A126 – Easter 5: Living Stones and Christian Identity (1 Peter 2:2-10)

 
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Christian identity and the nature of Christian community in the midst of suffering are themes that run throughout this week’s readings.  Fran and Robyn discuss Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts 7), John 14:1-14, and 1 Peter 2:2-10 to unpack the numerous metaphors used throughout.

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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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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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A118 – Lent 4: John 9:1-41 with Liam Miller

 
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“Who sinned, this man or his parents?” is a question posed to Jesus in John 9. We deconstruct fixed, individual notions of sin and imagine what a deeper theology of sin might mean. Liam Miller from @loverinserepeat podcast joins us in this episode. If you want to know more, you can read his article on…

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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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A115 – Lent 1: Genesis 2, Romans 5, and Matthew 4

 
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As Lent begins, we go back to the beginning with a focus on Genesis 2. Fran dispels some mistruths about this mythic tale. We ask what it reveals about human identity, freedom, and our propensity to alienate ourselves from one another and creation. We suggest that Genesis 2 and its reception in Romans 5 is…

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A101 – Advent 1: Isaiah 2:1-5

 
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Fran Barber and Robyn Whitaker discuss the meaning of Advent, Jesus’ second coming, and how we live as Christians who believe in the visions of hope Isaiah offers. Robyn tweets @robynjwhitaker. You can read more about her research here. We refer to this commentary on Isaiah by Patricia Tull. You can find out more at…

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