Sunday Reflections

The Mystery of God

Sunday, October 10, 2021

In our modern world how can we talk about God  in a way that does justice to the reality and yet the mystery of who we call God? Besides all the passages I have chosen to be read today the one I really want to focus on is Isaiah 42:1-4.1. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or...
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Queen Esther, a Hero for Our Time

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22At the heart of the Jewish festival of Purim, celebrated by Jews around the world is a special story of an attractive and bright young woman who in the ruthless politics of the Persian court stands up to defend her own people from genocide. The central ritual of Purim is the reading of the biblical book...
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What it means to be an inclusive church of people who are sexually different

Sunday, September 19, 2021

I have been a minister in the Uniting Church for over 40 years and one of the groups of people I have had particular pastoral care of is the LGTBIQA members of the Uniting Church. This was the focus of my D.Min dissertation which I completed in 2001.   The title was “Can the Church listen?: listening to the voices...
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Missionary Methods: St Paul’s or Ours?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Great Commission refers to the final passage in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus Christ urges the apostles to make “disciples of all the nations” and “baptise” them. The word “disciple,” which is “mathetes” in Greek, literally means “pupil” but also “follower,” as in “follower of Jesus.”  I prefer the term apprentice. The Great Commission, therefore, is usually interpreted to mean...
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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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