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Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:33:14 +0000

 



Ordinary Sunday 16 Year A

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:55:55 +0000

Helen's examination of the Parable of the Tares finds reasons to not judge others too quickly.


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Ordinary Sunday 15 Year A

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:49:12 +0000

Helen looks at the Parable of the Sower and the unlikely places seeds might sprout.


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Connection...Hope...Connecting

Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:01:11 +0000

The sermon calls us to reflect on our spiritual journey and are our present pursuits leading us to a connection with Christ. If not, we may find we live in darkness. But there is the hope of returning. When hope is restored we are called to share our journey with others that they may find hope. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=593&id=1415


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Forsaking a Cautious Faith

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:37:34 +0000

Joseph throws his usual caution to the wind and goes from rule keeper to rule breaker. He gets the message that love is not the servant of the Law. Do we? Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1402


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What do you expect? Don't tell me show me

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:29:30 +0000

In my days of social activism - in the 1980's - the cry was 'don't tell me show me'; 'walk the talk'. Today, as in Jesus day, the expectation is that we act out the life-giving good news; that we act to transform child poverty, unjust wages, housing vulnerability for the elderly, for example. What we expect our communities and our world to be, as a reflection of life-giving love and compassion, will shape how we put the good-news into action. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1401


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Stirred, shaken with a touch of wild honey

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 03:50:26 +0000

John the Baptist is a classic angry outsider set to turn us round and inside out. Quite why we need him on the eve of Christmas is a good question, but he might be able to help us see the stars in the sky more clearly. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=591&id=1400


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Living in the time between

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 03:45:59 +0000

The Advent season readings are a call to live fully in the present, doing what we can to make the best of it, but always with the expectation that the future will be beyond anything we can imagine or desire. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=591&id=1399


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Walking upright – using both feet

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 23:46:10 +0000

The gospel reading from Mark talks of the new order of justice God intends, slowly, mysteriously emerging in our midst. In Aotearoa New Zealand that new order is about being bicultural, living in a covenant of trust between Maori and Pakeha. A covenant framed by the missionaries, enshrined in a treaty, translated into an Anglican constitution that we're only beginning to take seriously. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=591&id=1398


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Apocalypse Not Quite Yet

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 05:18:37 +0000

Apocalyptic thinking is still quite popular among some, think about our fascination with Zombie Apocalypse movies and the popularity of the Left Behind series of books, but did Jesus have an Apocalyptic mind set, or just his followers? Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1397


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Remembrance Day 2013

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:09:39 +0000

How do we remember, 99 years on? On the eve of the centenary of the First World War, how do we remember something so long ago that still shapes our identity as New Zealanders? It's very ordinary things, the debris of that nightmare time, that can still connect, like electric wires. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=591&id=1396


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The advantage of running on empty

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 06:56:25 +0000

Is sainthood all that it's cracked up to be? Even though it is to Christianity what cowboy heroes are to western movies, it's not something that most of us aren't inclined to hurry into. It makes demands much tougher than living simply and giving away our wealth, according to the famous but much misheard Sermon on the Mount we read on All Saints Day. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=591&id=1395


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Thank God We Are Not Like Them

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 06:43:39 +0000

How can we avoid the temptation to identify ourselves with the righteous characters in Jesus' parables? Can we be redeemed from the human tendency to see ourselves as morally superior to others? Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1394


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The shameful judge and the shameless widow

Sun, 20 Oct 2013 07:33:04 +0000

If you had to buy a used car from the judge or the widow in this story from Luke's gospel, Chapter 8: 1-8, who would you choose? Who does God count on to bring about justice and shalom, even in the the middle of the biggest moral messes and is there any point in praying when there seems to be now answers coming back? Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=591&id=1393


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Bouncers at the Door?

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:01:10 +0000

Our gospel story is also set in uneasy territory, with Jesus on this way to Jerusalem and the betrayal and rejection he would experience there, walking along the border between Samaria and Galilee. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1392


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My cup, not America's, runneth over

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:46:17 +0000

The Gospel story is daring us to trust that who we are, and where we are, and what we have is not only OK and more than enough to be going with. It’s actually enough to move mountains and mulberry trees, even if it doesn’t win yacht races. That’s true of us, it’s also true of this community called St Matthews. Between us, we have the resources to do what we need to do through this transition time in the life of this church. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=591&id=1391


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Risky and Provocative Hospitality

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 03:38:03 +0000

In Glynn's last sermon at St Matthew's he talks about the provocative hospitality that is at the heart of the biblical story of Matthew, and is at the heart of this church. To censor that hospitality is to censor the in-breaking divine grace. Glynn also tells a story about what happens when an obstructive person confronts us, demanding that we fit into his worldview. Responding with both grace and discernment is essential. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1390


