Sermons & Seminars

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
                 I wonder how many of us went to see the award winning movie “Brokeback Mountain” back in 2005? It was based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize winning Canadian novelist Annie Proulx. Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and...
Graham Whaley
Bob Fulghum[i] once told this story about fathers: “Soccer mania comes to our Seattle neighbourhood every September. When children appear at our door selling chocolate bars to make money to buy their own uniforms, we know that soccer season is...
Glynn Cardy
It is a privilege to be here in this role. I’m a Presbyterian minister; David Clark and I were in the same year at Knox College. I was a parish minister for 15 years, and for the last almost 30 years, I have been a counsellor and director of an...
Allan Jones
There are five chapters in the Second Book of Samuel that talk about the horror and consequences of familial dysfunction in the royal household of David.  Yet save for the passage in chapter 18 when David, on hearing of his son Absalom’s death,...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: This morning we gather here, with the heaters on, comfortably far away from the fires burning in the Northern Hemisphere, or the drought in New South Wales.  But distance is an illusion.  And so, this morning we will pray.
Glynn Cardy
Peace is a big word. It is a word that points inward – am I at peace? and what does that mean?  What is it’s correlation with contentment and happiness?  I think peace is about having/developing a resilient core that when the storms come, having a...
Glynn Cardy

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