Sermons & Seminars

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
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
For the last two years the soap opera called ‘Donald Trump hits Washington’ has played out across our media providing for some entertainment, for some elation, and for others despair, even shame.  It is easy as Kiwis to cynically laugh at it all. ...
Glynn Cardy
Jesus had a dream of how life should be.   He lived in a very violent world.   Yet he dreamed of a non-violent world which he called the empire[i] of god.  It was an upside-down world where the normal ways of thinking and operating – ways steeped in...
Glynn Cardy
There is an old story told by Anthony De Mello: “Once upon a time God decided to visit the earth so God sent an angel to survey the situation prior to God’s visit.  The angel returned with her report: ‘Most of them lack food’, she said, ‘and most of...
Glynn Cardy
I spent the first nine months of married life living in a tent.  It was a little tent that accommodated the two of us as well as our few travelling possessions.  Together we journeyed through Morocco, Algeria, Niger, Tchad, Central African Republic...
Glynn Cardy
I was asked whether the story of David and Goliath is true.  My answer was, ‘No and yes’.  ‘No’ in the sense of ‘it-happened-just-like-it’s-written’ in 1 Samuel 17; and ‘Yes’ in the sense that sometimes the daring courageous little one does triumph...
Glynn Cardy
Last month Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal its near-total ban on abortion.  The electorate has told the government to overturn the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution [inserted only in 1983].  This decision, with some similarities to the...
Glynn Cardy
  The rain, then the Auckland wind, and then the mid-year plunge of the thermometer have, over the last month, arrived.  The chill has descended and it’s time to go inside, to turn on the heaters, fill the hot water bottle, drink warming soup, and...
Glynn Cardy
There is a question in our service this morning that reads in part:  “Do you respect the doctrine … of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand?”
Glynn Cardy, Pentecost 2018
I was at a function last week where it emerged in conversation that I was preaching on Mother’s Day.  One of the guys responded, ‘Ah, that’s easy.  You just stand up and in your best Italian accent say ‘Love your mother!’ I smiled.  It’s a great...
Glynn Cardy

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