Sermons & Seminars

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
  Although today’s service begins with what seems a celebration – waving palms and singing praises to God – it is in fact an overture to the days ahead for Jesus and his friends – ominous days of pending betrayal, pain, suffering, and finally death...
Glynn Cardy
In order to talk about the numinous unknown, whether that is God, the gods, the hoped-for afterlife, or just the mysteries of our existence, humankind from ancient times have used symbols and metaphors.   One such symbol is the white swan.  It may...
Glynn Cardy
The Colour Purple sung by Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson is from the musical, which in turn is from Alice Walker’s book.  Before we listen to this beautiful song I think it is helpful to know that the main character, Celie, a black American...
Glynn Cardy
  God is Like Water   The Community of St John wrote in the 2nd century a story that likened God to water.  They put on the lips of Jesus the words: “Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will...
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
My holiday began with a trip to Turangi to attend a wedding.  The venue was the old maternity hospital that had been handed back to the local iwi, who in turn have converted it into a wonderful centre of manaakitanga [hospitality].  A friend from...
Glynn Cardy 17th January 2017 John 2:1-11n weddings, abundance, metaphors and gestures
The twelve days of Christmas are over. The Christmas season ended on the 6 January. Traditionally all Christmas decorations and Christmas trees are by now removed. The 6 January, called Epiphany, is a significant Feast Day in the Church. For the...
Allan Davidson
I’ve been sick.  For days and days.  Random really. This sermon is a collection of random Yuletide thoughts. Yuletide being synonymous with the 12 days of Christmas, or Christmas-tide, which commences on Christmas Eve and concludes at Epiphany. But...
Glynn Cardy
As the year rushes towards the end there are numerous commentators talking about the best and worst of the year, the successes and the failures, of both individuals and governments.  While you might think this is a strange ritual to engage in – as...
Glynn Cardy
We know Christmas is coming because the pohutukawa are beginning to bloom, schools have finished or are finishing, and somewhat strange ‘seasonal’ decorations are adorning shopping precincts.  At our Remuera local shops the strange has appeared in...
Glynn Cardy
Today the Christian Church begins a new year.  And we begin it, like Mother Mary expectantly, fearfully with few certainties.  It begins with the colour purple – the colour of hope - when there are few signs of it.  Mary was poor, pregnant and...
Glynn Cardy on General Assembly

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