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In 2019, we will be reading three accessible works by Marcus Borg - The God We Never Knew, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, and Convictions.

 

Some Beginnings Rowan Williams Tokens of Trust an Introduction to Christian Belief

Rowan Williams' Tokens of Trust, Pt 1 and Tokens of Trust, Pt 2


John Macquarrie's Paths in Spirituality, Pt 1
and Paths in Spirituality, Pt 2

 

Reflections on the Holy Mystery

What is the reign of God?

Jesus' ethic of compassion

 

"What Matters about Jesus" - a short course from St Francis' College, Brisbane

The Bible Project - animated summaries of the books of the Bible

 

Tuesday night study notes

August - December 2018: The Gospel of Mark

Sermons

Lovely colourful flowers

Christ is risen!

Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendour, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal king! Those are words from the Exultet, which we heard last night as we lit the Easter fire.  It is always wonderful to see, and hear, and smell that fire crackling in darkness. The resurrection…

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The fatherhood of God

This morning we heard Luke’s great story of compassion, the parable of the Prodigal Son. But while he was still far off, his father saw [his son] and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him… [He] said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and…

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Shining like the Son

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory…

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Jesus, teacher of happiness

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive…

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Fishing for people

1. Jesus calls his first disciples on the shores of Lake Gennesseret – fishermen. This lake, incidentally, is the same lake the other gospel writers call Lake Galilee, or Lake Tiberias.  Yet as I discovered when researching this sermon, the Venerable Bede, that great sixth century saint of the English Church, believed that the name…

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Jesus, Prophet of Amnesty

Luke 1; 4:14-21 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,     because he has anointed me         to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives     and recovery of sight to the blind,         to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”  …

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Articles

Jesus’ ethic of compassion

Jesus, in his solidarity with the outcasts, is moved to compassion. The characteristic Greek word for compassion, splagchnoisomai, means to let one’s innards embrace the feeling or situation of another.  (Breuggeman 88)  As we will see, Jesus’ compassion is for the whole range of human persons who are harassed and helpless. He enters into the…

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What is the reign of God?

Forgiveness The reign of God means forgiveness – the unbinding from sin and accusation.  Jesus offered the amnesty of God to many whom a moralistic culture regarded as unworthy. Some thought this blasphemous. (Mk 2:7) Walter Breuggemann says, of Jesus’ forgiveness: We should not miss the radical criticism of society contained in the act. Hannah…

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The Politics of Prayer

Evensong 27 August 2017 1. More and more we are conscious of a strange loss of nerve in the West today—a spiritual torpor, a restlessness. No one knows whether things will hold together; indeed as the poet tells us “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” Yet in…

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Baptism with pentecostal fire

On Baptism

1. Those who live near the ocean know the primal power of water to give life. The swirling water can release repressed emotions; it’s surprising how quickly old wounds can heal in the clean, salty waves. For centuries Christians have gone down to the waters, deep and strange, seeking this life.   In the early Church,…

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Timothy Radcliffe What is the Point of Being a Christian?

Why be a Christian? Pt 3

The final chapter of Timothy Radcliffe’s work is about stopping, recollecting ourselves and, strange as it might seem, playing games. It is about Sabbath rest.  In Christ, we learn to reclaim the sweetness of time, the otium sanctum—the sacredness of rest.  And this is our obligation for, as we hear in Genesis, God rested on the…

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Timothy Radcliffe What is the Point of Being a Christian?

Why be a Christian? Pt 2

Endurance Joy in this life is mixed with pain. Yet our joy sustains us through it all, teaching us patience.   As St Augustine says: “Let us sing Alleluia here below while we are still anxious, so that we may sing it one day there above when we are free from care…Let us sing Alleluia, not…

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Timothy Radcliffe What is the Point of Being a Christian?

Timothy Radcliffe: Why be a Christian? Pt 1

Timothy Radcliffe OP begins What is the Point of Being a Christian? (2009) with the words of Cardinal Shard, “[t]o be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would make…

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Oscar Romero mural

Oscar Romero in his own Words

    The quotes below are from James Brockman SJ’s The Violence of Love: The Pastoral Wisdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988) CHRIST THE LIBERATOR   Christianity is not a collection of truths to be believed, of laws to be obeyed, of prohibitions. That makes it very distasteful.  Christianity is…

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Justin Welby Dethroning Mammon 2016

Archbishop Justin on Money

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2017 Lent book is Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace. Archbishop Justin argues that Mammon, the idol of economics and finance, has distorted our valuation of people and things.  The exchange value of a thing is so often a poor reflection of its worth. If we could see with the eyes of…

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Wooly Rowan Williams with green ferns

Rowan Williams: Sacraments of the New Society

We cannot choose our families; nor can we choose the members of the Body of Christ. Like any family, frayed tempers and arguments should not be cause for walking or splitting apart.  The Church is, or should be, a sign of humanity’s reconciliation.  That is Williams’ foundational commitment in On Christian Theology. Is this a…

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John Macquarrie Anglican Theologian

John Macquarrie’s Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 2

Whenever we come into new knowledge, create anew, make friends or new connections—we transcend ourselves, experiencing the Holy Spirit. To experience the Spirit is to experience ek-stasis, a standing out of oneself, say Macquarrie.  It is to grow. The Church is “the growing point where the upbuilding work of the Spirit proceeds most intensely” (51).…

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John Macquarrie Anglican Theologian

John Macquarrie’s Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 1

If the Church finds itself in narrow straits these days it is, in part, because it has not listened deeply to its past masters.  John Macquarrie, sometime Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford, must rank as one of the foremost Anglican theologians of the twentieth century.  His Paths in Spirituality (1972) still offers departure…

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Rowan Williams Tokens of Trust an Introduction to Christian Belief

Rowan Williams: Tokens of Trust, Pt. 2

I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church To be in the church is not to stand under the arches of an old building, or to become a club member. It is to step into the life of the Trinity, which, as we saw in the last part, is the life of communion—of sharing.…

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Rowan Williams Tokens of Trust an Introduction to Christian Belief

Rowan Williams: Tokens of Trust, Pt. 1

In this introductory theology, published in 2007, Williams discusses the major articles of the Apostles’ Creed.  The Latin Creed was the ancient symbolon of the West–the sign, or signet ring, or token of Church membership. This Creed, recited at every baptism, is the pattern of our trust in God.   I believe in God the Father Why…

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Aelred of Rievaulx: God is Friendship

“Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst.” “Come now, beloved, open your heart, and pour into these friendly ears whatsoever you will, and let us accept gracefully the gift of this place, time, and leisure.” So begins the work On Spiritual Friendship by Aelred, Abbott of…

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Rowan Williams Being Disciples Essentials of Christian Life

Rowan Williams, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life (2016)

Rowan Williams teaches us that discipleship is about stillness.  It is a contemplative stance towards to the world — “an openness to the real roots of transforming action” (17). This is a happy vision at a time when Christianity is marketed as some kind of verbalistic ideology [1].   We are not ideologues, but wayfarers on a…

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