Sermons & Seminars

When reading a passage from the New Testament that includes extraordinary phenomena – like in the Luke-Acts account of Jesus ascending up into the heavens (which we heard read last week) and the day of Pentecost (rushing wind, tongues of fire, and...
Glynn Cardy
The Ascension never happened.  It was not an historical event.  If a tourist with an iPhone had been present at Bethany they would have recorded absolutely nothing.  Jesus ‘going into God’ has always been a theological statement.  The important...
Glynn Cardy
In these last six weeks, like others, I’ve been doing some tidying up and sorting.  When it comes to a book that involves familiarizing myself once again with the story and, if it’s a good one, re-reading it.  You can see why sorting takes me a...
Glynn Cardy
Mother’s Day is primarily about honouring mothers.  It is about appreciating that we were born and are alive.  It’s about appreciating that the circumstances of the time of our mothers’ lives were different from your own, and she was shaped by those...
Glynn Cardy
Today, the 3rd Sunday after Easter, the church calendar gives us “Good Shepherd Sunday”, which I usually duck.  I find the dominance of this metaphor difficult for three reasons: 
Glynn Cardy
“Extraordinary”, “Unprecedented”; these are words that have been much used in relation to the times in which we live. Lockdown, social distancing, essential workers, bubbles, personal protective equipment, are some of the words that point to the new...
Allan Davidson
Thomas Aquinas, the renowned Medieval theologian, talked about each person having two possible resurrections.   Firstly, given the almost universal belief in the Middle Ages in the after-life, there was the post-death resurrection of a soul uniting...
Glynn Cardy
At Easter time Christians remember and re-enact our constructed narrative concerning the death of our leader, Jesus, and the death of his movement; and then the coming back to life of that movement, and Jesus’ spirit living on within it.  We re-...
Glynn Cardy
Good Friday remembers a time that wasn’t good.  It remembers the torture and execution of Jesus.  The passion accounts we have in the gospels of the New Testament are liturgical fiction based on the fact of Jesus’ death, like others’ deaths, on a...
Glynn Cardy
  Tradition begins with a story.  The story for the day ahead, Palm Sunday, is Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the crowd waving palm branches and laying them on the ground for the donkey to walk upon.  In the drama of Jesus’ impending...
Glynn Cardy
The first reading today comes from a book called ‘Riding the Wave Across Spain’ and references the time when the author was walking the Camino.  The Camino as most of you know is an ancient pilgrimage route and still today thousands of people walk...
Glynn Cardy
We are in the midst of fast-moving change in response to a fast-moving virus.  The goal is to get ahead and stay ahead of the virus in order that its impact is mitigated, our medical services are not overrun, and fewer people get sick and die.  We...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: Today in the midst of this penitential season of Lent we remember the horrific events in Christchurch last year when a lone gunman killed 51 people and injured many more.  The dead were from a variety of nationalities – including...
Glynn Cardy
There is a form of tramping that doesn’t follow well-worn trails.  Indeed the devotees of this form make their own trails.  They head for the wilderness.  Central Fiordland is a favourite.  They delight in being out of cell-phone range, unsure of...
Glynn Cardy
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Into the WILDERNESS…..We talk glibly of wilderness experiences. Times of suffering and aloneness, without the comforts – even the necessities of life. Times when we...
Graham Whaley Matt 4: 1 – 11
There is an important distinction made in theology between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith; or in the words of Marcus Borg: the pre-Easter Jesus and the post-Easter Jesus.  Most of the New Testament talks about the latter, for the texts...
Glynn Cardy
                                       When I was a young minister, a much older minister gave me some advice about sermons. “Allan”, he said, “Talk about God, and talk about ten minutes”. I remembered his advice, but I have seldom adhered to it....
Allan Jones
One of the principal concepts in the Jesus texts we have is ‘kingdom’.  (And yes, I know there are problems with both the ‘king’ and ‘dom-ain’ parts of that word).  In the common day understanding of first century Jewish Galilee it meant there would...
Glynn Cardy
The text from the book of Isaiah needs some explanation.  It is part of what we call 2nd Isaiah – a group of anonymous writings, probably by a single author, penned nearly 200 years after 1st Isaiah.  The context is that the author has witnessed the...
Glynn Cardy
I was asked last week what was the job of a minister.  I gave a two-word answer: “To pray”.  However prayer is not only the job of a minister, it is the vocation of anyone who calls him or herself Christian.  And to pray is not primarily a bow-the-...
Glynn Cardy

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