C130 – Pentecost 5

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For Pentecost 5, U-Wen and Fran focus conversation on Amos 7: 7-17, Psalm 82 and Luke 10:25-37. We mention Brendan Byrne’s The Hospitality of God 

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C129 – Pentecost 4

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This week we discuss the healing of Naaman in 2 Kings 5, noting the way the story-teller subverts cultural norms to locate the voice of wisdom and faithfulness in those of the lowest status.  In Luke 10 we encounter the sending of the 72 (70) to go before Jesus and announce the reign of God.

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C108 – Epiphany 6

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Jeremiah 17:5-10, 1 Cor 15 12-20, and Luke 6:17-26 are under discussion this week. We refer to Christopher Hays’ book Luke’s Wealth Ethics.

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C106 – Epiphany 4

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Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, and Luke 4:21-30 are the focus this episode. We discuss Paul’s ode to love and locate this ethic within his and other Christian teaching. Jeremiah and Luke both point to the challenge of prophetic call. Luke 4 continues to reveal Jesus’ identity and ministry focus. We refer to bell hooks…

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C 102 – Advent 2

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Fran and Kylie discuss Malachi 3:1-4, Zechariah’s song in Luke 1:68-79, and the gospel reading Luke 3:1-6. We focus on the reckoning of Advent, properly understood: opening ourselves to God’s cleansing fire through which we come face to face with God’s grace and kindness. We mention: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Advent sermon, 1928, as found in  Kathryn…

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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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B104 – Advent 4 (Annunciation and Magnificat, Luke 1:26-38, 46-55)

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Rev. Sharon Hollis, President-elect of the Uniting Church, joins the conversation for Advent 4. We discuss how Mary is portrayed as a prophet in Luke 1 and the surprising agency she has (for that time) in speaking her consent (1:26-38) and her song of praise and protest (1:46-55). Her particularity as a young Jewish girl…

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