Sunday Reflections

Standing Up Again

Sunday, April 04, 2021

You go to the funeral parlour for a viewing of someone you deeply love and when the casket is opened, there is no body! What do you imagine? But when you see neatly folded the clothes you had provided, what then? And when the director telephones the morgue and there is no body there …? Something phenomenal has happened. My...
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Relinquishment - The Pathway of Faith

Friday, April 02, 2021

‘Letting go’ can be agonizing, and yet to do so is precisely the invitation of this day, Good Friday. Three years ago when we moved house, we had over 100 wine cartons of stuff. But we had also got rid of a comparable amount. When we move house, we discover how attached we are to our books and pictures, our...
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Welcoming The Unexpected

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The people of Jerusalem were waiting patiently along the road for their Messiah. They had heard about Jesus’ teaching and healing in Galilee and knew he was coming south. They liked the way he challenged both Jewish and Roman leaders. They loved the way he made ordinary people and the marginalized welcome. As they looked down the road they were...
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Exploring a Progressive Faith

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Natural Spirituality - Progressive or Orthodox? This congregation and SWell represent the wellbeing and joy that people find in living out a sense of the spiritual in the midst of life. The triumphalist Christian church has sometimes asserted that Jesus was the originator of personal faith but 600 years earlier, Jeremiah announced the New Testament (=Covenant) in which the divine...
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The Importance of Gospel Symbols

Sunday, March 14, 2021

The first three gospels are referred to as the synoptic gospels because they give us a synopsis or the story of Jesus and his teaching.  They consist of the teaching of Jesus and stories about Jesus which are ancient in form and reflect a consistent style and theme. Mark was the first written and the Luke and Matthew using a...
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No other gods, no idols, no swearing

Sunday, March 07, 2021

In my first church, late 70s there was Mrs Munro who said that keeping the Ten Commandments was at the heart of true religion. So why did Martin Luther teach that Jewish Law and Grace in Christ are total opposites? The Psalms tell us that Israelites delighted in God's law (see Pss 1 & 119).  Is the Law a burden,...
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Human Wisdom and Faith

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Human Wisdom and Faith The first character in the Bible interested in Wisdom was Eve. She looked at the forbidden fruit and found it attractive as a way to gain wisdom. Adam hadn’t even thought about it! We do learn from the forbidden. Eve certainly learnt something. But was it wisdom, to feel naked and ashamed? Are we wise when...
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Faith is Mind Changing

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Faith is Mind Changing As a child, at home and church I learnt all about Jesus! But only in my -teens when I read the gospel with new eyes, was I deeply and permanently captivated by this man. His being his own man struck me. I wanted to have the same integrity and strength.  His story set me thinking. Jesus...
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Light and Sound Show - Light through Listening

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Were you sorry there were no fireworks at New Years?We were in the city to see the lights on the State Library. They were memorable. But what the disciples saw was phenomenal. To them Jesus was already a shooting star but in this story he is especially transformed before their eyes. What was the point? Here as in other texts,...
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