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
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
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

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