Sermons & Seminars

“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
Isaiah 60: 1-6 Matthew 2:1-12   Who are we? Did you have a happy Christmas Has the year got off to a good start? Are you back at work or waiting till all the madness on the roads is over so you can go on holiday? Did you spend too much money? Did...
Susan Adams
For parents and grandparents of kindergarten age children this is the season for Christmas shows.  Each kindy seems to have one.  Dressed in tinsel, brightly coloured robes and animal costumes the children parade in to a mix of catchy seasonal tunes...
Glynn Cardy
Two weeks ago I began talking about the incarnation; about Jesus as an icon (not an idol) through whom we can look into the wonder of excessive, extravagant, and extraordinary love.  This love is what we Christians call god.  It comes as an...
Glynn Cardy
I’ve been reading a little of the French philosopher and theologian Jean-Luc Marion who has written, amongst other things, a book called God Without Being.  You may remember the existential theologians who sought to harmonise the existentialism of...
Glynn Cardy
Pageants are fun, if slightly unbelievable.  Each year script writers (like me) take parts of the Luke and Matthew birth stories, interpret them in a modern or zany way, throw in some bad jokes and contemporary characters (this year a cat and two...
Glynn Cardy

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