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The Dishonest Manager

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 07:18:22 +0000

Rev. Drew Tweedy as an ex Banker himself is allowed to remind us that the definition of a Banker is somebody who will happily lend you an umbrella, but will demand it back when it starts raining! Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1389


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Five Pebbles

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 08:00:40 +0000

Last Sunday Glynn spoke about prayer being a way of living a vision of God, and how in living that vision we will conflict with the false god made in the image of power. In this sermon he talks about being sustained and aided by children, animals, beauty, and laughter. He concludes: "To pray is to make room, to enlarge our hearts, to be enlarged by children, animals, beauty, and laughter to be enlarged by the heart of God, so that all the little, least, and the powerless can come on in." Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1388


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Consider the Glowworm

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:54:20 +0000

Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1386


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An Open Policy: clubs, baptism, and grace

Sun, 25 Aug 2013 03:14:05 +0000

Baptism is not a membership ritual making one special but a declaration of God's love that says everyone is special. Jesus deliberately violated the rules of the Sabbath in order to proclaim a new vision of love trumping every religious rule and human-made boundary. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1385


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Holy Communion: Recognizing Who We Are

Sun, 18 Aug 2013 07:58:31 +0000

Holy Communion is about recognizing who we all are - somebodies not nobodies. Communion is the challenge and encouragement to live out Jesus' vision of mutuality, equality and love. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1384


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Faith is spelt RISK

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 05:26:25 +0000

What is faith and how should it be expressed? How good are we at translating the faith in our heads and hearts into action? Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1383


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This is my Song

Sun, 04 Aug 2013 01:53:54 +0000

God is unknown and unknowable. How then can we speak about God, and what is God? Glynn, in the first of six final sermons at St Matthew's explores these questions and his understanding of God as a way of love. Text available at: http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1382


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Pray Naked

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:41:04 +0000

Why do we pray? How do we pray? How do we understand God? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1381


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What makes us tick

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:01:41 +0000

If we look as honestly as we can at how we are and what we are actually doing as feeling, hurting, hoping, loving individuals, then I believe we can create and identify the agenda we have as individuals for our journey here. This too is full of unease and difficult, contradictory truths. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1380


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Kauwhau for St Matthews

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:55:46 +0000

My sisters and brothers in Christ does this not mean that we actually can no longer delay – does this not mean that the time is now for us to begin conversing about just how it is that we will begin to live more fully, more sincerely, more faithfully into that new found Gospel of and for the common good? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1379


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Hospitality to and Friendship with God

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:21:49 +0000

Last week’s sermon stressed the theme of hospitality (Genesis18: 1-10a, Luke 10: 38-42). The words “guest”, “host” and “hospitality” share a common root. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1378


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The Politics of Holiness v The Politics of Compassion

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:10:10 +0000

Glynn referred to this sermon as "Jesus 101," but it is an excellent explanation of the politics of compassion was so superbe at executing. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1369


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Humans Made God?

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:05:14 +0000

Have we evolved beyond our need of God? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1368


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Dancing with the Divine Child

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:00:03 +0000

Being vulnerable is key to dancing with the divine child within. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1367


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Trinity

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:54:54 +0000

A progressive understanding of the Trinity. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1366


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Fire in the Soul: Pentecost

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:48:50 +0000

The art of making fire without priests or religion. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1365


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Unity Not Conformity

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:42:25 +0000

If unity is so important why do we keep justifying separating ourselves? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1363


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What are We Waiting For?

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:21:58 +0000

As we anticipate the Holy Spirit, what exactly are we waiting for? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1361


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The Greater Law of Love

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:51:28 +0000

When is discrimination more important than Love? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1360


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Not About Happy Endings

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:43:39 +0000

Resurrection is not about happy endings. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1359


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The Resurrection of Peter

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:30:23 +0000

If Peter and Paul can make mistakes and be forgiven perhaps so can the rest of us. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1356.


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The Dynamics of Doubt

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 03:02:08 +0000

No doubts? No faith worth a damn. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1354


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I Deny the Resurrection....Yeah, Right!

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:56:38 +0000

Is everything all right? Really all right this Easter? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?...


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Judas

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:51:48 +0000

Want to relieve suffering? Stop blaming Judas. Good Friday text at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?


