B 123 – Trinity Sunday (Rom 8:12-17, John 3:1-17)

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B 123 - Trinity Sunday (Rom 8:12-17, John 3:1-17)
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Rev. Assoc. Prof. Frank Rees, systematic theologian and Baptist minister,  joins us to discuss the relational and egalitarian nature of the Trinity. We discuss the various ways the communal, intimate, transcendent, and interdependent nature of God is revealed in Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, and John 3:1-17.  Frank concludes that the triune nature of God reveals…

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B107 – Epiphany 5 (Mk 1:29-34, Isaiah 40:21-31)

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B107 - Epiphany 5 (Mk 1:29-34, Isaiah 40:21-31)
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Both readings this week give profound insight into the nature of God in diverse and complementary ways. Robyn and Fran talk about “Jesus the exorcist” in Mark’s gospel and how healing and exorcism are signs of the capacity of Jesus to liberate humanity from evil. Isaiah 40 poses the question “to whom can you liken…

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B103 – Advent 3 (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28)

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B103 - Advent 3 (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28)
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Dr Angela Sawyer returns to speak about Isaiah 61, a passage that reflects the concerns of returned exiles, the difficulty of life under colonial rule, and hope in God reversing the fortunes of the marginalised. The alternate to the Psalm this week is Mary’s Magnificat, a song that continues these themes hundreds of years later.…

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B102 – Advent 2 (Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8)

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Dr Angela Sawyer joins us to explore the tender and powerful image of God in Isaiah 40, as well as the cosmic and personal hope the end of exile represents to Israel. We talk about suffering and the yearning for freedom and fulfilment in Israel’s foundational story, and how it informs and shapes ours (communally).…

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B101 – Advent 1 (Isa 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37)

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The lectionary readings at the beginning of Advent invite us to ponder the inbreaking of God. What might it mean to live as watchful Christians, to raise our eyes above the fray and look for the presence of God in our world? We acknowledge that the cry for divine justice in Isaiah 64 is a…

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A104 – Advent 4: Virgin births in Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matt 1:18-25

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A104 - Advent 4: Virgin births in Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matt 1:18-25
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Rev. Rachel Kronberger joins Fran and Robyn to discuss miraculous births, barren women, and why Mary’s virginity matters (theologically, not gynaecologically!).  Fran references Ben Myer’s book The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism. You can find out more at bythewell.com.au Follow us on Twitter: @bythewellpod

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A103 – Advent 3: Isaiah 35:1-10 with Kylie Crabbe

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Kylie Crabbe joins Fran and Robyn to discuss hope, repentance, and anticipation in Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matt 11:2-11. Kylie issues a “health warning” and we discuss how disability studies might inform how we interpret and preach passages about the blind, lame, or deaf being healed.  You can find out more at bythewell.com.au Follow us on…

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A102 – Advent 2: Isaiah 11:1-10 with Sean Winter

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Sean Winter joins Fran and Robyn to discuss the shoot that springs from the “stump of Jesse” passage in Isaiah 11:1-10. Isaiah here offers a vision of a promised, righteous king from the Davidic line; a passage that would be later be applied to Jesus. We discuss the use of Isaiah’s arboreal images as picked…

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A101 – Advent 1: Isaiah 2:1-5

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Fran Barber and Robyn Whitaker discuss the meaning of Advent, Jesus’ second coming, and how we live as Christians who believe in the visions of hope Isaiah offers. Robyn tweets @robynjwhitaker. You can read more about her research here. We refer to this commentary on Isaiah by Patricia Tull. You can find out more at…

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