrestle with God in Genesis 32:22-31. We point to the humour in this story where God takes on some human characteristics and becomes the trickster, a role that has previously been Jacob’s. Relationship with God is associated with both struggle and blessing here, as well as a…

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A137 – Pentecost 8 (Genesis 29, Romans 8, Matthew 13)

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We continue with the Jacob story in Genesis 29:15-28 where themes emerge about God choosing the unlikely person, that God’s plan does not depend on our righteousness, and that God “sees” those whom the world deems unloveable or unimportant. Romans 8:26-39 speaks to the impossibility of us being separated from God’s love and the parables…

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A136 – Pentecost 7 (Gen 28, Roms 8, Matt 13)

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The Genesis narrative continues as Jacob encounters God in his dream (Gen 28:10-19a). Key themes here include God’s unfailing faithfulness to his covenant and the unexpected places God encounters us – in vulnerability and in the ordinary. Theologically it is significant that God found Jacob, not the other way round. Romans 8:12-29 continues the focus…

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A135 – Pentecost 6 (Gen 25, Roms 8 & Matt 13)

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The Genesis reading takes us into the “Jacob Cycle” with the story of the twins, Jacob and Esau (Gen 25:19-34).  Themes of miraculous births, younger sons usurping older sons, and duelling nations continue. Theologically, these passages affirm that God chooses the frail, sinful, and broken to receive God’s promises and partner in God’s mission, a…

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A115 – Lent 1: Genesis 2, Romans 5, and Matthew 4

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As Lent begins, we go back to the beginning with a focus on Genesis 2. Fran dispels some mistruths about this mythic tale. We ask what it reveals about human identity, freedom, and our propensity to alienate ourselves from one another and creation. We suggest that Genesis 2 and its reception in Romans 5 is…

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