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Waiting for the Messiah

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:47:05 +0000

Looking for the Messiah? Maybe you are looking in all the wrong places? Text at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1346


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Bizarre Extravagance

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:42:32 +0000

Clay wonders why the champion of the poor would be okay with Mary's bizarre extravagance. What don't we understand about Jesus? What do we need to understand? Why does it matter? Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1343


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Lot's of Forgiveness Whether Asked for or Not

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:34:39 +0000

Glynn's looks at the shameful aspects of the Prodigal Son, his father and brother. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1342


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The Shadow Knows

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:07:30 +0000

Progressives prefer not to discuss evil and sin but this week's Gospel doesn't let Clay off the hook. Text and video links available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1339


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Connected Prayer

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:00:20 +0000

Glynn looks at what is prayer? How is it done? What does it accomplish? Video and text links at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=584&id=1338


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Bread and the Living Wage

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:26:02 +0000

Linda Murphy suggests that Lent is an opportunity to redirect our lives allowing us to be more centred. The Living Wage Campaign in NZ is an opportunity to redirect our approach to the working poor for the benefit of us all. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1336


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Flopping on the Beach

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:52:42 +0000

Nervously, Clay decides it is time to come out to the congregation... Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1334


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WWJD 2013?

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:20:54 +0000

Stephen Donald, Chaplain to Eastlands in the Diocese of Waiapu, shared his experience as an out ordained gay person who the church has spent an inordinate amount of time and resources trying to fix. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1332


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Unity Beyond Belief

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 03:09:25 +0000

Geno Sisneros explores the appropriateness of Paul's metaphor of the Body of Christ for the church. Paul sees unity, defined as common agreement, as essential. But since the much smaller church in his day could not find that, is it surprising that a much larger church can't now? Perhaps unity can be found elsewhere. Text and video available http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1330.


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The God Connection

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:23:17 +0000

Alison Morgan, member of the congregation, reflects on her journey to connect with the divine within, between and beyond her. Like Jesus at the wedding at Cana, when do we know it is hour? What are we called to do? Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=586&id=1328


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Grinning Ear to Ear

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:13:06 +0000

The problem with epiphanies is they are often subtle and easy to ignore especially if they are going to change your life. What kind of epiphany did Jesus have on the banks of the Jordan and why does it matter? Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=585&id=1326


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Christmas Reclaimed

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:56:58 +0000

In his Christmas Day sermon Clay points out that the Emperor Constantine set the date for Christmas as part of his plan to sanitise Jesus' subversive message during his ministry. Constantine wanted to use Christianity to unify his empire not to undermine it. If we are not transformed by Christmas, he succeeded. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1321


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Christmas Kindness

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:48:37 +0000

In a Christmas Eve sermon at St Matthew's Bishop Jim White reflected on the difference between Christmas presents and Christmas presence. Both are gifts but only one is incarnational. Video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=517&id=1322


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The Dethronement of God

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:37:46 +0000

In his Advent 4 sermon Glynn looks at the three ways to look at Christmas: the popular, the biblical and the theological and the challenges of putting up a billboard about the first two. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1319


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Gaza Advent

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:51:08 +0000

Glynn looks at the fragility of hope and how Advent waiting is different at the mall or Gaza or at the employment office. Fragile like a baby born in stable. Text and video at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1316


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Faith is Not Knowing

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:53:08 +0000

On the first Sunday of Advent, guest preacher, Rosemary Neave shares her journey of faith from her early days of certainty about God as a Sydney Anglican Evangelical to her more mystical understanding of faith as "not knowing." Full text and video at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1314


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More than Sheep Manure

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:51:42 +0000

On this Sunday when St Matthew's celebrates the spirituality of Aotearoa (New Zealand), there is a most unlikely preacher. Clay, as an American, does his best to capture the Spirit of Aotearoa. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1312


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A Song of Revolution

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:45:53 +0000

Clay decides not to dwell on Mark's "Little Apocalypse" that has never happened. Instead he looks at what a catastrophe for all of us, but especially women, patriarchy is. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1309


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Blessed are those who keep going

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:39:50 +0000

On Remembrance Day Glynn speaks of courage and faith and creates some new Beatitudes. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1306


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At the Heart of the Matter

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:26:51 +0000

Ian Douglas, Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut, and a representative of the Episcopal Church on the Anglican Consultative Council that was meeting in New Zealand was the guest speaker spoke to what is at the heart of our faith. Video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=517&id=1308


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God's Gift of Music

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:14:06 +0000

Guest preacher, Colin Gibson, noted New Zealand hymn composer, speaks to music's capacity to transform us, making it one of God's particularly amazing gifts. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1311


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Africa: An Insider's View

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:05:04 +0000

An incredibly moving look at Africa by Bishop John Osmers who has spent 47 years ministering in Africa often at great personal sacrifice. Video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=517&id=1305


