A155 – Reign of Christ (Ezek 34; Ps 100; Matt 25:31-46)

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A155 - Reign of Christ (Ezek 34; Ps 100; Matt 25:31-46)
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On the last week of the lectionary year, Fran and Robyn delve into the way the reign of God is described in these readings. Ezekiel 34:11-24 imagines God as a shepherd who protects the sheep, unlike the priests Ezekiel condemns as having failed as leaders. Matthew presents the Son of Man as a judge who…

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A152 – All Saints / Pentecost 22 (1 John 3; Rev 7; Matt 23:1-12)

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A152 - All Saints / Pentecost 22 (1 John 3; Rev 7; Matt 23:1-12)
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Rev. Dr. Sunny Chen joins us for a conversation about the Greek words for love, resurrection promises, preaching for All Saints (All Souls) day, and Christian leadership.  The All Saints readings discussed are: 1 John 3:1-3, Revelation 7:19-17, and Matt 5:1-12. Those following the regular Sunday passages can hear a discussion of the Matthew 23…

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A143 – Pentecost 14 (Exod 12:1-14, Matt 18:15-20)

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A143 - Pentecost 14 (Exod 12:1-14, Matt 18:15-20)
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Bill Loader joins the podcast this week to help unpack Matthew’s advice in resolving Christian conflict without gossiping (Mt 18:15-20). We discuss the tension between forgiveness and judgment in this section of Matthew’s Gospel, between holding offenders accountable and the ongoing demand to love them. Exodus 12 tells the story of Passover, a story that…

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A142 – Pentecost 13 (Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 16:21-26)

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A142 - Pentecost 13 (Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 16:21-26)
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Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush is a both a theophany and call story. We note that Moses wasn’t looking for God, rather God took the initiative and sought him out. We unpack the mysterious and playful I AM name for God, and highlight its uniqueness as a verb. God’s dynamic character comes…

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A141 – Pentecost 12 (Exod 1:8-2:10, Ps 124, Mt 16:13-20)

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A141 - Pentecost 12 (Exod 1:8-2:10, Ps 124, Mt 16:13-20)
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Themes of fear, power, enslavement, genocide, and hope for liberation begin early in Exodus setting the tone for what will follow. We focus on the midwives who use their domestic context and skills to thwart the plans of powerful men by rescuing Moses, much like Irena Sendler during WW2.  We unpack some of the images…

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A140 – Pentecost 11 (Gen 45:1-15, Matt 15:21-28)

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Meg Warner unpacks the Joseph story through the lens of trauma, noting this is a turning point in the story where reconciliation occurs. We discuss Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 which crosses geographic, ethnic, religious, and purity boundaries. Despite their differences, Jesus recognises her faith and praises her for it in…

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A139 – Pentecost 10 (Gen 37, Matt 14:22-33)

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A139 - Pentecost 10 (Gen 37, Matt 14:22-33)
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Meg Warner joins the podcast to talk about Joseph, favoritism, family dissension and trauma. We discuss how Joseph’s story is contradictory and ambiguous; that Joseph himself is an enigma – which attention to the nuances of his dreams illustrates. We note that though his story is as long as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s, Joseph is…

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A138 – Pentecost 9 (Gen 32, Matt 14)

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Brian Kolia joins the podcast to discuss Jacob’s wrestle with God in Genesis 32:22-31. We point to the humour in this story where God takes on some human characteristics and becomes the trickster, a role that has previously been Jacob’s. Relationship with God is associated with both struggle and blessing here, as well as a…

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A137 – Pentecost 8 (Genesis 29, Romans 8, Matthew 13)

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A137 - Pentecost 8 (Genesis 29, Romans 8, Matthew 13)
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We continue with the Jacob story in Genesis 29:15-28 where themes emerge about God choosing the unlikely person, that God’s plan does not depend on our righteousness, and that God “sees” those whom the world deems unloveable or unimportant. Romans 8:26-39 speaks to the impossibility of us being separated from God’s love and the parables…

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A136 – Pentecost 7 (Gen 28, Roms 8, Matt 13)

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The Genesis narrative continues as Jacob encounters God in his dream (Gen 28:10-19a). Key themes here include God’s unfailing faithfulness to his covenant and the unexpected places God encounters us – in vulnerability and in the ordinary. Theologically it is significant that God found Jacob, not the other way round. Romans 8:12-29 continues the focus…

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