A123 – Easter 2: Resurrection hope in dark times (1 Peter 1:3-9)

 
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How do we proclaim the Good News in the midst of dark times? This episode begins a series focussing on the letter known as 1 Peter, an epistle that appears for several weeks during Easter season this lectionary year. The first epistle of Peter is a letter written to dispersed Christians facing suffering and persecution.…

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A122 – Easter Sunday (Mt 28:1-10)

 
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Rev Dr Craig Thompson joins us this week to talk about preaching the Resurrection on Easter Sunday – on what may be the strangest Easter for most of us as the covid epidemic rages.  Robyn talks about the apocalyptic, cosmic account of the resurrection in Matthew. Craig talks about the Resurrection being ‘God’s yes’ to…

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A120 – Palm Sunday: Matthew 21:1-11 and Philippians 2

 
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Fran and Robyn discuss the scandalous way kingship is radically subverted in both Matthew 21 and Philippians 2:5-11, unpacking both the historical context and the theological presentation of Christ in these texts. Robyn points out the apocalyptic elements in Matthew’s version of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his use of Zechariah. Fran wonders what Jesus…

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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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A113 – Epiphany 6: Bill Loader on Matthew 5:21-37

 
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Bill Loader joins Robyn & Fran to discuss the part of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” which addresses anger, adultery, lust, divorce, and the possibility of hell. We discuss the tension between righteous anger and anger that leads to harm or hatred. Similarly, we unpack the difference between good desire and sexually objectifying or exploiting…

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A112 – Epiphany 5: Matthew 5:13-20 with Sally Douglas

 
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Sally Douglas joins Robyn and Fran to discuss Christian identity, as Matthew portrays it and in our own post-Christendom context.  We talk about the relationship between belief and behaviour, and specifically what Matthew means by righteousness. In this podcast we refer to Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, David Bentley Hart’s New Testament: A Translation; Stanley…

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A111 – Epiphany 4: Matthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes with Sally Douglas

 
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Sally Douglas joins Robyn and Fran to talk about the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. We discuss how they are more than ethical aspirations, but instead descriptions of Kingdom life where nonviolence as embodied by Jesus upends the world’s ‘normal’ ordering of things. We talk about what blessedness means, and explore the profound transformation that results…

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A110 – Epiphany 3: Calling Disciples (Matt 4:12-23)

 
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Alistair Macrae, minister at Wesley Uniting Church,  joins Robyn & Fran to discuss discipleship, call, and repentance in Matthew 4. We discuss being disciples not admirers of Christ. As an experienced minister, Alistair shares his approach to preaching. In this podcast we refer to Being Disciples by Rowan Williams, a terrific sermon by Rev Dr…

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