Sunday Reflections

Jesus is confronted by an Indigenous woman and her people are included in the Kingdom

Sunday, September 05, 2021

To start with it is important to have an overview of the nature of Mark’s Gospel. 1.Part one: For Mark Jesu’s ministry was in Galilee which is a multicultural society.  From a Jewish perspective we know that from Nathaniel’s remark in Jn 1:46 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth (in Galilee)”2.Part two: Today’s Gospel marks the end of Jesus’ special...
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The Church of the Future

Sunday, August 15, 2021

This week I answered the Census question about religion. With the steady decline in Christian numbers, this is a time to ask about the future of Church. The stories of Jesus’ ministry and modern culture converge for me in three features that I would love to be marks of all churches as Habitats for Spirituality. They are the Ministry of...
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Faiths and World Peace

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Our reflection last Sunday on Women and Men offers a metaphor for issues about people of different faiths in partnership. The Dreamtime story of Genesis 1 reminds us that people of all cultures and faiths are made ‘in the image of God’. All share the divine potential to shape life and the world, to communicate powerfully, to shed light and...
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Women and Men in Partnership

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Women have an enormous influence on my life. Mother and her music; wife and her SJ clarity; daughter and her self-direction. OT scholars: Phyllis Trible 88, E Fiorenza 83 Cheryl Exum 75. The congregation has ‘mothers’ – Mgt Ray 1933-2017 Alex Sangster We value Hebrew dreamtime Genesis 1-3 says Women and Men are both made like God. How?We can all “create”...
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Believe as Little as Possible

Sunday, July 25, 2021

As teenagers, my brother and I both made a firm and informed Christian commitment that shaped our lives. But our views were so different. He chose to take the Bible literally, as history and was sure he knew what to believe. I preferred to read it metaphorically and to think of theology as story. Billy Graham often said in preaching:...
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A Jewish View of the Gospel

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Some years ago I went to meet a Jewish rabbi who became a close friend. As we talked, I found that 90% of our work was the same – leading, caring, births, deaths and marriages, engaging community and schools nearby. For 2000 years the church chose to magnify differ-ences and approve persecution of Jews. In a society where education and...
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Forgiving the Unforgivable

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Have you ever felt that someone else withheld forgiveness from you, or you from them? Scene 1 in today’s story is about the pressure on the small businessman hoping debtors will pay up before the creditors need payment. For us DEBT provides a metaphor for forgiveness.  Note that when the servant asks, he is totally for forgiven. But when we...
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The Church, The Poor & The Rich

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Everyone loves to eat. Over 20 years as shops change up the road, many new ones are for food and drink. Food is a social lubricant. As we eat together we relax and chat and build relationships.Jesus had a reputation for eating out, and drinking! His stories reflect his way of life – gregarious. And a congregation is to be...
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Living Church

Sunday, June 20, 2021

According to the NT, ‘Christians’ were first called ‘People of the Way’. This is how Paul identified the people he hunted down, and himself. No mention of the name Christ. A progressive view focuses on the teaching rather than the teacher. In this view, Ethics is primary and provides a level playing field for our working together with all people...
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Empowered to Live

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Our older son has given up church and God although he values his Christian heritage. Church that was empowering for him in early adulthood became disempowering. Thru our discussion I understood that Empowerment is a theme in which Jesus and Paul are united. Do you feel your faith empowers you?The gospels tell of many people set free from illness or...
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