A132 – Pentecost 3: Hagar, suffering, and the promises of God (Gen 21, Matt 10)

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A132 - Pentecost 3: Hagar, suffering, and the promises of God (Gen 21, Matt 10)
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Power, suffering, conflict, fear, and divine promise are themes in the biblical passages this week. Rachel Kronberger, Uniting Church Minister, joins us to discuss preaching the lectionary readings with a focus on Genesis 21:8-21 and Matthew 10:24-39. We note the importance of Genesis 21 for interfaith relationships and how Matthew speaks a word of comfort…

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A129 – Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21 with John Flett

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A129 - Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21 with John Flett
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John Flett joins us this week for a rich conversation about Pentecost and mission. We focus Acts 2:1-21 and John 20:19-23, drawing similarities and contrasts in the way the Spirit is portrayed in each text. We talk joy, peace, freedom, and being sent for the sake of the world, not for our own sake. John…

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A127 – Easter 6: Divine comfort & unjust suffering (1 Peter 3:13-22)

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A127 - Easter 6: Divine comfort & unjust suffering (1 Peter 3:13-22)
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For Easter 6 (Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 and  Psalm 66)  Robyn and I begin our discussion with 1 Peter 3 by exploring Peter’s description of, and word of comfort for, the unjust suffering in his community. We look at the curious verse 19 “the spirits in prison” and talk about the significance…

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A125: Easter 4 – Imitating Christ with Mike Bird (1 Peter 2:19-25, Ps 23, John 10)

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A125: Easter 4 - Imitating Christ with Mike Bird (1 Peter 2:19-25, Ps 23, John 10)
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Michael Bird joins the podcast to discuss how he approaches preaching, the image of the Good Shepherd (Ps 23, John 10), the utopian vision of Acts 2, and what we do with the teaching addressed to slaves in 1 Peter 2:18-25.  We explore Peter’s teaching on not retaliating, non-violence, and imitating Christ. Mike blogs at…

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A124 – Easter 3: Holiness in 1 Peter 1:17-23

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A124 - Easter 3: Holiness in 1 Peter 1:17-23
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Sean Winter joins us this week to continue our focus on 1 Peter, specifically 1 Peter 1:17-23 set for Easter 3. We talk about the nature of holiness as Peter conceives it; the way holiness refers not to individual moral perfection, but to a community’s identity as a consequence of what God has done for…

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

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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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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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A121 – Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42 with Frank Rees

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A121 - Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42 with Frank Rees
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Rev Dr Frank Rees joins us this week to talk about preaching on Good Friday. We focus on the Hebrews readings (ch. 4 & 10) and John 18-19, discussing the strange, to modern ears, notion of sacrifice, and how Christ’s death might transform our understanding of it. We talk about the importance of preaching on…

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A116 – Lent 2: Genesis 12:1-4a Faith and God’s Faithfulness

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A116 - Lent 2: Genesis 12:1-4a Faith and God's Faithfulness
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Abraham’s faith and God’s faithfulness are the focus on this week’s podcast. We discuss how radical the particularity of the covenant with Abraham in its ancient context and the theology it introduces which pervades so much of scripture. We refer to Fleming Rutledge’s And God Spoke to Abraham and Brueggemann’s Genesis commentary.

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

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

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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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A106 – Christmas 1 and the Slaughter of the Innocents

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A106 - Christmas 1 and the Slaughter of the Innocents
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How do you preach a text of terror? In this episode we discuss the possibilities and problems of preaching about the Slaughter of the Innocents, the challenges this text presents to us in a world with more refugees than ever before, and how religion and politics relate when we stand in the pulpit. In this…

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A100 – Bonus Episode: Preaching Matthew in Year A with Bill Loader

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Professor William (Bill) Loader joins Robyn and Fran in this bonus extra episode on the theology and themes of Matthew’s Gospel. Bill Loader’s website, with a range of resources on Matthew can be found here. You can find out more at bythewell.com.auFollow us on Twitter: @bythewellpod By the Well is supported by Pilgrim Theological College…

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