Sermons & Seminars

The reading from Luke this morning talks about Jesus being a bringer of good news to the poor.  The author is quoting from Isaiah 61, and taking licence to thread in a bit of Isaiah 58.   He defines the poor as those who are captive, downtrodden,...
Good News - transforming hearts and lives
Isaiah 42:1-9 Luke 3:21-23   In Luke’s gospel for today we hear a statement of fact following Jesus’ baptism by His cousin John. The writer, who we call Luke says                “the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily...
Susan Adams
I grew up in a church that said a creed every Sunday.  Sometimes it started with ‘I believe’, and sometimes with ‘We believe’.  I learned though early on that actually very few of those sitting in pews literally believed the words they were saying...
Glynn Cardy
Christmas music is full of regal imagery for Jesus – “King of kings, Lord of lords”, “Glory to the new-born King”, “born the King of Angels”, and the like.  Such imagery shouldn’t surprise us.  The gospels are full of words and phrases that point to...
Glynn Cardy
It is a mistake to underestimate Santa Claus.  He didn't get a part in the Bible, but he's sure a big part of Christmas. I was amused and sobered by the news item a couple of weeks back about an American man being arrested after telling children...
Glynn Cardy
Christmas is not a date.  It is a statement about the Christian understanding of God.  And theologically we call that understanding ‘incarnation’. 
Glynn Cardy
Joy Cowley writes:   Happy Birthday Jesus! We come like children to a party, bearing gifts in your honour, no surprises among them. They’re much the same as last year and all the years before that.             The gifts Joy Cowley is referring to...
Glynn Cardy
This coming week I will be taking a Christmas service for families of those who have died this last year.  Some people come back year after year.  Grief, like other forms of pain and tragedy, affects people differently.   We will light candles, sing...
Glynn Cardy
There are two things we know about St Andrew from the Bible stories.  Firstly, he was the brother of Simon Peter.  Yes, he was the brother of Peter, the big leader and star, first bishop of Rome and all that.  Indeed in nearly every mention of...
Glynn Cardy
 
Graham Whaley
St Luke’s Honour’s Board The following is an abbreviated version of research done by Allan Davidson
Glynn Cardy
  There is a poem by Rangi Faith called ANZAC: This man is in his garden. He works on silently, knowing he cannot be touched. He has cleared the old tendrils from the bean frame, and placed them in the barrow. He works silently. He remembers his...
Glynn Cardy
This story of healing is the third in a sequence in Mark’s account of the gospel which collectively give us a teaching segment on the nature of faith. Each of the three stories shows us a different aspect of what it means to follow Jesus, and...
Roxy Gahegan
A short reflection on Mark 10:35-45 It tells a story about ambition and glory and misunderstanding.  My suspicion is that the Zebedee boys were expressing what other disciples were feeling.  And at least James and John were upfront about it.
Glynn Cardy
This past week we received a dire warning. That’s what the headlines screamed across the ditch. That should not have been too surprising, of course. We have become so used to extreme rhetoric of late where fake news and alternative facts trump...
Clive Pearson
In 1967, an historian by the name of Lynn White Jr. published an article entitled ‘The Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis’.[1] In this paper White made a compelling case arguing that a causal relationship exists between Christianity and the...
Em Colgan
The Book of Ruth is very powerful.  It was probably included in the canon of Hebrew Scripture, like the Book of Jonah, as a critique of xenophobia.  Ruth, the central character, was a Moabite, a despised enemy.  And it was Ruth who would be the...
Glynn Cardy
Vashti and Esther were brave women, and there are many stories now of women – both from the past and present – who publicly show courage.
Glynn Cardy
There is widespread misunderstanding about prayer.  I heard on the radio the other day an advertisement for the Auckland Prayer Breakfast that declared that ‘when we pray God acts’.  At its worst this makes god sound like a puppet that does our...
Glynn Cardy
  Introduction The poet John Keats once wrote, ‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination’. Heart and soul are synonyms; both pointing to the inner life that is also our outer life that is...
Glynn Cardy

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