Sermons & Seminars

In this post-crucifixion time, the days after that cruel Friday, the fledgling members of the once-was-a-Jesus-movement are struggling with trauma, pain, and despair.  This took years, not three literal days!  And even then, even after they had...
Glynn Cardy
Thomas wants some data... He's not a sucker! None of this  ..... "I'm your friend - believe because I tell you" stuff! He's a 'show me the evidence' man. 'And what's wrong with that?'  we post-enlightenment people might well ask! With him we too...
Susan Adams
When the Resurrection is reduced to something that happened to one man two millennia ago we miss out.  We miss out on the richness that this Resurrection parable can point to – a participatory vision, which embraces all humanity, a vision of a...
Glynn Cardy
This homily by Glynn Cardy 2018 is an adaption of Giles Fraser’s piece in the Guardian called “Christianity, when properly understood, is a religion of losers.”   When Jesus was nothing but a suspended carcass, dripping with his own blood and other...
Glynn Cardy
This service tonight continues the long prayer which began on Palm or Passion Sunday.  The prayer of Holy Week is a journey that follows the liturgical pattern formed by our Christian ancestors in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
Glynn Cardy
Children’s talk: Today we remember an old story.  It’s a story about Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem – the city that was centre of religious, political and economic power in Israel – riding on a donkey, and being greeted by crowds of people...
Glynn Cardy
Last week, when I was preaching about Billy Graham, the Reverend Sande Ramage was also talking about him.  She writes:
Glynn Cardy
“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”  John 3:14, 15: 
Glynn Cardy
So here, in the SECOND CHAPTER of John’s Gospel we are told that Jesus has arrived in Jerusalem! And one of his first acts is an act of violence – the CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE! Jerusalem! A seething political and religious battleground in the 1st...
Graham Whaley John 2: 13 – 22
In God we live and move and have our being.[i]   Theologically we call this the incarnation – not the idea that God lives somewhere out in space and sends Jesus down to us – but the idea that God is closer than our very breathing[ii] and has always...
Glynn Cardy
Our land, Aotearoa, is blessed with rivers.  Rivers bless us with their life and energy and potency and spirit.  There were some who bridled last year at the thought of the Whanganui River being given the legal status of a person under a unique...
Glynn Cardy 2 Kings 5:1-17, Mark 4:2-9
In 1999, Margaret and I went in search of two great uncles who were killed in the First World War. The journey to find the memorial where my great uncle is named led us to Messines or Mesen in Belgium. It was a strange feeling driving into the...
Allan Davidson Deuteronomy 10. 12-21 Ephesians 2. 13-18
There is a story of a young Navaho woman who came to visit a friend in New York City.  The friend was delighted and escorted the woman around the bustling, noisy, polluted and vibrant city.  As they were passing down Fifth Avenue in one of Manhattan...
Glynn Cardy
Sometime in the 1970s a collection of reflections on the Gospels was published with the title the Gospel of Solentiname. Is was an edited transcript of the reflections of a bible study group in a remote part of Nicaragua. If my memory is correct...
Susan Adams
Joy Cowley: Come and See #64 John 1:43-51 It's a great time of year for story telling!
Susan Adams
In my Christmas sermon last week I made three suggestions, and one theological statement. The first suggestion I made was Jesus had no interest in making a new club for the people he felt were ‘saved’ or holy.   Jesus was very critical of the way...
Glynn Cardy
Jesus had a number of critics.  He was not popular in many quarters.  Those interested in radical change seldom are. One of the derogatory names he was called by his critics was ‘friend of sinners’.   Today, it doesn’t really sound too bad.  Most...
Glynn Cardy
This morning I want to continue preaching on the theme of the biblical Christmas.  On December 3rd I talked about Matthew’s Christmas, and this morning will be Luke’s.  Mark Forsyth writes, “There’s no manger in Matthew, no stable, no census and no...
Glynn Cardy
Sometime around Labour Weekend the retail world decided we should start preparing for Christmas.  The Church begins that preparation today.  And this sermon is about its original, biblical, meaning. As you probably know there are only two accounts...
Glynn Cardy
Hal Taussig, a scholar who specializes in the first two centuries of the Common Era, visited us this year.  Maybe the most intriguing part of his talks was how the early Christ communities met, worshipped, and were sustained. They met once a week. ...
Glynn Cardy Luke 17:11-19

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