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Original Sin, Original Redemption

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:57:43 +0000

Glynn takes on Original Sin and the church's obsession with it. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1298


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Scripture, Divorce and a Hard Heart

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:50:17 +0000

In this time when the definition of marriage is once again being reexamined, Glynn looks at how Jesus took scripture and expanded on it. In doing so he honoured and challenged it. Making the point that if Scripture reinforces our hardness of heart we've got it wrong. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1296


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Oppositional Tables

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:43:21 +0000

Dr Br Bruce-Paul SSF was the guest speaker at the celebration of St Matthew's Feast Day. While now serving in Australia he once served at St Matthew's. He addressed the tax table, a table of oppression, that Matthew left to follow Jesus to eat his table of justice and inclusion. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1295


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To Dream of a World of No Violence and No Violated

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:35:01 +0000

Glynn looks at the church's treatment of Jesus' call that those who want to be first must be last and slave of all and wonders if "servant leadership" is an oxymoron. Text and video at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1294


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Jesus the Parable

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 03:12:35 +0000

Clay makes the case that Jesus is not Elijah, John the Baptist or the Messiah, but a "Challenging Parable" calling us to be the same. Text and video links available http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1292


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An Offensive Gospel

Sun, 02 Sep 2012 08:25:33 +0000

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A Liberal History

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:06:41 +0000

Salvation history is too often damnation history for many. Can we be saved from our salvation history? Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1284


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The Power of Prayer: Pussy Riot Tries the Church

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:54:23 +0000

"When Christian leaders start to equate what they find offensive with what God finds offensive, when Christian leaders start to believe criticism of them is criticism of the Church, and when Christian leaders openly seek more power in the running of the State we are far removed from the humble carpenter's son who sought to be true to a egalitarian vision of justice." ~Glynn Cardy Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1283


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Are You Beyond the Pale?

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 02:32:28 +0000

Clay looks at why everyone doesn't see the world like he does. What's wrong with them anyway? Text and video available at www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1281


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There is a bus shelter for the night

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 22:07:10 +0000

Linda Murphy shares the plight of the rough sleeper in Auckland now that the only emergency night shelter has closed due to lack of funding. What does that say about us? How do we respond? Text and video available at www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1279.


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A Conversation with the President of NZ's Council of Trade Unions

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:48:19 +0000

Glynn has a conversation with Helen Kelly, President of NZ's Council of Trade Unions about the union movement and Living Wage Campaign. Video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=517&id=1276.


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Feel the Fear and Say It Anyway

Sun, 15 Jul 2012 05:32:05 +0000

Glynn shares what he learned about Herod's court at the General Synod--a dangerous place if you want to keep your head from being a side course at the banquet. Text and video links available at www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1273


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Those Who Spoke the Justice of God to Those Whom It Would Disturb

Sun, 15 Jul 2012 09:15:54 +0000

Geno asks what is a real prophet? Did they really exist? Do they exist now? Video links and text available at www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1272.


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Vermont Strong

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 03:32:19 +0000

Clay marvels at how those with lives that seem irreparable find healing and wholeness. http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=517&id=1270


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Behold the Lamb of God

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:38:33 +0000

Glynn ponders what he would die for. Text and video links available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1268


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Weeds, Hospitality, and Constraints

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 00:34:34 +0000

Glynn Cardy wonders if the reign of God is like a mustard seed weed planted in the garden, can the church, any church, be equated with it? Text and video links available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1266.


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A Pilgrim's Progress

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:53:46 +0000

Clay looks at where authority comes from and how do we know when it is of God. Text and video links at www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1260


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Trinity: A Way of Communion

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 06:46:30 +0000

On Trinity Sunday Glynn Cardy sought to breathe new life into the doctrine by pointing out that it was born out of Jesus' earliest followers' experience of being in community. For them, God was relational. God was multiple. God was ineffable - not bounded by any form, metaphor, or speech. God was a way for them to be in community. Text and video links available at www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1259


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The Festival of Intelligible Communication

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 06:39:05 +0000

Bishop John Bluck explores a deeper meaning to Pentecost than speaking in tongues. It is not a festival celebrating incoherence but intelligible communication. "Our essential reason for being human is to be in communion with each other and thereby with God. Even before we are called to be good or useful or holy we are called to be communicators." Text and video links at www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1256


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The Toes of Christ

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:05:02 +0000

On Ascension Sunday, Clare Barrie offered reasons to take the story seriously, as difficult as that might be. While it has gone from one of the important feasts in the church year to just a bump in the road between Easter and Pentecost, she makes a case for why it is both the most political and mystical of feasts. Text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1255


