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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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A126 - Easter 5: Living Stones and Christian Identity (1 Peter 2:2-10)
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Christian identity and the nature of Christian community in the midst of suffering are themes that run throughout this week’s readings.  Fran and Robyn discuss Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts 7), John 14:1-14, and 1 Peter 2:2-10 to unpack the numerous metaphors used throughout.

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A114 - Transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-9 with Dorothy Lee
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Dorothy Lee joins Robyn and Fran to discuss the Transfiguration in Mathew 17:1-9.  What’s at stake in this unusual story?  We talk about the apocalyptic and aesthetic character of the Transfiguration, and about the way the story depicts the transformation of Jesus but also of us, the church, as we taken up into the beauty…

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A109 - Epiphany 2: John 1:29-42 with Dorothy Lee
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Dorothy Lee joins Robyn and Fran to discuss John 1:29-42 and baptism by the Holy Spirit. Desire, identity, invitational evangelism, sin, and purpose are discussed in relation write papers to this passage. We also unpack the theology associated with the title “Lamb of God” for Jesus. Dorothy Lee is author of The Gospels Speak: Addressing…

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A108 - Baptism of the Lord in Matthew 3:13-17
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Why does Jesus come to John for a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”? And, how is Jesus’ baptism similar or different to our own? What does baptism mean for our identity? In this episode Fran and Robyn discuss Jesus’ baptism as presented in Matthew 3. We suggest the  water is not the…

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