Sermons & Seminars

Our land, Aotearoa, is blessed with rivers.  Rivers bless us with their life and energy and potency and spirit.  There were some who bridled last year at the thought of the Whanganui River being given the legal status of a person under a unique...
Glynn Cardy 2 Kings 5:1-17, Mark 4:2-9
In 1999, Margaret and I went in search of two great uncles who were killed in the First World War. The journey to find the memorial where my great uncle is named led us to Messines or Mesen in Belgium. It was a strange feeling driving into the...
Allan Davidson Deuteronomy 10. 12-21 Ephesians 2. 13-18
There is a story of a young Navaho woman who came to visit a friend in New York City.  The friend was delighted and escorted the woman around the bustling, noisy, polluted and vibrant city.  As they were passing down Fifth Avenue in one of Manhattan...
Glynn Cardy
Sometime in the 1970s a collection of reflections on the Gospels was published with the title the Gospel of Solentiname. Is was an edited transcript of the reflections of a bible study group in a remote part of Nicaragua. If my memory is correct...
Susan Adams
Joy Cowley: Come and See #64 John 1:43-51 It's a great time of year for story telling!
Susan Adams
In my Christmas sermon last week I made three suggestions, and one theological statement. The first suggestion I made was Jesus had no interest in making a new club for the people he felt were ‘saved’ or holy.   Jesus was very critical of the way...
Glynn Cardy
Jesus had a number of critics.  He was not popular in many quarters.  Those interested in radical change seldom are. One of the derogatory names he was called by his critics was ‘friend of sinners’.   Today, it doesn’t really sound too bad.  Most...
Glynn Cardy
This morning I want to continue preaching on the theme of the biblical Christmas.  On December 3rd I talked about Matthew’s Christmas, and this morning will be Luke’s.  Mark Forsyth writes, “There’s no manger in Matthew, no stable, no census and no...
Glynn Cardy
Sometime around Labour Weekend the retail world decided we should start preparing for Christmas.  The Church begins that preparation today.  And this sermon is about its original, biblical, meaning. As you probably know there are only two accounts...
Glynn Cardy
Hal Taussig, a scholar who specializes in the first two centuries of the Common Era, visited us this year.  Maybe the most intriguing part of his talks was how the early Christ communities met, worshipped, and were sustained. They met once a week. ...
Glynn Cardy Luke 17:11-19
Homily One:  Deborah – Don’t discount the unexpected. The Book of Judges is heavy going.   It reads like a Jo Nesbo novel: R rated, with lots of blood and horror.  It is deliberately constructed like this.  The editors of this pseudo-history want...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: A common caricature of Christianity is that it is a religion of judgement.  It is said to have a God who tells people off; a God who praises the good and punishes the bad.  And some people like that sort of God, and that sort of...
Glynn Cardy
Opening comments: Today we remember that 50 years ago Lloyd Geering was, what the media called, ‘tried for heresy’.  A fascinating period and one of the few times in New Zealand history that matters of belief and faith have been talked about by the...
Glynn Cardy
  ‘Pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor and God what belongs to God’. That saying is recorded in the gospels of Mark and Thomas, and borrowed by Matthew and Luke.  In other words it was most probably uttered by the historical Jesus.[i]  The...
Glynn Cardy Matthew 22:15-
When the time is ripe ideas can change  the  world.    Few events have so permanently shaken  European  society  as  the  Reformation.   500  years  ago  today  it  kicked off.  
Peter Matheson
The journey to Emmaus is a story of transformation.  Like many other Biblical stories it was not intended to be understood as history.  It was rather an archetypal account of how God was encountered and transformation happened for the two walkers. ...
Glynn Cardy Luke 24:13-35
"There was once a holy man in India who lived in a prayerful state – so much so that everyone thought he was nuts. One day, having begged for food in the village, he sat by the roadside and began to eat, when a dog came up and looked at him hungrily...
Glynn Cardy
I wrote a blessing the other day about ‘home’, and will use it later in our service.  It hints that home is not just a physical place exterior to us, but a space interior to us.  It hints that home is about feeling safe, feeling wanted, and being...
Glynn Cardy
Baptism celebrates the start of a journey of inquiry – a journey of love [like with his/her parents], a journey of education [like with grandparents], and a spiritual journey of doubt and faith and wonder [that we celebrate and encourage here].  ...
Glynn Cardy
The theme of our parable from Matthew is forgiveness, or more precisely, economic forgiveness.  Or as a strict translation of the Lord’s Prayer would say, ‘forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who indebt us’.   And forgiving the debt means...
Glynn Cardy Matthew 18:21-35

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