B 142 – Pentecost 20 (Proper 23)

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For Pentecost 20 Fran and Sean focus on Job’s profound sense of God’s absence in Job 23:1-9; 16-17. We note that Job has loudly rejected the theology  of his friends, who all assert that Job’s suffering is the result of his sin. Job’s is a bold and courageous stance is to defy them, and to…

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B 141 – Pentecost 19, Proper 22

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Sally and Fran talk about the particular character of wisdom literature in Job (1:1; 2:1-10) and the urgent, pastoral and cosmic questions it asks about human suffering and theodicy. We touch on preaching against bad theology, and the way Job disrupts our human judgements. We invite a look at the Hebrews reading (Hebrews 1:1-4:2:5-12) for…

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B 137 – Pentecost 15 (Proper 18)

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Sean Winter joins the co- host chair for Pentecost 15 where we focus on the nature of wisdom literature in  Proverbs (Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23) and the way this tradition is developed christologically by the writer of James (James 2:1-10 (11-13), 14-17). Both readings deal with partiality and favouritism; cautioning the faithful against favouring those…

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B127 – Pentecost 5 (Proper 8)

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Our guest this week is Rev. Dr. Garry Worete Deverell, Trawloolway man, Anglican Priest, and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in Indigenous Theologies at the University of Divinity. We discuss themes of vulnerability and weakness in 2 Cor 8:7-15 and Mark 5:21-43 which accompany teaching of “genuine love” and moments of healing and faith. We also reflect on…

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B126 – Pentecost 4 (Proper 7) 1 Sam 17:32-49, Mark 4:35-41

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Rev. Assoc. Prof. Monica Melanchthon joins us to discuss the David and Goliath story (1 Sam 17:32-49). Their battle occurs in the “liminal space” between two armies, a place where God is found and works in unlikely ways and through unlikely people. In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus finds himself in a different liminal space between Jewish…

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B125 – Pentecost 3 (Proper 6)

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This week we focus on 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 and Mark 4:26-34. Themes emerge regarding kingship and kingdoms. David is the surprising choice in 1 Samuel as the youngest and one chosen by the God who “looks on the heart”. The parables in Mark are about the Kingdom or Reign of God, bringing to the fore…

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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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B114 – Palm Sunday (Mk 11:1-11, Ps 118)

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Rev. Carolyn Francis, Pastor at Collins Street Baptist Church, joins us to unpack preaching on Palm Sunday. We explore the Markan emphasis in this well-known story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he is lauded as king in the Davidic line. Jesus’ kingship will ultimately subvert worldly notions of kingship, rejecting military might and power…

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B100 – An introduction to Mark

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A bonus episode for the lectionary Year of Mark.  Robyn sat down with Rev. Dr. Sally Douglas to unpack the themes and theology of Mark’s gospel. Mark is the earliest, shortest and perhaps most dramatic of the gospels. It proclaims the good news of liberation from evil through divine inversion of power, epitomised in the…

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B108 – Transfiguration (2 Kgs 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9)

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Brian Kolia joins the podcast to discuss the unusual succession story in 2 Kings 2 and the Transfiguration in Mark 9. Whether it’s chariots of fire, separating water, heavenly ascent, or discovering God is in the dark shadow, these stories are rich with imagery and preaching themes.

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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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B106 – Epiphany 4 (Mk 1:21-28, 1 Cor 8, Dt 18:15-20)

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Authority and identity emerge as key themes in Mark 1:21-28 as Jesus is portrayed as one powerful enough to cast out evil and liberate people from the power of evil. This is Mark’s Good News! We unpack ancient ideas of ‘unclean spirits’ or demons and discuss how our preaching and teaching might aspire to be…

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B105 – Repentence, Mercy, Call (Jonah 3 and Mark 1:14-20)

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The book of Jonah is deceptively simple. It is often reduced to a children’s tale when, using the vehicle of humour, Jonah delivers challenging themes about the abundant mercy of God – mercy that sees not only our enemies blessed, but that we, like Jonah, might actually be the instrument of that blessing. Repentance, while…

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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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