Sermons & Seminars

To view Sir Lloyd Geering's sermon at the Community of St Luke; Click here https://youtu.be/1PQkCl7WOrE
Rev Allan Davidson's presentation on Professor Lloyd Geering and the Presbyterian Church 1966 - 1970; the 'Heresy Trial' Click here to view.
Allan Davidson's Lloyd Geering 'Heresy Trial' presentation
The birth narratives about Jesus are overtures to the gospels that follow.   In other words, they set the themes which we will hear repeated time and again.  Two of those themes are suffering and light.  The suffering we hear in the birth narrative...
Glynn Cardy
Here are some reasons I like the Doctrine of the Trinity: It defies reasoning.  Or at least the reasoning that many of us in the 21st century are used to.  When it is described literally as three beings it is reduced to an idolatrous nonsense.  To...
Glynn Cardy
 
Glynn Cardy Acts 2:1-13, I Corinthians 12: 27-31
  Who prays these days? I often wonder what we think we are doing when we pray.
Susan Adams
My religious thinking began when I was sent to Sunday School from the age of five. As a child I never went to church, for in those days the Sunday School was separate from the church services and met at 2 pm on the Sabbath. And when I returned to...
Sir Lloyd Geering
This week in world news there have been two cases of blasphemy. One was in Ireland where there is a 2009 law about insulting God.  Stephen Fry, a well-known British comedian and actor, was asked if after he died he went to heaven and was met by God...
Glynn Cardy
There is much suffering in the world at large.  There is also much suffering here, in New Zealand.  There is visible suffering and invisible suffering.  There is the visible suffering of untimely death, of diseases that ravage the body and mind, of...
Glynn Cardy
Text and Context: the Bible and Homosexuality Glynn Cardy 30th April 2017 Luke 24: 13-35     The fictitious story of the Risen Jesus meeting and talking with two unknown disciples, listening to their interpretation of current events, and then [v.27...
Glynn Cardy
An earnest young man stopped me outside a café.  With eyes burning bright he told me that Easter was about God sending his son Jesus to die for my sins.  I told him that I didn't want anyone to die for me.  He went on: God loved me he said; God...
Glynn Cardy
I was listening to a radio interview with a gentleman who runs a charter boat in Fiordland National Park.  “There is a considerable difference between walking on the beach with shoes on”, he said, “and walking with shoes off.  The latter enhances...
Glynn Cardy
The Passion Narrative includes a pericope on the pain of betrayal. Matthew 26: 20-25 … ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me’. And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another’, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’   v.47-49 … ‘...
Glynn Cardy
During Lent I have included in the prayers of thanksgiving a refrain from a hymn by Dan Schutte, the first line of which is ‘Holy darkness, blessed night’.  Schutte has taken his inspiration from the writings of St John of the Cross, the 16th...
Glynn Cardy
The story of Jesus going into the wilderness, the mythical borderlands of faith, for 40 days and 40 nights, where he allegedly wrestled with his ‘demon/s’, provides the liturgical framework for the season of Lent.  And maybe it was even written with...
Glynn Cardy
Once upon a time, in the land of Arabia, Malik, son of Dinar, was upset about the disgusting behaviour of a young man who lived next door to him.  For a long time Malik took no action, hoping that someone else would intervene.  But when the youth's...
Glynn Cardy
The readings this morning, both on the subject of Jesus and divorce, are some of the most difficult and most debated, with far-reaching implications, throughout Christian history.  What is hard to see on a first reading is that in a culture and time...
Glynn Cardy
Today is the eve of Waitangi Day – the day New Zealand chooses to celebrate its nationhood.  Of course the day commemorates the signing of Te Tiriti O Waitangi between Governor Hobson, representing the Crown, and a number of Maori chiefs,...
Glynn Cardy
Prayer is individual and corporate, structured and unstructured, said and unsaid, thought and un-thought. A working definition [to paraphrase Maurice Shadbolt]: “There is only one reason to pray, and it is not to petition or to please.  It is, as it...
Glynn Cardy
This morning I want to introduce some of the thinking of one of the current foremost theologians in the Western world, Sarah Coakley.  Sarah has taught at Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, and is currently teaching at Cambridge.  To quote from our...
Glynn Cardy

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