B 135 – Pentecost 13 (Proper 16)

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We explore themes of incarnation, belief and salvation in John 6:56-69, noting the pattern of rejection that Jesus experiences throughout chapter 6 as the twelve ‘come to believe and know’. We touch on how to talk about the particularity of Jesus and the universal invitation in John’s gospel, and highlight the inseparability of spirit and…

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B131 – Pentecost 9 (Proper 12)

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Robyn and Fran discuss David’s rape of Bathsheba and murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:1-15) asking how God’s story might redeem our stories whether we be perpetrator or victim. David is ultimately confronted with his sin and Bathsheba claims her own authority as mother of the future king Solomon. We touch on the prayer in…

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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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B121 – Easter 7

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Psalm 1, Acts 1:15-26, John 17:6-19 are the focus this week. Acts 1 narrates the choosing of a new leader to replace Judas, raising questions about how we choose leaders and what we look for in our leaders. The Psalm invites us to “mediate on God’s Torah (instruction)”. In many ways it frames and introduces…

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B120- Easter 6 (John 15:9-17, Acts 10:44-48)

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The readings this week invite us to reflect on change, the role of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus’ commandment to love. Acts 10:44-48 narrates the “gentile pentecost”, the delightful interruption of the Holy Spirit who falls upon everyone while Peter is speaking. This is the fourth pouring out of the Spirit in Acts, this time…

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B119 – Easter 5 (Acts 8:26-40; John 15:1-8)

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The universal embrace of the gospel is embodied in the Ethiopian Eunuch in the Acts 8 passage. The usual social barriers are no barriers to his baptism and the joy of faith. We talk about the communal context of interpretation of scripture, the importance of teaching, and the proclamatory, spoken nature of the good news.…

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B118 – Easter 4 (Good Shepherd)

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Robyn and Fran unpack the good shepherd imagery used for God in Psalm 23 and Jesus in  John 10:11-18. We discuss the complexity of “laying down one’s life” and its afterlife in the way we talk about veterans and self-sacrifice (noting it is Anzac Day in Australia this Sunday). We refer to a discussion of…

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B116 – Easter 2 (John 20:19-31, Acts 4:32-35)

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Kylie Crabbe joins the podcast to unpack the Acts passages this week and in the weeks ahead. We discuss the dating and authorship of Acts, the key themes, and genre. Resurrection is the key theme in the speeches of Acts, indicating how important resurrection theology was in the preaching ministry of early Christianity. In Acts…

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B115 Easter Sunday

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We begin talking about preaching Christ is risen by looking at 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, an account of the resurrection that predates the gospels. We note Paul’s  repeated use of ‘appeared’; how this passive voice places the initiative with Jesus, not Paul’s capacity to ‘see’. We explore the different emphases in Mark and John’s account of…

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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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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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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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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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A109 – Epiphany 2: John 1:29-42 with Dorothy Lee

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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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A105 – Christmas: John 1:1-14 with Geoff Thompson

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A105 - Christmas: John 1:1-14 with Geoff Thompson
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Theologian Geoff Thompson joins Robyn and Fran to talk about preaching at Christmas and how we communicate the profound mystery of the incarnation in a way that connects. In this episode we refer to William Willimon’s “Christmas parable”, Les Murray’s poem “The Barranong Angel Case”, an ancient text known as the Physiologus that describes Jesus…

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