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
Homily One:  Deborah – Don’t discount the unexpected. The Book of Judges is heavy going.   It reads like a Jo Nesbo novel: R rated, with lots of blood and horror.  It is deliberately constructed like this.  The editors of this pseudo-history want...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: A common caricature of Christianity is that it is a religion of judgement.  It is said to have a God who tells people off; a God who praises the good and punishes the bad.  And some people like that sort of God, and that sort of...
Glynn Cardy
Opening comments: Today we remember that 50 years ago Lloyd Geering was, what the media called, ‘tried for heresy’.  A fascinating period and one of the few times in New Zealand history that matters of belief and faith have been talked about by the...
Glynn Cardy
  ‘Pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor and God what belongs to God’. That saying is recorded in the gospels of Mark and Thomas, and borrowed by Matthew and Luke.  In other words it was most probably uttered by the historical Jesus.[i]  The...
Glynn Cardy Matthew 22:15-
When the time is ripe ideas can change  the  world.    Few events have so permanently shaken  European  society  as  the  Reformation.   500  years  ago  today  it  kicked off.  
Peter Matheson
The journey to Emmaus is a story of transformation.  Like many other Biblical stories it was not intended to be understood as history.  It was rather an archetypal account of how God was encountered and transformation happened for the two walkers. ...
Glynn Cardy Luke 24:13-35
"There was once a holy man in India who lived in a prayerful state – so much so that everyone thought he was nuts. One day, having begged for food in the village, he sat by the roadside and began to eat, when a dog came up and looked at him hungrily...
Glynn Cardy
I wrote a blessing the other day about ‘home’, and will use it later in our service.  It hints that home is not just a physical place exterior to us, but a space interior to us.  It hints that home is about feeling safe, feeling wanted, and being...
Glynn Cardy
Baptism celebrates the start of a journey of inquiry – a journey of love [like with his/her parents], a journey of education [like with grandparents], and a spiritual journey of doubt and faith and wonder [that we celebrate and encourage here].  ...
Glynn Cardy
The theme of our parable from Matthew is forgiveness, or more precisely, economic forgiveness.  Or as a strict translation of the Lord’s Prayer would say, ‘forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who indebt us’.   And forgiving the debt means...
Glynn Cardy Matthew 18:21-35
Introduction: Today is Father’s Day, when we remember our dads and those who fathered us.  Some of us have brought photos of our dads along; and some of us have brought our real-time dads along.  It’s a day to celebrate fathering. Most of us who are...
Glynn Cardy
The sixteenth century Protestant Reformation irrevocably changed Christianity, changed Europe and changed the world. Western Christendom was permanently divided between Roman Catholics and an ever growing number of Protestant denominations. These...
Allan Davidson Romans 12.1-8
The Gospel reading today is a story about belonging and borders.  It uses the metaphor of household to describe not just a religion but a geographical region.  Who can enter the household, church, or country and partake of its benefits?  It is a...
Glynn Cardy Matthew 15:21-28
‘Metiria Turei isn’t Jesus’ wrote a NZHerald columnist this week.  Actually none of our political leaders bear any resemblance to Jesus, and in most regards I’m not sure they should. 
Glynn Cardy
Parenting is the most important job that anyone has who chooses or happens to reproduce.  Unfortunately, no one knows how to do it to begin with, and by the time its figured out, the kids are grown up and gone – often leaving behind their parents...
Glynn Cardy
People talk today about ski-ing: S K I - Spending the Kids’ Inheritance! We know what family inheritance is, but is the Earth also a treasure to pass on to our kids? How do we see the Earth biblically?
Bishop Richard Randerson
The Song of Songs is very different from other books in the Bible.  It is full of romantic speeches, containing sexually provocative language and imagery, between a woman and her suitor.  The couple present an experience that elaborates unashamedly...
Glynn Cardy
This morning we have celebrated Helena’s baptism. In doing so we have done three things:  Firstly, we given thanks that she, a unique and wonderful human being [like every human being is], has been born into our world.  One of my theological...
Glynn Cardy

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