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The Hope of Easter: Spiritual Anarchy

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:19:13 +0000

The Jesus the Church proclaims is not the borderless, rule-breaking, anarchy-spreading Jesus of the Gospels. Glynn argues, "He wanted to break the control system. He hoped that breaking would catch on. He hoped that what horrified the thought police would spread. He hoped that like wild windblown mustard spiritual anarchy would grow, bloom, and seed like a weed in every and any place, beyond the power of the elites." Text and Video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1245


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Walking the Labyrinth of Faith

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:13:51 +0000

In his Good Friday reflection Clay asserts that Christianity began at the moment of Jesus death. Christians then spent the next two millennia trying to understand what that meant. But in the meantime lost sight of Jesus. The result is a church that is dying. But does the death of the church mean Jesus dies again? Text and Video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1243


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Story Time

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:59:34 +0000

In his Palm Sunday sermon Clay lifts up the power of stories even if they aren't "true." The power of the stories of Holy Weed is not in their historicity but in their capacity to transform us. Text and Video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1241


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Pig Theology

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:52:16 +0000

Guest preacher, Richard Bonifant, challenges the dominant narrative of Lent and encourages St Matthew's to continue swimming upstream. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=574&id=1240


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Episode 291

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 05:55:12 +0000

Clay looks at the way things are and asks really? In looking at "Jesus the troublemaker" at the Temple we gain insights to the spiritual importance of challenging authority.

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Paradox Now

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 23:24:38 +0000

Clay tries to understand something that thought itself can't think: the paradox of Jesus asking us to pick up our cross. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1232.


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Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:08:24 +0000

Glynn makes a case for why the church should perform same-sex marriages by looking at how "traditional" marriage has changed through history. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1228.


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More than Skin Deep

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 20:57:53 +0000

Clay looks to at the story of Namaam from the perspective of the captive girl and sees the similarities between poverty and leprosy. They are both more than skin deep. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1226


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Name it, Shame it & Contain it

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:56:50 +0000

After the vandalization of our Christmas billboard and our rainbow billboard welcoming the GLBT community and other acts of violence and vandalism in NZ Glynn looks at the Book of Jonah as an antidote to the church's timidity in the face of intolerance. Unfortunately the first 10 seconds of sermon were not recorded. The missing portion began: "On January 2nd our Rainbow billboard, celebrating the variety of relationships in our world – including same-sex couples, was defaced by a scripture-quoting critic who believes that voicing our opinion, on our billboard, on our church land, can’t be tolerated." Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=572&id=1221.


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A Tough Question

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:20:40 +0000

Clay adds another call story to that of Samuel's and Philip and Nathaniel's. One he knows is true, because he was there. How do we know what are calling is? How do we know it is true? Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1219.


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Resolving to Find Purpose

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 00:10:03 +0000

On New Year's Day Clay isn't up to being erudite but shares a story that brings home Simeon and Anna's message that human history is not a meaningless swirl. Our stories are working themselves out; they have a purpose. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=573&id=1216.


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#Occupy our Billboard

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:29:44 +0000

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n his Christmas sermon Clay answers billboard critics with a look at the relationship between Mary, Joseph and Gabriel and an invitation to occupy our billboard. Text and video available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=560&id=1210.


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Mary's Way

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:16:18 +0000

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Four Traditions of Christmas

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:33:32 +0000

On Advent 3 Glynn explored the four traditions of Christmas: pagan, secular, Christian, and biblical. He argues all have their place. None are to be discarded for all strengthen the human spirit and give us chance to make the world a better place. Text and video at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=562&id=1205.


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Had Enough Yet?

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:26:45 +0000

On Advent 2 Clay looks again at Michael Benedict's "God is the Good we Do" and what exactly we have to do to bring God into being here and now and everywhere. Text and video at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=560&id=1203.


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God is the Good We Do

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:20:57 +0000

Clay tackles Advent even though he'd rather be at the beach or going to see the Santa parade. He does so because he lives and works in the parallel universe we call the church and in spite of Advent being dangerous whether you hope for a better world or resist it. Full text and video links at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=560&id=1201.


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Are you there God? it’s me E.T.

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:12:57 +0000

Beginning with his own UFO experience, Geno Sisneros looks at the similarities between Ufology and Christianity, beginning with both look to the sky for answers. Full text available at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=561&id=1200.


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A Rhinoceros He Doth Make

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 01:47:09 +0000

Glynn Cardy looks at vicar who makes rhinoceroses and a God who makes us. God seems to be as eccentric as we are. Full text and video links at http://www.stmatthews.org.nz/nav.php?sid=562&id=1197.


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